Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Words and Wool

My most recent finished project is this tea cozy. It is designed after Mrs. Beaver's tea cozy in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and was made for a friend of mine. I used this tea cozy pattern and have already begun a second cozy (different color scheme) with the same pattern.

I am still working regularly on my Ballyshannon cardigan and am half way through the bottom ribbing! And I usually crochet on more tea cozies for my shop during school each day.

As for reading:

His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture For a Closer Walk With God by Janet Pope. I am so glad that my friend, Catherine, recommended this book! I needed something to kickstart me back into Scripture memory, something I had been more faithful about when I was younger but for various reasons (time, kids, health, burn-out) had let it go. Janet's passion to know God is evident in each chapter of this book and she gives extremely practical encouragement on how Scripture memory can be a part of anyone's life, no matter what your stage or perceived lack of time. I appreciated that she doesn't just want people blindly memorizing verses but she wants us to also understand what they mean and therefore advocates using commentaries alongside memorization. I highly recommend this book.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Hahn was something I listened to with the kids. I was looking for stories set in the Victorian era and was hoping that it would be "less ghosty" than it actually was. The storyline was very similar to The Secret Garden but the Ghost was far too prominent for my liking. We finished the book because I felt the children were old enough to handle it but I sure won't be checking any other ghost books out for a long time!

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain has been on my list for several years and now I've actually read it! I found it very helpful, particularly as a parent of at least one classic introvert, but also just for understanding parts of myself (I don't seem to fall completely in either the introvert or extrovert camp), my family, friends, and others I interact with. The book was a bit more technical than I would have liked (must be my extrovert side talking) but the research seemed very good.

That's it for this week! For more ideas on knitting and reading, visit Ginny's Yarn a Long.

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elizabeth said...

oh that is a lovely tea cozy! I have not read the book Quiet but have seen it around, etc. I am more introvert than extrovert but am most definitely both!

Lilly's Mom said...

This is such an adorable tea cozy! I love the way you embellished it with the flowers and the scalloped bottom is so nice.

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Elise said...

Awesome cosy! I'm making one right now but I don't think it'll end up quite so fancy! :)

Leslie said...

Sweet cozy, mine was really simple.

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