Finding Little Moments

To observe, enjoy and create in everyday life

Jelly-Roll Rug

Once a month I head to my friend Heather's house for a sewing day. She owns a small quilting business out of her home where she provides longarm quilting services, sells fabrics and also makes some beautiful embroidered projects. I always enjoy our afternoons together because we get to catch up, and I have three or four hours of uninterrupted sewing time. 
Over the last two months, I have been working on this Jelly-Roll Rug by RJ Designs. Heather had picked up the supplies and pattern for each of us to make a rug last year. I was the guinea pig in the process, as I was the first one of us to attempt to make it. I used a jelly roll cut from flannel and two packages of pre-cut strips of cotton batting. For non-quilters, a jelly roll consists of a pre-cut strips of fabric from a line of fabric. To make the rug, I began by sewing the strips end-to-end.

Once I had one, very long, continuous strip of flannel, I layered the flannel and batting and then folded them to be sewn together.

It resulted in quite the pile on the floor of Heather's shop!

I took all that I had sewn and wound it up into a ball. By the time I hit this stage of the project, I was a few hours in and ready to stop for the day. The large fabric ball would need to be put away until next month.

When I arrived at Heather's this week for our monthly sewing day, I was ready to see the rug come together. I was thankful to use her machine! It is set flush into her sewing table so it made it so easy to maneuver the rug around and around and around.

Turning the coiled strips into a rug took another few hours of sewing, and many bobbins. I now see why the directions recommended pre-winding four or five bobbins and having a new spool of thread ready. Heather was laughing at me as I worked, because I would hold my breath around every turn and let out a big sigh when I made it to a straight away. 

Here it is! The last step to making the rug was to spray it with starch and press both sides of it. It really helped to make the rug lie nice and flat. I am so happy with how the rug turned out! I have always loved the look of braided rugs and other rag rugs, but I have not ever had enough fabric scraps to pull one together. So this was a great way to make a coiled rug without spending years of saving strips of fabric.
Now to decide on what next month's project will be! What projects have you been working on?

Plugging Along

I am about to wrap up my fifth month of piano lessons. I am still finding it enjoyable and certainly challenging to learn piano. There is so much to learn! When I began, I could not have told you where Middle C sat among all of the keys. I didn't know anything really. Now I have been slowly learning terms like forte and staccato and so many more. I have been working on tempo and learning what all of the different symbols mean. The whole process has felt a bit like learning a new language. It is like a workout for my brain each evening when I practice.

Learning piano has also been a very humbling experience. As an adult, there are very few things that I go into without having some basic knowledge of how to perform a given task. If I were to learn a new cooking technique, I would at least understand the basics of cooking. When I work to learn a new sewing skill, I understand how to operate a sewing machine. With piano, I had absolutely no foundation to draw from. I have had to accept that I would need to take my time and practice, practice, practice. I can not whiz through this process of learning. It would be too evident if I didn't practice. And I have to learn that it may take weeks or months to play a song passably. I have been working on "Ode to Joy" for three months. I still cannot play through those two sheets of music without making a mistake. But I keep at it. I refuse to admit defeat!

A friend of mine began to learn the violin at about the same time I began piano lessons. It's been fun to commiserate with her about the difficulties and joys of learning to play an instrument as an adult. We get excited over little accomplishments that feel so big to us. We've talked about learning a piece together and playing a duet later this fall. When tickets are released, I will be sure to post!
An added bonus to this process is that our dog Sadie comes in to the front room most nights to listen to me play. I call it her "evening concert." She either sits on the floor by the piano or lounges on the sofa. I think she might be one of my biggest cheerleaders. 

Have you learned an entirely new skill recently? What has your experience been like?

A Mother's Day Hike

Each year my guys ask me how I would like to spend Mother's Day. This year my one request was to go on a hike. A hike at a very specific spot. I wanted to head up to Columbia Hills State Park. This state park is located in the east end of the Columbia Gorge on the Washington side. I had seen pictures from other friends' visits to this area, and it had been on my list of hikes I wanted to go on for a few years now.

These blooms are why you go on this hike! The bulk of this state park is a historic ranch that is covered with miles of trails. Along the trails you will find a multitude of wildflowers. Spring is the best time to visit, mid to late April may be ideal. Here you will find thousands of Balsamroot flowers and Lupine in bloom! There are of course many other wildflowers in bloom or near bloom, but the fields of yellow and purple flowers are spectacular.

