Wednesday, February 15, 2012

the 100 thing challenge

OK, so I haven't finished my socks.  In fact, I haven't even done anything with them since last week.  I am ready to divide for the heel, but haven't yet.  Instead I am working on a second sock of Jack's.  Not to mention working on my poor mom's big Christmas present...a table runner...that is taking me forever to knit.  I think that if I had several uninterrupted hours I would be able to make a lot of progress.  Unfortunately, I do not.  And because I have to follow a stitch pattern, well, when I get interrupted I end up skipping stitches, counting wrong, forgetting which row I was on.  That means taking out several stitches, or whole rows, until I find a place I actually know.  I fully expect to finish one sock by this weekend, but I am not entirely optimistic of that :-)


What am I reading this week?  Well, I picked up The 100 Thing Challenge.  I'm not very far into the book, I never seem to be when Wednesday comes around!  It is about a guy who decides to only have 100 possessions...hence the book title, clever right?  I think what drew me to the book was the fact that he has a wife and 3 kids, it isn't like he is a single guy somewhere deciding that he has too much, which is how I feel a lot of minimalist books are like.  I am in his "rules" chapter right now, and it explains that it is just his challenge, not his wife, not his daughters.  So there are definite loop holes to his 100 things.  Like joint possessions, and the kids toys :-)  It will be interesting to see how that works in a family dynamic, and whether they get on board with getting rid of stuff as well!

I wanted to remind everyone that last Friday was my one year blogiversary, and I am putting together a pretty good package (according to me) for a give away, so go on over there and enter!  I will draw a name/number on Friday :-)

And as always, I am linking up with Ginny and her yarn along!

19 comments:

  1. That books sounds interesting!

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  2. There's a lot of work involved in your mum's table runner, very pretty though..............I could never just have 100 possesions, very scary prospect for me I think.

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  3. That sounds like a really interesting book - I might have to check that out myself!

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  4. I have heard of that dude, maybe a yahoo article when he first did that. interesting idea!

    :)
    jen

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  5. wow that table runner is pretty...and that book sounds fascinating...congratulations on your blog anniversary.

    Deb

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  6. I had made a promise to myself not to add any more books to my list, I just broke that promise! What a great idea for a book!

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  7. Post-it Notes are my best friend when I am working on a knitting pattern with a stitch pattern that I need to really pay attention to.

    That way, if I have to walk away from my knitting, I know where I left off.

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  8. Table runner sounds complicated! but looks very pretty so far.

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  9. I've read ABOUT this book--I probably just need to get it and read it. I know I could never pare down to 100 things but I came seriously close to unofficially doing the 333 project (33 pieces of clothes for 3 months--easy; I just couldn't "throw away" all my handknits!!!!!)
    The tablerunner is gorgeous!!!

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  10. Sounds like an interesting read. The table runner looks lovely, hang in there.

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  11. such a pretty runner, and the book sounds very interesting.

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  12. The runner is lovely and I hope you finish it so you can start something else, maybe another long project!

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  13. I have 100 things on my desk! I would need the 1000 thing challenge and that would be seriously hard. Love the runner, so simple and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I always hit a slowdown when it is time to turn a heel. You need quiet and uninterrupted time - at least I do! Once you can get that done you'll be flying along to the finish line!

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  15. Sounds like a very interesting book...I might have to add that to my reading list!

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  16. Interesting book, I will take a look. That table runner you have going is just beautiful. I can't wait to see the results!

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  17. OOOh I want to know what you think of the book when done----it sounds interesting!

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  18. I'm curious about the book. I'm currently doing a thing I'm calling the 365 Days to Simplicity on my blog. I decided that I was going to get rid of one thing every day all year. Some days it's impressive. Other days it's just finding something scary in the freezer and throwing it out. So far I'm doing great with it and I really like how it changes the way I look at stuff when I'm considering a purchase too! If you're interested, check out my blog at http://twyste.com. I'm also knitting and you can see that and my link to my section of free and simple knitting patterns there too.

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