Here is the secret Easter knitting! Six little bunnies all ready for the children and cousin John. They were super easy to knit but just took a little bit of sewing to get them all together. The kids loved them!!!
And Christina was delighted with her daffodil tea cozy which I made to look just like mine. It helps to make us feel like spring is here!
Now that Easter knitting is behind me, I am hard at work on more secret knitting, so I can't reveal too much. Have just finished up something with this lovely wool and am onto the next project. I will certainly reveal things as I am able.......
As for reading, I have finished several books in the last two weeks:
31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sarah Mae was an ebook that I read during Spring break that gave me a shot in the arm regarding housework. The book helps you to answer "Why do I want a clean home?" and also gives practical cleaning ideas for spring cleaning your house one day at a time (I thought these were a little over the top and not practical, but since that was only a tiny portion of the book I just used it as a launching point to make my own monthly list). I sat down and went through the book in about an hour, taking notes and thinking through my cleaning strategies.
The book contained many good reminders: don't judge yourself by others' standards, our goal is to bring life to those around us, get off the computer, etc. I managed to find this book on sale the first week of April and so got it for just a $1.50 and I definitely got my money's worth from that price.
In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth was finished last week. This was such a good book. The subject of death and dying is no one's favorite, but Worth points out that we all need to get a grip on this and begin to talk about it more and to figure out how we can minister to those who are dying. Worth handled the subject very well, presenting all kinds of aspects and thought-provoking scenarios without making the decisions for you. I highly recommend this book!
The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber was the first Macomber book I have read. It is what my sister calls "potato chip reading" -- fast, easy, fun. The book follows the life of a woman opening a knitting shop and three other women who attend her Friday afternoon knitting class. It is fast moving and kept my interest and of course the knitting theme was fun.
The Friendships of Women by Dee Brestin was a great book! I read this with a friend and found much to discuss and think about. The book begins with lots of statistics about friendships and women but eventually moves into very helpful chapters on various aspects of women's friendships. You do want to make sure you get the updated version of this book rather than the first edition as Brestin has changed the content a good bit since the first printing.
Beowulf the Warrior -- this is a book that I have always heard about but never read so I thought it was time to read this since we are studying Medieval history in school and in Sunday school! It was short enough not to become a burden and I loved the illustrations in this volume. The story was written during the Dark Ages and is all about a hero fighting monsters and enemies. Not exactly my choice of reading but I am glad now to have actually read it.
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