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Christina Blount
Knitting the World Together
Knitting the World Together


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The Power of Connecting combined with the Power of Making
+Jenn Zeyen​​ walks us through the how's and why's of connecting with a group of people doing the same thing you are.   I've got some thoughts to add, and it's the driver behind the direction +Yarn Mountain​​ is taking.   

"Knit on with confidence and hope through all crisis." - Elizabeth Zimmerman (

Knitting keeps our hands busy and our minds occupied.  It creates instant connections.   Anytime I knit anywhere in public, someone always stops to chat, to tell their knitting story, or best yet...they sit down and join me.   Teaching someone to knit is equipping them with a way to cope and an instant support network.    That's #KnittingtheWorldTogether  .   Enjoy!

#KnitwithMe   #Knitting  +Hope Shack​​ 
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Signs of Spring
A hike around our regional county park yesterday proved that Spring has FINALLY arrived in Minnesota.
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”Exploring vulnerability through his lens as he struggles to come to terms with his own war experience.”

This is a great story of acceptance and tenacity, and a tender strength beneath the pain. It’s impossible not to look at the pictures of these faces and see the stories in their eyes.

Stories. Hope. Strength.
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Hiking Gunflint
The trails around Gunflint Lake are some of my favorite to explore. Gunflint Lake sits on the border of the US and Canada and is within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) ( that encompasses most of the northern Minnesota border. To reach it, you have to travel about 45 west of civilation, along the historic Gunflint Trail. Fun if you like bear, moose, and wolves at a close distance. I didn't see any wildlife on this trip in late March, and very few people. It was meant to be a snowy, quiet retreat, and that's exactly what it was. I didn't hike all the way to High Cliffs, as the trail was reduced to a sleek ice face and a rope to hold on to. That was a little extreme for me!

My favorite dining spot is Gunflint Lodge ( that offers rental skis and the like. Their fresh walleye is the best, especially the house-made chowder. Oh, and I love the family welcome I always receive at the Gunflint Pines Campground and Resort ( Both are great casual accomodations with simple year-round activities. So much left to explore!
#HikewithMe #BWCA #Gunflint
Hiking Gunflint
Hiking Gunflint
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Friends...follow +Michele Cushatt
Her story is hard, but she’s found creative ways to use it to share hope and encouragement when life leaves us all undone. I’ve linked her site. Go ahead...poke around!

h/t +Michele Cushatt
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From Indonesia
The Knitting Lodge Community
Doily-making, with it’s intricate lace, is still a unique art form that continues to delight both the hands that make it, and the hands that receive the finished gift!

Beautiful work, +Arina Shofiyati!
My first doily finished.
30cm in diameter.
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”If you can look up, you can get up.”
This article takes what may feel like a major undertaking to someone battling depression, and breaks it into 7 simple, practical ideas to help with that first step. Pass it along to encourage someone!

h/t +Hope Shack
Feeling Blue?
7 Natural Ways to Fight Depression
Short and sweet, this article hits on some seemingly basic ideas. When we’re hit with something hard, sometimes a reminder of the basics Is all we can handle.

Stories. Hope. Strength.
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Scott’s Story
”My story is a story of ugliness, brokenness, unworthiness....”
This latest tale gives us an honest, brutal glimpse into the mind of a meth addict, and what finally broke his cycle of addiction. There is hope, even at the depths of despair. Read on...

Stories. Hope. Strength.

h/t +Hope Shack
Scott’s Story
Scott’s Story
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Have you Lost a Loved One?
Self-paced study for those dealing with Grief
This 6-week reading plan may help someone process their grief, and it's available to anyone online through the +GriefShare Program. I was delighted to find it and pass it along.

Stories. Hope. Strength.

h/t +Hope Shack
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