July {yarnalong}

i must confess that the photos I stole from my Instagram while the house sleeps are from June and not July. Our five kids and two wee visitors, hubby, the two dogs and the cat are all still, amazingly, asleep. So I type with the phone held above my head in the dim morning light now, unable and unwilling to fetch all my projects and find some lighting and a spot to take real July pictures. My apologies.

I was doing that thing I do in the early hours of the day where I slide my phone from the night stand / desk and check all the places that I check before the world around here gets moving too fast. Email. Facebook. Instagram. Bible App for the verse of the day etc. I saw that Ginny had posted on Instagram her July Yarnalong was up and I felt I should join her.

I have been slow with the blogposts this past Spring. Weeks of sickness and then recovery left me unwilling to do more than the basics in life. I’ve been fairly productive on the crafting side of things though now that I’m feeling more myself. So here goes it.

I finished The Path Between Us by Suzanne Stabile and picked up (again) Becoming by Michelle Obama. Both are tremendously good books of differing sorts and I recommend them to you and to everyone.

I’m knitting socks (not pictured here) that I started in the Spring. I might add a picture later. I’m also knitting a sweater which is pictured that I started several years ago. Recently I decided that finishing things long left unfinished might be a good practice for me, a doing repressed four on the enneagram. We. Will. See. So far just working on the long neglected things feels really good. Feels like needed progress.

I did also start a wee hand quilted… something. I started out thinking it was a baby’s Summer quit. I’m not too sure of that anymore. As I work with the fabric bunched up in my hand and move the needle up down and over with my other hand I feel such deep joy in it’s making.

When the fabric is pulled taut in my quilters hoop and my eyes and fingers can run over the stitches in their varying lengths and colors, it feels less like a quilt and more like art. I wish every project felt this way. Maybe this is just because it’s a new kind of project for me, I don’t really know yet. It really is so lovely to work on though.

Thanks for stopping by and happy knitting or crocheting or crafting and reading!

4 thoughts on “July {yarnalong}

  1. I like the yarn that you are using for that sweater. I hope you finish it. I find quilting to be quite satisfying and peaceful. Looking at what you’ve accomplished can give you a wonderful sense of pride. My mom has “Becoming”. She hasn’t read it yet. Maybe I will start reading it to her and we can both enjoy it together.

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    1. Thank you, it is brown sheep nature spun sport… I love how it is a bit thick and thin. I think that’s a wonderful idea to enjoy Becoming with your mom. It’s beautifully written and inspiring.

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  2. I totally get using pictures that you previously posted. Especially if the house is quiet and you have a few minutes to yourself! And I too have picked up Becoming a few times. It is such a good read. One day I will finish it. I have a commute for my job so maybe this fall I’ll check out the audio from the library.

    And I need to know the deets on that super cute camper bag in the first picture!

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