Life has not afforded much time for knitting of late, but I have made a little progress on the lacy scarf I'm knitting for my daughter (see where I was last week here -- not much progress, I know). I did manage to squeeze in some quiet knitting time late yesterday afternoon, but unless I postpone much of life's duties, I can't imagine having this finished and ready to send with Jess when she leaves for Oxford in September.
All of that said, I've grown comfortable with the pattern and am loving the feel of the yarn as it slips through my fingers. I imagine Jessica wearing it as she explores and photographs the shops and sites in England, and if that isn't an incentive to finish, I don't know what is!
This quote from A Charlotte Mason Companion spoke volumes to me as our 3rd son turned 13 on Saturday:
"The pull of the world, and their curiosity about it, seems to be strongest in the teen years. We grown-ups may forget what once enticed us--especially if our fascination with the world has faded. How much influence the world has over our children really depends on what standards we set at home--the standards by which the children are accustomed to measure things--and the strength of the family ties. A respect for parents, the satisfaction of learning together, a fondness for simple pleasures, good humor amidst hard work, sympathy in sorrow, and the joy of worshipping together are a part of the atmosphere of a close family. Such families give the gift of unworldliness. May we all be enabled to provide our children with such an atmosphere."It's August 10 and I'm only 1/3 of the way through The Help. I guess it's not my season for making deadlines. :) I'm sooo looking forward to our upcoming camping trip where I hope to lose myself in this wonderful book as well as my knitting.
So what are you knitting/crocheting/reading?
Sharing over at the Yarn Along. :)