This week has been another one of those weeks where I feel pulled in a million different directions, but I'm still trying to carve out a little time for knitting and reading...both are so relaxing, and, at the end of the day, I find knitting a few rows while listening to Handel's Messiah in front of the Christmas tree, followed by reading a few pages in my book is such a treat that helps the stress of the day melt away while preparing me for a restful night's sleep.
I recently finished the pixie cap I was working on for Little #10, and I'm quite pleased with how my first project turned out; in fact, I'm knitting another for Little #9 using the same butter-soft, Andean Treasure but in the lovely Royal Heather. Since it's basically all stockinette stitch, the pixie cap is my "easy knitting". I can pick this project up when I'm doing lessons with the kids and not worry about making a mistake. The other project I'm working on (the one pictured in this post), however, requires my full attention. It's my very first attempt at a "fancy" stitch pattern, something other than garter, stockinette or ribbing. It's another Ravelry pattern, the Ruffled Chevron Scarf. I chose a super wash merino, Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Wine Tasting, and I'm planning to give it to my college roommate and best friend of thirty years. She now lives 2700 miles away, and she and I live completely different lives...she, a single, high, powered executive with no kids; and, me, a home-schooling, stay-at-home mom with ten kids living on a farm. It's amazing how well we still get along despite the different paths we each took. I'm looking forward to her visit in a few weeks, and I hope I will be able to finish the scarf in time to give it to her while she is here.
As for what I'm reading...I grabbed another book from my pile of thrifted novels, The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton. I only started reading it a few days ago, and I'm already quite attached to the main character in this thought provoking story. I'm also reading Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah to the kids, and they love it. When I come to the end of a chapter, they all say, "One more chapter, please!" I think I'm enjoying it as much as they.