Wednesday, January 23, 2013

a scarf and some books

It is freezing here right now, not like 32 degrees freezing, like below zero and feels like negative 30 freezing.  At least that is what weather.com is saying, I am definitely not going outside to check...well until I have to bring fresh water out to the chickens.  Luckily I have knitting to do and books to read!


I am still knitting the scarf that I started last week.  It is coming along quite nicely, and is a super easy pattern, so I can keep moving forward with it a (very) little bit at a time.  The purple is very pretty, but it isn't something that I will wear.  So, depending on how long I make it, it will either go to one of the pretty little girls in my life, or to my mom.  Although, my mom ever so gently reminded me that she bought me yarn to make her fingerless mitts a long time ago.  I started out doing really well with these!  They knit up super fast. Unfortunately, I made one, and had the second just about done when my very lovely daughter decided to unravel it for me.  This was over a year ago...could be 2 years ago actually now...and I had put it away and haven't looked at it since.  Well, I guess as soon as I get the current mitten I am working on off my DPNs, I will start on the second one for my mom.  Maybe she will get a scarf and fingerless mitts before the end of the winter!


My book reading has been going really well.  I made my crazy 100 books goal last week, and I decided to embrace it and go full steam ahead.  I have been reading a lot of fiction books recently while I continue to work on Making Home.  I am about 3/4 of the way through it, and it has been a really good book.  I think that after I finish this I will make my way to one of her other books, Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation, which I bought and read when it first came out in the fall of 2009.  However, I feel like there is a lot of knowledge in that book that I need to read again, now that I am more fully involved in growing and preserving my own food.

You can take a look at my 2013 Book List, and see what I have read recently.  I just finished and reviewed A Home in Drayton Valley.

Linking up at the yarn along and at work in progress.

12 comments:

  1. Love the purple! I homeschool as well, and I know about having relatives remind you of projects you started for them. My boys keep reminding me of the hoodies I began for them (now 2 years ago.) And as cold as it is here, they could use them. Maybe by the end of winter this year! Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation- sounds like an interesting read. I need to check it out.

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  2. Pretty color scarf! The high here today is 30* - brrr!

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  3. And here I sit freezing at 36 degrees!

    Good for you in working toward your goal, that is a wonderful way to live!
    Enjoy the day.

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  4. It's 3 degrees here - ugh!

    Love the purple scarf and that pretty red/cream one too!

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  5. So chilly! It was 80 degrees here yesterday. I think our winter is over! Ugh! Sorry about the unravelled mitts. Perhaps now that time has passed it will be easier to finish.

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  6. It's crazy cold! And no relief in sight for us in New England until Monday. I love the yarn you are using - very pretty!

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  7. This cold just keeps us busy knitting.

    Visiting from Tami.

    Just tried to get over to your reading list but slow connection. Will keep trying.

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  8. Ooh what wonderful book choices - jut my kind of thing! I'm going to go and see what else is on your list :o)

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  9. Lovely scraves! My favorite is the first one.

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  10. Pretty purple, but it wouldn't suit me either. We've been under an extreme cold alert around here, so we're sticking close to home too. A big pot of soup for dinner, I thinK!

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  11. The scarves are so pretty! Awesome job :) Sounds like you could use them with the freezing weather you're having!

    Independence Days sounds really interesting. We are wanting to try to preserve and store as much of our garden's harvest this year that we can to last us through the winter.

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  12. I admire your reading goals!! Impressive! I only read 26 books last year :) Lovely knitting and I've been working on mine for weeks and weeks.

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