september reads

oh, books.

i am ahead of my goodreads 2019 goal! and it’s looking like i will stay and finish ahead! i have really been enjoying reading lately. not sure if it’s because i’ve been reading some good books or if it’s because i’ve actually been making time to read? whatever the reason, i’m happy about it and am happy to share my september reads!

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a mercy by toni morrison.
my book club read this in september. i hadn’t read a toni morrison novel since college, so it was nice to pick this one up, in memory of ms. morrison. i found this book to be sad and also found some parts to be heartwarming.

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the testaments by margaret atwood.
back in december, my friend rachel had her birthday. rachel works in the publishing industry and as such, also loves books and reading. we have a few favorites in common and for her birthday, i told her i would get her a ticket to an author talk. she ended up doing the same thing for my birthday and got me a ticket to see margaret atwood in september! i loved hearing her talk and hearing about her process and the writing of ‘the handmaid’s tale’. part of the ticket included an autographed copy of her latest book! i told rachel she could keep the book but that i did want to read it…and boy did i read it! i read it so fast. i really liked it. i will say that some of the complaints out there about it are very valid, but i did fly through this one and that’s always something.

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poetry magazine september 2017.
we are getting close to the end of my copies of poetry magazine and i’m not gonna lie: i’m glad. i will say that i have found some great poems in the magazines, but they are so few and far between for me that it has made reading the issues pretty tedious. this issue actually had a few poems that stood out to me, but the one that really hit me hard was joy harjo’s ‘becoming seventy’. i also really loved mario melendez’s ‘future memories’:

My sister woke me very early
that morning and told me
“Get up, you have to come see this
the ocean’s filled with stars”
Delighted by the revelation
I dressed quickly and thought
If the ocean’s filled with stars
I must take the first flight
and collect all of the fish from the sky

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the polyvagal theory in therapy by deb dana.
yalllllll. this book is amazing. this was my therapy read for the month and did it ever deliver. i have found therapy books to be somewhat helpful- typically lots of research and information but not a ton of application. this book is an exception. tons of info AND tons of application. i started using it in therapy groups and sessions immediately and it has really changed the way i approach things in therapy! a great book for therapists!

happy reading!

weekend reading

it’s been a while since i’ve written a weekend post. as usual i have a whole bookmarks folder full of links to share. sometimes i like to break it up into categories, but for now let’s just throw a bunch of links together and see what sticks.

doing nothing is doing something.

anybody else a fan of british dramas? for lovers of downton abbey, here’s a list of other period dramas.

hand knit coaster. aspirational.

love this handmade fanny pack.

a new to me sewing blog.

how gorgeous are these embroidery display hoops?! and speaking of embroidery hoops, i finally got one of these recently and hung a long-ago finished project.

summer is over etc. but that doesn’t stop me from wanting honey lemonade, heirloom tomato pizza, and watermelon agua fresca.

a lovely poem.

french silk pie! once back in 2007 a friend’s mom showed me how to bake this entirely from scratch and it took literally the whole day but it was sooooo good.

cute little heart quilt.

that’s all for now…i’ll share more links this week!

august reads

here’s what i read (or finished reading) in august!

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poetry magazine july/august 2017.
i’ve been doing well keeping up with these! i’m finding that they are exactly life-changing or anything, but there were a few good poems here and there in this issue.

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health at every size by linda bacon.
this is treated as like the bible in my field. everyone always talks about it. hell, even i talk about it! but i had never read it. so i decided to remedy that in august. i liked it but it was very different than i was expecting. i was surprised by how much talk there was of whole foods and plant-based diets. it was good but i definitely wouldn’t recommend it to someone in eating disorder treatment or early recovery.

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i am her tribe by danielle doby.
i started this in july and finished in early september, but i will put it here. i loved this book and dog-eared many, many pages. so much of it spoke to me. i’ve been using it to read from in savasana in the yoga classes i’m teaching.

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faithful place by tana french.
this is the 3rd of 6 novels in tana french’s dublin murder squad series. it was definitely my least favorite of the series so far. the main character is just not my fave (and i didn’t like him in the likeness either) so it was hard to get into this one. obviously that didn’t stop me from reading it and anticipating finding out who the murderer was, but i don’t think i’d read this one again.

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the house of belonging by david whyte.
after reading everything is waiting for you, i knew i had to read more david whyte. this collection was phenomenal. i resonated with like 75% of it. it’s gorgeous and longing and there’s some heavy mary oliver influence in it.

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broken harbor by tana french.
oh surprise! 2 tana french novels read/finished in the month of august! this series has been so hard for me to put down and pretty much as soon as i’m done with one, i start the next. i really liked this one, definitely way more than faithful place. it’s gotten me and my friends who’ve read it joking about minks all the time, so that has to be good, right?

until next time.

july reads

hello everyone! i am back with some reading updates. in this post i am including everything i finished and/or read in its entirety in july. and there’s a bonus book at the end!

