Wednesday, January 7, 2015

knitting and reading

It certainly turned cold pretty quickly!  I guess I should be used to that, living in Maine and all.  I think that I was in a bit of denial because it was over 50 on Christmas - that is unheard of.

Now that we are back to the beautiful sub-zero temperatures we are used to in January, I realized that I needed to get my knitting needles in gear in order for the kids to leave the house...ever.

One issue that I always have are mittens.  They don't stay on, or they come undone from the coat sleeves and the kids wrists get cold.  I finally thought to knit some long fingerless mitts to go underneath their mittens.  So I cast on for a pair yesterday.



It is essentially just a tube that will have a thumb hole.  I don't need them to be fancy, I just need them to be long!  I also love this blue yarn, it is so soft and will work for Emma or Jack.

I am still working on my reading list for the year, hopefully I can post that soon.  But, I did find this book - Unglued : Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions.

One of my goals this year is to not lose my temper so often.  I try hard not to, but it happens.  And I am working on making it not happen so often.  I think that I tend to push things down down down, and then when something finally sets me off, everything come backs out.  I am about a third of the way through the book, and a lot of it has resonated with me.  I definitely recommend it!

What are you working on this week?  Have you written out a book list for the year?  I would love to read it!  Leave a link in the comments!

15 comments:

  1. That is a great idea!!! I was just thinking the same thing as I was walking the kids home from school, their little wrists are exposed and with the windchill it is so cold.

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  2. sounds like a great book! Mittens are always an issue at our house.....and I agree that yarn is such a beautiful shade of blue!!

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  3. I agree - fancy is not necessary. Functional and warm is my priority! How about this cold weather? I don't have a book list for this year but I desperately want to read more. I am seriously lacking in that category.

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  4. Sounds like a book I probably should read- I think i do the same thing or when high levels of stress arruve I have a very hard time controlling my responses. It has gotten easier I think, as I have focused really really hard in finding and recording the blessings in my life ala Ann Voskamp's book "One Thousand Gifts." Making a habit of seeing the glass as overflowing instead of empty has made a big difference in the way I deal with frustration and anger, but I still struggle with it.

    I have the same challenge with mittens! My mom just knit my girls what you're describing and they work great!

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  5. Great idea. I have a pair of fingerless mitts I wear over my gloves on really cold days

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  6. I love that color! I think knitting is more fun during the cold winter months! Enjoy!

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  7. I think that's a good idea with the fingerless mitts to be worn under the mittens. When we were kids our mittens always had a long string between them so we could't lose them LOL. My daugher has mittens attached to her snowsuit with snaps, it is the best invention mitten-wise I have come across.
    I love layering fingerless mitts on my wool gloves, too!

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  8. Your yarn looks like it's glowing...so pretty! I love fingerless mitts and have both knit and crocheted them many times; in fact, each of my nieces received a pair for Christmas. :) The book sounds like a helpful read! xo Lisa

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  9. that indigo blue colour of yarn is gorgeous !!! i will have to check out your book... sounds very interesting.

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  10. It's great that you have set some new year goals. I haven't really made any for myself although I probably should :( Your fingerless mittens are a great idea to keep warm this winter. Maybe I could read if I put down my knitting needles and crochet hook for a bit. Have a wonderful day.

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  11. I wish I knew how to knit coz homemade mittens are always so soft and cozy :)

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  12. I have learning how to knit on my bucket list. It must be so rewarding to create something so cozy!

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  13. Those are going to be wonderful in that blue yarn! :)

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  14. I'm learning how to knit and would really like to make some of these. Is there anyway you could make a tutorial on how to make them or point me in the direction of one. Either way, thank you!

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