Why, hello! Happy January again, my friends.
The house is a disheveled again, and again and then again. It's not at all a holiday mess, this is just life-with-five-people-in-a-small-home mess. A kitchen-remodel mess. A sick-mom mess.
I love grabbing moments to work on my Norway hat - with Lyddie reading aloud to me, there I am, needles clicking, even for the 5 minutes. While the girls watch the end of the TV series of Heidi, I settle on the couch and watch too, white and purple and greens carried along the back for a double-thickness. I am amazed how holding two colors has become more automatic. The daylight hours fly by so quickly and are so full of things much more important than photos of my knitting, aren't they? I think my tension has been pretty good; definitely consistent and I am happy with it. I have a little fear over it being too tight but when I slide it on carefully it fits snug and perfect, not too loose nor too tight. The final test is yet to come. Two more rows of hearts to go and then the decreases. I haven't touched Hitofude because I want this hat done and wearable for a good long time before the cold weather disappears.
Y'all, reading a small section in a book every night actually gets you somewhere! Who'd have thought? I have plowed through 200 pages in The Warden and the Wolf King in the past couple weeks! It helps that it is so good that sometimes I keep reading to (gasp!) three or four chapters. I am also about halfway through The Molehill vol. 1, a collection of short stories, essays, and poems by many of my favorites (favorite writers, singers, poets) which is also very good. It is like healing water on my thirsty soul. And I am nearing the end of Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie who can be found and heard on the Read Aloud Revival podcast - if you're parent who loves books and wants their kids to love books....you should click through that link. This book needs its own post. I may or may not have highlighted 80% of it.
I am also listening to Hamlet on Chop Bard.
I will get back to The Inspired Room and will share more about it for those who asked, but I haven't picked it up this week. Because the next thing on my wishlist related to that book is a little rug for my entryway and I haven't been able to find one yet!