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devotions by mary oliver.
it should be no surprise to readers of knot + stitch that i love poetry. mary oliver was one of the first poets that i ever read. this collection was gorgeous and made me want to escape off into nature and stay for a few hours with no distractions.

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the secret of the yoga sutra.
i read this for my yoga teacher training that i finished in august (!). at the very beginning of the training last november, we were told we were going to have a write a book report on one of our required reading books. i got this one started in may because it was pretty dense and then lo and behold there was a miscommunication and there was no book report! i’m glad i read this though because there was some really great stuff in it.

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the likeness by tana french.
ooooh you guys. this was soooo good! i am currently on tana french’s 5th of 6 dublin murder squad books and this one was definitely my favorite so far. if i had to rate them so far, this would be my order: 1. the likeness 2. the secret place (so far…i’m still reading it) 3. broken harbor 4. in the woods 5. faithful place. i’m gonna be kinda sad when i’m done reading these books…i’ve been reading them in succession throughout the summer.

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trauma-sensitive yoga in therapy by david emerson.
this was my therapy book this month and i really liked it. there was so much information about trauma and yoga and how to apply yoga in the therapeutic setting, regardless of your own yoga skills. lots of embodiment work here.

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morality play by barry unsworth.
this was the book club book for july. i must admit that i went into it fully expecting to hate it and was very surprised that i really enjoyed it. i’m not a huge historical fiction person, which is what initially threw me off, but it is also a murder mystery which i very definitely love (see the tana french books). it was pretty quick and easy to read and very satisfying.

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year of wonder by clemency burton-hill.
this is a book that i bought and started in july. if you are a religious type, you might be familiar with a devotional: a book that gives you some scripture to read every day and some commentary on it. this book is the classical music version of that. a piece everyday, some information on it, and some anecdote. i have been loving it! sometimes i start my day with it and sometimes i listen just before bed. i’ve dog-eared so many pages and need to get a classical music playlist going. even more exciting is that clemency burton-hill has started a podcast, the open ears project, where famous people talk about their favorite classical music pieces.

look out later in the week for my august reads!

june reads

we’re getting all caught up! hopefully i’ll stay caught up. but you know me. we’ll see. here’s what i read (and/or finished up) in june!

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this day by wendell berry.
i have been reading my way through this book for about 18 months. i find that poetry is best read slowly, just a page or two at a time, so that’s what i did with this one. i loved it so much. if you are a fan of mary oliver, you’ll probably find some poems in this book that you’d like. lots of nature and wonder in this one.

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everything is waiting for you by david whyte.
it was my turn to pick for book club, so i decided we needed some poetry up in that clurb. i chose this book because a friend turned me on to david whyte earlier in the year and i became a woman obsessed. i found out that he would be coming down to austin at the end of june, so i wanted to make sure i read this by then. i loved it. it was so good. and my book club loved it too! i was so happy to share my love of poetry with them and to hear them reading the poems and enjoying them and analyzing them and relating to them. i want to read my david whyte. he’s full of goodness.

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the sexual healing journey by wendy maltz.
oh the name of this book. it’s something. this was my therapy read for june. it was really good, but i definitely don’t recommend it to everyone. it’s a pretty graphically detailed book, so i’d recommend it only for people who are very stable and ready to read about sexual trauma in depth. it’s a great resource for therapists.

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poetry magazine june 2017.
a theme. nothing noteworthy.

well friends, we are all caught up on my reading. i’ve got my july books going and am excited to share them in a few weeks (hopefully). stay tuned.

may reads

here i am with the may reads. i feel like this is the month i for real got serious about making reading a priority! i started doing what i used to do in college and grad school- i would figure out how many pages were in a book, how many days i had to read, do some division, put sticky notes all over the book to pace my reading, then would just read a bit every day. it’s a real helpful way to make sure reading gets done! but i also made sure to read for fun too, in a non-regimented way. here are the may books!

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daisy jones and the six by taylor jenkins reid.
you guessed it, this was for book club. i loved this book! i for real thought it was non-fiction for a bit. and i didn’t like it. then i found it out it was fiction and then i LOVED it! weird how that happens. at the beginning i wasn’t a fan of the interview format, but as i kept reading it liked it more. this was a super quick and easy read and very entertaining. i love music and i am super interested in the behind the scenes stuff, so this was perfect for those behind the scenes looks (even if fictionalized).

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befriending your body by ann saffi biasetti.
this was my therapy book for may. it was soooo good. i loved it and i use it ALL the time at work. i didn’t even put it on my bookshelf- it lives on my desk at my office. i have sticky notes all over it and i use it in my weekly body image group. i highly recommend this to eating disorders therapists who want to do more embodiment work with their clients. funnily enough, a coworker happened to read this book in may too! she liked it as well.

