Today I’m joining in Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I’m knitting and reading.
I did end up putting yew wood buttons on the blue cowl from last week.
I was happy with how they went together.
Now I’m knitting a hat in some beautiful, chunky, earthy-brown wool. I’m planning on felting it when I’ve finished knitting. The anticipation of felting always excites me.
As for reading, I finished the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and started ‘GAPS Guide‘ by Baden Lashkov. As many of you know, I’m passionate about the GAPS diet because of the incredible healing that it has been bringing to my family. I just started reading ‘GAPS Guide‘ and what I like so far is the author’s open sharing about their healing journey- being labeled with a wide range of mental illnesses, struggling with severe depression and suicidal tendencies. There was a time in my life that I refer to as my “dark night of the soul” where I was at rock bottom and I can relate to her story. In the preface she says:
“Recently, I was lobbying to a committee for new options for marginalized people. Specifically, I was pitching that the group focus its efforts on increasing marginilized people’s access to housing and disability cheques, so that they could finally rest and also feed themselves the food that was healthy for their bodies, rather than the donuts and coffee commonly served at daytime shelters.
When I explained that these were the social supports that helped me, one member looked at me and said, “But you’re different. You’re smart, clear, and articulate. That wouldn’t work for them.” I replied, “No, I’m not different– that’s my point. If you’d seen me years ago, you would have seen one more ‘them’. The only difference is that I’ve had eight years of safe, quiet housing and real food. Give any person on the street the same things, and in a few years you’ll see another happy, articulate person in our circle.”
This book is the true story of recovery from “mental” illness. While every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, this record is not complete to the detail. In the interest of getting to the “how’ of recovery, the story of our respective beginnings are very sparsely told.”
I love hearing stories of recovery and healing. I find them so inspiring and I’ve been experiencing the same thing- thus my passion for the GAPS diet. It’s a short read, which will be nice after the thick book I just finished.
Any good reads or fun knitting projects lately?