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I began reading Mother Culture a few days ago and have so been enjoying reading a chapter or so before bed.  It is a grounding, inspiring, peaceful read and I resonate with the concept of “mother culture,” which is essentially that we as mothers need to continue to practice what we preach to our children.  We need to care for ourselves and “fill the well,” so to speak, in order to both model a life that values creativity, continued learning and curiosity, and also to pursue those values for our own sanity and wholeheartedness.  It is part of how we teach our children to value self-care.  It is always so important to me to refresh my perspective on homeschooling especially as we close up a year, because I often feel burned out and weary, and a little lost sometimes.  This book is helping so much to do that, and I’m grateful.

You know, it’s a funny thing.  On our recent trip to California we had two flights home, a longer 5 hr flight and then a short hour or so flight from Washington, D.C. area into the Asheville, NC airport.  I was marveling to Brandon about observing people on flights, how many people get into a conversation with someone seated nearby them and by the end of the flight you can tell they have made a connection, you hear them exchanging phone numbers and contact information.  It really is a crazy thing, how much we do all have in common with one another.  If we spend just a few minutes talking, we can often find a point of connection.  Yet for me on our flights I was more concerned with keeping the children entertained and quiet and I wasn’t really interested in chatting with anyone (introvert).  But on our last flight, the short little hour one, I was seated next to another momma with a baby just about Wren’s age.  I asked her if this was her first child and she said, “No, actually, she’s my eighth.”  Thus began a super fun conversation in which a stranger became a friend. 🙂  Come to find out, she’s a homeschooling momma as well, a Charlotte Mason/Amblesider, a knitter who also loves Ginny’s blog, among other things.  (I don’t think I’ve ever met a person in real life who reads Ginny’s blog!)  Anyway, we don’t live too terribly far apart, we exchanged phone numbers and have chatted back and forth since being home, and I do hope we are able to meet up sometime.  Isn’t it a small world?  (We actually talked a bit about Mother Culture, so that’s what made me think of this little story.)

While in California I was able to squeeze in a trip to A Verb for Keeping Warm.  It was so wonderful to be there, it is maybe the most beautiful yarn store I’ve ever been in.  Absolutely full of creative inspiration.  I could have spent a few hours in there soaking it all in, however Brandon and the children were waiting in the car outside the door so I had to rein myself in.  I did purchase a skein of their Even Tinier Annapurna in the color way Red Pear to make an Ara Shawl, which I’ve had the pattern for since it came out.  Isn’t it the prettiest rusty red color?  The yarn feels differently than anything I’ve knit with before, and I’m really enjoying it.  This will be a gift for a loved one, but I’m sure I will knit this pattern again for myself at some point.  I have another shawl (or two) on the needles that I need to finish but I couldn’t resist casting this on yesterday.  It is bringing back happy memories of our time away!

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Hello friends!

We were away last week to sunny California and I’ll share more about it soon, but for now, our regularly scheduled program of yarny things.

I barely did more than a few hours of knitting in the past week which is understandable because we were busy enjoying family and exploring in CA but also unfortunate because I’m working on a test knit that I do hope to have finished by the deadline in July.  I’m cruising along on it now and it feels good to see some progress.  So, I’m working on a test knit for Norah of FoxandFolk on instagram.  It is an absolutely darling button up cardigan with a peplum waist for Phoebe.  I tried it on her for fit yesterday and it is just going to be so, so sweet on her.  I really love knitting with Berrocco Ultra Alpaca, a yarn blend that is 50% wool + 50% alpaca.  It is so buttery soft, and having knit a few children’s sweaters and hats with it before, I have realized it is their favorite wool to wear because of its softness.  Noah’s last birthday sweater was knit with it and he wears it almost daily when he’s cold.  Anyway, gray may be a boring color but it will be so wearable for Phoebe!  And I’m realizing I need a gray cardigan for my wardrobe soon, too! 🙂

I also didn’t do much reading on the trip, but I am still slowly working through (affiliate link) The Artist’s Way, and hoping to make more progress in it soon.

What are you making or reading lately?

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This week I’ve made a bit of progress on my antarktis shawl, but have also been working on finishing up some sweaters that are really close to being done.  I’m wanting to clear the plate so to speak, and it feels so good to finish up some projects!

I started (affiliate link) The Artist’s Way, something I’ve wanted to read for years.  It is really resonating so far, and I think I will need to purchase a copy so I can mark it up and take my time through it.  If any of you have read it, let me know your thoughts!  Happy June, everyone.