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in the woods by tana french.
it’s no secret that i’m a tana french fangirl. i read the witch elm for book club last winter and loved it so much that i downloaded all of her other books to my kindle. i really hate scary/crime movies and tv, but for some reason i devour suspense/mystery novels. they are addicting to me. i really enjoyed this one and there were some good twists and turns. there was also one sentence in the book that ends up being the entire plot of the witch elm which i thought was super cool. it was literally ONE SENTENCE! genius.

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poetry magazine may 2017.
i’m really doing it y’all. i’m reading all of the 2017 issues of poetry magazine! i felt the same way about this one as i did april 2017. it’s fine. i wouldn’t read it again.

stay tuned for my june reads!

april reads

so i’m a few months behind in blogging about the books i’m reading this year but hey, better late than never, right? here’s what i read in april (i had to go to goodreads and look up what i read in april.)

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the great alone by kristin hannah.
this was a book club pick. did i finish it in time for book club? of course not! i was a little behind since i had joined a second book club (which has since naturally dissolved, freeing me up to read what i actually want to read), but hey, i finished it! i had heard tons about this book all over the internet and irl. i liked it. it was a very moving story and engaging. i had trouble getting into it at first, but as i kept reading it was hard to put down. it’s a true love story.

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hunger, hope, and healing by sarahjoy marsh.
remember that i am trying to read a therapy book every month. i had started this one a few months before april but i finished it in april, so it’s going under the april reads list. this book is sooooo good and i highly recommend it to therapists who work with eating disorders and like incorporating yoga into therapy. it’s full of goodness and it’s one that i turn to often and will continue to turn to often. i had stumbled on it at half-price books and thought i’d just give it a shot and it turned out to be great!

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poetry magazine april 2017.
in 2017 i had a subscription to poetry magazine because there was an ad for it on this american life and you could get a whole year for $20. not being one to pass up 1. a deal, and 2. a deal on poetry, i subscribed. and quickly realized i was in over my head and wouldn’t be finishing them up as they came each month, so i cancelled the subscription at the end of the year. so i have this stack of 12 poetry magazines that just collect dust, so in april i decided that this would be the year that i read all of them. honestly, i don’t love them. they definitely expose me to poetry i’d otherwise never get to read, but other than that, i don’t get much out of it. i really like honing in on one poet at a time and reading a collection of one person’s work.

check back in a couple of days for my may reads!

weekend reading

you know how i talk in every post about being more regular around here and then i don’t do that?

yeah. i’m just gonna roll with it. cause life’s too short to worry about posting regularly on this here blog that i have just for fun. and for being a repository for cool stuff i like and recipes i wanna try. so i’m just going with it. it feels good to clear out my ‘blog fodder’ bookmarks.

also. i moved in march. so that has contributed to not doing things for a while. who knew that settling into a new place could take so long?! some of these links i saved before i moved. before i even knew i was moving. so it’s fun to revisit them.

i have a body pillow that is just hanging out on the top shelf of my closet. I have ideas of making a cover for it eventually. it would look so good on my couch. here’s a tutorial that i liked- love the poms!

i love reading kylie’s blog. it’s so helpful to me as an eating disorders professional. i loved this yoga practice she described. i loved this post of hers as well.

this made me want to make pincushions. the perfect use for scraps!

i am obsessed with these handmade bolas.

a great tool for sewists- a pouch pattern calculator!

the healing power of sewing.

i haven’t had to make any repairs to my handmade socks…yet. this post will come in handy when the inevitable finally happens.

how poetry taught me presence.

so this website. looks kinda fake or something. but i must admit that i’m inspired by all the linen tops.

tiny woven pouch.

ever since i read the desert issue of making, i have been obsessed with this wall hanging. i really want to make it.


how fun is this yarn?!

i want everything from this shop.

i saw ina garden make this one morning and i got an instant craving for it.

i’ve really been into hand-dyed eye pillows lately. thinking i should make my own with my indigo dyed bandanas a la state.

i got a crockpot after i moved into the apartment. it is so nice to come home to dinner! this crockpot quinoa enchilada thing was AMAZING. it led to me looking for more crockpot recipes and buzzfeed didn’t let me down.

how stunning is this?!

olive oil berry cake.

i printed out this pattern last month. i have fabric for it, i just need to get around to making it!

i want to make the blouse and dress versions of this!

looooooove this wrap dress/top pattern.

i’m thinking i’ll have to make this sweater this winter. i have a similar sweater from loft and i love the cut of it.

a perfect top for summer.

i want this print for my living room.

adding these to the to-make list as well.

another online shop where i want everything.

this sangria sounds so good.

honey rhubarb posset.

i keep seeing this bag pop up online and i really love it.

watermelon lavender frosé!

thinking about lockets lately. and bracelets. and rings.

i’m really trying to make good use of my free time these days. articles like this encourage.

i had the opportunity to see david whyte in austin last weekend. it was a magical morning. this interview i found online included some of the stories he told us.

really obsessed with this top. and this jumpsuit.

well friends. until next time.

march read(s)


i’m gonna have to start scheduling time to update this here blog.

i have a finished object to share! two, actually. we’ll get to it.

i have about a million links for weekend reading.

see. content.

let’s talk about what i read in march before it is somehow may.

