Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Words and Wool

For the most part, I have been spending my "wool" time sewing spring flowers. But, today I pulled out the little tea cozy I'm knitting for one of my smaller pots. It's the Ribbed and Ruffled Tea Cozy pattern here. Nice and simple knitting!!

Here are the flowers I have been sewing. I just need to add leaves, and then pins, and then labels, and then tags. Need to have them done by the end of next week!

And as for books, here's what I finished recently:

Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson is another must-read from my favorite mothering author. She talks about coming to grips with your real life and accepting the situations you are in and aiming to live them to the fullest -- your emotional life, spiritual life, your mothering, your living situation, your marriage.

  A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz was a really fun read. Deresiewicz analyzes Austen's six novels and pulls out of them life lessons that Austen communicates and brings them to life in his own circumstances and search for friendship and love. It would have been fun to read all six novels alongside this book, but I don't have time for that now!!!

The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by Sinead Murphy is a little book that pairs well with the one mentioned above. Murphy pulls out of Austen's novels timeless wisdom on courtship and marriage. It's a quick read and perfect for Austen enthusiasts.

The Hunger: An Irish Girl's Diary, 1845-1847 (My Story) by Carol Drinkwater was just the thing to read while studying the Irish troubles of the 19th century. I'm impressed with this series, "My Story." All the books we have read so far have captured our interest and really helped us to see and feel what it was like living in these times.

Upstairs & Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick is another book focused around life in a country house in the Edwardian era. It's written around one day in the life of both master and servants and is filled with lots of period photographs. If you read Downton Abbey genre, here's another for your list.

And that's all for this week! For more ideas on reading and knitting, visit Ginny's Yarn Along.

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Heather said...

Those flowers are just beautiful. I love knitting tea cozies too :-).

Anonymous said...

Your flowers are so lovely. You are "making garden" as Willa Cather says.

Jessica said...

So pretty and springy! I am working on a wintery wreath that I've been meaning to do for months. It will be time to switch it out by the time I am done! Willow has been requesting me to make things for her, love it. Maybe it is time to start the blog up again to beat the winter blahs.

Pom Pom said...

I just finished Pride and Prejudice (for the FIRST time) and now I am an Austen fan. I ordered the Jane Austen Education book. YAY!
I can't wait to see the new tea cozy.