The majority of the trails are through the open range land, but there is a section that is under the shade of these oak trees. Portions of the trail follow Eight-Mile Creek, which cuts through the state park. 

Whenever I see Balsamroot flowers, I am reminded of our years spent in Spokane, Washington. When we moved to Spokane, these wildflowers could be found all over the area, and I had never seen them before. They are a welcome burst of color after a snowy winter. For me thoughts of Spokane also remind me of when our boys were babies. Both boys were born while we lived in Spokane. We really enjoyed the years spent there.

What these pictures cannot express to you is how incredibly windy this area was! The wind was blowing so strongly that you could hardly speak to the person walking right alongside you. However, the wind was welcome as it kept us cooled off from the hot sun.

We saw many clumps of this flower, which I believe is Hood's Phlox. I had brought along Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge by Russ Jolley to help me identify various wildflowers we saw. We saw vines of Manroot, marah oreganus, along the hillsides, as well as flowers from the Buckwheat family. There were four or five other flowers we saw that had not bloomed out yet. I bet if you were to go back in a week or so, they would be in bloom. 

You'll notice that there is not a single picture of my boys on these trails. They were there, I promise. They were just far ahead of my husband and I. They have become great hikers over the years. When they were younger, we had nicknamed them "Wait up Jack" and "Hurry up Alex" as one was always too far ahead and the other too far behind. Now I am the one always behind. Stopping to admire the view or take a picture of a flower to identify later. It's bittersweet to see how quickly they have each grown up and yet exciting at the same time. It's been a wonderful gift to be the mother of our two amazing boys. 

Happy Mother's Day.

A Spring Woodland Walk

In the last couple of weeks, I have managed to head to these trails twice. Once on a walk with my friend and once for an evening stroll on my birthday. These trails are only 15 minutes from our home, and they are always beautiful to walk through no matter the time of year.

The trail systems here loops around and crisscross each other many times, which means that I have yet to walk these trails the same way twice. But that doesn't matter. It is always a pleasant walk regardless of which trail I land on. This time of year the Trillium where all in bloom. There were many white blooms and a few pink ones as well. Trillium are part of the Lily family and are pollinated by ants. Did you know that there are 38 different Trillium species in the United States? However, most are found in the eastern states. To read more about Trillium, the US Forest Service has some great information.

Of course one would find slugs and snails on a spring walk in the Pacific Northwest! We saw many, many of our native Banana slugs, which are the largest slug in North America. But, we also saw some large snails along the trail.

The woodland floor was covered with a variety of greenery. It was so lush and beautiful to look at. The Trillium, Fringecup, Ferns, and other Saxifrage family plants carpeted the ground alongside the trails. Mixed in with all of these plants were the soft green leaves of the Inside-Out Flower, whose leaves resemble those of a duck's foot.  

When my husband and I walked through these woods on the evening of my birthday, the setting sun was shining through the fern fronds. 

What a special place just minutes from our house. When you are on these trails, you forget that you are a short drive back to the noise of the city and its neighborhoods. It is so quiet and peaceful here.
How about you? Do you have a little escape just minutes from your home?

Knitting Undone - Yarn Along

Have you ever been working on a project and knew something was off? That was the case with this sweater I began a couple months ago. Every time I picked it up to work on it, it felt like it was going to be too large. Even though I had made a swatch and adjusted my needle size accordingly. So this week I took what I had made of the sweater and 'tried it on'. I could see that it had far more than the 10" of positive ease that the pattern said it would have and something would have to be done to correct it. If I kept working on it, the finished product would have been a tent on me!

I knew the project would need to be pulled apart and reworked, but I wasn't sure what corrections needed to be made. Did I need to knit the smaller size? Or, did I need to go down a size or two in needles? I took a trip down to our local yarn shop, Blizzard Yarn and Fiber to ask for help. I am so glad I did. The women there were able to look at the work I had began, look at the pattern, take some measurements and point me in the direction. Yes, it involved pulling out all of the work I had begun. But that's how we learn sometimes, right? It was recommended that I move down a size in the pattern as well as trying a new swatch on a smaller needle. It turns out I keep a pretty loose tension when I knit.  