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becoming by michelle obama.

i joined a second book club. i don’t know what made me think i could handle a second book club when i was barely finishing books for the first, but alas, i did. our first book was a flop for me, so i was excited when the next book was chosen and it was becoming by michelle obama. i had been wanting to read it for a while. i got it and started reading and, as has been my style these days, read it in fits and starts. eventually i buckled down and i read it. i really loved it! i loved reading about michelle’s childhood and her jobs and career and how she just wanted to be a normal person even when her husband was president. i found that it wasn’t particularly political so even those who don’t like politics might enjoy it.

the next book for that second book club was the goldfinch. i’ve had it sitting on my bookshelf for like a year and a half so i thought it’d be a good opportunity to finally read it. i’ve had other reading goals i’ve wanted to accomplish, though, so i didn’t get around to it. i ended up telling the second book club that 2 book clubs were too many for me. i DID finish my other book club’s march book (yes, in late april) and have started may’s book and should (hopefully) be done by the time we meet.

i’m getting back on track with the reading goals!

weekend reading

oh hi.

let’s just get right to the point and get to the links, shall we.

once again i’m gonna break some posts up into categories since i’ve been a little absent here lately.

how about some recipes?!

Broiled Asparagus, a Poached Egg, and Charred Spring Onion and Garlic over Grits

have you ever made scrambled eggs gordon ramsay-style? i have and they’re amazing.

baked eggs in avocado!

twice baked potatoes with eggs.

pea tortilla with mint and yogurt. this sounds right out of an ottolenghi book.


food related: the sommeliers of everything. what would you want to be a sommelier of? i’m liking the tea and honey ideas.

strawberry hot chocolate. erin always gets it right.

chocolate puddle cakes. a chocolate puddle is my kind of puddle.

file this under: i bought a crock pot just for this. vegan lentil sloppy joes.

chocolate angel pie.

look how luscious and thicc this tomato soup looks!

i can tell you from experience that these are good without the ham.

vegetarian tortilla soup. i made this last week and it was very good.

tofu pad thai. i also made this last week! i always thought pad thai was one of those things i wouldn’t be able to make at home, but it was really easy. my only complaint about this recipe is that there wasn’t enough sauce. it was an easy problem to fix, but just throwing that out there.

4 everyday salad dressings. i love making my own salad dressing. they just taste so good!

and finally. cinnamon crumb breakfast bread. you’re welcome.

stay tuned for more weekend reading posts. hopefully not in 2 months.

february reads

it’s almost april but i thought i’d share my february reads :) my goal this year is to read 3 books a month- one of them being a therapy/work book. i didn’t hit 3 in february, and honestly really hit 1.5, but alas! I’ll (hopefully) have 2 books read by the end of march and then i’ll try hard in april to get all 3 in!

without any further ado, my february reads!

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blood, bones, and butter by gabrielle hamilton.
this was for my OG book club. i really liked it. i love a good food memoir, and this one had me thinking of italy and dinner parties with friends, which are two very good things to think about if you ask me. it was like reading an episode of chef’s table. it made me hungry, which is high praise for a book about food. i found the book to be funny and relatable and i thought it addressed the gender gap that is so prevalent in all areas of life, but especially when it comes to careers and mothering. i highlighted multiple descriptions of food to come back to and try later!


you are a badass by jen sincero.
this was for my second book club. yes, i joined a second one. we’ll see if i stay in this book club…i’m not sure that i want to be spending all of my precious reading time on books i may or may not be interested in. anyway. this is the book that i read half of. i just couldn’t make myself read the whole thing. it was way too woo woo for me and i thought it was really dismissive of things like mental illness and income inequality. it was basically the secret but in more “motivational” language. i have learned that i don’t do well with motivational books- i find myself actually wanting to rebel and prove to the author that they are wrong. so yeah. it wasn’t my cup of tea, but i know it’s really resonated with some people.

i am reading 2 books currently (for the book clubs) and i am liking both, so hopefully i’ll finish them by the end of the month and have a march reading update very soon! there are a few things i’m trying to accomplish before the end of march, so i’m having to really prioritize! see y’all here again soon!

weekend reading

hello friends. how was your week? i took this week off and it was quite lovely. it went by too fast. i did lots of yoga, read a little, watched a lot of grey’s anatomy (something i keep swearing off but then keep coming back to season after season), and did things at my own pace.

