March 29, 2017

My First Hat





Hat Details:

After finishing this hat (and the mitts I will share soon), I was convinced that it was a great time to take a break from knitting and turn my attention to other things.  I ordered a novel from Amazon.  I put together a late focus board for early spring.  Two knitting projects made the list, only to be cut to one the next day.

The list included: One book, one knitting project, two sewing projects, and two house projects.

But as these last few days have passed, I have found my mind returning to that lone knitting project.  Two pages into the book, and I ordered the pattern.  I'm now twenty-three pages in and I am browsing for the perfect yarn.  It just feels like something is missing from my life.  I think I need to rework that list.

Aside from this, life has been home-school this and home-school that.  As it goes.  We are ankle-deep in a new approach to Ancient History, a unit study founded on a reading of one of her favorite modern books, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.  Long-term, we are studying Ancient Egypt, but we are also having fun learning some English culture, since one of the main characters is from London, and the first four chapters of the book take place there.  We have followed the characters movements on a map of London, looked up monuments mentioned in the book, taken a virtual tour of the British Museum, and introduced Astrid to James Bond.  Today we whipped up some English biscuits from scratch to have with tea.  I have to admit that it is a lot more interesting for me, and I believe more engaging for her.

I should be back around to share those mitts with you very soon.  In a complete coincidence, Amanda on Soulemama just posted about completing a pair using the exact same pattern and I am digging her hand-dyed threads.  Weird!

Crafting On!

March 7, 2017

Really Fantastic






Six months ago I would have told you my ideal situation involved acres of land and gardens, sheep and ducks, home cooking and hand knitting... true homesteading.  My mind has been turning over this ideal life for a long time, yet I have struggled over the years (!) to make significant progress in that direction.  My motivation button must be broken, I thought.  The other mothers do so much!  I must just be lazy.  Try harder!

Obviously that hasn't worked out for me either.

Quite a bit of that ideal life doesn't really work for any of us.  The fantasy homestead simply doesn't account for our real life needs and the practical realities of raising a family in the here and now.  The vision is disconnected from reality.  My mind has been pulled in two directions.  My energy was divided.  I am mentally exhausted from trying to find the perfect solution.  In reality, there isn't one.  The rural homesteading lifestyle simply will not work for our family...

...and that's okay.

It has taken me a while to get here.  Part of this process of living seems to be learning to accept our limitations.  Maybe this is what growth looks like.  Maybe some day it will lead to wisdom.

For now I settle for bringing a bit of the fantasy down into my suburban reality.  Hand knit hats and home baked bread?  Yes, please.