I have hired a mother’s helper for the summer. A lovely girl comes to my home twice a week for a couple hours and plays with the kids while I do *something else*. It is probably the most wonderful thing I have done for myself in years. It is allowing me to do some projects that aren’t as easily done with a 4 and almost 2 year old running around. Of course, I am still doing a lot of laundry and cooking, but it is uninterrupted laundry and cooking!
So for this week’s yarn along, I decided to start a scarf to say thank you at the end of the summer. Yes, I am paying her, but I thought this would be a nice gift to show her how much I appreciate the time she is here. But, do 8th graders even like scarfs? I have no idea. I know that she loves purple, so I am hoping for the best! And also that it will make her want to come back around Christmas when I am almost inevitably overwhelmed with all the projects I have on my to do list.
I also finished Jack’s winter hat. I really like how it turned out. I started one for Emma, but it wasn’t turning out the way I wanted, so I frogged it and decided on the scarf to occupy my time instead. It is a pretty pattern of garter stitch and lace insert. I am really enjoying the ease of this pattern too, it is just a multiple of 2 stitches, very cool 🙂
As for reading this week, I’m not really reading anything different. We are still reading Persuasion, one chapter at a time. I’m really enjoying it, and the kids still seem to be as well, so we keep pushing on. Matt is reading 11/22/63: A Novel, which he says is the best book he has read in a long time. I think it is suspense, I don’t think it is the typical scare the crap out of you book that he writes. I love that Stephen King lives in Maine, but honestly I have never been able to read any of his books. I might give this one a try though, since Matt says it is so good.