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Yarn Therapy

After a difficult week, I couldn’t bring myself to update last weekend, so I have lots to share with you today. This past week was much better- better patience, better focus, better breathing.

Yesterday was my last knitting class and I’ve become completely obsessed.  All other crafts have been put on hiatus while I’m working on a myriad of knitting projects. I finished my sampler scarf. It turned out beautiful and so soft once I washed it (Reality yarns).  Last week in class we started hats.  I finished mine yesterday. It’s a self-patterning yarn.  I chose the colors because they look cozy and wintry (I’m longing for fall in the 95 degree heat).

My knitting WIPs are the windy city scarf, which I’m making some progress on.  I’ve switched the new color, and have about 90 rows to go.  I began a new hat with beautiful Tonalita sunrise yarn.  This beanie will be ribbed all the way up. And yesterday in class we began a shawl.  It starts at the point and increases each row.  I’m not very far into it, but it goes pretty quickly. It’s a deep gray color from Comfort yarns.

My next two projects are a skinny scarf (white with silver sparkles), and leg warmers (pink, green, gray). I’ve also been working on two crochet projects, but not as often as I’d like. Crochet goes much fast than knitting so I’ve got to get working on those projects, they should be done soon.  You’ll see them after the holidays.

I’m about 3/4 of the way done listening to the Hound of the Baskervilles on librivox. I think I’ll listen to Little Women next. I finished Native Son and Devil Bones.  Now I’m reading Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates.  Its not great, but it’s an easy read.  It’s about a woman in her thirties, named Nikki, whose mother was murdered.  Nikki fancies herself a rebel with a short, punky hair cut.  It’s actually pretty obnoxious how often the author mentions the short, spiky, purple hair.  Anyway, the mother was a wonderful, giving, loving woman who was always helping people in the community and ends up being killed by someone she offered a ride to.  It seems that story is going in the direction of explaining how Nikki thought her mother was foolish and naive and through the grieving process learns that she wants to live like her mother (but I could be wrong). I’m about half done. I’ll probably finish it, though I don’t love it, just because when I commit to a book, I like to follow through.

I also began reading the Tao of teaching.  It takes Taoist principles and shows how they are applied by teachers.  It’s really inspiring and helps remind me of what kind of teacher I want to be.

I haven’t been to my book club in months, but now that I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with this year’s routine I’m planning on going to the November meeting.  I don’t know what the book is yet, but I’ll probably try to get back into it regardless of the book. 

I’ll leave you with my favorite new Japanese snack:

They’re little cookies with a chocolate “burger” and vanilla fudge “cheese” feeling The cookies are even coated in teeny sesame seeds.  So cute!

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Back to Basics

For the past week or so I’ve been swept up in this insane cross stitch project. I’d come home everyday and cross stitch for 2-3 hours every night in anticipation of making some major progress.  I guess I underestimated how quickly counted cross stitch goes, because it feels like I’ve barely made any progress.  Here is the next installment of pictures.

When I look at them all together I can see the progress, but it doesn’t seem like much considering how much time I spend working on it.  

With my frustration at how slow the cross stitch was going, I turned back to my old friend crochet- my baby step into the world of yarn and needle crafts. I finally finished the blue baby blanket.  It was the first blanket I started over a year ago.  In between starting it and finishing it yesterday I have completed many other crochet projects, but the blue baby blanket was always on my mind. Here’s what it looked like when I first began this blog:

And here it is today.

And here’s the hat to match. I love these little newborn hats!

Once I wash them, they’ll both be on their way to Stitches From the Heart.

My next project is a baby blanket for a friend at work.  She’s due in about two weeks, and I’m hoping to have the blanket done before the baby arrives.  She’s knows it’s a girl, so I’m going pink and white.  I’m also trying out a new pattern and moving away from the shell pattern. Hopefully I’ll get started on it this weekend and do a little each day.  Tomorrow I’m baking macaroons for my husband’s employees, so you might be treated to a picture of macaroons and baby blankets!

This week’s school bento was a veggie BLT (veggie bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, toasted wheat bread), grapes, plum, pita chips, and vegan chocolate chip cookies from Trader Joes.

So, until tomorrow, perhaps.

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