- We put up a basketball net in our driveway and we are having daily games. We are all having a lot of fun with it and the weather is beautiful right now.
- Late last night (well, early if you are 20-ish, late if you are nearly 40-ish) I fulfilled a promise to make gingerbread scones. Lovely to wake up to a delicious breakfast treat this morning.
- I finished knitting a pair of slippers and they were quickly absconded with; they literally walked off. I immediately cast on for another pair for charity.
- The Easter Bunny brought Susan B. Anderson’s latest book Kids’ Knitting Workshop to our house and I love looking at all of the great projects.
- I made Vegan Brunch’s East Coast Coffee Cake for Easter and it reminded me of many a happy Easter spent with my grandparents. For years I thought they ate coffee cake for breakfast every morning.
- I figured out how to waffle weave on my loom and completed another hand towel.
- I am almost done knitting the doll dress and have cast on a pair of slippers for charity.
- We had two days of downpours. As we had no plans we were able to stay snug and dry inside and occasionally relax with some knitting.
- I already have some ideas for Christmas knitting. Now I just need to find the knitting time.
- I am enjoying the beautiful flowers popping up around the neighborhood.
- I played my flute for the first time in ages. It felt so good to play again and my kids enjoyed listening and thought I was so good … nice words to hear for this rusty player.
- We have been enjoying walks through our local wooded park. It feels like an escape from the city life, even if just for 30 minutes.
- The doll dress I knit for a birthday gift fit the doll and was a success!
- It’s pancake night. I love not having to think about what is for dinner because it is Friday and Friday is pancake night!
- I have plans to warp my loom this weekend. I am still a complete novice so even just having it warped feels like an accomplishment.
I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a difficult week. Nothing earth shattering or even a little serious, just the type of week where a glue bottle explodes and the soap dispenser ends up in the trash can and you end up running around out in the rain with your kids because you all can’t stay in the house one more minute. But then the mud …
- Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies You don’t have to be vegan to love the recipes that come from Isa Chandra Moskowitz, especially when they taste like this!
- Crocus I love seeing these little flowers pop up in my garden. Walking around my neighborhood I spotted an entire yard full of them; it’s magical.
- Knitting I am still knitting away on the second doll dress. The first dress is wrapped, packaged, and on it’s way to a birthday celebration.
- Listening I listened to a tape recording from a family event that took place ages ago, heard voices I haven’t heard in years, and it made me laugh.
- Reading I usually have at least two books going, one fiction and one non-fiction. On the fiction front I am enjoying the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich; perfect bedtime reading as long as I don’t get laughing too hard.
What is making your week a bit happier?
- Embroidery scissors. I have loved these little bird scissors ever since I was small, watching my mom use them to snip threads after doing repairs on my stuffed animals. They were her Gram’s before that. I smile every time I use them!
- Beginning again. I cast on another doll dress in a different color combination. Fun pattern but even more fun making someone else happy.
- Acceptance. I have come to accept that my goal of 400 charity knits by the time I turn 40 is not realistically going to happen. Of course I will continue working toward my goal of 400 charity knits and be happy that I am doing what I can to keep others warm … it just may not happen until I have been 40 for a bit, or even 41.
- Tasty reminder. Elderberry jam on toast. A special treat that reminds me of a recent trip to see family.
- Vacation planning. We just made plans for a vacation later in the year. I can’t wait! Now what knitting will I pack?
What is on your happy list this week?
- I cast on another birthday gift. This dress, for an 18″ doll, will hopefully make for a happy birthday girl, as well as expand the wardrobe of her American Girl doll. Bonus: I had the yarn in my stash!
- Working on a new hat pattern. It is thick and warm and covers my ears. Definitely the warmest hat I’ve ever had on my head. I had to set it down while I waited to get the right sized needles for finishing and now I can’t wait to get back to it. It will be a great gift hat for anyone living in cold climate, as well as a perfect charity knit.
- Alphabet soup from Bob’s Red Mill. It makes a quick and entertaining dinner that everyone likes.
- Playdough. There has been a lot of playdough play around here lately. I like spending time creating something only to squash it back into an unrecognizable lump. It is rather cathartic!
- Little Free Libraries. There are a couple of these tiny libraries in my neighborhood now and I love peaking in to see what books they offer. This week we took two books and left four. Check out this map to find a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.
After such a dry summer I am finding myself extra grateful for our rainy winter. Bonus: cozy knitting time in front of the fireplace with a mug of peppermint tea!
Santa brought me a large packet of origami paper and I love flipping through the colorful pages imagining what they will become. The amazing author, Grace Lin, wrote Lissy’s Friends, a beautiful book for all but especially if you love origami.
3. One hour bread
This recipe is so simple and easy to make, not to mention tasty! This recipe saved me several times over the holidays making sure I had bread for sandwiches or to go with a simple dinner of homemade soup and salad. (I use spelt flour instead of the white/whole wheat, and I skip the butter).
4. My birthday mug filled with the aforementioned tea.
Kudos to Tim Horton’s for their “knit” mug.
5. Super cushy yarn and a quick-knit hat.
I like to switch up projects and use thicker yarn and bigger needles after a smaller gauge project; I find it does wonders to prevent sore hands and fingers.
Hope you are having a wonderful week!