here are some things that stood out to me this week:

i have had a pair of fringed booties from old navy for several years now. they have been through the wringer- they have a lovely nail polish stain on them from when i accidentally dropped and shattered a bottle at target. they have been through the washing machine. they’ve been caught in rainstorms and snow. they’ve lived a life. even though they’ve been through the washer, they have…a smell. i wear socks with them but alas, they’re a little stinky. so imagine my delight when i saw a near-identical pair online at target!!! i went today and they didn’t have the lighter color, but i tried on the darker color so i know which size to order. i am thrilled. here’s to many more years of fringed booties.

i have been reading alicia’s blog for years and always so enjoy it. her blog inspired me to blog myself. this line stood out to me from a recent post of hers: “Oh, the days of January, I love them so. I love that the weather is cold, the garden is sleeping, the skies are gray. I love that. I love hibernating, and flannel sheets, and flannel nightgowns, and hot tea, and pretty tea mugs. I love yarn, and knitting, and television at night, and dark.” I would add flickering candles to that list. her blog always makes me want to be cozy and drinking tea and knitting.

earlier in the week i got an email from subpop records saying that luluc’s very first album, dear hamlyn, will be out in the us in march! i am so happy. i have only been able to listen to it on pandora, not in its proper order, so i am excited to listen to it all the way through very soon.

hooooowwwww cute is this?!

so happy to see some of my knitting friends mentioned in this new yorker article this week.

i might have to make this pretty wrap top.

clementine curd pavlova. mmmm. i’ve always wanted to try my hand at a pavlova but have yet to do so. soon.

in one of my yoga classes this week we used the bolster a lot, which is pretty much my most favorite thing. the sequence was so good that i kept reminding myself of it so that i could write it down later to do at home. one of my favorite poses was this one (prone twist- although we had the bolster propped on blocks). as i was googling to find an image of this pose, i came across this page with several bolster-pose ideas and i’m in love and will try them all!

that’s all i’ve got for you this week, friends. stay warm and cozy.

january reads

i’m not really a new year’s resolution person. except that i am. i just don’t call them resolutions. each year i find myself having a couple of areas of life that i’d like to change/improve in some way. it’s never obsessive or intense and i’m totally ok with not following through. this year, as usual, i have a couple of things i’d like to do: 1. read a therapy book every month, and 2. actually start paying on my student loans. 1 is something i have been meaning to do for a while and 2 is something i wish i didn’t need to do but i really must do. so here we are!

back in december my family had our annual white elephant gift exchange. before all 30 people were there, my younger sister and her husband arrived. she had recently gotten a new kindle paperwhite and showed it to me. it sparked jealousy in me. i have an old-school kindle keyboard that i rarely use. it’s in perfect condition and is totally useable, but i just rarely think about it. plus, the kindle paperwhite has the built-in light. perfect for getting all cozy in bed or for when i randomly wake up at 3am. she then told me our oldest sister recently got a new kindle as well and that she likely would be willing to hand her old kindle to me. as soon as my older sister arrived to the party i said, ‘i heard you got a new kindle.’ she answered affirmatively. ‘can i have your old one?’ i asked with absolutely zero tact. being a good sister, she said yes, she would bring it on christmas.

so that is how i ended up with a kindle paperwhite. it was a christmas gift that wasn’t actually a christmas gift. i immediately put it to good use and downloaded a ton of books. i don’t know if it was the newness (to me) of the kindle or my goal, but i have been reading a ton more ever since. i thought it would be good accountability to share my reads here. i am in 2 book clubs at this point and with the goal of reading a therapy book every month, it looks like i’ll be reading (or trying to read) 3 books a month. so far, i’m right on track!

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in a dark, dark wood by ruth ware.
this was a book club pick. i flew through it. in a dark, dark wood is about a young woman who is invited to a past friend’s bachelorette party. she hasn’t spoken to said friend in many years, leading her to wonder why she was invited to the party in the first place. this book is full of suspense. if you like the thriller/suspense genre, this will be up your alley. as we discussed in book club, there is an element of predictability to the book, which adds to the entertainment value. i’m a huge scaredy cat, but this was perfect for me.

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come as you are by emily nagoski.
let’s be real, i was too embarrassed/worried about other peoples’ judgements (namely, my dad) to put this on my goodreads. this book is SO good and incredibly well-researched. i was so impressed by how clinical and academic it was. i was fully expecting it to be written in a very self-help tone but it wasn’t. i have referenced some of the metaphors in this book multiple times since reading it, in reference to sex and in reference to eating disorders (since that is what i primarily work with). this book definitely met my ‘therapy book’ goal and it was just a good read in general. this book seems to me coming up (pun intended) everywhere around me- the more people i told about it, the more i heard ‘i’m reading that too!’ or ‘i know someone else who just read that!’. it came out in 2015 but it’s making waves in 2019.

