Joining today with Ginny for Yarn Along.
Actually not much happening in the way of yarn at the moment! I am waiting for something to leap out at me saying 'make me!' Just browsing books, magazines and Ravelry, which is always fun.
So just working on this at the moment:
If anyone is feeling deja vu looking at the photo, you are right - you have seen that yarn and pattern before! I have made this baby jacket in this yarn before, here. But it worked out so well and I had enough yarn to make it again, so am knitting it up for my baby gift box. I don't really have to think about it - it is a quick knit to fill in the time while I decide on my next major knit (or Christmas knits - that is what I really should be doing!)
The book I am reading may have something to do with this lack of action on the knitting front. I am so engrossed in it. It is called Sand In My Eyes by Christine Lemmon - I talked about it yesterday as well.
It is about a woman who is struggling in the midst of motherhood, giving up her career and a less than satisfactory marriage and how the wisdom and experience of the older woman who lives next door helps her. And, even better, it uses gardening and flowers as analogies!
I don't know how many quotes I can reproduce here without you getting bored, but it is one of those books that has words jumping out at you on nearly every page. I suppose this book spoke to me so clearly because the main character is in a very similar situation to mine.
'what you are doing when your children are small is working on the underground roots, the things not seen, but vital below the earth.'
'The roses should remind you to rest. One needs rest in order to bloom again. I know it sounds hard, but mothers must take care of themselves. They more than anyone need sufficient rest.'
'Everything in life will dry up and crumble to the ground, but a soul in love with the Lord remains intact for eternity.'
'Did I cultivate beauty each and every day?'
'Have you ever wondered how sunflowers can grow tall and stand upright with all those heavy petals? I realised that flowers in general can only stand because of their stems. I don't think mothering, work, relationships and so forth can stand without a stem and, to me, that stem is spirituality. And if one of the petals, say "work" doesn't pan out, the petal falls off but the stem - God - is still there.'
'Life doesn't always go the way we plan, and we either become resentful victims of our lives or we shift the way we view things in order to see the good.'
I could keep going here! All I will say is I really recommend this book to all mothers.