Author Archives: zenren

About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 17 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adorable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.

Im moving my blog. This one will be up, but not updated any longer, through the end of the year. If you have followed me here, please consider checking out the new site at I will still talk plenty … Continue reading

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Fluffy Yellow Pom-Pom Hat

It all started with a big, yellow, fluffy, fur pom-pom. No, that’s not true. It all started when I bought a beautiful single skein of yellow speckled yarn from madelinetosh, and fell in love. I immediately tried to get more of the colorway, … Continue reading

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Remembering Baby Blue

October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It’s a special day, because it’s meant to celebrate the short lives of all babies lost during pregnancy, or soon thereafter. It’s a day where I remember the baby I lost … Continue reading

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Knitting Away the Pain

I just had surgery to remove a kidney stone. I call it mega stone. It was about 12x8mm and stuck in my left kidney. The surgeon had to blast mega stone with a laser before he could extract it. Now … Continue reading

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Autumn, Frostfangs, and a Buttercup.

Oh how I love this time of year. The pretty leaves, the cooler weather, the earlthy smell in the air. Autumn is the best! We were up at the cabin for my recent birthday and the fall colors were just … Continue reading

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Knitting A.D.D. is a thing.

The struggle is real. I can’t fight the need to cast on. The ravelry searches start, hunting for a pattern. I calculate stash yarn yardage against my bank balance – can I get new yarn? Maybe a larger project then… … Continue reading

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Springing Forward

The snow has finally melted, and Spring time is here! Since we now have a yard, and a functional garage – that means we have been gardening, and tackling some various DIY home projects. Last Fall I got interested in … Continue reading

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