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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

knitting and reading


I thought for sure that I would have my cowl done this week, but alas, I do not.  I blame it on a fun (and much warmer!) weekend with my husband and kiddos.  I guess I can't really blame them then...Now we are back to the wonderful polar vortex, so I will be sitting down and finishing this as fast as possible as I need to wear it...like now!

I am trying to look through other projects that I might want to do.  I do not have a lot of time to dedicate to knitting, unfortunately, so I typically go for the smaller kids knits.  I was thinking that I might make Jack and Emma both spring sweaters.  I made one for Emma last year.  I seem to say that I will knit both of my children sweaters, but Emma ends up being the only one that gets a finished sweater.  I think that this year I will have to start on Jack's first.



Reading...well sometimes I question myself on doing this whole literature based approach to homeschooling.  But, I realize then that I love reading, and I love reading to my kids.  I think what I love most about reading to my kids is that they will sit and listen.  I know that won't always be the case, so I should enjoy it now.  And I do.  However, when I looked at my dining room table tonight with all the books we were using this week, I kind of laughed at it all.

As far as personal reading goes, I finished the Frontier House book, which was really interesting.  I really liked the letters from actual homesteaders, and the personal stories.  I am currently reading Eat, Pray, Love.  I have seen the movie, but never read the book - not something I do often.  I have heard mixed reviews on the book, but I really enjoyed the movie, so I figured I might as well try it out.  So far so good.  I am only about 50 pages in, so it could go downhill fast, I'm not sure.

I don't know what my next book will be.  I have heard a lot of people talk about A Thomas Jefferson Education lately, and it sounds really interesting.  I really like to read any and all books about homeschooling and the different philosophies people have.  I like a little bit of everything.

What are you reading this week?  Do you have any projects you are working on?

Linking up with Tami, Ginny, and Nicole

13 comments:

  1. I thought I'd be done with the body of my sweater this week but still knitting it. Love the cowl and the swirl, I hope you get more knitting time in the days ahead :)

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  2. I have always used a literature based program for my children and love it.
    Have you looked at Beautiful Feet for history? I can't speak more highly of it.
    Then there is Learning Language Arts Through Literature, that is wonderful too.

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  3. I think a lot of us were thinking we would be further with our projects than we are! I loved the warmer weather though.

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  4. we're hunkering down again, too….hate those 'teasers' that get us thinking spring (too early!); still time left to enjoy that cowl when you finish!!!

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  5. Your cowl looks cosy. I'm in the UK so haven't had the polar vortex but I'm more than ready for Spring to arrive!

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  6. I am ready for spring to really arrive! (Of course, being 36 weeks pregnant will do that to you too.) ;-) I also have a project that I thought that I'd be further along on, but oh well. Your table looks like my couch! Since I've been sick for pretty much all of this pregnancy all "learning time" with my three year old has been centered around the couch. Thankfully, books are pretty mobile!

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  7. Hope you finish your knitting in time for the next big chill. We're missing it here in the Pacific NW (thankfully). Over the many years of homeschooling we've enjoyed, I look back and find that my happiest memories are those sitting and reading aloud with my kiddos. Enjoy! :)

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  8. Good luck in finishing your cowl! It is soooo cold again and it is snowing lightly here on Long Island. Love the variety of books.

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  9. I thought I'd be further on my project too!
    I have to tell you that after reading your blog about Frontier House, I looked it up and my husband and I devoured it. We love the idea of off-the-grid living and live vicariously through others who can... so we started watching Pioneer Quest - have you seen that one? There's like a whole genre of historical reality TV that I was unaware of... a whole world has opened before me. Haha!
    Are you using a curriculum for you lit based schooling? I am looking at options for my biggest girly who will be ready for more school before I know it!

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  10. Your knitting is beautiful! I read "Eat, Pray, Love" long before seeing the movie and like the book MUCH better. I'm a "foodie" and so I loved her stories of Italy. I practice yoga regularly and so I was really interested in her stories of India. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the book! Aloha, Lori

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  11. It has hit us in North Texas as well. Sometimes life just gets in the way of our knitting!

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  12. I got captured by the books picture, I'm such a book lover myself, I feel curious about what are you reading.

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  13. This polar vortex is making me wish I was a machine knitter at times, I am especially realizing how I need more knit socks ... though I don't think I could ever make that switch.

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