Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On and Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along. True confession: last week required a lot of keeping calm in order to craft on! I had the opportunity to attend two classes at Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma, WA, this past weekend and I actually have a nice chunk of pictures for you! Continue reading
Joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along today. Last night I finished the simple knit scarf for a friend’s daughter; just need to weave in a few ends and I can pass it along to her this weekend. I’m about 60% done with the Knúsa shawl. I love it, but I’m at such a high stitch count (for me) that each row takes a very long time. I look forward to learning to knit Continental and continue learning Portuguese style so I can speed things up and hopefully preserve my hand joints a bit more.
On the reading list: I finished Heat & Light and a few eBooks – they are listed on my 2017 booklist page. Now I’m reading Burial Rites in print and SoulSpace by Xorin Balbes on Overdrive. I still have a whole pile of PDF books from the Back to Basics bundle to work through as well – I think I will read Six Dollar Family next.
What are you crafting and reading this week?
That’s the crocheted scarf I’ve been working on a bit at a time each week when we go to my folks’ house for lunch. There’s one in the donation basket for the Warm County efforts – WOOHOO!
Next there’s my simple knit scarf, which I’m making for a friend’s daughter. She gifted me a whole hat box full of super soft mohair; so far I’ve made a shawl for her, and my daughter knit a scarf for her younger daughter as a welcome gift when she aged up into our church young women’s group (for ages 12+). This scarf will be for her older daughter. When all is said and done, I’ll also knit a shawl for myself with the leftovers. Yes, there was THAT MUCH yarn in the box! It will be a cozy reminder of their family when I’ve moved. And if you look closely, you’ll see the library copy of Heat & Light from last week’s post. (And for those who are wondering, I had my son take the picture – he’s not a bad photographer; my face is absent since the photo was going on Ravelry and this blog.)
Last but not least, is my Knúsa shawl. It’s officially well past halfway done and at over 225 stitches it’s pretty hard to get a good picture of. As you can see, in order to stretch it out further, I’d have to take it off the circular! Noooope… I think we can all agree that iffy pictures are okay until it’s ready to bind off safely instead. 😉
On to the books, as I’ve got a whole handful I’m working through right now. First of all, in print is Heat & Light, as mentioned previously. In digital format are Give Your Child the World and The Latter-day Morning on Kindle and Sustainability Starts at Home on my laptop (part of the Back to Basics eBook Bundle, which I purchased earlier this month). My son is listening to Elon Musk on audiobook from Overdrive, so I’ve been able to hear bits and pieces of that while driving and knitting. I also finished several other books since my last post – if you’d like to see what I’ve read during the month of January, just click over to my Reading List tab!
So what are you crafting and reading this week?
I had a lot of fun writing up my “wonderful Wednesday” post last week; so much so that I thought it would be nice to do a midweek round up again. I can’t guarantee I’ll do one every week, but I’ll try. (On that note, what day do you consider to be the “middle” of the week? I usually think of it as Wednesday, since that’s the middle of the traditional work week – but I haven’t got a traditional work week. Even when I worked outside the home, I was in retail management, then property management, so my schedule wasn’t a nine-to-five, Monday through Friday gig. But I digress….)
Here’s some stuff that will hopefully give you a smile or something to ponder from my week thus far:
First of all, who can resist cute puppy and kitty pictures – especially when there’s so much negativity on ye olde interwebs these days? I give you – Courtesy Cute Dog Photo:
She looks a little downtrodden, doesn’t she? In her defense, we had just gotten back from the vet’s office. I’d share what she had done, but trust me, you don’t want to think those things. Don’t worry, though – it’s a routine procedure and she’s not ill. Feeling violated, yes, but not ill. (And for those dog people out there, she’s a five-year-old Lab and Fox Hound mix, adopted from a shelter a little over four years back. She has the lab “woodle”, not the hound bay. As she will tell you quite passionately, she is a goooo oooo oood girl who likes to goooo in the Subaru ru ru.) 😀
What are you reading and crafting this week? I’m about halfway through Give Your Child the World now (just started the North America section) on Kindle, and I’m a very few pages into Heat & Light. That one seems like something that I’ll need to really dedicate quiet time to; I just don’t feel like I’d be able to read it in earnest at the kids’ activities so it’s been waiting patiently in the book basket for a calmer time of the week.
If you haven’t already noticed the Blogroll tab here on my site, I’d like to encourage you to go check it out. The blogosphere is chock full of amazing people – I bet you’ll stumble across a few that you’ll enjoy reading as much as I do. I’m adding to it whenever I find blogs that I enjoy, so keep refreshing when you head to that page. For online reading this week, I’d recommend:
- The 40 Bags in 40 Days decluttering challenge at White House Black Shutters – As some of you may know, this is an annual decluttering challenge that has been going on for quite a while now. This year the challenge begins in March; seems to me that it’s the perfect time to pick back up when one’s new year inspiration might be petering out a bit. I particularly liked the list of non-stuff things to declutter, as that’s what I’m personally working on these days.
