"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."- Leonardo da Vinci


Happiness is...

a cup of steaming coffee...
or a delicious piece of chocolate...
the smell of the air after a fresh summer rain...
or sunlight streaming in the windows...
today, happiness is a pile of lovingly hand-knit items...

I guess I am in spring cleaning mode, I have been going through our closets, sorting, evaluating, making piles. I feel a little invigorated by the warmer temperatures, I am back to making lists and plans.

In the process, I pulled out all of my hand-knits to, honestly, simply admire them. They make me happy. Is that funny? I guess it is, but knowing how much time and work has gone to making them, they feel like quite the accomplishment. It is rare that your accomplishments are this tangible.

The hat on top is for a friend, she asked me to make her, she was looking for a slouchy type hat, and after looking through countless options on Ravelry she chose Norie , another lovely pattern by Gudrun Johnston. I used Malabrigo Rastita in black. It is a very easy knit, a very straightforward pattern, and the hat looks adorable!

Anyone else feeling the spring-cleaning bug? Or at least a little less like hibernating? Tell me about your own projects.


  1. I still feel like hibernating, Monica - LOL!!! Btw, the hat came out beautifully .. your friend will definitely love it .. would you know where i can find the pattern? See you Thursday night!!

    Vicki :)

    1. Hi Vickie, well, I have my moments as well! Today I am leaning towards hibernation as well ;-) I can certainly help you find the pattern! See you at Knit-night.

  2. You have been knitting a lot, Monica! Congrats for all the finished projects!

    1. Thanks Andreia, you know how soothing it is!

  3. I am doing a lot of sprng cleaning. Babies seem to grow at the speed of light so we need to make space for the next size up all the time! Love your pile of hand knits!