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Joining Ginny with Yarnalong today. I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. Mostly it was fun to discuss with my daughter, who is a huge Harry Potter fan. She felt similarly, but books that you don’t actually love are usually more fun to discuss anyway.

I’ve got another pair of socks on the needles. I am trying out knitting socks with 9″ circulars. Hmmm. It’s an adjustment! There is just so little area of the needle to work with. I am determined to finish this pair with these needles before I decide whether I will ever use them again. But so far, I prefer dpns. Except that my stitches kept falling off the dps–which is the reason I tried the circs! The stitches never fall off the circs. I’ll get it figured out eventually.

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slow stitching

 

photo credit: Minki Kim
{photo credit: Minki Kim}

Have you heard of the Slow Stitching Movement? It’s all about process over product. Take your time and enjoy–there’s no finish line. It’s a frame of mind that I have to remind myself to be in–today’s world is so rush, rush, rush! But our sewing doesn’t have to be that way. (deep breath) It’s not even just about sewing–it can be knitting, crochet, anything creative pursuit really.

Today, C&T Publishing ran a blog post about slow stitching featuring Sew Illustrated! We talk a lot about sewing being a way of life in the book. Take time to sit down with your cup of coffee and stitch for a few minutes–and reap the rewards for that self-care for the rest of the day.

Here’s a website devoted to it, and here is a good blog post about it.

Enjoy the process friends.

 

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knitting bowl

I was gifted this gorgeous knitting bowl from by the talented woodworker Chris MacBain and couldn’t be happier with it!

Have you seen these before? The concept is fairly new to me, but makes a lot of sense. If you have ever knit out of a tupperware container with at hole poked in the lid so that your yarn didn’t tangle up, then you understand the genius of the knitting bowl. Your yarn lives happily in the bowl and feeds through the slot to avoid nasty tangling. I’m working with two balls of yarn for this lap blanket and it has frankly been a nightmare of tangles up to this point, so I’m so happy to have a great solution.

You can knit with it beside you, or sitting in your lap, or even nestled between you legs. A much more elegant solution than a beat up tupperware!

I’m leaving it out as a decor piece and I think I will be inspired to just pick up my knitting and knit a few minutes here and there during the day, since it’s so accessible.

Check out Chris’ Amazon Handmade page here.

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I cast on a new lap blanket for the Prayer Shawl ministry at church. This is the Ted’s pattern from Alice’s Embrace. I’m really a quilter, so the patchwork design appeals to me. I’m hoping it will be a nice project as we read through Hatchet in the evenings as a family. I just got Big Magic from the library. Hmmm. Not sure how I feel about this one yet. I love the encouraging tone, but it’s a little “out there” for me in some parts. (see: Ann Patchett story). It’s early days yet, but I’m interested in how it will unfold.

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I’ve been doing more sewing than knitting lately, but I did knit up a whole pile of dishcloths that will replace the ones that are falling apart in my kitchen drawer. I find dishcloths to be the perfect summer knit. Small, quick, portable, and they don’t sit in your lap and make you hot.

My book club is reading Longbourn by Jo Baker, this month, and truthfully I just got it out of the library and will dive in this evening. It is described as a “downstairs” version of Pride and Prejudice. So, it basically sounds perfect to me.

Joining in with Ginny over at Small Things.

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IMG_7180I’ve been reading Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman this summer. I was lucky enough to get an Advance Reader Copy and this book has been such a blessing to me. It’s all about slowing down and appreciating the Tuesdays in you life–meaning the everyday, nothing special moments. Which are, in fact, special. It was finally released this week, so I encourage you to pop on over to check it out.

Summer knitting means dishcloths for me, and this one has been a fun one to knit, I just need to finish up that last petal! Sadly, I think I made a mistake and need to rip it back and figure out where I am. Oh well, it just means more knitting. Not such a bad thing.

Linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along today.

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I may be the last person in the country to jump on the Outlander bandwagon. I was cautioned that it starts out a bit slow, but that it was worth it. I completely agree, and I think I’m hooked. I’m about halfway and it is due back to the library soon, so I think I’m going to log some serious tea-drinking and book-reading time this week.

That is, when I’m not knitting this prayer shawl. I recently joined the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church, as it seemed right up my alley. However, I didn’t really know where to start. I hadn’t actually ever knit a shawl. It turns out that people actually knit small blankets, but oh well. This is going to be a shawl. Of course, I googled it and found this website with a simple pattern. I may try something a bit more ambitious next time, but this is nice, mindless knitting–suitable for TV watching. I love the color and hope that it brings someone comfort in there time of need someday.

Linking up with Ginny.

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happy fall

It’s fall and I’ve been having a hard time embracing the change in season since we have been in the middle of a heat wave for weeks. I always forget that here in southern California fall means hot, dry wind. But I’m doing my best to hunker down and find the joy that fall has to offer.

Inspired by my crafty friend, I have been playing around with crazy quilting a mug rug. It’s a lot of fun and the perfect project to pick up and put down throughout the day, whenever I have a few minutes.

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I’ve also been doing some hand quilting on this small quilt that has been languishing for a couple years now. I am hoping to turn this into a wall hanging for the master bedroom. I want to hang it over the bed, since I am afraid that anything I hang there might come down in an earthquake. But a nice, soft quilt? That would be okay.

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And I unearthed the knitting needles and started on a Prayer Shawl that will be donated to my church. I love the color so much and I hope that it will bring some peace and comfort to someone in their time of need.

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I adore fall colors and have been enjoying them everywhere. We may not get the gorgeous fall foliage they do in New England, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the beautiful colors of fall.

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This is also the time of year for us to get out into the yard and start the post-summer clean-up. Hubby and I spent an unprecedented child-free day doing just that. It’s amazing what a little TLC in the yard can do.

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But don’t worry, it wasn’t all work and no play. We treated ourselves to lunch in a charming nearby town. It was fun to reconnect and remember who we were before we had children.


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I hope you are embracing fall (or spring) wherever you are!

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I flew through Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World in just a few days this week. I have enjoyed Tsh’s blog The Art of Simple for years (originally as Simple Mom). I knew that I wanted to read her new book when it came out and eventually found it on Kindle for quite a good price. It is a memoir of her life in Turkey as a young mom, tracking her journey to the present day and how she and her husband have crafted the life that they dreamed of. There are a lot of great take-aways, not to imitate their life, but to make you stop and think about your family and your life, and if it is how you want it to be. And then, how to tweak it to bring it more in line with what you dream of. It certainly got me thinking.

I haven’t spent too much time knitting, which is why Tea Leaves is still on the needles. I tend to spend more time reading in the summer. But if I get Tea Leaves off the needles before the summer is out, I’ll call it a win.

Linking up with Ginny.

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I’ve made very little progress on my Tea Leaves cardigan since the last time I talked about it, but I had to tell you about the wonderful book I finished this week! What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty. I’ve been hearing about this book on various blogs and podcasts and had just added it to my Amazon wishlist last week, when I looked over on the bookshelf and there it was! I had actually gotten it for Christmas, but had so many things to read at that time that I set is aside (and promptly forgot about it). I started it one evening, came down with the stomach flu that night and basically read the whole thing while recovering from the flu. I absolutely loved it! It really gives you a lot to think about, and I have been nicer to my family this week as a direct result of reading it. You should run out an get a copy right now.

Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.