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I was happily knitting away on my nordiska sweater and was ready to join in the round (you knit flat for awhile at the beginning) and my stitch count was waaayyy off.  I counted increases diligently and I have no idea what I did, but I’ve been avoiding ripping back and figuring out how to do so (and maybe just having to start all over?).  So instead of dealing with it, I cast on a new project, as you do.  Don’t worry, I will get to it soon, I just find that when I hit a snag on a project, often if I set it aside for a bit I come back to it with more clarity later.  Meanwhile, I have been wanting to knit the Betula shawl since it came out a year or more ago.  I am knitting it in the called for yarn and the same color way as the original design, which I rarely do but I realized this is why I love this design so much.  Betula means “birch” in Portuguese, and knitting it with yarn from Portugal is so special.  It is such a soft and yet rustic wooly yarn, and it really isn’t appropriate to work on in all this August heat, but it does make me dream of fall days and I really want to have some warm woolens ready for those brisk days that will be upon us before we know it!

The kids and I have been reading Gone Away Lake, and I’m nearing the end of Knitlandia for my personal reading.

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I finished up a couple of projects last week so of course I needed to cast on something new.  I’ve had the yarn for a while for a nordiska sweater and I finally cast it on this weekend.  I’m enjoying the simple stockinette knitting with the cable detail on the raglan increases for interest.

I finished Mother Culture and was so encouraged by it as I rest from teaching during the summer and look to the year ahead.  I highly recommend it!  I have a few more books I had hoped to read over the summer to refresh myself in homeschooling, and I still plan to get to them even though summer break for us is nearly over.  I have been reading Knitlandia and enjoying its lightheartedness in the evenings before bed.

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I finished the body of the fairy dust cardigan for Wren and am onto the first sleeve.  It should be done within a couple of days, and has been a sweet and quick knit.

I am still reading Mother Culture, truly savoring every chapter and so met and encouraged in each one in one way or another.  I highly recommend it for anyone who has been curious/interested in it.  I began Knitlandia the other day and am enjoying this knitty diversion in my reading.  I took the younger three children to a different library than our usual last week for a special music + puppet summer program. Part way through Wren desperately wanted one of the puppets, a sloth, and fell to pieces when I wouldn’t let her go get it (and interrupt the program!) so we had to step out.  As a result I was free to peruse the stacks and found a very lovely knitting section.  Thus, Knitlandia came home with me.

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We are into the part of summer where I feel a bit suffocated by the heat and cooped up in the house more than at any other time of year.  However, I’m still knitting when I can!  It’s a good time for me to get some things prepped for the coming cold weather, and I’m particularly working on a little knitted wardrobe for Wren.  I cast on a fairy dust cardigan for her in some leftover yarn from my soldotna.  I’m using a heavier weight yarn than what the pattern calls for so I’m hoping it’s not too big on her.  A little big would be just fine.  I plan to knit a few bloomers for her and at least one more romper, as well as a couple of bonnets.  Baby knits are so fun and fast, and a good way to use up small amounts of yarn.  Meanwhile I’m still making headway on other projects I have going, two gift shawls and a pair of socks for me.

Still reading Mother Culture, slow reader over here lately!

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My summer is proving to be busier than expected, how about you?  I am still working away on both of these from last week and enjoying them so, so much.  I’m knitting an Ara shawl with the called-for yarn, Even Tinier Annapurna in color way Red Pear.  It is so very soft and dainty, beautiful to work with.  I’m also highly enjoying reading Mother Culture.  The chapters are short and topical so you can pick up and read wherever you want in the book, though I am reading it chronologically.  It is full of beauty, inspiration, and encouragement!

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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.

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