As so often happens in my little world, my week did not unfold according to plan. Like so many, Mr Knitting Sarah works long hours in the lead-up to and during the holidays and because our schedule can revolve around his, it does just that. Our family time is a priority so when it makes sense for the mister to change his schedule at the last minute and he winds up with two weekdays off and that he’ll work the weekend, we shift our plans accordingly. Homeschooling is flexible that way and that’s part of the reason it suits us so well as a family.
In any case, this week it just so happened that our family days coincided with some beautiful weather.
The first day started a little cloudy and chilly and the fish unfortunately weren’t biting, but the goldfinches and blue jays were singing all the same. We went home for some lunch and a some studying and then in the mid-afternoon with the sun out, we went out to a local park for some more fresh air. This time of year around here you just have to take advantage of beautiful weather when it presents itself.
My boy & I went for a nice long hike while my girl & hubby made a campfire. My girl loves to saw wood & tend a fire (no joke!) and my son… he is never happier & more at peace than when he’s walking in the woods. I’m a slow walker, so he splits his time between walking & talking with me and walking ahead of me on his own.
On the way back, we found a garter snake just off the trail and Mr Knitting Sarah managed to get a hold of him so the kids could examine him.
And my daughter…
She loved this little guy. As long as he was held properly, he was very docile and content to be in her hands. She raised more than a few eyebrows as this little girl clad in bright pink showed her little friend to passing hikers. After not too much, but not too little time we released him back where we found him, occupied ourselves with a somewhat uncoordinated game of frisbee and as the sun began to get low in the sky we headed home.
The following day we headed to a new spot to fish…
And we had more luck with the actual catching of fish. We just caught and released, but it was still a very fun morning. Fishing is such a good way to teach patience and how to just be, quietly in nature.
When not gallivanting, of course I did manage to finish my Miya Shawl earlier this week.
With this finished, I started back at my Miss Grace Shawl.
And I have to admit, I’m kind of addicted to it. Now that it’s the center of my knitting focus, I’m able to knit away with much less of a tether to the instructions which always helps things move along more quickly. I’m really looking forward to using this piece… a fact that also helps things move along more quickly!
I also started a new pair of socks.
I fully intended to begin a pair for my MIL, but as I was looking for a free project bag I found I had this skein wound, waiting to be knitted. It was a skein I’d started and then frogged and since it was a gift skein that is long overdue in finding its way onto my feet, I decided to whip these up quickly first.
I haven’t touched my wheel much this week — there’s just been too much on-the-go time and my legs and back sometimes need a good rest after such days. That’ll be changing shortly, though I promise. I found out earlier this week that I’d won a coupon code to Three Waters Farm for posting and tagging photos of current TWF projects on Instagram, so I’m using the code and the promise of some fiber treats as a carrot to motivate me to spin through my current project which is proving to move a bit slowly for my attention span these days.
Well, the sun is shining once again and although I fully intend to slow down a bit after a busy week, we definitely have a full weekend ahead of us. I hope yours is beautiful, too, and that you find some time for your craft, as well!