It took less than ten minutes to unknit my sweater, and now I am back at square one. So this month's post of my knitting shows me no closer to finishing a project. It is actually quite the opposite. 

I did however finish a couple of good books this month!

I listened to the book "Sold on a Monday" by Kristina McMorris. It was an interesting listen. The story is set in the early 1930s and follows a newspaper reporter who takes a photo of two children sitting next to a sign stating that the children are for sale. The photo gets published and brings attention to the reporter. When the reporter finds out what happened to the children after the picture was published, he ultimately feels responsible and sets out to make things right. The novel, which is entirely fictional, is based on a similar photo taken in the 1940s. 

The second book I read was a memoir written by an Oregon author. The book "Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part-Time Pioneer" follows author William Sullivan and his family as they build a rustic cabin using no power tools in the late 1970s. They then proceed to spend the next twenty five summers at the cabin. This cabin has no running water, no electricity, and no roads heading in to it. Along with living at the cabin each summer, the Sullivans attempt to find out what happened to the old homesteader who had previously owned the land. Local legend was that he had been murdered. I loved reading this book, and it is one that I would pick up and read again. I had stumbled across it when our family was visiting a small historical museum on a road trip a few years back. I enjoy finding new, local authors to read by looking through the books offered for sale at historical museums. I have yet to be disappointed. 

Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along for May!

It's Completed!

When I had last worked on my quilt top for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along, I had discovered that I was going to be just shy of having enough of the white print fabric for the quilt's borders. I had used the same white print all throughout my quilt blocks as well as the sashing strips. But when it came time to cut the border strips, I only had enough left to cut three of the four strips needed. So, I had to come up with a plan. 
I went back to the fabric store where I had originally purchased the white print from (ahem...over a year ago) and of course could not find any more of that particular fabric. While there I bought a 'back up plan' fabric to use if I could not track down the original. I considered changing the borders to a different color, maybe a blue or a gray, but I didn't think I would like the look of that. And so, I began a hunt online trying to find a quarter yard cut of the white print. After an afternoon of searching, I thought I had found the print, and so I ordered it. When it arrived in the mail, it was a similar print...but not the one. I had wasted the better part of April trying to track down a small piece of fabric to finish this quilt. I decided to go ahead with my fabric purchased as a back up. This is the fabric you see in the photo above. I decided that ultimately the scale of the white print and the shade of white was similar enough that it was just going to have to do.

The last week of this month found me hurriedly stitching the border strips to my quilt top. I found time again to stitch the borders on while at the library one evening while my boys were at youth group. I think this has become my favorite public place to work on projects. It's so quiet. I found a cozy little corner and set myself up for an evening of stitching. 

Thankfully, the borders went super quickly. In just a few short evenings, I was finished with the top of the quilt. At one point this month, I thought I would not be able to meet the April 30th deadline for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along. I felt I had wasted time trying to hunt down the matching fabric. But, as usual, it all worked out in the end. I often tell people that the only time quilting mistakes are obvious is when you are working on them and your quilt is eighteen inches from your face. When a quilt is finished and laid out on a bed or hung on a wall, the mistakes we had seen are not as noticeable. This month I needed to listen to my own advice.

So here it is all finished. Well, the quilt top that is. Now to pair it up with some batting and a backing and get to work quilting this little quilt. I think it will make a nice table topper or wall hanging when I am all finished. 
I really enjoyed the process of hand piecing, and I will certainly be looking for other small projects to piece by hand. I liked that this project was transportable and that I could also be working on it alongside my family while we watched a movie or took a car trip. Making this small quilt truly made me appreciate the work that would go into piecing a bed-sized quilt by hand....and probably caused me to love my sewing machine just a little bit more!

Neighborhood Hospitality

We have lived in our current neighborhood for almost 12 years. I can always remember this because our youngest son Alexander celebrated his third birthday in this home. That was the Sunday in December when we came home from church and found the furnace had quit working, and we were expecting a house full of people in just a few short hours. But, I suppose that is a story for another time. 

