reading: lily and i are on to book two of the redwall series, mossflower by brian jacques. they're still sweet books, fun little adventures... i think i like this one better than the first, but i'll wait until we're finished to render final judgement. we're close... just a few more chapters. we read a little bit each night before lily goes to bed.
crocheting: i'm making a zen circle blanket for bundles of joy. i love this pattern for when i'm just wanting to enjoy crocheting and not have to think very hard, just zone out and crochet. all it is is a giant flat circle from the tutorial by lucy of attic24.
as you can see i'm not really challenging myself in either category right now. but with a four month old baby somedays all the challenge i can handle is getting us both dressed in time to pick lily up from school! so we're taking things nice and easy for now.
now it's your turn - what are y'all reading and knitting/crocheting right now?
i think it was inevitable that at some point during my hiatus from blogland i would consider not coming back, talking with lindsey and claire and just letting the knitting sandwich quietly slip off into internet oblivion.
this beautiful blanket is a tangible example of all the reasons i did not do that.
a little over a year ago kathy contacted kate and i and asked if we would like to work together on a blanket for rachel.
we came together from two countries (kate is from canada) and across an ocean (kathy was living in hawaii at the time) to create a handknit gift for a dear friend that none of us have ever met in person.
what an amazing thing. and it never would have happened without the wonderful world of the knitting blogs.
i think of all of you, the friends i've made on this 7+ year journey, and i want to continue to be a part of your community. i want to marvel at your talent and creativity, help celebrate your joys and mourn your losses, watch your kids (or cats) grow and change, drool over the gorgeous yarn you received in a swap, be inspired to try something new because of your example...
this one blog, that started as a way for lindsey, claire, and i to keep track of each others creative projects, has grown into a web of people and friendships. a few of you i have had the pleasure of meeting in person, most of you i will probably never meet face to face, yet the bond is still there.
so thank you to all of you, from those of you who have forged a close connection to those of you who have never left a comment, and everyone in between. thank you for making up such an amazing community of which i am proud to call myself a member.
i was planning on using our thanksgiving car trip to and from omaha to make a lot of catch up progress on my weather blanket.
things started out well, i finished weaving in my ends for the month of august (and snapped a quick crappy iphone photo on the dashboard of the van to commemorate)...
as i started in on september's squares in quickly became apparent that i was not going to have enough of the orange (70's deg) and yellow (60's deg) to finish out the month. (we've been having an unseasonably warm fall and i guess i was caught unprepared in the yarn department.)
i was able to work on the inner sections of the blocks though, which is better than nothing. so now i have the blanket done up through september 24th with all ends woven in and a big pile of granny square centers awaiting the arrival of my orange and yellow yarn...
so not exactly the progress i was hoping for, but progress nonetheless.