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.
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.
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.
Linking up with Ginny over at Small Things. Reading and knitting are two of my favorite things, and it is fun to see what other people are reading and knitting too.
Still working on the Tea Leaves Cardigan. Will the sleeves ever be done? I’m reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It came highly recommended and I was able to download it to my Kindle from the library. (yay!) I recently finished The Girl You Left Behind by the same author and cannot tell you how much I loved that book. It had France, World War I, art, things taking place in two time periods- so many things going on that I love. I highly recommend it. I just started Me Before You, so I don’t have much to say about it yet. But it looks promising.
What are you reading (and/or knitting)? Feel free to link up over at Ginny’s or just share in the comments.