I know this is supposed to be a blog about reading. But for most readers I know, reading leads to writing. Today, I was reading a post from a blog I follow, "The Reading Zone", written by a language arts teacher named Sarah, who is participating in the Slice of Life writing challenge. It's issued by a pair of writing teachers who blog at "Two Writing Teachers". The challenge is to write a slice of life outside of the classroom to share each day during March. I'm going to do my best to rise to the challenge!
I had another challenge today after work, and that was shopping for yarn. I presently have several colleagues expecting babies in the next few months, and I really like to crochet baby blankets for them. Our counselor has chosen a really pretty nursery pattern for her baby girl--large flowers in a palette of light butter yellow, cream, and gray.
I'm pretty picky about choosing yarn for my baby projects. It has to be soft, and it has to be completely machine washable and dry-able; my blankets are meant to be used, not folded up as an heirloom in a drawer! With this particular project, I have my heart set on making these really pretty flower granny squares, using all three colors to make the blanket.
And there was the problem. Ideally, you'd want to use the same brand and style of yarn throughout the project. But I could not find the right yellow, cream, and gray combination in any one brand! It took me a half hour to finally decide on the yellow from one, and the cream and gray from another. They are all acrylic and the same weight, so I'm hoping it works out. Fingers crossed!