Over the years we have come to know most of the neighbors surrounding our home. Some we know quite well, such as our next door neighbor who was also Alexander's preschool teacher. And other neighbors we know only as the-owner-of-the-fluffy-dog, or some other such description. Some of neighbors we have known over the years have moved to new homes, and sadly others have passed away. At Christmas time some of us neighbors exchange plates of goodies, and there's always simple "Hellos" when we see each other outside. In the nearly twelve years we have lived here, we have not seemed to dive any deeper with most neighbors than knowing their first name, or in some cases only their dog's name.

And so, we are trying to change that. We want to really know the people who live on our block and surrounding blocks. We want to be better about building relationships with those we live in such close proximity to. But how do you do that when you've been here a decade? It seems so easy when you are new to the neighborhood. That's the time when folks come over to introduce themselves...welcome you to the neighborhood. So how do you take that simple "Hello" only knowing someone by their first name to the next level? Knowing people, truly getting to know them, takes intentionality and time. My husband and I have some ideas of how we can create more of a community among our neighbors over the months and years, and I will be sharing them here as we practice more neighborhood hospitality. One idea to get to know my neighbors better starts with a plate of Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I have begun baking small batches of our family's favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (see below for recipe) and delivering them to our neighbors. It seems so simple, and yet it isn't. People expect cookies at Christmas. People do not expect them on a Friday afternoon in April. Some neighbors will stand at the door and chat with me for a few minutes, but others will invite me in for a visit. 

Last week, when out delivering cookies, our neighbor a few houses down invited me in to sit for a bit. This gentleman and his family have lived in our neighborhood longer than our family has. But we don't know them all that well. I knew his wife had been very ill for the last few years, and on this afternoon visit I learned that she had just passed away a few weeks ago. I was surprised that a neighbor could pass away, and that it wouldn't have been noticed by many in our neighborhood. I want more for our little community than that. I enjoyed hearing about their last few weeks together, and about his intention to volunteer with Hospice because of how significant of an impact they had on his family. I hope to continue learning more about his work with Hospice and other things happening in his life. I hope to be a better neighbor. 

Maybe you want to reach out to a neighbor as well? How about starting with a plate of cookies? I promise that both your family and your neighbors will love these cookies. This recipe was given to me about the same time we moved into this house. It came out of a little church cookbook that my friend's husband had from his childhood church. How's that for a recipe? At any rate, I have tried numerous chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this one is it! Bake up a batch this afternoon, and deliver some to your neighbors (and save some for yourself of course!)

Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 4 dozen

1 1/2 cups Butter at room temperature
2 cups Brown sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3 tablespoons Vanilla
4 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package of Chocolate Chips (12 oz.)

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cream butter, sugars, egg and vanilla together
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to mixing bowl and mix until incorporated
  • Drop by Tablespoon-full onto greased baking sheet, two inches apart (you can also line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat sheet on your baking sheet instead of greasing the pan)
  • Bake at 375 for 10 minutes

** This recipe can easily be cut in half. Or, make a whole batch and freeze some of the cookies. **

Waiting Out the Rain

Spring has begun here in the Pacific Northwest, and with it comes the rain. Many of the days this last week that I had set aside for outside work have ended up being rainy days. I don't mind the rain so much, but I also don't particularly like being outside in it if I don't have to be. I guess I am more of a fair weather gardener. So in an attempt to not waste the days I had planned to work in the garden, I have used the time indoor making seed tape for the vegetable garden.

Making seed tape is a simple process that is perfect for very small seeds. If you have ever fumbled  at the edge of your garden bed with gloved hands trying to tip out just a few carrot seeds for a row, you know how impossible of a task that is! Seed tape is your solution. All you need is newspaper cut into one inch strips, water-based glue (like Elmer's) and your seeds. 

On this particular day, I made seed tape using radish and carrot seeds. When I have helped with the elementary school gardens, we have also made seed tape using lettuce, chard, kale and other small seeds. If you are gardening with kids, seed tape is a tremendous help as it is easier to plant a strip of paper than a nicely lined row of teeny, tiny seeds. 
Simply place small dots of glue at the recommended spacing according to your seed packet. Place your seeds on the glue, and wait for it to dry. You can make up a season's worth of seed tape in very little time. I recommend marking the end of your strips with the particular vegetable you have glued onto the strip. 

Once the glue is dry, and you have a break in the rain, make a dash for your garden beds. Now the work of planting is easy. Create a furrow at the recommended depth for your seeds and then cover up the seed tape with the soil. You can have multiple rows of veggies planted before the next rain shower begins!

