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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I will make Emma a hat this week!

Every year I try and make hats for the kids.  I wrote about Jack's hat way back in July, and I even wrote about starting a hat for Emma.  Yet, for some reason it didn't pan out.  I think it was because I was short on yarn.  I knew it when I started, and instead of joining a new ball of yarn when I would eventually run out, I wanted to start with a fresh ball of yarn.


So here it is, January 2nd, and I am knitting her Christmas hat.  I don't think she really cares that much about when she receives it, just that she does.  I have written before about how much I love to hear her make knitting requests from me (although they are typically tall orders!).  Once I let go of the pressure to make sure I had it done by Christmas, I felt better.  I know I will finish it this week, because I am not under the pressure!  It seems to work so much better that way.  Granted, it is all self-made pressure, but pressure nonetheless!

As far as reading goes, I have started two books.  The first is Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners, which I saw on the yarn along a while back.  We are at the very beginning of our homeschooling journey, and I am constantly adjusting what we do to try and help my children be the best learners they can be.  I think this book will have a lot of good information, and it will definitely be one that will take me a bit of time to get through.

The other book that I am planning to start...soon...is Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place, which I received before Christmas but still haven't started.  I really would like to read this book with Matt.  I talk and talk and talk about changing our lives, moving to a plot of land, enjoying a subsistence lifestyle, however, that is not happening today, or tomorrow, or even in 6 months if I am being honest.  So, I have been working on making our house our home, and doing as much as possible to make it work for us, instead of using it as a temporary dwelling.  I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season!

Do you take a break after the holidays from knitting?  Or do you take one before the holidays like I did?

Joining in with Ginny and her yarn along.

12 comments:

  1. Both books look great! I added them to my book list. I still knit during the holidays just slow.

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  2. Oh I might need to get that one book about staying put. There is no way we could move even though I would desperately like to. I will have to look that one up.

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  3. I'll be checking out Making Home - I'm seriously struggling with making "home" too these days. Just like you said I tend to feel very temporary here (even those we've been in this apartment 4 years now!) I think it's because we're so hoping to move and don't really want to settle in. But in the meantime I'm getting tired of feeling like I'm stuck in waiting.

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  4. I ran so late with my Christmas knitting too this year, but I don't think anyone else minded. :)

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  5. your books sound good. you know, we have homeschooled for a decade and still i am always tweaking what is going on, i think it is an ever growing process. the other book sounds like something i should read. we are years out from ever doing any sort of homesteading and i ways feel like i am in a holding mode.

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  6. She will love the hat and you are right - she will not care that it wasn't by Christmas :) Those books both look great to me - both are right up my alley! Happy New Year!

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  7. I wish I knew how to knit! I've tried crochet and failed miserably. I don't think I'm patient enough for it!

    That 2nd book sounds really interesting. I love living in the country on our homestead and wouldn't have it any other way! Took us a little while to get out here but it was definitely worth it.

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  8. I *love* Project-Based Homeschooling (although I haven't come close to finishing it yet) - it is a fantastic resource. And your other book…looks phenomenal. I have the same sorts of dreams you do, I think, and the same difficulty in finding what I'm looking for where I am now. I am adding that to my to-read list…I'm so glad you shared it! xo

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  9. I'll be interested to read a review on the Mother Earth news book--sounds really interesting! Hope you had a happy holiday gal---missed ya!

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  10. Oh I like the sound of the book - it is so true that we can do so much right where we are.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love to knit hats, but wish they looked better on me... thinking about a preemie hat project someone has going.

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