Her sweater is done, and she likes it! I never imagined I could actually make a sweater. But this one was quite an easy pattern to follow, and I would have finished it in under a week were it not for, ahem, motivation issues. I still feel like I need to work on picking up stitches (which I had to do for the collar and the sleeves). I've watched all the how-to videos, but somehow am not quite satisfied with the results. Does anyone have a tip?
Now I've promised Zosia her own sweater, and even purchased the yarn for it. Any suggestions for a good girly sweater for an older toddler/young kid?
While I have no photo to prove it, a friend who has spent enough time with my family to know that my reading time is divided into quite small snippets gave me a book entitled "The Essential Wisdom of the Saints," and it really is a nice way to intersperse wisdom into a full day (each quote is just a sentence or two long, and stands on its own).
Here are a few I have loved (you'll see why: aren't they both perfect for a mother of small children?):
I know God. He is a father, a mother, who in order to be happy must have his child upon His knee, resting on His heart.--St. Therese of Lisieux
Try interrupting the meditations of someone who is very attached to her spiritual exercises and you will see her upset, flustered, taken aback. A person who has this true freedom will leave her prayer, unruffled, gracious toward the person who has unexpectedly disturbed her, for to her it's all the same-- serving God by meditating or serving Him by responding to her neighbor. Both are the will of God, but helping the neighbor is necessary at that particular moment.
--St. Francis de Sales
And as always, I'll be looking for more knitting and reading inspiration over at Ginny's page! You should take a look.