Over a number of days, the glue dissolves in the damp soil, the seeds germinate and the newspaper decomposes. That is all it takes. So take advantage of a rainy spring day and prep some seeds for your garden!

Building Community While Crafting

A couple months ago, one of my friends mentioned that I should host a craft night again. She still had the fabric flower we had made a few years ago at a craft night and said that she really enjoyed the time sitting and visiting with other women while making something. I also have been listening to Quilt Fiction's "Friendship Album:1933" and thinking of how fun it would be to have a weekly quilting/making bee. But in truth, a weekly gathering would be too much for my schedule. A monthly gathering sounds more manageable, but in all honesty I know that it could easily become overwhelming. So, I came to the conclusion that I would set a goal to host four craft nights during the remainder of this year, essentially one every other month. 
After picking a date, I sent out invites to various friends and neighbors. I thought it would be fun to get a mix of ladies from different circles. Once the invitations had been issued (by text...I was aiming to keep this simple!), I had to decide what we would make. I wanted an easy craft that could be completed in evening, used items I had on hand, and could be scaled up or down based on how many women were able to attend. After searching online, I came across this cute Easter bunny mason jar craft on Crafts by Amanda . I have dozens of mason jars from canning, so the only craft supply I truly had to buy was the chalk paint. I made use of a couple of 40% off coupons for Joann Fabric and Crafts and chose two spring colors.

I baked a pan of brownies and set out the craft supplies. It really was as simple as that. No, it didn't look like the beautiful set ups I saw on Pinterest for hosting a Ladies Craft Night. I didn't have themed snacks or decorations for the craft supply table. While I am sure that would have looked nice, I didn't want to spend my energy stressing over those sorts of details. That wasn't the point of the evening. My purpose for the evening was one where women could set aside any stresses of the week and just hang out. To relax. A chance to deepen relationships and build community. Making a craft was a bonus. It kept our hands busy while we talked.

And that is exactly what we did. The evening was spent around my dining room table with a lovely group of ladies. We laughed, shared stories about our families, and ate too many jellybeans. We talked way past when we had actually finished our crafts. The craft night was exactly what I had hoped it would be, and I am already looking forward to the next one. 
I'm thankful for the prompting of a friend to host a craft night. It was just the kick I needed to actually write a night in on the calendar and move forward. It seems that too often we don't move past the "we should"...have a craft night, have so-and-so over for dinner, host a game night, or any other number of worthwhile plans. It takes intentionally writing it on the calendar and sending out the invites. From there, keep it simple. If it's another family over for dinner, order pizza. If it's a game night, have everyone invited bring their favorite games and pop some popcorn. Feel like your home is too small to host folks over? Meet up at a nearby park. The point is to build community with those around you, not to have the most Pinterest-worthy snacks and decor. Save your energy for building relationships.

Think through your circles of relationships. Who will you be inviting over next?

Protecting Our Fine Feathered Friends

I love our cats, I love our neighborhood birds, and our kitties apparently love our feathered friends as well. Over the last few years, we have tried many things to discourage our cats from stalking birds. We have put bells on their collars, but then the cats learn how to walk toward the birds without making the bells jingle. We've considered removing the bird feeders from our yard, but the cats can then be found stalking birds next door at the neighbors. And we have attempted to keep the cats as inside pets, but then we were all driven crazy by their meowing and between-the-legs attempts to get outside whenever the door was opened. About a year and a half ago, we hit a peak of bird catching by one of our cats. So I did a little research to see what new thing we could try to discourage the cats or to alert the birds.

I stumbled across an article on the Audobon Society website titled "How to Stop Cats from Killing Birds" and of course had to click and read it. This article led me to a product called the Birds be Safe Collar that was designed by a woman determined to keep her cat from hunting birds. Her theory is that since songbirds can see bright colors, then a brightly colored fabric collar on a cat would alert the birds to a cat's approach. I had plenty of vibrant colored fabric in my stash of quilting fabrics, and so I thought I would attempt to make my own cat collar for our two kitties. 

