Joining up with Ginny at Small Things, here's my current knitting project. It's a cardigan for Silas using this pattern from knitting pure and simple. I've knit their baby top down crew neck and this pattern is very similar- straightforward and simple which is just what I need! The yarn looks much better in person- the yellow is more of a gold and is a great contrast to the blues and grays. I'm doing the size 2-4 because I got sick of knitting things that barely fit his chunky body. I'm figuring this may not fit until next fall, but that's okay! As far as reading goes, I've got NOTHING! Terrible! We are heading to the library tomorrow though so that will change soon.
I started this blog with great intentions of posting atleast a couple of times each week. At first I did great. Then what happened? I'm not exactly sure, but these 3 things hinder my posts-
1. I don't love Weebly- it's kind of a pain to post.
2. I don't have a very good camera or a good handle on organizing and editing my photos.
3. I'm busy living life and just not good at documenting it as I go.
Okay, enough excuses.
A couple of nights ago I got the old paper journal and pen out and decided to write for awhile. Years ago I wouldn't go a day without journaling. As our numbers have grown, my dedication to that has dwindled. It did feel good to write though. I'll have to get back to that. It's always nice to go back and read past ponderings. Stories about the kids, concerns on my heart, what the Lord is teaching me. I'm not bold enough to blog like I journal- as it seems many people do. I need a bit more privacy than that, I guess.
Christmas was lovely and here we are a few days into 2014. It really just seems like yesterday that Pete and I were driving around looking for a place to go for dinner, that fateful Y2K eve! Here we are, in a blink, with seven children and a house in the town he grew up in.
We're just finishing up a wonderful month long break from school. Monday it's back to the books and getting up early. I'm not ready for the more relaxed days to be over! Somehow I need to manage to find time to knit even in the midst of teaching 6 children and caring for my sweet baby. To that end I joined a "mystery knit along" today that another blogger posted . It should be fun! I hope I can really do it.
The day after Christmas we drove to South Carolina to visit with some dear friends that I've known since high school. They have 9 children, so with our 7 it was quite the party! Here's a picture of all of them except their youngest. I took several pictures and this is actually the best!
On the needles, another baby sweater! The picture doesn't do the color justice. It's a really pretty green called Sweet Pea. The pattern is wonderful as it's knitted top down with very little seaming at all. It just needs about another inch on the bottom, the sleeves added, and the roll neck. The pattern is available here. I've made it 3 or 4 times now and I love the way it comes together.
This week I've been reading Alexander the Great by John Gunther to the children. This is for our last week of Unit 3 of our Tapestry of Grace curriculum.
On Wednesdays, Ginny, at Small Things (a beautiful blog that I enjoy), does something called Yarn Along. Readers link up and share what they are knitting and reading. Since those are my two very favorite things to do, I wanted to join in the fun.
I have been knitting goodies for the baby. Monday night I took this off the needles-
I just need to add the buttons on the side and the top and it will be ready. The pattern is free on Ravelry and it's called "Pebble."
I'm reading The Greek Treasure which is the story of Henry and Sophia Schliemann and their daunting work of uncovering the ruins of ancient Troy. It is a great book, but it's taking me awhile to get through because I just read a few pages each night before I fall asleep- I'm too busy knitting in my "spare" moments during the day! I have enjoyed reading something from the land that the kids are learning about in history. If I hadn't been teaching them lately about ancient Greece, many of the places and customs mentioned in the book just wouldn't have the same meaning for me.
Monday evening, as soon as I got the vest off my needles, I cast on for a pullover for the baby. I worked on it obsessively yesterday while the children played in the snow for FOUR AND A HALF hours!! They made forts for a snowball fight they plan to have today. And we now have a nice snow lady greeting anyone who comes up our driveway.
Well, this morning I ripped out all of my progress on the pullover because there was a mistake right in the front that just screamed at me every time I looked at it. So today I'll start it over and maybe I'll have it ready to share next week.