…Joining Ginny’s YarnAlong, sharing what I’m knitting and reading…
I finished knitting my mama mitts. I had yarn leftover from Bracken’s hat. See that tiny ball of yarn in the picture? That’s how much I had left after finishing the mitts. I really lucked out! I cut it close there, wondering if I’d have enough to finish. I knit this pattern before and made some little mitts for Bracken. I wanted to make myself a pair in my favorite color green. The yarn was dyed moss green by Jackie of Luna Grey Fiber Arts. The yarn is nice and squishy wool, wonderful to knit with. And these mitts are super cozy.
The only thing I’m not happy about with how they turned out is that somehow I misread the pattern on one of them and they turned out different lengths. Whoops. By the time I realized my mistake, I had barely any yarn left, finished up the thumbs…. then looked at them deciding whether to rip one out or just let it be. I decided to let it be. They look a little wonky, they aren’t perfectly matching, but oh well. They will do their job of keeping my hands warm this winter and that’s the important part, right?
I finished reading Unconditional Parenting. It had a huge impact on me. It is definitely influencing the way I parent. Overall, I want to relax more and be less controlling. I’ve been working to see things from Bracken’s perspective more and to take the time to explain things more thoroughly. I want to be the best parent I can be. I value my relationship with Bracken so much and feel honored to be his mom. Most days I want more energy and more patience and I remind myself that it’s challenging to be a toddler too.
I started a new book called Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression. My grandma told me about it when we were together in Wyoming. She said it reminded her of my grandpa’s childhood, growing up on an Iowa farm. (I have many memories of gigantic family reunions at that farm.) Every time my grandma has ever recommended a book to me, I’ve enjoyed it, so I was sure to go to the library and look for it. They had it in the large print section, which sure makes it nice and easy to read. As I guessed I would, I’m really enjoying it. It’s exactly what I need right now. Funny. Interesting.
(And it gives my brain a break from my usual reads!)
Oh yes, the finishing detail on the mitts: I added WoolyMossRoots Buttons in reclaimed western red cedar. One on each mitt. I love the way the red cedar wood goes with the green wool.
I came inside and decided to take one last mitt picture, in front of the window. I only photographed one since I had the camera in the other hand (but they looked better being photographed separately anyway.)
How about you?