I'm sneaking in here today with a post for Ginny's Yarn Along. Every week, on Wednesdays, Ginny posts a picture of what she's reading, along with what she is knitting. If you'd like to do the same, just follow the link and the directions. (Crochet is acceptable too.)
I finally finished knitting Gabe's sweater. I like how it turned out - sort of a blue/camel/brown camo look. It's so soft, and it was easy to put together too. Because I tend to drift in and out of projects, it took me quite a long time. I usually reserve knitting and/or crochet for travel or doctor's appointments - times when I am out and will be sitting awhile. I would knit while watching a movie - but I can't remember the last time I watched a movie. (I'd like to....)
I made it in an 18 month size, and it seems to run a little bit big, so it seems I actually finished it just in time. :) He should be able to wear it for a year or so. The buttons are little antique glass buttons from my button jar, kind of a "translucenty" blue. (This is why I like blogging. I get to make up my own words and pretend they are valid.) I can not post a pattern link, because this is from an old book that I've had around forever. It's just a standard crew-neck pullover toddler sweater, though, with side buttons. It's pretty easy to find a similar pattern online.
I have a secret for collecting buttons. I go to the thrift store when they have bag sales - when the really ugly or worn garments are all that are left, and you can stuff as many as you can fit into a bag for $1. I look at the buttons on the clothes Some of the ugliest clothes have the neatest buttons, and you can score a large amount for a dollar! Wooden, antique, vintage, glass buttons- they all need to go somewhere, and why not my house? :) I pay only pennies for beautiful buttons.
I'm reading the "hot-off-the-presses" biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. My son brought it home from the library, I snagged it and commandeered it, and it is a fascinating read. I love biographies in general; biographies of quirky, driven, successful people in specific. What makes (or in this case, made) them tick? What made them successful? What were their weaknesses? What can I learn from them?
I'm two-thirds of the way thru the book. I've learned many things so far and I'm still thinking about them. You might not think that a full-time mother could get great "take away" from a book by a tech genius - but indeed, I have. (Steve Jobs had several negatives, too. His family has been clear about that. We can learn from that as well, and I could make a list of those too, but here I am focusing on the positives.) Here they are, my "positive take-aways," in bullet point. See if there are any things you could incorporate into your life vision - whatever your job or role is in life:
- Don't apologize for that.
- Know what you can do and do it well.
- Revel in it.
- Embrace it.
- Grab it and run with it.
- Don't worry if people don't understand it.
- Don't be afraid of being different.
- Different isn't threatening, it is good.
- Allow for creative time.
- Please. Be outside of the box.
- Don't let the turkeys keep you down.
- Believe in what you are doing.
- Relentlessly pursue your visions.
What are you making and reading these days? Feel free to join in over at Ginny's Small Things.