Thursday, January 23, 2014

Needle and ThREAD #32

The needles in my hands most often recently have been the Rainbow wood circulars and the yarns, Cascade Eco Duo Burleywood (baby alpaca/merino blend) and Eco Alpaca Latte Twist (100% baby alpaca).  Both are undyed, and soft as soft can be.  Lovely yarns for my first ever Baby Surprise Jacket, a classic and well-loved pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  Thanks, yet again, to Amber, for suggesting the pattern and giving me the very helpful row by row pattern instructions by Dawn Adcock.  If any of you have ever used EZ's patterns, you know that they are guidelines, not row by row instructions. Some of us need a little more hand holding, so the Adcock instructions are very helpful.

After a day of cooking and cleaning, playing with Clara, bringing in wood, helping Erin with whatever needs to be done, and holding sweet baby Levi, the house is quiet.  Everyone else has gone to bed and I pour myself a glass of red wine and sit in the rocking chair by the woodstove to read.

I've just finished The Irrational Season by Madeleine L'Engle. Her fourth book in the Crosswicks series, Two Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage just arrived in the mail today, along with Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women's Work by Kathleen Norris.  They are both re-reads which I will happily work my way through again for our next Savoury Book Club gathering. But first, I have to finish Thrones, Dominations: A Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery by Dorothy Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh.  (This novel was unfinished by Sayers, and Walsh has masterfully picked up where she left off). I haven't read a Sayers mystery in oh, goodness, about ten years.  It's about time. I may have to go back and read them all over again ...

needle and thREAD


Amber Benton said...

This came out just beautifully, Beth and when I saw it I thought Levi wouldntnwear it for at least a couple of months but it fits him perfectly! Missed you at Make Welcome last night. Realized when I got home that we should have taken pictures.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations Beth!!
He is beautiful. Enjoy.
I read L'Engle's books a decade ago. I remember when her husband died on All My Children ... yes, the soap opera!! Love all the photos you are posting!

Kelly Keller said...

So beautiful! Levi looks so handsome in his Gramma-crafted sweater. I love those little goodies.