Wednesday, July 9, 2014

knitting and reading

I'm sure you are asking yourself, "has she made any progress on that scarf?"  And the answer would be yes!  Unfortunately, the progress that I have made is still quite small.  But, progress is progress, and seeing as how I am not in a huge rush to get this done, I am enjoying knitting a few rows here and there, and that seems to be working well.  Would I like to finish it soon, yes.


I decided that I would try and knit just one thing at a time for a while.  I have this habit of casting on many different projects.  Most of my projects are mindless knitting, but once in a while I will have a pretty lace pattern that I want to use for a shawl, or find a really cute sweater to knit for the kids.  What ends up happening though is that I have a project in every room of the house, and none of them get finished...well they do...but it takes quite some time.  I'm not sure knitting one project only is fixing that trend either...


Currently I am reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford.  It is an interesting read.  I am not too far along in it as of yet.  I can't decide if it is a book that I should plow through or savor slowly.  She has action steps and reflections after each story and at the end of each chapter.  And right in the introduction it says that it is meant for a yearlong journey.  I'm not that patient though.  I will probably read it straight through and then go back and try and get a handle on the action steps.

It is an interesting concept, becoming a hands free mama.  I believe that all mamas have such a hard time juggling everything on our plates, whether you stay at home all day, work outside the home, have an outside job but work in the home, it is a struggle!  There are so many *things* vying for your attention every minute of the day, and to try to pick which ones are the priority is difficult.  I like the idea of putting down the to-do list (which never seems to be completely checked off anyways), and enjoy life more.  It is so easy to be caught up in getting "just one more item" done that we sometimes forget why we are doing all of these tasks to begin with.  

Have you read Hands Free Mama?  What is your take on the to-do list?  Knitting many projects or one at a time?  I would love to know!

13 comments:

  1. Your scarf is coming around nicely, I love the yarn you're using. I have hands-free mama on my list of books to read, and hopefully I'll get to it on some lazy weekend if that ever becomes a reality. If not, I plan to save it for our trip to Cape Cod. Great idea about the to do list, if I only could find the time to make my to do list ;-)

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  2. Your scarf is lovely!! The yarn is so pretty. I wish I had this book when my children were little...being a stay home homeschooling mom was one of the most precious times of life for me. My now graduated children need my attention but, not like when they were little. I wish now that I had put down the phone more and burned the to do list! Oh my! how I remember other mommies telling me to enjoy the time I had with my little ones because all too soon they are grown and off....well I have one on his own and my other one well on her way. I miss those afternoons cuddling with a book on the couch and our little nature hikes and the such.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! It is nice to hear from those out of the "little" years, and know that my choices are good ones for our family :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Love the colorscape of the scarf- I bet it will be a favorite!

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    1. I might have to go back for more of this yarn so I can make myself something as well :-)

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  4. I would be anxious to plow through that book myself. Sit back and enjoy it, like you are enjoying knitting your scarf! And yes - now that my baby is all grown up I wish I had tossed those to-do lists and enjoyed just being with her. I miss those days.

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  5. I love the ombre effect in your scarf and the sequins. It is so nice to have something to work on that doesn't have a deadline. For me the book you are reading should state " how to put down the computer". I know that it sucks up valuable crafting time.

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  6. I just started that book this week too. I took it to the gym and then realized I was going to have to go through it slowly! Which didn't help me while I was trying to ride the bike, lol. I think it is going to be an incredible read, or so I hope!

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  7. I have been thinking of reading that book, I look forward to hearing more about it and hearing your opinion of it! ;)

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  8. You are definitely making progress on that scarf! That book sounds really good. I have been intentionally putting away my phone through the day the past week or so; every time I am tempted to wander off into blog-world when the kids are up, I find myself thinking "This time with these children is so short, I don't want to miss it because I escaped the here and now," which makes me live and appreciate the moment-by-moment nature of mothering small children.

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  9. That looks like a great book, Heather! I'm with you on having unfinished projects in every room. My dining room table has been unusable for months because of all my crafts collecting dust on it. I finally cleaned it off this week. We are having a cookout this weekend to celebrate :). Love the scarf! It looks like you are moving right along on it.

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  10. love the scarf and yes there is small progress and that's okay with the busyness of the days. I think it's harder than ever to be a parent, so much multitasking! Sounds like a good book.

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