I've got some pictures from stuff I've been doing the last few months. First one is a non-picture. That is, Ed finished the boys' room a looong time ago but I never got around to sharing how
A bag (obviously).
Just in case I had a girl....sadly I have to put those away until who knows when. Apparently we don't make girls.
Is he not the cutest little model ever! I can't take credit for Tully though, just the sweater. He's going to be a big brother in May!
I love knitting. In fact, I'm pretty close to obsessed with it. If a day goes by that I can't knit, my fingers itch. I spend lots of time looking over patterns on ravelry.com. I listen to podcasts about knitting while I knit. The thing about knitting is not only is it pretty and practical but it also feels productive. I've been thinking a lot lately about how to best use my time. Amazingly, I seem to have a lot of it! Yes, I know that there is laundry in the hamper, and don't remind me of the dishes in the sink and no, I didn't see those dustbunnies just run by. OK, so maybe I should spend more time doing housework! But at some point I have to say: "Enough for today! There will always be more messes to clean up but I need to do something else!" I started some formal schooling with the twins, as well as continuing Ethan's schooling. But at their ages, I'm not expecting them to spend hours at the books. I try to send them outside everyday, as the weather permits. I also exercise myself now and then, "strengthen my loins" and that whole bit. I try cook healthy, even if it takes more time. I read quite a bit: to my kids and to myself, more so now that I'm nursing. There's always errands and sometimes we go on outings but for the most part, we're home. So what else should I be doing?
Knitting seems like a good thing to do, godly even. Four of the verses describing Mrs. Proverbs 31 are about her use of fiber arts to care for her family. The other day I made a pair of mittens for Ethan that turned out well and keep him warm when he's playing in the snow. It took me about two afternoons but I think the time was well spent. Then again, I could have gone to Wal-mart or the dollar store and gotten him a pair. But atleast I could say that I made them, and wasn't reliant on some big industry to care for my household. (Although the yarn did come from a store. I think maybe Wal-mart...)
Anyways! the point is that even though in our modern world every need is available at our fingertips, and the skill of knitting is now mostly for hobby rather than a basic life-skill, I think it is a good use of time. Mrs. Proverbs 31 was the picture of an industrious woman, but it's hard to compare doing what was necessary back then with what's a leisure activity now. It's not like I could even sell my products because who could compete with a pair of mittens for a dollar? So I mostly do it because I like it and again, it feels like I'm being useful, even if it's not always the case. And I'll just continue to look out for ways to be industrious. Like getting started on those dishes!