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We are having such hot, dry days here in western NC.  It feels like August or September heat and without the usual daily downpour and thunderstorm we are used to at this time of year.  It’s not my favorite kind of weather.  We’ve all felt more cooped up in the house because of it.  It just sort of takes it out of me, and I haven’t felt my usual creative juices flowing.  So I’m sorry for being a bit more absent from this space last week.  I don’t want to complain, we are thankful for lots of sunshine for sure.  But I wouldn’t mind a good thunderstorm and cooler weather!

I cast on today for another Antarktis shawl in Fibre Co Meadow.  This will be my fourth time knitting this pattern (and always right around the month of June!) and already I’m remembering the quiet rhythm of it.  I was just wearing my Antarktis this morning that I knit from Ginny’s special speckly yarn last year.  I have a couple other projects on the go, three sweaters/tops that are just on the cusp of being bound off, which will feel so good!  Hopefully I’ll be able to do that soon.  However, I couldn’t resist casting on this shawl.  The Fibre Co Meadow has to be one of my absolute favorite yarns.  And this color way, called Ladyslipper, is truly the most breathtaking aubergine.

I haven’t been reading much, admittedly, just for lack of time and focus, really.  I have, however, been reading the second Vanderbeeker book to Phoebe, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden.  We are so close to finishing our school year, just days away, and I feel so wiped from this year (and probably the heat, to boot).  It is nice to read something together, which we both so enjoy.

Anyway, how has your spring been?  And what are you making or reading lately?

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Brandon and I went away this weekend (with Wren tagging along, too) to a cabin in Banner Elk, NC to celebrate our 13th anniversary.  (If you follow me on instagram you saw plenty of photos from our time).  I finished the sock project I had on my needles so those could be gifted, and I am nearing the finish on the Minaret top I’ve been working on.  I had pulled together yarn mostly from my stash to knit a soldotna and have been forcing myself to wait to cast on until these projects were off my needles, but it felt like the right time to cast on for something new and fun this weekend.  So, I cast on the soldotna and it is as fun and addicting as everyone says, I can hardly put it down.  I will say that after spending a lot of time working with cotton the past few weeks, it feels so good to have wool back in hand.

I’m still reading (affiliate link) Marilla of Green Gables, enjoying it and just wishing for more reading time!

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There’s something about spring and fall that makes me crave rewatching the Anne of Green Gables series (the old version with Megan Follows).  I saw Marilla of Green Gables at the library yesterday and picked it up.  I’ve been needing some fiction lately, and I began it last night.  Here’s to hoping its a happy diversion.  I do plan to slowly re-watch the Anne movies, too.  It’s funny how my perspective has changed since becoming a mother/getting older as I watch these movies, how as a young girl I identified more with Anne and now I think more of what it must have been like to be Marilla.

I’m still making slow progress on the Minaret top but I needed some plain stockinette (the twisted rib using cotton has definitely taken a toll on my wrists) the past few days so I picked up my Felix pullover and started the first sleeve.  Clearly I won’t get much wear out of this sweater until the fall but it will be nice to finish it and tuck it away all ready for the cooler weather.

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The past week or so I’ve been working as much as possible on this test knit.  It’s a summery top called the Minaret Crop which I plan to wear over dresses and such as a light and colorful layer.  Admittedly, it’s been a bit difficult at times working with the yarn, beautiful though it is.  It’s mostly cotton (75% cotton, 25% wool) and it does make me realize what an amazing fiber wool is with it’s squishy stretchiness.  Cotton is much harder on my hands.  Also, this yarn is lace weight while the pattern called for fingering weight, so my knitting progress has been a bit slower than I expected.  I hope to finish it up soon and be able to wear it before it gets too crazy hot here in North Carolina.

I’m still reading along in Mystics and Misfits, and the children and I are reading Moominland Midwinter (well, we started it a bit ago but I’m not sure if they’re into it now that we are out of the snowy cold weather) as well as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Last week we still had some really cold days, but this last weekend we spent at the beach with Brandon’s parents and the last couple of days here have been quite hot.  This warm weather makes me think about hot afternoons lounging around on the couch together reading and reading.  I’m looking forward to wrapping up another school year (by God’s grace!) and having a summer break filled with gardening, hiking, camping, outdoor adventures, and lots of read-alouds.  I’m already making a mental list of books I hope to get to.  Do share any you recommend!

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