Joining Ginny and many others for yarn along. . . .
I simply cannot believe it's Wednesday again. I know I say it every week, but every week I am shocked and amazed at how fast time speeds away from us. When I was a child, days just went on forever. So my mitts are moving along thanks to sweet Tracey of Clover. Thanks to her I was able to make my thumb hole. It was a weird thing for me-making an intentional space in my knitting. I make unitentional spaces frequently enough. The mitt is not hard as it is mostly knitting in the round with no purling. I should be done with the body of the first mitt in less than an hour, then it's on to knitting the actual thumb and the next mitt. Yeah, I'm going to be making more of these bad boys. People better watch out come Christmas.
When I can, I have been devouring The Gentle Art of Domesticity. Greg has made the oatmeal cookies from this book, and I will be making the chewy flapjacks hopefully soon. I am becoming rather familiar with Lyle's Golden Syrup. I absolutely love that lion on the can. If you are looking for it, I usually find mine at Whole Paycheck. The author, Jane Brocket, says it all when she states: "Embedded in the gentle arts is a slyly subversive streak that encourages free thought, individuality, creative self-expressionism, imaginative thought processes and not a little self-determination."
The other book I picked up was Steal Like an Artist. I enjoyed this selection very much. It's a quick read and very inspiring. One of my favorite pieces of advice from the author, Austin Kleon, is to "use our hands". One way to do this is to get away from the screens. As much as I love my computer and my community that is found "on" it, I love analog stuff-pens, pencils, paints, office supplies. I am a semi-luddite. This book, like The Gentle Art of Domesticity, gave me "permission" to revel in that. Kleon also encourages us to engage and nourish our "side projects" as they fuel our main passion(s). As someone who has a lot of interests, this was refreshing to read.
What are you making and reading this week?