For the Yarn Along this week another Mollie Makes came in the mail recently. I have been catching up on some older issues of Real Simple. Does anyone else keep stacks of magazines and I mean a year or 2 worth of each magazine that you like? Love having them for inspiration or in the winter and summer between books.
The owl wristwarmers are coming along. I'm hoping for the next yarn along I'll have them done. Hoping I'll hve a completed project in February.
For this week's yarn along I'm redoing a hat I finished a couple of years ago. When I finished it I liked it but now want to add a few more rows so that it covers my ears. The Stone Path Hat pattern is on CrochetMe.
Still reading Daring Greatly but let's just say it's hitting a few chords and making me think (see previous post). In between I'm picking up these issues of Mollie Makes. I love the fortune cookies but right now I have my eye on those knitted owl wrist warmers to make soon.
Hope you are enjoying a good knit, crochet or read this Wednesday.
A new way to spend this very cold Saturday night in my robe at my desk with a cup of tea and a piece of tiramisiu. (It's already gone as I write this now.) I have a stack of movies or Downton Abbey to watch online and plenty of knitting and crochetting to send my brain into a frenzy of new ideas to craft.
In the past year these Saturday nights have become more frequent for me. You see it will be almost a year now that I have been separted on my own raising and homeschooling 5 children. These "every other weekends" have now become my own weekends to eat what I want, reflect, read, take a class, learn something new about myself, even revisit something old about myself that I missed and think (there is quite a bit of thinking going on). I welcomed these weekends right from the start and during a difficult period I looked forward to the solitude. It has been a new journey for me to take these moments and learn more about myself. I sort of placed myself on hold during my 12 year marriage. You see I got married at 23 and soon after started my family and with 5 kids 2 years apart well let's face it that didn't leave a lot of me time in there. And don't forget to throw in a few life obstacles that we all go through to the mix of raising a family. Now at 37 onto a new journey of figuring myself out something I wasn't able to do for myself before I was 23 and married. Looking back WOW 23 going on 24 getting married give me a break what did I know then! Look at what I know now. I have gained quite a bit of wisdom to help me navigate through this next year.
Yesterday I posted my favorite quote I don't know who said it but it was something that was passed along to me.
"Become fully what you already are, in the deepest, most authentic longing of your nature."
I love this because it says to me exactly what I'm feeling and how I am striving to live.
With many changes and life lessons this past year it has been difficult to return back to this space into blogland. I miss it and have been easing my way back in here slowly. It was hard to slide back into this space sooner when I couldn't share very much and to stick to just the food and yarn and some books and pretend it was all going ok during that picture moment did not seem very authentic to me. The snapshot moment did not reveal the whole truth it seemed shallow.
Even taking the picture in this post with my sweet treat and tea I could have put it on a place mat on my kitchen table and a pretty plate but why I'm at my desk digging through paperwork why not share those little pieces too. Everything isn't so pretty everyday but taking a moment seems even more important to me now.
So far so good already 3 posts in the New Year and one being the Yarn Along.
These 2 pieces have been in the works for months the pastel orange/white is a lap throw and the blue is just a soft afghan for the living to cozy up with up which I hope to get done before winter is over.
A Christmas present from my kids very inspiring for future knitting projects.
My latest read "The Midwife" loved it. My next read "Daring Greatly".
Enjoy your knitting/crochetting and reading this Wednesday.
They might be the words of a Michael Buble song but I can't seem to get these words out of my mind today. I'm trying to welcome the New Year with fresh brighter eyes, wisdom and much more growth all the while in the middle of a divorce, being a mom, homeschooling, working outside the home, being at home and just being myself.
I don't have any New Year's Resolutions but look forward to returning more frequently to blogland. I miss this space. For a long time I forgot about this space I'm looking forward to my own return can't wait to see what I write. There maybe less recipes (there is much less cooking going on these days), future freezing and gardening hopefuls for this summer, the knitting and crochetting continues at full force, books from book sales and reading lists continue to flow in (always a delight), more furniture painting fun (I say that with a tone because the process isn't fun sometimes), more crafts on the mind and in the studio and possibly a bit more about me (I dare myself to share in time).
I hope to inspire you in the New Year as you all have and continue to inspire me.
In the last few days people have not only wished me a Happy New Year but have said to me "The best is yet to come.", "It's going to be a good year I can feel it" and "You deserve to be happy you earned it." All thoughtful and kind words after a long, turbulant and hellish 2012. I already can feel it's going to be an amazing New Year with the love and support of family and friends that have been through this crazy ride called 2012 and are now with me as we celebrate and enter the 2013 with fresh eyes, more wisdom and laughter. Peace and love to you all.