Thursday, March 12, 2015

Words and Wool

February was my month to sew flowers and I managed to get 3.5 dozen finished!

And a couple of those dozen off to market!!!

Last Friday I met up with a friend and she was wearing one of her recent projects -- this gorgeous shawl! She used the pattern for Citron Grand. There is a smaller, free version called Citron.

My plaid knitting pouch makes me very happy. Yellow is the color I love at this time of year.

I created this pouch for a friend using a piece of clothing that was sentimental to her. I loved how it came out! The Burberry label from the original garment is stitched to the backside of the case.

I finally blocked Laura's latest Pickle's Plain Vest:

And got some buttons sewn on. Just in time for our vest-wearing weather to appear!

And I put this afternoon on the calendar for sewing new cushions for the couch. I'm so pleased with them -- they were just what I wanted. Now I need to keep my eye out for light-colored blankets so I can change out my black and brown granny square afghans.

As for books:

The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War by Jacqueline Winspear was an all-round good novel on World War I. I've read Winspear before, in the Maisie Dobbs mystery novels, which I love. This was a change from a mystery to a regular novel, but Winspear told a good story and added in beautiful descriptions of food! I also appreciate that her novels are fairly clean.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer is the latest Enola Holmes mystery the children and I have listened to. We love these mysteries! We've just started our fourth!

Right Ho, Jeeves - The Original Classic Edition by P. G. Wodehouse. Can you believe this is the very first Wodehouse I've ever read? It's been on my list for years! A recent illness gave me some added time and I enjoyed this light-hearted, silly, English classic.

You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Revised and Updated Edition: Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child by Cynthia Tobias was a quick read about dealing with strong-willed children. Part of me wonders if all of us, deep down, are strong-willed. This would be a fun debate to have with someone. Anyway, back to the book. This is another one of those "I could have just listened to my husband and skipped the book" (which is basically the description of any self-help book I read!! ha ha ha). The gist of this book is that when it comes to dealing with your strong-willed child it all has to do with how strong your underlying relationship with that child is, or isn't.

Freedom and Boundaries: A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung was an excellent and fair examination of the various Scriptures that deal with women and their roles in the church. DeYoung holds to the complimentarian view of women in the church. This is the kind of book I would find helpful to have on my shelf and review once in awhile.

That's it for now! Of course I'm in the middle of reading many other wonderful books, which I shall tell you about soon!

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elizabeth said...

what lovely and neat and beautiful things you have made!

so sorry for your illness; hope you are feeling much better now ... :)

sounds like some good books have been read!

love to you and a prayer said for you too! :)

Stephanie said...

So many beautiful FOs! Is your friend's shawl Citron from Knitty ( I blocked my Follow Your Arrow 2 shawl over the weekend got a few indoor iPhone shots up on my Rav project page. Enjoy the weekend! (sjn821)

Pom Pom said...

I love your flowers! Beautiful! Everything you make is wonderful! I love the vest, too!

Unknown said...

Your daughter's sweater and your new pillows are just LOVELY!! :D Thanks for the book recommendations...

Lilly's Mom said...

Hello. You have created such a lovely "flower garden". And, I love the sweater you knitted. You are so talented. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Your flowers, bags and wee vest are so beautiful! You are very creative. I have often thought I would like to knit a Citron shawl... hmm!

I think PG Wodehouse is brilliant. A friend of ours was (unbeknownst to me) in the last stages of cancer, and I sent her the first of the Jeeves books. It was the last book that she read, and she enjoyed it so much. I've always taken some comfort from that.

reader19 said...

What a lovely job you did on your Dd's pretty vest!!!! She is just too precious in it!