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the body keeps the score by bessel van der kolk.
omgggg this book. i started it about a year ago with my coworkers. we all became obsessed with it. it is pretty dense and very information-heavy so i had to read it in spurts. i also found it a little too descriptive of people’s trauma so i had to be careful when i read it. i read this mostly in january of this year and i was amazed at how much it and come as you are were connected. this is a book i will be thinking about for a very long time and will be referring back to again and again. if you are a person who is affected by trauma in any way, whether having personal experiences of trauma or working with traumatized people, this is the book for you. the bottom line of this book and come as you are? you gotta get into your body to do some work.

i’ve already got my 3 books for february picked out. let’s hope i’ll be writing another one of these posts before you know it!

weekend reading

hello lovely friends.

how has your weekend been? mine was a yoga teacher training weekend, so i spent my weekend moving and breathing and learning how to help others move and breathe.

here are some links i liked this week.

i love all the citrus recipes in the winter. citrus seem like they should be a summer fruit but they are a winter fruit. i think it’s perfect timing because you just want something sweet and tart and bright at this point, don’t you? this blood orange lemonade would definitely hit the spot. i be this would be so good warmed up as well!

i love french onion soup and i am positive i would love this (vegetarian!) french onion soup sandwich.

this buzzfeed post about eggs made me immediately want to scramble some up. i had eggs for dinner more than once this week and i’m pretty sure this article is to thank for that.

adding some books to my to-read pile after reading this blog post.

how good does this tofu look?! it’s all about the sauce with the tofu.

i haven’t sewn in a very long time, but i keep seeing some real cute patterns online. i just might have to get the machine out soon. this would be a great all-purpose tote.

i keep seeing this top on insta and blogs and it might just inspire me enough to make it!

constellation placemats. i’m not really a placemat person but i think i could make an exception for these.

i have yet to make a big chunky sweater but it’s on my list to get to eventually. this is a good contender.

have you watched either of the fyre festival documentaries? i watched the hulu one and wow, it was crazy.

i hope you all have a great week! may it be filled with citrus fruits and good reads.

weekend reading

i promised i’d be here again soon and look, i am. let’s keep this up. here are some links for you to enjoy this weekend.

i’m moving soon and i’ve been on the hunt for some new furniture and apartment accoutrements. i, of course, have stumbled onto all sorts of wishlist items. how dreamy would it be to sleep in these sheets every night?

adorable little knitted doll cardigans! i actually really like the style of them a lot and want to make one in my size.

i’m thinking i’m going to have to make this sweet little set for my christmas tree next year.

more tiny knitted cuteness!!!

oh, love. never a waste of time.

ok, but like WHY am i so obsessed with candlesticks. cannot stop buying them. here’s a dreamy set i’d love to have. and yes, another set i’m coveting. and here’s a set i bought this weekend.

i have got to get my punch needle stuff out and play some more. some major inspiration here.

deep breathing is amazing.

i wanna knit this.

pomegranate. hot. buttered. rum. WOW YES.

you know what would go good with pomegranate hot buttered rum probably? spaghetti squash parmesan.

ethiopian spiced butter. i can only imagine how good this would be on toast.

until next time!

oh hello

hi there.

i thought i’d check in to this little corner of the internet to give a quick update.

first- i have an actual domain name for this little blog now! yes, this blog is called knot + stitch. yes, was taken. yes, the person who is sitting on it is charging $1000 for it. so. it is. it’s fine. we’re fine.

second- hello and how are you? i’m hoping to post to this space a little more in 2019. we’ll see how that goes. i do have some links saved up, so we’ll at least get a weekend reading soon.

third- a little injury update. i am no longer testing positive for tennis elbow! i was very happy in december to hear my elbow doc say he could tell a difference in my elbow since november. i was even happier when the chiropractor i’ve been going to said none of the tennis elbow tests they use were causing me pain! i credit my recovery to a few things:

1. setting a time limit on my phone. it’s so dumb. but sometimes you gotta mom yourself, ya know? mine is set to 2 hours. i’m definitely not perfect with it and def go past it, but it certainly has made me more mindful of my usage and helps me to make an informed decision about how wise it is to go past 2 hours.

2. physical therapy. lots and lots and lots of physical therapy. it was the foundation of everything else. i could’ve given up the phone but without the PT i don’t think i’d be improving as much as i have.

3. taking a (significant) break from knitting. oh that pains me. but you know what, a little emotional pain in the short term is better than physical pain in the long term. i took about 2 months off of knitting (and all other crafts/elbow-aggravating activities). i am sloooowly getting back into it. i desperately want to just dive in and get my projects off the needles, but alas, just because i am improving doesn’t mean i can throw all caution to the wind. my current issue with my injury is the muscle tension. oh, the muscle tension! i get real sore if i do too much of anything with my arm, so i really try to be smart with it. that brings me to the next one…

