I think I’m finally done with my series on “destruction-proofing your family.” Not that we couldn’t go on and on, and probably will.
Just as my friends and I do when we meet over iced tea in the kitchen, I’m sure you and I could talk endlessly here on this subject! I will try to address some of the things brought up in the comments of the last two posts — I haven’t had a chance even to dip in there and reply.
What’s amazing me, though, is the finesse and perspicuity of you, my dear readers, in your responses. Something must be afoot in this land, because how otherwise to account for the near universal understanding of the points I am trying to make — points that are not to be found in the way the world thinks — yet are to be found with all of you. For years I’ve felt nearly alone in what I will definitely characterize as a battle to live differently. And now I don’t feel so alone, or so much like I am trying to express, clumsily, things I’ve only inadequately tried to live, to people, most of whom find it all incomprehensible.
So thank you! I’m… overwhelmed!
Meanwhile, the crafting continues. Yesterday you saw a peek at a little quilt I’m working on. And I did finish and hand over Nick and Natasha’s quilt, so we need to delve into that.
Today let’s talk knitting and reading with Ginny’s Yarn Along!
I am trying to make a sweater for Finnabee, using the gorgeous yarn I used for a little shrug for Molly at Christmas. (Don’t worry, Finnabee did get hand-knits at Christmas — just not a sweater.)
Naturally, I have run out of it (I mean, I did buy more, but still). So it’s a bit on hold until I order more. That part of my brain that gives the “not enough yarn” warning is definitely broken.
And that radiator is definitely on. Maybe by the time you read this it will be tomorrow, when it’s weirdly going to be in the 70s (weirdly because it’s in the 40s now and will be in the 60s after, so why? oh, never mind.)
The book is my book (and David Clayton’s and Deirdre’s too!). Reader, it’s so pretty. At first I was afraid to think about it or see it. Now I look at it lovingly, because it’s something apart from me that’s taken on a life of its own, mostly because it’s designed so nicely. Wait until you see the gorgeous full-color prints of the icons in the back! That you can pull out and frame!
You can order it from the publisher or from Amazon. If you have already done so, I would love to hear what you think. This book is about connecting your home to the church and the world. It’s about the importance of the home as a sanctuary, and practical ways to realize this. Is that something you are interested in?
I have already knit the sweater in the smaller size for my friend Erin’s new baby, so let’s look at that to see what is in store. I made it with six buttons instead of five, because I personally always liked a baby sweater that was a bit longer. (I’m pretty sure there is another button down there at the bottom. We’ll ask her.)
We didn’t know if the baby would turn out to be a boy or a girl, so I held off on that final eyelet at the bottom… but she is a girl! So I put it in. I know, isn’t that so funny? Would it really seem much more masculine without?
The buttons are from my stash. If she had been a boy, I would have had cute blue ones. I had no cute little pink ones, but I think that white will make the whole thing useful for when she does have a boy (there are six girls and one boy now! So here’s to hoping! Of course, we love little girls). I will post the info on Ravelry for you.