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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Colorwork warmup: bismark hat pattern

I’m going to be embarking on a massing colorwork project soon, so I figured a little warm-up was needed.  I chose the Bismark pattern and some Road to China Light yarn from The Fiber Company from my stash that my parents had bought me last year and was off!  I was undecided about the pompom […]

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Hello! If you made it here from the old blog, please leave me a comment!  Still a lot of construction going on here, and already missing the old banner and bio pics with baby Will and Ellie: However, I’m excited about writing a lot more over here and I hope you’ll stick around!

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Dr Seuss in work

Sharing a peek at my morning’s endeavors: starting an improvisationally pieced baby quilt for my soon-to-be-nieces. When this line came out four or five years ago I bought a fat quarter pack and some yardage because my sister-in-law is a huge Dr Seuss fan.  It never occurred to me that the line would have so […]

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TEAS Test Thoughts

The last ‘to do’ list item for my nursing school application was the TEAS Test.  At my school your score is not a factor as long as you ‘pass’ the test with a score above the national average (which hovers around 65%).  Given that a score of 67% and 97% would have the same impact […]

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The Plucky Obsession

If you knit and haven’t tried plucky yarn, well…actually…keep that up.  It’s like crack.  It’s brilliantly marketed and limited and hoarding becomes inevitable.  Avoid it.  But if you are a knitter and HAVE tried plucky, then you’ll appreciate these lovelies that came in the mail today (camomile, top hat, punchy, and thank you note on […]

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