4. chiropractic care and massage therapy. a friend of mine is a massage therapist and she very kindly offered me weekly half-price massages to help me out with my muscle tension prob. she is very skilled at what she does. i will say her massages are definitely not the relaxing variety, they are the ‘omg that hurts please stop but also i know it’s really helping so don’t stop’ variety. i still have bruises from the massage i got from her last week! as for the chiropractor- wow, those people know so much! my chiro is part airrosti, part ancient medicine, part physical therapy. he does all sorts of weird stuff to me (adjustments, dry needling, cupping, manual therapy, etc) and then i do some strength exercises. the consensus among my medical professionals seems to be that i really gotta work on my strength. i did ask him to not adjust my neck anymore cause that shit is scary, but everything else POP AWAY. i have been amazed at all the parts of my body that can be adjusted. i also feel weirdly energetic after getting adjusted. is that normal?!

so all of that is to say that i have been knitting again and i’m going to be sharing some progress here soon. i probably won’t have any FOs for quite a while, but i’m ok with that. slowing down is helping me to be more mindful and in the moment with my knitting. quality over quantity, you know?

til we meet again!

weekend reading

Hello everyone! Christmas is upon us and I am in full-on vacation mode. I took the entire week off of work and I am planning on reading, doing yoga, and just generally relaxing. How about you?

Here are some links to enjoy on your break, however long it is.

Warming winter squash tagine. I made this last week, after about a month of not cooking, and it was so easy and so delicious. I loved all the wintery spices in it.

How good does this hot chocolate sound?

I want to DIY this.

I love the pretty pastel colors in this cowl.

I’m really into the pussy bow look these days. Here’s a cozy flannel shirt with one and here’s a link on various ways to make your own.

I believe I’ve mentioned here before that I subscribe to a daily poetry email newsletter called Pome. It is so good. Recently, this poem was shared. And I loved it so much. I told a friend about it and she recommended this poem and I loved it as well. It turns out that Brautigan was part of Pome’s inspiration, so it’s truly a full circle kind of deal.

A handmade bath soak is a perfect last-minute gift or a perfect gift to self.

Loving these starry free embroidery patterns.

I totally want this build-your-own greenhouse toy.

This spoke to me.

Ever-evolving wreath.

Candied orange peels. We have a ton of oranges right now and I really want to try my hand at these.

Merry merry!

fall reading

a little theme to keep going, if you will.

since i have cut back on screen time lately, i have found myself with…free time.

the internet and all of our little devices are truly magical little things and have opened up worlds of possibilities for us all. but they have also sucked up all of our free time. bored? scroll through insta. waiting for jury duty? check email and facebook. waiting in a line or just generally waiting for something? buzzfeed, reddit, twitter.

what did we used to do in those moments? i’m not saying that we didn’t have other ways to just fill the time. we did. and i’m not saying that our phones are evil and that we shouldn’t use them or that checking email and twitter and fb and insta etc are bad. i’m saying that for me personally, those are not my values and i don’t want to be spending my spare time with those things often.

i want to read.

and again, i know i can do this on my phone. but for me, the temptation to switch apps and mindlessly scroll is too great.

somehow this has turned into a rant. it’s supposed to be about the good stuff i’ve read/am currently this fall!

so here we go. the point of the post.

opened ground by seamus heaney. if you follow me on instagram, you will know the depths of my love for poetry, especially seamus heaney’s poetry. the man can do no wrong. i spent about 2 years with this lovely collection of his work and it was beautiful and meaningful. it is full of poems i will return to again and again. i love the way poetry seeps into your brain and takes up residence there and then flows out in mundane moments. i was walking up the street one day after it had been raining for days. there were little rivers running down the curbs and immediately the line “where springs washed into/ the shiny grass / and darkened cobbles /in the bed of the lane” immediately sprang to mind.

the witch elm by tana french. this was my first foray into tana french’s beautifully written irish world and it will not be my last. this book was a book club read. i was intimated by the size of the novel (500 pages) and worried that my commitment of finishing book club picks on time would be hindered by the length of the book. i didn’t need to worry because i devoured this one. i couldn’t stop reading. i am not one for scary things. i can’t handle violence or gruesome death scenes/descriptions. but a little suspense? i’m in. this book made me want a candlestick holder. yes, i know that’s random and weird. read it and you’ll understand. except it’s used in a pretty terrible way. but really. tana french’s description of it was so gorgeous that i had to buy one, “barley-sugar-twist stem and graceful fleur-de-lys swoops at the top, the center prong sharpened to hold the candle (stub of melted wax, a night with wine in bed and Nina Simone).” i mean, come on.

the woman in the window by aj finn. i needed another page turner after the witch elm and another suspense was the way to go. the story of how i came into possession of this book entertains me: my brother in law asked for it for christmas last year. upon opening it, he realized that my grandparents had accidentally bought him the large-print version. not one to be ungracious, he thanked them for it, then later asked me if i wanted it. undeterred by large print, i happily accepted. i started this book at my first-ever jury duty. i was blessedly not chosen that day and had spent all of my time at the courthouse reading this book. from then on, it was another one i couldn’t put down. there are twists and turns and parts that make your heart beat fast.

