Wednesday, May 21, 2014

knitting and reading


It has been a while since I have had anything to write about with regards to knitting.  Not because I don't want to knit, but I think I am in a very large knitting slump.  It is definitely a combination of being called to the outdoors and also because I have no new yarn to look at lovingly and want to make fun projects from.  

What I do have, however, is a lot of leftover balls of yarn.  Much of which is cotton.  I typically will take cotton yarn and make rags or holders for our bar soaps, but since we are on the cusp of summer (we must be at this point, right?!), and all things icy to drink, I decided to make some coasters out of my leftover cotton yarn.  Seems like something to keep me busy when I want to knit, but nothing with a deadline that stresses me out.  So that is what I am knitting now, coasters for all of my iced coffee, green smoothie, cold drink goodness!

While I haven't been doing a lot of knitting, I have been doing a lot of reading.  I was trying to find new and interesting books to keep my interest for so long, but wasn't finding anything.  Then all of a sudden spring hit, and it seemed like a lot of books that I have been wanting to read were available.  
Because of the aforementioned outside time, I decided to break down and buy a basic kindle.  I already have both the kindle and nook apps for my nexus (I buy books depending on where I get gift cards from!), but I wanted to be able to read them easily outside.  I can use my nexus to read outside, but it definitely strains my eyes, and the kindle was on sale right before Mother's Day.  Perfect present for mama!  Plus, I really liked that I would have access to the kindle lending library.  Anytime I can get a book for free, I am a happy girl.

Books I have been reading as of late:

I'm re-reading Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider because she has been doing a book club on Facebook.  Love this book.  Definitely made me want to travel more (even though I absolutely detest flying), and to declutter my house...again.

Because of the decluttering motivation, I started reading Tsh's other book, Organized Simplicity.  I usually skip ahead right to the process of decluttering, but this time I have been really reading the thought process behind the decluttering.  I want my house to work for my family, for me, and I don't want to keep a bunch of stuff just because we got it from a relative, it is a keepsake that we don't really care about etc. etc.  It is freeing to hear someone else tell me it is ok to throw something out (or donate it more likely).

Next up is a book I had been on the library wait list for...forever actually.  Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.  It is the second book in the Discovery of Witches trilogy.  The last book comes out in July, and they are supposedly making a movie about this series at some point...not sure when though.  This series is slightly intense in the language and history, but it really is an interesting story, and they are long books too...which I absolutely adore.  Definitely recommend it if you are interested in fantasy books.

And finally, the book in my picture.  Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine.  I heard a podcast with Crystal talking about this book recently, you can find it here, and when they started talking about adding margin to your daily schedule, it hooked me.  I'm not too far into it, but so far so good!

What are you working on this week?  Any new book recommendations?

13 comments:

  1. Great knitting project idea, love the color of that yarn! Can't wait to see what you make next....a Fall sweater perhaps?

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  2. Coasters are a wonderful idea. I bought cotton yarn in orange just so I could knit coasters!

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  3. Coasters are a wonderful idea. Notes From a Blue Bike is on my list.

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  4. What a wonderful way to use up left over cotton, I love the idea of coasters.

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  5. the coasters are such a good idea. I love having little projects like that around - simple things I can pick up and just knit when the the act of knitting itself is the treat. Hope your summer is lovely!

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  6. Regarding books. If you like mysteries, try any of Ann Cleeves' books. She has excellent descriptive qualities in writing. And yes to the coasters; can't have too many. Or facecloths. Cotton takes make up off well.

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  7. Coasters are a great idea for using up ends of balls.......I am present making at the moment just finished some dolls clothes now making two more things for my daughter to wear :)

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  8. I knit dishcloths when I'm in a knitting slump. It seems like there's always some cotton tucked away somewhere.

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  9. Sweet coasters! What a great idea to use up cotton yarn, I have the same issue - not a lot of really fun yarn around but lots and lots of leftover yarn. I have a basic kindle too and have been pleased with it for over a year! My husband has the kindle fire but frankly hardly ever uses it to read lately - mostly uses it like a tablet. I don't need that since I have my laptop at home with me but the kindle is just right. I have a little light that hooks on too, so I can read at night if the bedroom is dark just like a booklight.

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  10. Coasters are a good idea. I have a lot of cotton too, so I knit some of it up into a stuffed toy. I've been eReading on an iPad lately ... it's awesome!

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  11. I wish you well on your new Kindle. My siblings and I got my mom one for Christmas one year and she loves it. I only have the app for my iPhone, but it still comes in handy for downloading library books via Kindle.

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  12. Notes from a Blue Bike sounds really good. Thanks for the heads up!

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  13. I'm reading Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon and continue to plug away on My Harmonia Shrug. Thanks for sharing!

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