YARN ALONG! I can’t seem to get the tag to link up, so I’m just linking in ye old-fashioned way.
Well, it’s been months since I posted on my knitting because frankly, it didn’t seem to change much from week to week. Some weeks I had only managed a row or two on the way to Mass on Sunday, but I’m happy to say this Christmas break I’ve been able to seriously step up the knitting progress. The day after Christmas I was able to bind off the body of the sweater, and have been working down the first sleeve ever since. Will I finish it for him during the 12 days of Christmas? To be honest, I have no idea. I want to be done by January 18th, though, as that was the date I cast this sweater on the needles. Also, I signed on to participate in the Evelyn knit-a-long, this time for something for me, and it starts sometime next month.
Altogether, though, I’m very pleased with the Armas project. It took a good deal longer than I thought it would, but that wasn’t the design’s issue but rather my everlasting struggle with time management. 😉
A little light reading this week. I’m kind of on an Astrid Lindgren kick, having scored Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, as well as Happy Times in Noisy Village on Thrift Books this month. I am not above reading the books I buy for my children, nor do I think anyone should ever be.
Meanwhile we had a very Merry Christmas here at the Haus. My parents came down for the main holiday, and on Boxing Day we had a big dinner for them, my in-laws, some friends, and our parish priest. What fun! We aren’t doing a big dinner tomorrow for New Years, but we are expecting more friends to stop over for the night on their travels back home. It promises to be a fun beginning to a new year.
My resolutions for 2016 seem to be trending toward keeping things running smoothly. Yesterday I sat down and pencilled out a menu plan for the entire month of January. Today I began to work on the lesson plans for the month, knowing that I would not want to do that while having our friends over. My workstation in is the foyer, where I can have a central space to keep track of things. It consists of an old dresser from my grandmother’s house, that keeps our binders, maps, mailing materials, and lesson plans out of sight. A shelf on the wall above–from my great-grandmother–is the year-round place where I keep the books I’m reading, stationary (if I ever get around to hand-writing an actual letter or sending a real card!), a letter holder for bills, a plant, a picture of Jacob, and a favorite icon. This year I’m trying something new and have Susan Branch’s desk calendar on the wall between shelf and dresser. My menu plan is to the left of that (with chore rules above), and to the right are favorite drawings from my resident artists.
Now, I would love to say having this workstation means that everything stays neat and tidy, but my husband will be the first to tell you that is not the case, if he were inclined to do so. 😉 And it’s a constant struggle not to let the workstation become the dumpstation. However, at the moment it is looking nice and tidy, which is more than I can say about it’s appearance an hour or so ago:
And that’s another struggle constant in the household: keeping things running smoothly while raising toddlers!
Here’s farewell to 2015 and a blessed 2016 to all of you with love from all of us!