Archives for December 2012

Merry Freaking Christmas!

It’s Christmas, friends, and with all of our family gatherings wrapped up in the previous week, Papa Bear are enjoying a long-awaited and magical LOTR-filled day of togetherness.

The One Ring

And with this, Leave Me to My Projects is going to wrap it up for the year. I’ll still be working, but behind the scenes to polish up the blog, do a little reorganizing, and make this blog in reality what it is in my head. Because seriously, that blog is the BOMB.

This last year has blown me away with readers (yes, it is still mind boggling to me that I have readers – the sometimes 1,000 a day arriving here have my undying gratitude) that have taught me and challenged me to grow as much as I hope I have helped them.

Thank you, each and every one of you.

Solstice Greetings!

Today marks the winter solstice, the day of the year when the least of the sun’s rays reach us down here on Earth.

Today in Chicago, the sun rose at 7:15 a.m. and sets again at 4:23 p.m. Compare that to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun rises at 5:16 a.m. and sets at 8:29 p.m.

Here in Chicago we got our first snowfall of the year that stuck, right after a day of torrential rain. I’m sort of terrified to see the block of ice I imagine my car to be encased in this morning.

Snow Queen Winter Solstice Yule Goddess 5x7 Greeting Card by Emily Balivet

Snow Queen Winter Solstice Yule Goddess 5×7 Greeting Card by Emily Balivet

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Froggy at Grandma’s | Daily Instagram

Froggy at Grandma's

Grandma has the best little creatures in her house.


Knitters, prepare! 2013 is only two weeks away. Are you ready for Selfish Knitting New Year 2013?

Two weeks ago we did a massive roundup of 42, count ’em, 42 Ravelry knitting patterns to get you pumped to knit yourself some goodies, including 12 pairs of INSANE LOTR-themed socks. Be still my freaking heart.

Galadriel by Claire Ellen

Galadriel by Claire Ellen

So what are you making for yourself? Post your links below, and if you haven’t done it yet, sign up to be part of the SKNY movement, and share it with your knitting friends!

Sidewalk Tracks | Daily Instagram

Sidewalk Tracks

Just love this square of concrete on my walk to work, in which not one, but two animals made some tracks while it was still wet, long ago.