Yeah!! I am here joining Ginny with what I am knitting and reading.
Well, we are working to getting back to our principles of not spending/consuming unless necessary or for a well thought out purpose (such as a trip to visit family). So, part of that goal means using up and making do. As we rely on our home based business for nearly 100% of our family's income, we never really know what each week will bring in terms of our income. So when business is busy, we have had a tendency to spend (give too) but really spend probably too easily. When business is slow, as it had been prior to the last couple of weeks, we pray, pinch pennies, and wonder if God really wants us to be doing what we are doing. It is so funny, but, right when Mike starts inquiring about some side work, the business starts booming, as it did recently. So our prayers were answered and our needs were always met.
Anyway, back to the knit along. Well, I have lots of yarn. Of course, I often find that I don't have what would be my first choice for a particular pattern.
So, I just love the new Moonlight Garden Shawl Pattern by Mandarines. She is offering 15% off the pattern through April 30th using the code mandarinesmaykal. Melody, of Mandarines, is also having a Shawl Knit Along for the month of May. She has several beautiful shawl patterns to choose from.
So, although I would have loved to order some beautiful O'Wool Local yarn - which is a blend of alpaca/fine wool for my Moonlight Garden Shawl, I resisted and am instead using up what I have which is the only DK weight yarn in enough yardage from my stash. It is from Peace Fleece in the colorway Distant Maple which is shades of green and purple with specks of blue. If I could, I would have chosen, a soft brown color in an alpaca blend to create a nice drape. But this will work and I can see myself using it just as the name suggests - wrapping it around myself in the evening as I walk around our homestead checking on the garden and animals or pushing one of the children on their swing.
I am also crocheting a pillow cover - actually I plan to make two to add a little refreshment to our couch and to go along with the lap blanket I recently finished.
So glad to be reading a good fiction book - a classic - My Antonio, by Willa Cather.
What are you working on and reading?