It's Wednesday. I can't believe that we have already arrived at the second Yarn Along of the year-wow! If this is a measure of the weeks to come, then this year will blast by just like 2012. Joining Ginny and friends today . . . .
After weeks and weeks, which turned into months, I finally finished that cray Azkaban scarf for Elijah at 1:30am on Christmas Eve. At that point, I was simply attaching the fringe. It was simple yet tedious because I had cast on so many stitches. Most importantly, though, Elijah loved loved loved the scarf! Yay! It was such a simple and enjoyable pattern that even after swearing off, I will be making another-this time for Poppa Bill, but shorter and narrower-lesson learned.
Elijah wore the scarf all during the holidays and would wear it to school if I would let him. I have too many memories of left-behind backpacks, homework, boots and backpacks to be that brave yet. So he wears it on weekends and when he deems appropriate drapes it over his snowmen.
As for reading, I am in the midst of several books (something I swore off of doing but find I have to adjust that promise to the reality of my life). First I am skimming through Organized Simplicity as well as Simple Country Wisdom. Both of these books are helping me "firm up" a workable routine for home stuff and work stuff. I also referred to Heather's awesome housekeeping routine to provide a shape for my days, weeks and months. Things have worked out well so far and life feels a bit more manageable. Things are by no means perfect but they do run more smoothly. I don't know if it's my attitude, my desperation or readiness, but I think I have found a flexible approach to dealing with all the work of tending to a home while tending to myself and others.
As for a novel, I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I had no idea the water in Tuscon was in the state it is in. It's a scary, but great read so far.
What are you reading and making?