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Urban Reflection CAL Week 4: Border and Blocking

I'm Back!!!

You guys!!!! I am so so so excited about this! I have missed designing so much and really I have missed talking yarn with all my friends!
So much has happened over this last year. The biggest news of all being - our family grew by one! We now have our first little boy!

He is the happiest baby - seriously never stops smiling! {Unless he's poopy.... hahaha!} He is content in almost every situation, loves his sisters and daddy. {He loves me too but that's a given - I make the food! Hahaha!} We had some pretty serious jaundice concerns with him the first couple months but now there is no stopping him. He is growing too fast! He has made our life more complete then I ever thought it could be. I never knew what I was missing not having a boy!

I am so excited to get a new free pattern out to you! It's in the works right now and almost done!

I hurt my wrist somehow this last week and the pain shoots straight up into my hand everytime I crochet. Grrrrrr! I am trying to just type it up so I can have it looked over for errors. As soon as I can finish up the sample I'll get some photos for you.

Moment of honesty coming. I learned a lot about myself this last year. I realized there was a lot more that pulled me away from blogging then Jamberry. I put a lot of pressures on myself. It's silly because I created my own schedule. I decided when I posted and when I wrote patterns and photographed them - everything! Yet I set up all of these expectations for myself with the blog last time and then found myself drowning underneath them. I had all this anxiety built up that if I didn't post once a week I was going to loose all you wonderful friends that have followed me for a couple years. Silly - I know! I'm kind of a crazy person. My brain works against me sometimes. But I have learned so much this last year. I have learned that if I become overwhelmed, if I need time with my kids or my husband, I can take it. I've learned more about time management and how to tell people no if I can't take something else on with my schedule. I am excited to start fresh.

I hope me telling you this will help you all understand me a little better and understand why patterns may sometimes fly at you and why sometimes there maybe a little dry spell. If I am honest I wish I had never left but I think what I gained in my time away was valuable and I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to learn it.

Well out of serious land and back into excitement land! I'm back on all social media. String With Style is open again on Facebook and I am working on getting all of my links updated on Ravelry so that they link to the correct patterns on my site or {for the patterns that I sold} AllFreeCrochet's. On Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest you can find me at lovinlaublivin. The only social media that is different {for now} is Periscope. Until they change my username {I've requested it twice now} or they allow us to do that ourselves - I am jaminmanis over there. Someday I'll be lovinlaublivin there too. I'm excited to find a way to use this awesome new platform, maybe some step by step helps and tips for different patterns I release or something like that. Any ideas of what you would like to see are welcome!

I can't believe all the support I have received from you guys since I announced that I was going to be coming back and designing again. It just reaffirms to me that I made the right choice and I am so so so SO excited to get back at it!

Hugs and be happy!


  1. I'm so glad you've decided to blog again! This past year I have had so many of the blogs I follow end their wordy world connection for one reason or another. I understand, but it is disappointing somewhat. Welcome back!!! And remember to follow your heart and blog as much or as little as you think is right. That keeps it real for all of us! And congratulations on adding another 2 feet to your house! He is delightfully adorable.

    1. Thank you so much! I know, I've noticed a few of my favorites slowly stop as well. I am very happy to be back! I am really excited about what this site can mean for our growing family and I feel better prepared to take it on. And yes, he is a stinking cute, kissable ball of sunshine and smiles! He turned 6 mo old today!

  2. Welcome back! Your cable hat and car seat blanket are two of my favorite things to make. So glad you're designing again! Congrats on the new guy. We had one in June. :)

  3. Thank you so much! Congrats to you too! I have a plan for another car seat blanket so I'm excited to hear you like that pattern. It sure has saved me with my kids.

  4. Heatiest congratulations! I am so happy to hear this news. Thank you for the breathtaking blog.

  5. No doubts that babies are the most vulnerable and must be treated very well. Thanks a lot for the publication.


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