Five Happy Things

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 …

A week like this one is the very reason I started writing down what makes me happy; focusing on the happy things in life can only make me happier. Right?

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

Best stitches~
KJ

Five Happy Things

1. Rain

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!

2. Origami

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).

 

photo by Bowside Knits

4. My birthday mug filled with the aforementioned tea.

Kudos to Tim Horton’s for their “knit” mug.

 

photo by Bowside Knits

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!

Best stitches~

KJ

This Week …

Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

Today I thought I would do a random Thursday posting of things that I have been enjoying this week. It has been a hot and dry summer here, which is rather unusual, but we are enjoying it and continue to be grateful for our fans and kiddie pool!

Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

1. I love the purple double pointed needles that were my grandmother’s. Also, the vintage pattern book is so fun to look at!

Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

2. I am admittedly not a huge fan of yellow, but for some reason I am really enjoying this yarn by Cascade (pattern is Barley by Tincan Knits).

Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

3. The smell of lavender permeates our front yard. I always think I will dry the lavender and use it in sachets but really I think I enjoy it most when I step out the front door.

Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

4. I love tomatoes and this year our garden plants are providing a generous crop. I enjoy them freshly picked or warmed in the oven with a sprinkling of salt and oregano.

Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

5. We planted 4 eggplant starts this year and have exactly one very small eggplant growing. We are all very excited!

I hope you have a lovely week and are finding bits of time here and there to knit as school starts and fall approaches.

Best stitches~

KJ