a good week for knitting

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

It’s been a good week for knitting. Little projects have been flying off my needles. Not sure if it’s because I’ve had more time or if the small projects are just less intimidating than a bigger project so I’m more likely to pick up my needles and sneak in a row here and there whenever I have the chance. I finished the other welted fingerless glove but I haven’t decided whether or not I am going to add buttons to the cuffs like they do in the pattern. I’m hate sewing on buttons (So tedious!) but I do like how it looks. I’ll have to check out my button stash and see if anything “speaks” to me. I also cranked out a cute slouchy hat for Eddie in just two days. The designer is from my town and I’ve been drooling over her designs for years but haven’t actually knit one of her patterns until now. I’m totally hooked. I think I’m going to choose one of her sweater patterns for Eddie this fall.

Gabe has been asking for some socks and so I picked up a few skeins yesterday on our way home from gymnastics class. The Cascade Heritage yarn is on of my favorites sock yarns; it’s just so soft and squishy. While I’ve never purchased any till now, I’ve been eyeing this Dream yarn for quite some time. The color is called Pinot and I cannot wait to cast on. It’s practically taunting me, just sitting there in the bag, unwound, and full of endless possibilities.

Any new yarn purchases this week? What are your favorite sock yarns?

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

little things

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I once heard someone say that the difference between happy people and unhappy people is not necessarily life circumstances, but the ability to find joy in the little things in life. Happy people find joy in the mundane and see the light in times of darkness. They make games out of their daily chores and find the good in a bad situation. Whether this attitude is derived from their faith, their family or just a God-given ability, happy people make the world a better place. I feel that it is a moral obligation to myself, my friends and my family to be a happy person and I do my best to find joy in even the littlest of things; whether it be a pile of freshly folded laundry, the smell of fresh cut flowers in my dining room or the sound of my children laughing hysterically together in their bedroom when they should be sleeping soundly.  (At least they’re getting along.)

This weekend Gabe was gone on a fishing trip and I spent most of the weekend by myself with the three children. In an attempt to keep a firm grip on my sanity I made a point to capture the little things, no matter how small or insignificant they might seem, that brought me happiness. I thought I would share them with you all.

In the garden: fresh herbs, bees jumping from stalk to stalk on my lavender plants, and my first heirloom tomato of the season

In the orchard: Morning light washing over the Eastern field and the apple trees.

On the needles: My Rosewater shawl is finished and I blocked it yesterday. I’m so in love with how it turned out and I can’t wait to show everyone.

Selfie: I bought a new red lipstick and I wore it all day Friday. Some people might find it ridiculous to wear red lipstick at 9:00 in the morning and they are probably right. But it felt fresh and young, and made me feel more like Sarah, and less like Mama.

I hope everyone else had as good a weekend as I did. Happy Monday, my friends.

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

I finally finished my Rosewater shawl. It hasn’t been blocked yet, but I have high hopes that I will be able to share it with everyone by next week. I do love it so: the drop lace pattern is simple and airy and the yarn is just oh-so-squishy.

I didn’t want to start a big project quite so soon after finishing the shawl so I decided to cast on for a pair of fingerless gloves. The pattern is called Welted Fingerless Gloves; it’s designed by one of my local yarn stores and I’m using a lovely alpaca yarn by Berocco. I hope to finish the second glove in a the next day or two and then cast on for a slightly larger project, like a sweater for one of the kids. Gabe has been asking for more socks, so I may be forced to stop by the yarn store and surround myself in gorgeous yarn in search of the perfect skein(s). The sacrifices I make for that man.

Happy Wednesday, friends.

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