- A friend liked an interesting article on Aleteia today, making it pop up on my Facebook feed. It’s entitled Why a pro-choice woman joined a group of religious sisters for the “Walk for Life”. I enjoyed it because it speaks of friendship, love, unity, dialogue, and the ability to compassionately agree to disagree. I hope to see more folks coming together like this in the coming weeks and months, drawing on what we have in common, rather than continuing to allow ourselves to be divided over our differences. We can still be on our respective sides – whatever they may be – and be kind and respectful, as the women in this article showed about each other.
- Speaking of love and respect, here’s another one – this time over at Literary Mama. It’s a piece called The Fall which shares a mother’s trepidation as she explains to one passionate youngster how things didn’t go their family’s way during the election. Beautifully handled, Mama.
- Lastly, when it comes to stories, we’ve all got them to tell. I’ve been reading Gregory Patrick’s Mad Man Knitting blog for a while, and I’d love for you to head over and visit him as well. Even if you’re not a knitter, you’re in luck – he’s got a fine way with words for those who aren’t crafty, and a husband who crochets, for those “hookers” amongst my readers. He’s also got a new book coming out that promises some stories that really get into the background KNITTY-gritty of how he got where he is today. (I’m sorry – I couldn’t resist that one.)
One last thing before you go: a friend and I have been discussing locavores and what kind of things one could source locally – and what ONE item we could individually commit to buying from local sources. Some folks are in spaces where they can grow larger gardens and raise livestock; others, like me, are in situations where livestock isn’t authorized but container gardens are. If you’re not already hyperlocal, can you think of something that you could source locally, and will you commit to doing so – maybe for one month, maybe for a season or a year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments on this, as I’ll be sharing some of our efforts in the coming months on just this matter. First I’ll bring some posts in from my old blog so you can see what we’ve done in our current area, but once we get moved and settled, I’ll share what we can come up with in our new region. I must say that the technology of today makes PCS’s (Permanent Changes of Station) exponentially easier for military families; I’ve already connected with the local homeschool group, figured out where the farmers market meets, and gotten info on a town food co-op that sources as much as they can locally. It’s going to be interesting how our garden changes as well, since we’ll be reversing our climate type completely for the fourth time since 2008!
Happy Thursday, everyone!
Just for fun, here’s a little list of random bits and bobs I’ve come across (or done) this week:
The above picture is a picture that makes me very happy, indeed! While my daughter was taking a free crochet class at the library, the Bubby and I hit the stacks. I picked up Vern Yip’s Design Wise; The Urban Homesteading Cookbook; Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox; and 101 Easy Homemade Products for your Skin, Health & Home. I’ve already finished Design Wise – some loooovely photos and great tips for decorating, no matter what your style. See those two pieces of pottery? The yarn bowl is from Knitting Lagniappe – I purchased it at a fiber festival in Texas a few years back and so enjoy using it. The piece on the left is a mug I received for Christmas; instead of a handle, it has a piece that wraps around your hand so you can use the whole mug as a hand warmer. Perfect for my cold hands and achy joints! (If this sounds useful, my folks ordered it from Lehman’s. It was hand made by a potter in Washington state.) Lastly, those of you with sharp eyes may have noticed that my shawl is larger than it was Tuesday morning – eight more rows done on the Knúsa!
If you haven’t already noticed the Blogroll tab here on my site, I’d like to encourage you to go check it out. The blogosphere is chock full of amazing people – I bet you’ll stumble across a few that you’ll enjoy reading as much as I do. To get you started, I’d recommend:
- Terri’s post at Blue House Journal challenging us to examine our wardrobe habits – and though she discusses the ladies of Downton Abbey, there’s no reason you gents won’t benefit from her thoughts as well. She’s got me polishing my old silver and turquoise jewelry this week. Can’t move to the Southwest and be all tarnished!
- A week-long “ode to the Back to Basics Bundle” at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth – If you’ve seen the marketing emails going around the various internet communities, from homeschooling to homesteading and parenting to chicken processing, you might have wanted a little closer peek at some of the offerings. No affiliate link from me, but they are all over the place; use the ones there or choose from your favorite bundle affiliate. Either way, do check out the “ode” posts, because there are recipes and giveaways you might benefit from!
- A reminder to fight the good fight – and to pay attention – from Wendy at Surviving the Suburbs. No matter how you feel about the results of the U.S. election season, if you’re even vaguely homestead-minded, you may sometimes feel like quite the rebel or outsider. You’re not alone, I promise.
One last thing before you go: remember that post of mine about how my Uber Frugal Month was going? I got my final statement from the phone company and my official balance due is -$3.20! Not much, but I’ll gladly take that check and stick it in savings. Every little bit counts, right?
Happy Wednesday, everyone!