yarn. The pattern is from "60 Quick Baby Knits" but I am altering the top of the hat to look like this. I still have a lot of problems dropping stiches when working with the dp needles, but then am ridiculously proud of myself when I can fix it. It used to be a complete mystery to me. My friend, Almut, who taught me to knit would just look at my mistake and go "oh you just ..." and then quickly fix it and I would sit there and wonder "how can she possibly tell what is going on with those stitches?" They just looked like this really mysterious jumble. But now I can see the stitches and see the difference between a purl and a knit stitch! It's such a little joyful feeling to gain a new skill. And when I finish a project, all the little frustrations and struggles are forgotten in the pleasure of finishing and the full feeling of accomplishment.
The book I am reading, "The Life Organizer" is part of my little project to try to get more organized and purposeful and spend my very precious time on what really matters. That is such a challenge for me, and as the days go by it has really sunk in that my body, my skin and bones, won't always be alive in this world. And I find living to be such a gift. I want to make the most of it and milk the joy and love out of every little bit.
I forgot to mention the lovely Yarn Along from this really, truly, lovely blog.