Wednesday, November 19, 2014

knitting but not reading

I seem to have a pattern, either I am knitting and not reading, or I am reading and not knitting.  I would love to know how people do both at the same time?  Or perhaps people don't actually do that!

Here I am starting my Christmas knitting.  Clearly incredibly late this year.  However, I am not planning on making a ton of gifts this year.  I think a new baby does that to you.  

I, of course, would love to knit for everyone, but it isn't practical this year.


I am definitely making some things though.  When your beautiful nieces suggest that they would love little scarves for their American Girl dolls, well how is an auntie to deny such a thing!

Reading is certainly easier than knitting while nursing a baby, at least for me.  I haven't been able to find a new book to read though.  I am sure there are some good ones out there, but lack of time to browse definitely takes its toll on figuring out what to read next!  I will be paying attention to all the fellow yarn along bloggers to see if I can find something that catches my eye.

Linking up with Ginny and Nicole

25 comments:

  1. Your nieces will love their little scarves. You should be able to find some reading ideas at Yarn Along. Every week I add to my reading list from there - I will never get them all read though! Congratulations on the arrival of your precious little one.

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    1. I used to have a running list of books I found on the yarn along, and then it became a little too long and then a little too overwhelming :-) But, I need to start one again, especially with the holidays coming!

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  2. Such sweet scarves! I have vivid memoriesbof reading The Snow Child last year while nursing and it made me look forward to that time instead of feeling it to be something of a burden. If you haven't read that one, I recommend it wholeheartedly!

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    1. I will have to look into that book! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. It is my go to scarf pattern, I love the way they look when they are finished!

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  4. Awww, what a good auntie you are! Can you listen to audiobooks while you knit? I'm listening to a good one right now (Wildflower Hill) but I'm not sure that I could knit and listen at the same time without goofing up my stitches.

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    1. I never thought about audiobooks...I definitely should try that. Although, I might have the same issue with goofing my stitches while listening :-)

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  5. it's so fun to knit for nieces!!! :)))) I like a good audiobook too... I use audible via my smart(android)phone.... I am similar though, hard to read and knit at same time and most of my books are not audio books! :) love that purple you are using!

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    1. I have been considering audible for a while now, I don't know why I haven't made the leap yet!

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  6. At least scarves for American Girl Dolls are quick and easy gifts. They will be cherished.

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    1. Yes, I definitely needed something quick and easy! I'm not sure my mama brain could handle much else :-)

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  7. I love your being practical and pragmatic about making presents with a new baby in the house :-) I'm in the same spot - and relaxing into it. How wonderful to get doll's scarves as a wish - tiny, beautiful and rather quick knits. Perfect!

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    1. It is hard to take a step back and say I won't be making a lot of gifts, because I enjoy it so much, but I have to be realistic this year and realize it won't work. Thanks for the encouragement! Congratulations on your new little one as well!

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  8. those nieces will LOVE their scarves.....last year my 5 year old granddaughter told Santa when she visited him that he didn't need to bring her anything, Grandma had it covered with knit clothes for her AG doll! (talk about pressure!!!)

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    1. I love that! Yes, my kids often come to me with lists of handmade things they would like for Christmas. I don't think they understand the time commitment! I try and do my best though :-)

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  9. Audiobooks? ;D But I've had the same question as you some weeks - how on earth do people get so much reading AND knitting done?

    That's a lovely scarf - what an awesome colour! I'm sure your nieces will love it :)

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  10. Wow, I am not sure I would manage to do much else with a new baby on the arm! How precious, congrats :) Love the little scarf!
    I was looking at your who am i? page and it brought fond memories of my homeschooling days back to me. We also use Sonlight (for the first year), Singapore and HWT - those were such awesome times!
    I loved watching the girls first steps in learning.
    x

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  11. That's a great idea! My girls love those dolls and I know a particular knitter who may need a new idea! I'm going to pass it along, thanks.

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  12. That happens to me, sometimes I am in the knitting mood and sometimes I am in the reading mood! :)

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  13. You are one crazy busy Mama and I think you are doing a fantastic job balancing it all - just make sure you do take time for calm and relaxation - a simple, quiet holiday is just fine! I know your nieces will love those scarves....PS - Eat! I saw your Twitter ;0

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  14. Lovely knitting... and you are wise to enjoy the little one. They grow up so quickly!!

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  15. I generally move by passions... when I want to knit I can't do anything else than knitting, and when I dive in a book, I can't put it down until it's over (specially if the book is good). I can multitask with other things but not my passions. I wish I could knit and read tho.. I'd be the happiest girl ;)
    Lovely knitting!

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  16. scarves for AG dolls sounds like a super fun quick present knitting idea!! Of course you cannot say no!

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