Wednesday, July 11, 2012

yarn along


Jack's hat is coming along nicely.  I think I am just about ready to start the decreases.  It may be that this hat will be big enough for several winters, so I might need to come up with a new pattern next year!  Emma saw me knitting Jack's hat and immediately requested one of her own.  We have to make a run to the yarn store though, because I don't think I have enough yarn leftover from her sweater to make the hat.  Plus, she likes to pick the yarn out herself.

I'm starting to think about Christmas gifts since it is July and all!  I need to be more on the ball.  I always start early, and then end up slowing down in the fall, only to have a huge rush after Thanksgiving to get everything done.  Wouldn't it be nice to have everything done before Thanksgiving so that I could actually enjoy the Christmas season instead of rushing around like a crazy person?  It's not just me, right?

In the book department, I finished 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.  I really enjoyed the entire book.  There were parts of her writing that rubbed me the wrong way, but they were few.  And they were far outweighed by some seriously heavy emotional and spiritual breakthroughs.  One of the moments that stuck out to me was when she went to a service at a different church than her own.  The speaker was talking about how the homeless have so many problems with their feet and legs because the shoes that they get are the old shoes given to good will, or taken from a trash can, and what they really needed were good quality shoes.  Then every person in the church ended up bringing their shoes to the front of the church, and they all left barefoot. It really amazed me because we take such small things as shoes for granted, how much more do we have?  And how much do we complain or think to ourselves "oh, if only I had x."  Perhaps it is just me, but it was a real wake up call.  What is really needed that I hang onto?  Although I don't think I would want to go through the challenge of 7, it was very interesting and made me think about things I hadn't considered before.

I started reading Persuasion to the kids before rest time.  Is it wrong of me to read such books to them when they are still so young?  I can't figure it out.  But, they are quiet and listen, so I go for it.  Of course I can't read these types of books all the time to them, but before rest time everyone seems to be happy and content for me to sit and read whatever I choose, and I choose some incredibly random books for a 4 year old and 23 month old to listen to :-)  I read this book back in college for a women's lit class, but haven't picked it up since, so it is almost like I am reading it for the first time again, and I love that.

I'm trying to read through the Bible again.  I have done it several times since college, but I typically start with the Old Testament, and read right straight through.  However, this time I decided to start in Matthew.  I am always surprised at what I learn reading the Bible straight through.  It isn't like a Bible study, where you pick a section or a chapter, you really get the full scope and context when you read entire books at a time.  It also always brings up so many questions for me.  How nice it will be when I can have those questions answered!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is doing this week over at the yarn along!

20 comments:

  1. I always start christmas presents in july too, my daughters birthday is on the 16th july and that is my starting post for christmas making. Always finishing something on christmas eve though!

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  2. A cosy looking hat too - Enjoy those last few inches.
    Wonderful selection of reading to keep you thinking.

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  3. I love that you'e reading Persuasion with your kids. It would never occur to me to step outside the "children's Lit" canon. Good for you!
    Usually I don't start even thinking about Christmas presents until October, It would save lots of running around if I began now, thanks for the inspiration there, too!
    Happy Yarn Along :)

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  4. I can't imagine starting Christmas presents so soon - but that might be because I am hopeless at keeping presents from people once they're done ;)

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  5. I don't see anything wrong with your reading material--if your little ones are sitting attentively I would go for it. I will have to check out 7-it does sound interesting. OH a yarn store visit--sounds lovely. The hat is coming along nicely and the best part is you can fold it up or down as needed--happy knitting!

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  6. I usually start Christmas presents around now too. But this year I have no list and no ideas. I should work on that! My little one loves to pick out her own yarn too!

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  7. your children's reading material sounds lovely! At that age (and at rest time) I think the sound of your voice is all that really matters! Good for you with the holiday knitting---I'm no further than the thinking stage---but at least I'm THAT far!!! :)

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  8. I love Persuasion! My favourite Jane Austen by far!

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  9. It is amazing what children do understand, even at a young age - our four year old often comes home repeating parts of the sermon from church even after I am sure he hasn't been listening.
    That book that you finished sounds right up my alley - very similar, perhaps, to Radical.
    Thank you for sharing and the reminder about Christmas.

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  10. I was just thinking about writing up a Christmas in July post on my blog to hold me accountable! I love thinking things out a head of time - and actually trying to accomplish them all! :)

    I read through the Bible about 2 years ago and agree that it is so worth it! Have been wanting to do it again...

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  11. It really is a great time to start thinking about Christmas presents and I really like the cozy hat you're knitting - might have to do something like that for my Dad. I adore Persuasion ... love Jane Austen!

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  12. I'm not thinking of Christmas until at least September. You are inspiring! Great post and I love Jack's little hat!

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  13. Best of luck on starting your Christmas knitting. I hope you're able to get it done before Thanksgiving.

    As far as the reading to the kids, I say...Why not?! If they're enjoying it and it keeps them calm during their rest time, then it's all good.

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  14. I don't think it's too early to start on Christmas presents! I am doing the same thing :)
    And I totally agree about reading the Bible through as opposed to a Bible Study. I definitely see a different perspective when I read without the guidance of a study.

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  15. I love that you are getting organized for Christmas. I just started thinking about some presents I could make people this week! I also think you can read your kids whatever you'd like (except Steven King :) it is just wonderful that you read to them!!

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  16. I have that dream every year that I'll be done in time to relax and enjoy the season but I have yet to achieve it - something always pops up to spoil my plans. Still, I will persevere!
    I don't think it's wrong to read Austen to young children - think of all the wonderful language that they're taking in.

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  17. Love the fact that you are reading non-traditional books with your children. Who knows what impact it will have on them later in life?

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  18. Christmas!! Oh my, you are definitely ahead of me. I love that kind of organization, it is inspiring. I have never read Jane Austin's Persuasion, but I think that I am going to add it to my reading list. As for your children, I think that exposing them to many differing authors is a fantastic idea.
    The hat looks wonderful!

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  19. I remember reading The Lady of Shallott and The Faerie Queen to Pierce when he was 8 months old :-) He was an early reader - so you never know! ;-)

    Oh Christmas. Yes, I need to start looking for deals.

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  20. I so need to read 7. I got into that mentality when I first got into the whole simplicity movement but in the last several years, I've gotten away from the concept of "living simply so others can simply live...." Definitely will need to pick the book up!

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