knitting and reading

It is amazing the progress that can happen in a week!  Of course, I am not talking about my knitting or my reading at this point.  Instead I am talking about my garden which got a major weeding over the weekend!

I have made a bit of progress on my scarf though, and that is what matters.  I'm sure that soon I will sit down and just finish it, hopefully this week since it seems to want to rain every day.  The rainy days drive me indoors and let me sit down a bit...sometimes.

As far as my reading goes, I am still reading Hands Free Mama, and I am still enjoying it immensely.  I really like how she gives you "weekly intentions."  I think it is important to be able to follow up the reading with action.

One of the intentions I like the most is declaring to your people that you are going hands free.  It is all well and good to tell yourself, or even your online community that you want to go hands free, but unless you are excellent at keeping yourself accountable, I don't think it would work.  By telling your family and friends, they will be there to remind you when you are waiting at a restaurant, or going to the playground.

The other intention is letting your kids help you with chores.  I think that a lot of times I just want to get it done, so I do it myself, but I am missing out on a lot of fun with my kids (my kids are a riot when they help me with the laundry).  Sure, it won't be done exactly how I want it to be, but is it really a big deal if they fold their clothes *wrong* when they put them away?  Or is it more important to spend the time with them, and give them another life skill that they will need when they grow up?

And one book that I am not reading yet, but very much looking forward to is the last in the All Souls trilogy, by Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life.  I have been not so patiently awaiting its release, just to realize that it is not on my library's e-book site.  So now I need to put my name on the list for an actual hard copy of the book, and I am afraid it will be a very long wait.  It may be one of those books that I just need to purchase because I want to find out the ending!

What are you working on this week?  Have you been reading any good non-fiction lately?

Linking up with Ginny and Nicole


  1. We have been having storms here that are keeping me inside too, although I do wish the power would stay on.
    Your scarf is very pretty.
    I haven't read any of the All Souls Trilogy books, but I will be checking them out now.

    1. The series is really interesting. It has a lot of history in it, and sometimes that can be a little much to get through - but the story is a really good one and had me hooked from the beginning :-)

  2. Rain due here the next two days as well. I have cast on with a sequined yarn as well. A sweater for my granddaughter!

  3. Tis the season for thunder around here the sequence in your knits. Enjoy your day.

  4. Oh chores! Yes! My kids are little but I have been assigning them chores for a while now so that even my four year old is able to help enough with laundry folding that it's an actual help now. And I realized finally that if the towels folded by the three year old aren't too... crisp... who cares! They're folded enough to get in the cupboard! I am wishing for the thunderstorms that we sometimes get summer nights - the wind is at least refreshing, not to mention, exciting! Sounds like you had a good week. : )

  5. oh, look at those sequins!!! how fun!

  6. I showed the girls and they LOVED it! Great work you busy Mama!!!

  7. The weather pattern here has turned from hot and dry to warm, muggy, and cloudy. Thankful for AC and shade trees. :) Love the little bit of sparkle in your yarn!

  8. I need to try that book series again. I tried very hard to get into A Discovery of Witches but just couldn't.


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