knitting and reading

Well here it is the second week in January and I still am working on some late Christmas presents.  It is sad, I know, but I hope the girlies who will receive these will enjoy them…and hopefully they will get them before the cold weather goes away!

After I finish these two projects, I will have to move on to something new.  And new means that I get to take a trip to the yarn store.  I have been considering a scrap yarn blanket for some time, but I haven’t actually started it.  I thought that might be a good project to finally start this year.  I’m sure that it won’t hold my interest all that long, but I was thinking of something that I could easily work on throughout the summer when I am most definitely not thinking of knitting.

I also talked a little last week during my crafting goals post that I wanted to make the kids some cowls.  I think that this will probably be a relatively easy project to do, I mean, they obviously have very small necks, so the cowl doesn’t need to be that big!  But, I need to get new yarn before I can make them.  I want something soft, and probably kind of chunky that will knit up quickly.  Any ideas would be welcome!

As far as reading goes, I have committed to reading 100 books again this year.  Well, I am not entirely sure that I reached that goal last year…I slacked off on recording the books that I did finish.  I am determined to keep better track this year though!  I don’t know how far I will get, or if it is a completely ridiculous goal; two books each week doesn’t sound too difficult to me, but we shall see!  However, considering I have only finished two books so far this year, and we are two weeks in, I am not sure how well this will is going to go!

Right now I am reading two books.  The first is one that I saw last year and wanted to read, but never got around to getting the book; A Year of BiblicalWomanhood.  The premise is really interesting.  A woman goes through the Bible and follows all the commands of women in the Bible.  I think it is really interesting to see how she reacts to things such as homemaking and cooking.  There are other areas where I think she may be stretching the Bible a bit, like the chapter on calling her husband “Master” – after Sarah calling Abraham Lord.  I am enjoying the book, but I do feel like she may take some things out of context.  Of course, this is all based on my own personal reading of the Bible, and the teachings that I have come to know over the years.  Obviously everyone has a different experience and will interpret things differently.

The other book that I am reading currently, and am extremely excited about, is Notes From a Blue Bike, by Tsh Oxenreider (of the Art of Simple, formerly Simple Mom).  So far it is amazing.  I love how she speaks about intentional living.  It challenges my own thinking on how to live intentionally.  Tomorrow I will have a lot more to say on this book, so come back to read more!

What are you working on this week?  Are you reading any new books?

Linking up with Tami, Nicole, and Ginny


  1. I love the yarn and I think cowls for your kiddos are a great next project! As for me, working on more felt stuff and just ordered some rich 100% wool felt (no more plain old squares!) I can't wait to get it and craft away :)

  2. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do after I finished my Christmas knits and went a bit mad and cast on several :)

  3. I really like the pattern for the scarves that you are working on. Can you tell me where you found the pattern.

    1. Yes! It is actually a pattern from my mom's old Reader's Digest Needlework book - very easy R1-6 knit; row 7 & 9 *yo, k2tog *repeat to end; row 8 & 10 *yo, p2tog repeat * to end- done in multiples of 2. These scarves I cast on 14. It knits up pretty fast. And it is one of my favorite patterns.

  4. I like that pattern too, very nice! :)

  5. Cute scarves! I like the colors you have chosen.
    I know of that author but haven't picked up the book. I actually disagree with several of her viewpoints on well, most of what I have read from her blog. I heard her interviewed on one of my favorite radio shows/podcasts and it was a fun listen - Steve Brown Etc- you may enjoy listening if you find it online

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.
    Take care!

  7. I, too, am still working on Christmas gifts. You're not alone!

  8. The scrap blanket sounds good. I feel so short of my reading goal last year. I hope this year is better. I just finished reading The Beach Trees last night and I loved it.

  9. Hi, I found you on the Blue Bikers group! I had a goal last year to read 2 books a month and was sort of flabbergasted that I did it. 100 books!

    I made this cowl and hood for my toddler this fall and she adores it. So do I - I want to make one big enough for me! Here is the pattern:


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