trying out a shawl

I have seen so many beautiful shawl patterns over the past several months on many beautiful blogs.  I never thought to make one though, until recently.  It has been cold here...extremely cold.  Although today I hear the temperature is supposed to be around 50 degrees, and I welcome it!  Come melt some of the ice, please!  But this, being Maine, will be short lived and I know that I will want a shawl in a couple of days.  Granted, I probably won't complete this shawl in a couple of days, so I am thinking ahead for birthdays and such.

So far, I have really enjoyed the pattern.  The little that I have done was done quite fast, and that is always a good thing in my book.  I would love to do a beautiful lacy decorative type shawl, but I know I don't have the time to sit and put in to it right now.

I am also still working on my scarf.  Like I said before, super easy pattern that I can pick up, do a few rows, and put back down.  I like projects like that, where I don't have to count stitches and pay attention.  That seems to work in my favor.  While I don't mind ripping out rows and rows because of continuous mistakes, I prefer to skip that whole part in favor of completing projects!

I finally finished Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place.  I really enjoyed this book a lot.  It was definitely a lot to digest, and there is so much more I have to think about now (like I need anything else to think about!).  What I really liked was how everything was put out there, what you need to plan for, whether it is a natural disaster or some type of zombie apocalypse.  Making sure that you have a good community that you can rely on is vital.  The author is very liberal compared to me, but if you can get past that (and I can), this is a great book that will make you think, and also help you to figure out what you need to do in your own home to prepare.

Since I can only read one non-fiction book at a time, I am now picking up Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners, which I got before Christmas.  I have picked it up several times since I received it, but I kept putting it down knowing that I couldn't give it the full attention it deserved.  My current fiction read is Courting Cate.  I am really enjoying all of this Amish fiction I have been reading recently.  It fits into my whole idea of wanting that simple life.

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  1. Hi there Heather, your post made me laugh, specially the comment about the one about the zombie apocalypse! Your shawl looks good and even though we're in Southern California it doesn't stop me from knitting, in fact I'm knitting my 4 men caps right now (by the time I'm finished with one for each it'll probably be to warm for them and they'll all wear it just because they were waiting so long *grin* I love to knit, crochet, etc. anything I can do with my hands is game!

    Take care,

  2. So many beautiful colors of yarn in your photos Heather. I think a shawl will be perfect to wear. You make me laugh, 50 to me is cold and I am the one how wishes for snow every single year! Have a great Wednesday.

  3. Love the shawl idea, something different and warm!!! Enjoy the nice temps today my dear, we know the 20s and 30s will be back tomorrow! :).

  4. Oh project based homeschooling! That's always on my night stand.

  5. I'm trying to read a very short Nora Ephron book, but haven't picked it up in days. Thanks for the reminder and I love the color of your wool. Very pretty.

  6. I hope that you are able to continue progress on your shawl. If your weather is predicted to be anything like ours, it's going to get cold again soon. :-D

  7. I had to laugh at the Zombie Apocalypse too, loved it - I have teenage sons so these things actually are discussed, with humor of course but nevertheless discssed.
    I love your knits, especially the lilac colorway.

  8. Oh me too, I love Amish fiction. Your shawl is shaping up!

  9. The shawl is looking good! Sounds like you're keeping up with the book goal - good job!


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