Knitting and kneading. They're my meditation right now - my reminders to slow down, be still, and breathe deeply. I reach for them as I try to stay present in the moment, and the rhythm of each brings me back to where I need to be, surrounded by those around me. Right here. Right now.
And yet - they have benefit in the future. A freezer full of breads ready for pulling. A few new handknits for babe ready for wearing. The piles of each are growing.
A few of the things that have spent some time on my needles recently:
A sleep sack for baby. Thinking of heading into the cool weather months with this little one, I've had the Disana Wool SleepSack in mind for a bit, but kept thinking I could make my own. I found a pattern free on Ravelry (it's the Kicking Bag for Babies). Knit with some fingering weight sock yarn from Hands & Notions.
And a wool diaper cover soaker - the pattern from Little Turtle Knits, available for purchase at NearSea Naturals. I've made this one a few times over my cloth diapering years - it's a great pattern (highly customizable), and I'm a pretty big fan of wool soakers as covers. Am I really returning to diaper days? Oh my.
I watched How to Cook Your Life a few evenings ago (and then again the next night), on the recommendation of a few of you (thank you!). It centers around baker (author of the fabulous Tassajara Bread Book) and Zen Master Edward Espe Brown. I'm not really sure what exactly to say about it except that I found it quite inspiring, and am finding myself returning to it's wisdom often in my thoughts as I go about my days and the work of my hands. I think some of you might like it too.