Feeling… excited and nervous about my upcoming move. I figure that’s pretty normal.

Listening to… lots of knitting podcasts, but especially the Cultivate and Create podcast which started at the beginning of this month! I’m planning on saving a bunch of music on Spotify offline for my train trip, so I’ll have a ton of new stuff to listen to.

Reading… A Memory of Light, the last book of the Wheel of Time series! This is my first time reading the last book, so I’m excited to see how the series finally, finally wraps up.

Mint green vanilla socks.

Mint green vanilla socks. Yarn: Republic of Wool in the Grasshopper colorway.

Working on… two knitting projects I haven’t yet posted about on this blog – a pair of vanilla socks and my sock yarn blanket. These will be the projects I bring with me on the train. I’m also working on the cross-stitch project I talked about yesterday. No spinning, sadly – I won’t be spinning for at least a month or two, which makes me sad.

Thinking about… all the things I need to pack for my move next week. I’m hoping to get the majority of my packing done this weekend; fingers crossed I can do it!

Craving… I’m not kidding when I say I crave sushi all the time.

Looking forward to… seeing my family next week.

Making me happy… Friends. Writing. Cross-stitch and knitting. Chocolate. Tea. The usual.

Let’s go on a cross-stitch adventure!

Right around the holidays, a few people I know started talking about the 2016 year-long mystery cross-stitch sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They’ve done a few mystery samplers in the past, but I’ve never really been interested in the theme until this year, with a theme of “Let’s go on an adventure”. Each month I’ll receive a new clue featuring a destination from somewhere around the world, and I’m excited to see what places are highlighted!

The beginnings of the first clue!

I really need to iron my fabric.

I received the first clue on January 15th, and I’ll receive the remaining 11 clues on the first of each month. January’s clue is a bit more substantial, as it includes the lettering and the borders as well as the first destination.

Lettering is fun!

Lettering is fun!

As you can see, I’m still on the lettering and borders in the center of the sampler. I’m hoping to finish them up soon so I can start on the first destination! I definitely won’t finish the first clue before the second clue comes out on Monday, but I’ll have plenty of time on the train next week to work on my cross-stitch. I’m looking forward to it.

Details on the 'adventure' side.

I love the slight color variation in the floss I’m using for the lettering.

I’m so happy to be cross-stitching again! And don’t worry, Harry Potter cross-stitch, I haven’t forgotten about you…

Back to where I belong.

So, I have some big news to share today. I’ve delayed posting about it here, mainly because I don’t really know what to say about it.

I’m moving home to Massachusetts in a week.

Yes, a week. Yes, just me. No, I don’t want to get into it more than that.

I’ve hired movers to transport my belongings across the country, and I will be taking the train from Portland to Massachusetts. I’m looking forward to the time I’ll have to think about things. I’m hoping to take pictures and document some of my trip here.

At the very least, I’ve already fulfilled one of my 35 in 35 goals. I try to look on the bright side.

So. Yeah.