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I’ve been knitting mostly on Noah’s birthday sweater, finishing both sleeves and attaching them to the body, and then realized I was running out of the blue yarn for the last bit of blue stripe. ¬†Woe is me. ūüė¶ I tried to figure out ways to get around ordering another skein of yarn, but in the end I know I won’t like the look of it with one stripe being the wrong size and then I will likely run out of yarn in the other colors if I try to stretch them to take up the yardage of the blue stripe. ¬†Needless to say, I admitted defeat and ordered another skein. ¬†So that sweater is on hold for a few days. ¬†It should be fairly quick to finish once the yarn arrives.

Meanwhile, I cast on Phoebe’s birthday sweater. ¬†This sweater is a bit of a gamble as I’m trying to adjust an adult-sized sweater down to Phoebe’s size by using smaller yarn and needles and a tight gauge. ¬†I think it is ambitious to hope to have it done within a month, it’s possible but I doubt it. ¬†I couldn’t resist this sweater though because of the horses on the yoke. ¬†Phoebe is going to love it, even if I finish it after her birthday.

Still reading On the Road with Saint Augustine.

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Rain has been drizzling off and on here all day, now it pours in buckets from the gray October sky. ¬†A torrent rushes out from the gutter on the garage roof. ¬†The light is gloomy so it was hard to capture the color of this beautiful yarn accurately. ¬†It is a dark mustard-y chartreuse, more golden yellow than is showing here. ¬†I’ve worked on a few small baby items this week but mostly have been working on my featherweight cardigan. ¬†It isn’t necessarily knitting up quickly, but I am enjoying every minute of it. ¬†This lovely yarn from John Arbon is wonderful to have in hand. ¬†It feels a bit different than anything I’ve knit with before, but I do really like it.

I’m still reading Beauty for Truth’s Sake, last night reveling in the theology of geometry. ¬†I’m not a mathematician and this book is a mind-bender in the sleepy late evening hours, but it is still accessible to me. ¬†Oh, to study any realm of the world and find in it Christ, the cross, the great Architect writing His design into all things. ¬†It’s breathtaking.

Also, I pre-ordered a copy of Christina Deanne’s book Modern Heritage Knits. ¬†She is a local-to-me designer (though I believe she just moved) and I’ve knit one of her patterns before, the Minaret crop, which I love. ¬†There are so many patterns in this book that I want to knit so I felt it was worth purchasing! ¬†It has been lovely to slowly flip through and savor it. ¬†I don’t purchase many knitting books or magazines (though I wish I could!) and its nice to have something I can enjoy leisurely and knit from when I can.

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This past weekend we went to a lake house a couple of hours away. ¬†I thought I would get more knitting done than I did (as all knitters think when they go out of town). ¬†I did make a bit more progress on my nordiska and it’ll be ready to wear as soon as the weather starts to require it. ¬†After months and months of hibernating, my marley shawl project did get some attention. ¬†Suddenly I’m re-inspired to work on it. ¬†It is really quite far along and with a few weeks of devotion I know I would have it off my needles. ¬†It’s one I love knitting but also really can’t wait to wear. ¬†Brioche is both relaxing and easy but also requires some light focus and attention.

The kiddos and I were reading from Parables from Nature this morning and I so enjoy this book, as do they. ¬†Not only do we learn more about some facet of nature (this morning, honeybees) but also the stories are so rich and full of meaning while being highly engaging. ¬†We are always left with so much to think on and discuss. ¬†I’m still reading Beauty for Truth’s Sake and will be for some time as it is a really slow/chewing sort of read for me.

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September days are upon us, earliest foliage beginning to change. ¬†The garden is tired, the days are shortening ever so slightly, the mornings are beginning to cool. ¬†I separated for sleeves on my nordiska sweater and just need to try it on for length soon before starting the color work portion that goes along the bottom. ¬†I’m still torn about the colors I’ve chosen for the color work so we’ll see.

I finished The Brave Learner and am now reading Beauty for Truth’s Sake. ¬†This is one I am curious about and interested in for sure but also am disciplining myself to read to continue my own learning. ¬†I think in particular the author’s emphasis on the beauty and order in mathematics will be necessary for me as I try to ignite my own sense of wonder and curiosity so that I can hopefully do the same for my little learners.

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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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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!

What are you reading or making lately?

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