What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yarn (and book) Along


Well, I finished Adele's crocheted Easter dress.  While it was a quick crochet and is very pretty, I am afraid to say it may be a bit too snug on her. (Even though I did the size up from her own!) How this is possible, I know not.  When I hold it up it seems SO big (too big for my "little" girl!) but when it is on, you can see her little girl belly pooch out because it is so snug.  Belly pooches are still cute on her age so let's pretend it will be cute, kay?  Because I REALLY don't want to have to make two for her.  I doubt she will be able to get much summer wear out of it since it is already borderline too small but I hope she can at least wear it for Easter.  I tried to extend the dress length by adding my own made-up flutter sleeves.  They made the neckline too low so I ripped those out again and made some smaller ones that work better.

For being so quick to stitch up, I sure have had to monkey around with it enough. 

I should be starting on Corynn's Easter dress next but I have a knitting class at the library next Tuesday and must have something to show for these last two weeks, so knitting it will be for now.  We have just begun a cabled purse pattern (I love the look of cables!  I hope I can do them!) using a super bulky Brown Sheep yarn.  This yarn is the real deal people.  Duck yellow.  $18.00 for a ball.

I must say, I've never in my life spent that amount on yarn before (and never will again).  I am more of a "buy it on 50% off sale at Michaels or get the cheapest stuff available and use a coupon" kind of girl.  When I said I would rather go with a coupon to the local A.C.Moore or Michaels, well, let's just say there was peer pressure involved.  'Nuff said.

Needless to say, I think I *must* give this purse away when I finished with it, just so I am not constantly reminded how much money I spent on the dumb duck yellow yarn so as not to appear the cheapskate I truly am.

Feast your eyes on this spun gold, the likes of which I will never have in my possession ever again.


I picked up 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess last week because right around March-ish (without fail) I begin to feel all claustrophobic and cluttery.  The book seemed to fit my need to purge so I borrowed it from the library.  Basically, the author sets aside seven months to focus on seven areas of excess in her life.  The first month was food- in which she ate only SEVEN foods for an entire month.  The second- clothes.  In which she wore only seven things. And so on and so forth.  My favorite was month 3: when she (and each member in her family) gave away 7 things...EVERY DAY. That right there is what I need to do.  (Matt and the kids can start! ;-) )

I like the book, I really like the concept BEHIND the book (because we really are, each of us, so spoiled that we can't even see it) and I've been convicted a few times...but her writing style is such that it seems her main drive in the book is to sound witty and cool.  That can elicit a few laughs here and there but mostly, it's distracting.

Working on anything?  Reading any good books?  Spill it!


Julian said...

You are right about that book. I loved the decluttering. I can't stand clutter. But I agree.
That yellow is cheery! I couldn't pay 18 for a skein. Yikes! I cringe at homespun yarn at almost five!
Working on third blanket for passing out at Christmas during gleaning of the harvest food fair at our church. They requested 75 from the congregation. Hoping to do at least five. Trying to use my talent. I definitely can't knit a dress or purse. Lol
youre too cool!:)

Stefanie said...

Way to finish!
I listened to 1491, which was thought provoking.
Enjoy knitting the good stuff, no guilt.

Anonymous said...

I always admire the intelligence and wit of your writing but think your gentle criticism of the '7' book is an especially keen insight, well-put. Thanks for sharing.

Ulli said...

Love the gold yarn--makes my hands itch and want to sit&knt all day. The Easter dress is adorable--maybe weave a wide ribbon around the waist? The concept of the 7 book is interesting. When my boys were little we, together, went through their toys prior to birthday and Christmas to donate some for children less fortunate. Likewise, when I add something to my closet I take something out for donation. Now if I could only get to the basement... :) Have a great day--spring is on the way!

Amanda said...

This cracks me up! I hear you about the yarn. I preach all the time to my husband about how crafting is something you used to do because you were frugal, but now you can't afford it! I take my michaels coupon once a week and HOPE and pray that they carry the same colorway long enough for me to get all I need for a project. Sheesh! You should stay tuned for my Yarn Along post next week. It is about how I've bought cheap Michael's yarn and hand dyed it because I love the look but hate the price!

Leah T. said...

That yarn is so beautiful!!! Love the bright, cheery shade of yellow. <3

I finished the shawl I was making for Esther. Now I need to start Hannah's! First an afghan square, though.