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I’m working on the second sleeve of this baby gown for my friend’s baby boy due in October.  It has been such an enjoyable and fast knit, and so cozy!  Since the pattern came as a bundle of three different patterns, I plan to cast on the sweater version for my nephew’s birthday coming up later this month.  My first sweater!

Also, I finished Come to the Family Table (I reviewed it in my last post), and have started Teaching from Rest per the recommendation of one of my best friends.  I’m underlining it constantly and thankful to be immersing my heart in these truths before beginning school for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Deep breath.

I’m linking up with Ginny’s weekly yarn along to share what we’re reading + knitting.

 

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DSC_0015.jpgI finished the sunsuit over the weekend and need to sew on buttons and block, meanwhile I’m knitting the matching bonnet.  I absolutely love this set and want to knit one for philippa too!  So many ideas, so many things to knit, so little time.  I’m hoping to finish this up by this week and send it off to my cousin who requested it as a baby gift for a friend.

I finished The Light between Oceans over the weekend, too, and had a good cry.  I almost gave up reading it a couple of times, admittedly, just because it was painful to read in some ways, but I’m glad I saw it through to the end.  It was a good book, and I’m excited to see the movie now.

I picked up Come to the Family Table, a book I’m reviewing for the publisher, and am a few chapters in.  It’s about resisting the haste of our current day and age, returning to a slower existence around the table as a family, nurturing relationships there, savoring Jesus there. I am already getting some fun ideas to implement in our own home.  Each chapter ends with a simple recipe and an easy game to play as a family around the table as well as a devotional to share.  It would be a great book to read with your husband together, fairly light and easy reading, but my husband isn’t one to read books with me.  I have been bouncing ideas off of him though as I go, and it’s brought some interesting conversation. I asked him the other night if he felt like we have a “refreshing” home, and what is it like for him when he walks in the door from work at the end of the day.  He snorted, which launched us into some good natured teasing and laughter.  Humor goes a long way in these kinds of discussions!  We are looking for the first time to buy our very own home, so it’s neat to be reading this book and thinking about the layout of the kitchen/dining area, and how the layout affects my ability to slow down and enjoy a meal, as well as how it might affect guests.  Little things like that can make a big difference.

I’m linking up with Ginny’s weekly yarn along to share what we’re knitting + reading!

 

 

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DSC_0027.jpgStill reading The Light Between Oceans and enjoying it, heart-wrenching though it be.

I cast on the bonsai sunsuit as a little commissioned project for a friend.  I’ve finished the bloomers portion except for the ribbing around the leg openings and am starting on the bib.  Can I just say how much I enjoy knitting baby items?  I haven’t knit much with cotton aside from dishcloths.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but I’m liking this yarn so far.  It’s super soft and I like the feel of it knitted up.

Joining up with Ginny + her weekly yarn along today to share what we’re currently reading + knitting!

 

 

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I finished my icelandic slips and cast on this week for a sleep sack for one of my best friend’s baby due in the fall.  I really love it so far, almost done with the bodice and about to split for sleeves.  Knitting baby items = pure joy.

Also I began reading The Light Between Oceans because I don’t have enough books going already (ha), but I really do need a good novel.  I’m probably a third of the way through it and enjoying it though it does have some sad elements and the protagonists keep making decisions that give a sense of dread of what is to come in the book.  I guess thats what keeps me reading, though I know heartache is probably ahead.

Joining with Ginny‘s weekly yarn along today.

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I finished Philippa’s sunsuit last week and was able to snap a few photos of her in it this morning.  She seemed thrilled to put it on, this thing she’s seen mommy working on, and she danced around and cried, “ditty!” which is how she says “pretty.”  I’m really proud of it, even if I made a few mistakes and learned some things along the way.  Can’t wait to make more knits for my babies!  The pattern for this sunsuit is here and the yarn I used was some leftover skein from Michaels, I believe the lion brand 100% wool but can’t remember the color way.

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You guys!  I feel so cool right now. 🙂  This is my first time being able to join in with Ginny Sheller’s weekly Yarn Along!  Ginny is a homeschooling, homesteading momma of seven, and a big-time reader + knitter.  Basically, I have fallen in love with knitting via her blog and have been itching to learn.  I’ve had a couple of attempts, but it finally clicked when I spent some time with a friend recently who taught me.

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I’ve been working on this free pattern, making a little hat for Philippa and basically working on just my stockinette stitch.  I think I’m about done + ready to bind off.  Will post a picture of the finished product soon.  And I’m officially addicted!  Brandon thinks I’ve finally reached old lady status, but I really can see why people love to knit.  So, if you have any free favorite knitting patterns for beginners that you’ve loved, please let me know in the comment section below!

Also, I’ve been reading this new release, Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story, by Jewel.  Her music really spoke to me when I was younger, and I read all her poetry and was encouraged in my own poetry and song writing at the time.  It’s been interesting reading more of her background and story, and at times it’s been hard and depressing.  She experienced a way more difficult childhood than I had known or imagined, abused + neglected by her parents and basically left to fend by herself in the harsh Alaskan wilds.  I have been saddened to see what she had to overcome, and yet surprised at how well she endured it, and how graciously and intelligently she writes her story.  Also, sometimes we think people who have “made it” so successfully in their field, in her case selling millions of albums, have arrived there by chance, probably one day being “discovered” and everything going on smoothly from there.  Reading her book reminds me that it is a ton of work, constant “trying again,” often overcoming difficult criticism and misunderstanding to continue to offer your art to the world.  I’m not quite done with it, just the last few chapters left now.  I’ve enjoyed it but I’m ready to move on to some other books I’ve put on hold!