Wednesday, July 2, 2014

knitting and reading


Well, the scarf is coming along slowly, one row at a time.  When I sit down to watch the news I will do a few rows, but the garden is constantly calling my name, and since we definitely do not need scarves right now when it is so hot out, I am fine with that.  Plus, when I knit stuff in the summer, the kids seem to forget that I made it for them, and are surprised when they open their fall or Christmas presents!

I have some cute sock yarn that I picked up, so I am looking for little girls sock patterns for my 6 year old.  I would like to have something fancy, but not sure that she will actually care about fancy socks.  She is more of a barefoot kind of gal (as is her mama), but come winter I know she will need something on those little tootsies.  I tend to knit thicker socks for the kids, they seem to wear better, and stay on their feet, but some fancy purple sock yarn just had me!

Reading, well I just finished a little e-book called YourRetreat by Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker.  It is all about taking a much needed retreat as a mama.  I think that all mamas are so busy, whether you work outside the home, or if your home is your primary working ground.  There always seems to be something to do.  And taking time for oneself is not easy at all.  Instead we sneak off to the grocery store, or to run errands in order to get a bit of free time.  I definitely recommend this book, and can’t wait to take a personal retreat of my own!


Do you take a personal retreat?  Is it something you do every year or multiple times a year?  What is holding you back from taking one?

11 comments:

  1. Enjoy your garden while the season is here! Before you know it the chillier weather will force you inside and it will be time to knit. I go on a spinning retreat every year. I look forward to it so much. Now that my daughter is in college, doing those things is much easier, but I must admit that they were really necessary when she was younger. All moms need a little break!

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    1. A spinning retreat sounds like such a fun idea! My kids are still quite little (6, almost 4 and one due in October), so finding those long stretches of time is difficult, but we are getting there!

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  2. Oh a retreat... that sounds so incredible! I have been either pregnant or nursing for five years and I am now dying for a retreat since my baby just weaned last month... unfortunately my husband's work responsibilities are demanding in summer so I have to find ways to retreat through my day- up early praying or working in the garden during naptimes are a few ways I've been able incorporate what feels a tiny bit like retreat. Sounds like a fun ebook! And your scarf is really pretty!

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    1. Yes, I totally understand the pregnant/nursing problems with taking a retreat :-) Perhaps you could take a morning at a local coffee shop on the weekend? Like you, I spend a lot of time getting up early to have a bit of quiet :-)

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  3. Your knitting looks lovely and the colourway is beautiful.I think I must download the e-book you mentioned, it sounds wonderful, you are right, we are always busy as moms and always have something or other to do:) A little retreat would be heaven.
    Thank you for visiting.
    Kind regards
    Linda

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  4. The scarf looks great & will be perfect for the winter months. Right now I don't have a vegetable garden and I do miss eating fresh veggies. Enjoy the week! :)

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  5. when the kids are little it is hard to have a retreat physically, but mentally each nap was my retreat!! Also after bedtime hours. I'm looking forward to the fall when my two adult kids will be moved into new places and I can have days and days of retreats! lovely scarf, I rarely get knitting time through the summer.

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  6. I don't take retreats but ad a flight attendant I do relish the alone time I get when I do bid overnight trips. I do that every other month or so at least once.

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  7. The ebook sounds great! One of my favorite ways to get free time is to browse at the local thrift shop. There's so much to look through, it keeps you occupied, you might find a treasure....and whatever you buy won't cost too much! :)

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  8. The colour of your yarn is lovely. I can imagine you like to be in the garden as much as possible, it is the time of the year activity. Always nice to work with yarn at the relax moments under the parasol:)

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  9. My garden is calling to me as well! But knitting time always finds its way in:)))

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