I simply cut a piece of fabric 7 inches wide and twice the length of their regular collar. Then I hemmed the two short ends of this strip of fabric. And the last step was to fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and sew the fabric into a tube (sew with fabric right sides together as above). Then turn your tube right side out. That is really all it takes. Ten minutes tops.

You can now feed your cat's regular collar through your newly made fabric collar. It almost looks like a scrunchy when it's all fed through. By keeping the tube open, you are still allowing the break-away feature on your cat's collar to function. And trust me, our cat Lollipop has tested this, and our neighbors have returned her two collars to us a few times.  

Here it is ready to be placed on Lollipop. Since it is made of cotton, it is easy to throw in the wash when it gets dirty. And since it is made of scrap fabrics, you can certainly make new collars for different seasons. I am the crazy cat lady who had her cats in bright red Christmas collars through the winter. Now, Lolli will be sporting her new spring fashion trends.

So, yes, the cat does look utterly ridiculous. By the look on her face, she knows she looks silly as well. But I swear the collar works! Our cats have been wearing their brightly colored fabric collars for over a year now, and we have only had two birds in all that time brought to our door. Before wearing the collars, a bird at the door had unfortunately become a weekly occurrence.

If you feel handy and have some fabric and a sewing machine, you can whip up a collar for your feline friend. Maybe a nice yellow print with some spring tulips on it? Or, you can purchase one from the Birds be Safe website. I believe they sell their product on Amazon as well. Consider these collars not only a way to keep your neighborhood songbirds safe, but as something that will also provide you with a little chuckle. Because I promise, you will giggle a bit when you put this on your cat.

Yarn Along ~ April

I have been picking my way through quite a few books this last month. I am the type of reader who always has more than one book going at a time. I find that I like to read non-fiction books during the day when I am more awake, and fiction in the evenings before bed. Although with the boys on Spring Break this week, I have had more time to relax and read both fiction and non-fiction during the day. 

I began reading Kay Warren's book "Sacred Privilege" earlier this year for a book study with a few other wives of pastors. It has been a decent read, and honestly many of the topics she covers could apply to any Christian -- Taking Care of Yourself, Helping Your Children Survive and Thrive, Accepting Who You Are, etc. But it is certainly written with a bent toward being a pastor's wife. What I have enjoyed more out of the reading of this book is the discussion that has occurred during our book study. Regardless of these women's time in ministry, size of church congregation, denominational affiliation...we have found a common bond as the wives of pastors. It's been a great time spent with these women, and I will be sad to wrap up our study this next week.

Another book I have been reading this month is Steve Corbett and Brian Fikhert's "When Helping Hurts: How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself." This is a book my husband had read and highly recommended to me. The authors have broken this book up into three parts: foundational concepts about the poor, general principles for helping, and practical strategies for helping without hurting both domestically and internationally. I look forward to talking through this book with my husband while I read it.

Verlyn Klinkenborg's "The Rural Life" was a book I picked up for fifty cents at a library book sale. It is a collection of short writings categorized by the months of the year and focuses on Klinkenborg's observations of the natural world and changing seasons in rural, upstate New York. I have been reading the monthly sections as each new month rolls around. This is one of those books that will stay on my shelf and be picked up many times throughout the years to re-read different sections. I have really enjoyed his writing style.

The book that has taken up residence on my nightstand is Helen Simonson's "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand." I am about a third of the way through this novel, and I am really enjoying the characters. The two main characters are Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali. They begin an unlikely friendship, due to each of them coming from different social circles, stemming from a love of literature and a shared experience of being widowers. Because Major Pettigrew has a long family history of being English and Mrs. Ali is viewed as a 'foreigner' by those in their village, their friendship is not considered acceptable by village society. I have a feeling I will end up liking this book very much. 

My current knitting project is a sweater for myself. It is The Weekender pattern by Drea Renee Knits. I think this will take me most of this year to complete, since I am a very slow knitter. I also will admittedly set a project down for weeks (or months) and start something else. So far it is knitting up very nicely, but I think I am in the 'easy' stage of the pattern! I have yet to hit the sleeves or neckline. This will be the first sweater I have knit for myself, and I am a bit nervous about how it will all turn out. But, it's all about the process...right? Learning as I go along. I have a feeling I will be dropping into my local yarn store for advice when I get to the next stage of the pattern. I will keep you posted on my progress.

What have you been reading this month? Any good titles?