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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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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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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.

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IMG_1761 Just a cotton dish cloth on the needles this week. I love having a drawer full of them in the kitchen. And I like having a stash of them handy for last-minute gift giving. Everyone seems to love a handknit dish cloth. I have made virtually no progress on Tea Leaves in the last couple of weeks, which happens when I start quilting more. It’s a balance. I’ve picked up The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott again. I got it for Christmas, but got distracted by other books. I’m fickle that. It’s historical fiction, which I love about an author I adore. I’m looking forward to finishing it this time!

Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.