in my basket

sadly this week’s post is not much different than last week’s but we’ve had a slew of beautiful days and i ended up spending most of them outdoors with the kids. it’s been fun having picnics and popsicles and running through the hose but it also means the reading and knitting have been ignored.

i am still reading blood, bones, and butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef. i still think gabrielle hamilton’s writing is spectacular and am enjoying the book immensely.

i’m still working on my oaklet shawl and the poulette’s the cap sleeved sweater is still in the basket. i mentioned a few weeks back that i felt like doing some embroidery or cross stitch and as you can see from the photo, in the little bit of quiet time i get in the evening i’ve been doing a bit of embroidery. i’m still not sure about this little embroidery project of mine but if it comes together i’ll share photos!

what’s in your basket?

inspired by ginny, and my love of knitting and reading, i’m participating in yarn along.

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  • I wish you could teach me to embroidery. I can cross stitch and did that for many years, my embroidery always looks pretty sad.ReplyCancel

  • Love the photo! I use to cross stitch in the 80’s then my eyes gave out in the 90’s. No amount of magnification made it fun anymore. And that is why I’m a knitter ) Love the little project and it looks like tiny stitches to me!!ReplyCancel

  • Embroidering well only takes a bit of patience and practice. Your piece will be beautiful and full of memories, despite any errors. Stay the course.ReplyCancel

  • I started doing some embroidery last summer and really enjoyed it. Haven’t pulled it out in awhile though. I have so many cute patterns stashed away somewhere that I should sit down and do again someday soon! :)

    I am sure whatever this turns out to be will be lovely!ReplyCancel

  • I learned to embroider about a month ago. I love it! I just wish there was enough time in the day to do all the craftyness; kitchen stuff; knitting stuff and of course the general cleaning and laundry and errands!!ReplyCancel

  • My grandmother tried to teach me how to embroider. I did an apple and gave it to her and haven’t been back to it since. I love the look of it, particularly on clothing, and would probably be better at it now…more patience. Can’t wait to see what it becomes!ReplyCancel

  • Love embroidery…just never seem to have the patience at looking down at what I am doing ( not good)
    Enjoy the outdoors and the fam- that is what life is all about!
    Happy Wednesday

  • I used to do embroidery and cross stitch as a child but haven’t done any since. I got a book a little while ago and fully intend to try it out again when I can carve a bit of free time. But nearly all my floss looks just like that on the cards with the color numbers from when I was in grade school and it was my life’s mission to make friendship bracelets!ReplyCancel

  • Hope the embroidery goes well! I’ve never been great at it…sadly, I’m not so detail oriented :) Loved your weekending post and glad to see your site is back up!ReplyCancel

  • Great photo. I can’t wait to spend days outside, it is still a bit chilly here. We are getting a few days here and there with warmer temps, but I need a whole bunch in a row :) Soon, I hope.

    Looking forward to seeing your embroidery, never tried, but I hope to one day.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been itching to start embroidering again, it’s been awhile and honestly when I did do it, I barely knew any of the stitches…adding it to my list 😉

    Ps I fixed my website address in this comment, the “blogspot” was missing from my last comment.ReplyCancel

  • Manise

    Love your embroidery and that pearly candy pink thread. I’ve got a sparkly sekrit project on one set of needles and a the beginnings of a Plum Perfect swirl sweater on the other set. Lots of sts. :-)ReplyCancel

  • It looks good so far! I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see the finished project. Have fun, whatever you do!ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t picked up any embroidery in a very long time. I have that same pattern tucked away in my pattern file box but haven’t made it yet. Perhaps that will be a good summer project, to pick up the embroidery again!ReplyCancel

  • I am new to your blog and I know I will enjoy looking around.
    That cap sleeved sweater is super cute!
    I just finished a Pebble vest-inspired dress I just posted about today. Still left in my basket, a three tiered skirt from the “Barefoot Knits” book, and a Talamh for myself out of some Malabrigo silky merino, but I just might have to add that cap sleeve for my middle daughter.

  • Very pretty edging on the oaklet shawl, love the colour you’ve chosen too.ReplyCancel

  • Ooooo! I love the colors in your shawl! I used to do counted cross stitch before I got back into knitting. I found it very soothing.ReplyCancel

  • your outdoor fun sounds like the best. and your embroidery looks sweet, i love it too and really do want to do it again, but i can’t seem to put down my knitting needles! i hope you’ll show what those tiny stiches are becoming.ReplyCancel

  • Your embroidery looks beautiful to me. I know what you mean re: knitting, etc; we are outside a lot lately. Looks like summery schedules and activities are here already.
    I’d love to see the finished project. I am sure it will be amazing.ReplyCancel

  • i have “blood, bones and butter” on my list to read, glad for the recommendation. right now, i’m reading Anne Lamott’s “Some Assembly Required” every single, darn,chance i get.

    i know what you mean about the outside times. i feel like each post i’ve been putting up lately is so short and not as profound as i would like, but it’s just the outside, keeps calling, calling our names…ReplyCancel

  • Oh well, picnics and popsicles are a good substitute :)ReplyCancel