and my reading.
After a 6 month hiatus from all things knitting, I finally picked up my needles again this past week. I have a larger project to get working on before its recipient outgrows the size of the pattern I have, but I knew that I wanted to start back to knitting with something quick yet interesting. I settled on an Elvish Leaves Dishcloth. It is a fairly simple yet beautiful lace pattern and it has the added benefit of practicing lace techniques on larger needles with a heavier yarn. After finishing the dishcloth, aside from weaving in ends because my darning needle is among the missing, I finally chose a yarn from my stash for my next project and wound it into a couple of balls.
Another one of my hobbies that has taken a nosedive since having children is reading. I probably read more than the average Joe if you consider that I am reading picture books to Lily and Ish for a good portion of the day everyday. My own reading, however, has really fallen by the wayside. I have made efforts since January to read more and it is going well. I am not reading as much as I would like, but I am well on my way to completing my fifth book of the year. Right now I am borrowing a friend's copy of Enchantment
by Orson Scott Card. So far I am enjoying it. It is nice to be reading a carefully crafted fairytale retelling; the last one I read was a train wreck--one of those books I finished because I had already gotten so far into it that I couldn't not finish it. Enchantment is definitely a breath of fresh air in comparison.
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