my brilliant friend by elena ferrante. my book club has a bit of a history. for a while, we read only very serious books. it wasn’t on purpose. we don’t have a theme or anything, but i think we were all feeling the heaviness of the world and wanted to stay woke. we mostly got it out of our systems and have read some really great books that were a little more entertainment than education since then. this month, after discussing the witch elm, the chooser of december’s book gave us a choice. one, my brilliant friend, was one i had already read and loved. the other, a title i cannot remember, was a serious and heavy book. our group decided that since my brilliant friend was just about to air on hbo that night, and because i had a positive experience with it before, and because nobody wanted to read something so heavy and serious, that we would go with my brilliant friend. i’m only a few pages into my re-reading of it, but i am loving it again. i cannot wait to watch the hbo show.

hunger, hope, and healing by sarahjoy marsh. as i mentioned in one of my last posts, i am in yoga teacher training. i am specifically learning psychotherapeutic yoga, so much of my research into yoga has been how i can apply it to my job as a therapist. there is so much out there about how yoga is good for such emotional healing and i have been trying absorb it all. i was at half-price books recently and was perusing the yoga section and i came across this book. after reading the subtitle, i was worried that it was going to be yet another book that claimed freedom from food and body obsession but still had the diet mentality at its core. so i flipped through and read bits and pieces and looked over the appendix and decided it was worth a try. then i started reading. i am not far into it yet, but my friends, whoa. this is going to be such an asset to my job, to my yoga training, and hopefully, to my patients. it is a beautiful and useful combination of eating disorder and body image training, therapy, and yoga. i cannot wait to keep reading and start applying it. i am envisioning this book being one of those that becomes completely beat up and worn down with love and near-daily use.

what have been your favorite reads this fall?

weekend reading

are you tired of links yet? i don’t think i could ever tire of link posts. they are my very favorite on blogs. there are so many possibilities out there!

we’ve had some themes this week. food. crafts. things.

how about some links about habits and inspiration? do those seem opposed to you? i find having habits and routine really increase the space in my life to be inspired.

in my ideal life i would do each of these every single month. i do some of these things, some more consistently than others.

i feel like this next list is the extended version of the previous one. and i’m here for it. some of this stuff is downright hygge!

a helpful list for the decluttering aspects of the previous two lists.

how are we going to keep up with all of these habits and goals?! how about a habit tracker? i started doing habit tracking back in august. i’m not obsessive with it (no need to plan out every minute of the day), but i do set goals at the beginning of the month and i choose things that i truly want to spend my time and energy and focus on. i do not care to micromanage my life and prioritize things like cleaning and cooking. i do care about making time for things like yoga, physical therapy, meditation, reading, french lessons, and tracking my screen time and pain levels. for the first couple of months that i did the habit tracking, i just drew out my own little grid in my journal, but for october and november, i used this printable and i really like it.

a daily check-in worth trying. cultivating community and gratitude. yes.

related: 103 random acts of kindness. i want to do more RAKs.

home is a cup of tea. this article has really stuck with me. i can recall my own tea (and coffee) experiences that i’ve had throughout this beautiful planet we call home. tea is powerful stuff.

tis the season for movies. movies for bad days, weeks, or years. movies for fall.

i love everything about this post.

tea with strangers. i wish we had this in dallas!

some information i haven’t shared on this here blog before: i am doing yoga teacher training. it is a long program, 10 months, so we have a lot of time to really assimilate the information and let it steep and change us. i am loving it so far and am so excited about the ways in which i can use it in my work as a therapist. i’d love to do community outreach with it and this looks like a great program to do just that. other areas i’m interested in applying yoga to: eating disorders and body image issues (of course), adaptable yoga (for those of us who are injured, ill, or in pain), and yoga for ALL body types. i really want to make it as accessible as possible. getting off my soapbox now.

let’s talk about essential oils real quick. i like how they smell and i think they have some medicinal-type usages (i love to put peppermint oil on my head or stomach if they aren’t feeling well) but i don’t go crazy with them. here are some blends that i think would smell so good!

ok. have we done it all? made goals and started some habits and been inspired?!

perhaps i shall have a new goal/habit in december of posting weekly again?

we’ll see.

wednesday reading

the links continue. i told you we had a lot of catching up to do.

this link list is all about the stuff. those little things you see on the internet that you imagine having if you had some extra change to spend. totally unnecessary but make you feel like maybe you do have your shit together.

phases of the moon print. very important to know.

somehow halloween was nearly one month ago already. that doesn’t stop me from thinking this card is adorable.

this body refresher would make me smell so good. (not that i smell bad.)

you know what else would make me smell so good? any of these perfumes. pf candle co has some of the best smelling candles out there, so i can only imagine how nice these are.

imagine sending little love notes on this.

gorgeous nature-inspired jewels.

tiny little studs that only those who get super close to you can see.

happy hump day.