I've always believed that the best way to help yourself is by helping others.
So this week I went to my Church's knitting group. We're making hats for Save the Children. I started my hat using some Bernat CottonTots from my stash. Also, look at this lovely stitch marker by CraftyLilly. I bought it from her Etsy shop last month and forgot to a) thank her or b) post about it.
Today Primogeniture came home from school with a gift he made for me with his own two hands.
No - not the knitting - the knitting needles! My fourteen-year-old son made them in Technology Shop at the high school. The shop teacher gave him a funny look when he said he wanted to make knitting needles. He had never had that request before! I'm so thrilled. The needles are simply gorgeous and they smell good (made out of cedar). Here are the fine points: Not too short. Not too long. Not too heavy. Not too pointy. Just perfect! They're bigger than a US Size 15. Since they're handmade, they're not an exact number. I have a pair of 12mm needles in my stash and these are approximately the same diameter. I think they'll be perfect for a quick scarf in this thick wool/acrylic fleece blend.
It's funny what you find when you start cleaning. I couldn't stand the clutter anymore, so I decided it was time to tidy up the Knit Nook.
Curious George is so happy to have a clean perch once again.
My desk is cleaned off so I can easily sit at it and stare at the yummy yarns on the shelves calling my name.
Now that I've cleaned up the chairs, maybe I can come sit in here again be inspired by all the fiber goodness.
Look at this treasure that I found in my Knit Nook -- it's the BF Wedding Blanket. I had planned to have it ready when it got cold, and lo and ho behold, tonight it's supposed to get below freezing and I've only knit enough to keep BF's toes warm. This is mindless knitting so as soon as I make more progress on the Kaffe Fassett Floral Jacket, I will be picking this one up again soon. It has been a productive and inspiring day.
Wilma likes it when I spend time in the Knit Nook. It's one of her favorite places to nap. Maybe she's hoping I'll knit something for my Girly-Girl.
U is, unfortunately, for unmotivated. It might as well be for unloved, un-knit, unfocused, or uninspired. The list goes on. You probably noticed that I really haven't knit much these past few weeks. Oh, I started on my toe up socks, but even there I've been quite uninspired. I have been determined to make incredible strides on my Kaffe Fassett Floral Jacket, but I constantly find myself unfocused and uninspired. I even sat down yesterday with 2 hours all to myself. I plopped in a netflix DVD, watched it, and didn't even manage to pick up my knitting as it sat on the sofa next to me. In fact, that's where it's been for about two weeks... sitting unloved on the sofa.
Focus. Focus. Focus. After seeing Lisa and Kathy's finished sweaters you think I'd be inspired. I am at the neckline and I really have to pay attention to what I'm doing. I have knit and unknit the last 6 rows three times because of lack of focus. UGH. I know I can do it. Really, I can.
I've finally gotten a little bit of progress accomplished on my other pair of toe up socks. Here's my sock lounging around some pumpkin candles in complementary shades to the Lorna's Laces Shephed Sock yarn I traded with my friend Joanne.
These are Danni's original design for the Knitting Central Sock Club. This pattern is called Chutes and Ladders and the design is certainly reminiscent of the childhood game.
I chopped up my Farmer's Market Finds and made a delicious pot of organic Lentil Kale Soup.
This soup has lentils, Russian red kale (but you can use any kind of kale), carrots, parsnips, onions, garlic, and more. It was simply delicious on a cool fall day. If you'd like to make a pot yourself - click HERE.
Thursday was the perfect fall day for a picnic in the park. In fact, I organized one with some friends and a special treat - Health Counselor Amie Guyette Hall of From Your Inside Out came to cook and share with us the tips and tricks of eating healthier foods by eating green, eating organic and eating locally. She did a great job purchasing the ingredients for our lunch from the Westport Farmer's Market
We had a vegetarian soup, vegetarian tamales from Boxcar Cantina, goat cheese from Beltane Farm; fresh greens, heirloom tomatoes, wholegrain bread, hot mulled apple cider and Amie's special sugar free healthy chocolate chip cookies.
Here's Amie holding two types of kale and a happy bok choi that she sauteed for our lunch. She's a genius in her outdoor kitchen.
Here's Nancy Roper bringing our piping hot tamales in her recycled coffee tins as serving pails. These were so tasty, I bought more to bring home for lunch later this week.
Here are some pictures of just a few of the yummy treats we enjoyed.
Amie suggested we get our kids to start eating green anyway we can. She showed us that even if we start by taking a very small piece of kale and chop it up the way we would chop up parsley, we can put it in eggs or soups or spaghetti sauce. Just get started. The best thing I took away from Amie was that she said she used to eat a romaine lettuce salad and think it was green. OK. I get it. I went shopping locally. Here's what I purchased.
I sliced up the multigrain bread, topped it with some goat cheese and a teeny slice of red-green spinach and a slice of heirloom tomato. Delicious. The boys liked it too. Thanks Amie - you got us started.