Wednesday, March 4, 2015

knitting and reading


I am knitting Emma's shawl.  All was going well last week after I cast on.  The pattern was easy and I could mindlessly work on it while I tended to other parts of our day (mainly school with the kids).  Well, that all changed when I realized I had been skipping a yarn over in the pattern.  I tried to fix it when I realized what I had done, tried to make it work, unfortunately it just wasn't going to work.  I ended up ripping it all out and starting again.  So technically this should be at least twice as long as it actually is.  I've learned the error of my ways and have moved to not knitting while trying to do school with the kids!

My reading has been going great!  I finished up 7 by Jen Hatmaker.  Wow, what a powerful book.  There was so much in that book that resonated with me - the same as her book Interrupted.  I have read so much non-fiction this year, I am going to need to take a weekend and let out all of my thoughts on paper I think!

I just started The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner.  It is part of the Bloom Book Study for this month.  I am enjoying it so far.  She put in an awful lot of time for research on this book, which is interesting.  There are loads of quotes from other women who are trying to find those moments for the self-care that we all desperately need, but tend to put off until everyone else is taken care of.  It is pretty eye-opening, like most of my reading this year.

What are you working on this week?  And reading?  Please give me some fiction recommendations!!  I may end up reading only non-fiction this year if I don't find a good novel to get lost in!

15 comments:

  1. This show is going to be incredible! I absolutely love the idea! We are we are working on the busyness of the week, I wish I could say I'm in between incredible project or book but instead I'm in between a bunch of other stuff! I'm looking forward to the summer when things calm down a bit or at least we can get outside for some fresh air!

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  2. Love the colour! What a pain you had to start again, but it looks gorgeous.

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    1. I always think "wow, look how good I am doing!" just to realize I have messed up and need to start again...or fix a mistake :-) But, it is a fun knit, so it isn't too bad.

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  3. It is a shame you had to start over, but your shawl is really beautiful. There are times when it is just not good to try to multi-task.

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  4. I know it's painful to have to rip back, but just think of it this way, you get to knit more :)
    The Bloom Book club has introduced me to some wonderful books. Have you read Crazy Love? It's one of my favorites.

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  5. I think I make the most mistakes in my knitting when I'm trying to also school the kids -- argh! :) I wish I had a good fiction recommendation for you...just click over to Ginny's yarn along and I'll bet you find something there!

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  6. I am in the same boat! My sweater would be twice as far but I had to start it all over last tuesday so I'm finally caught back up! It is worth starting over but such a pain, so sorry you had to! If yohaven't read The Snow Child, I can reccomend that one as incredible fiction! I read it last year sometime and loved it!

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  7. As someone who crocheted the same six inches of jumper three times recently, I feel your pain! It's going to be worth the effort though, as that's a beautiful colour of yarn.

    Apart from the ones on my blog, I'd also recommend Isabel Allende, who writes magical realism, and whose Zorro was brilliant. For pure escapism, I love Elizabeth Peters and Dorothy L Sayers. For something more challenging, I like Kate Atkinson, although I find her work more mixed. Generally, when I settle down to read, I want something easy on my brain! That's why Audiobooks are so good, because you can read them with your eyes closed :D

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  8. All your reading sounds so interesting! I will have to look up those titles and might read them myself.
    As for your knitting: such a lovely colour and pretty pattern! How annoying you had to start all over again, but it is really coming along nicely now!

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  9. I'm doing the Bloom club, too and enjoying the book so far. I'll be interested to see what you think of it as we get further in.
    I hate ripping stuff out but if I don't, I end up frustrated later when it doesn't look as nice as I had wanted it to. Here's hoping that it's smooth sailing from here. I love the colour!

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  10. This is the first I've heard of the Bloom Book Club... one learns something new everyday. I like the colour and pattern you've chosen for your shawl !!!

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  11. This is the first I've heard of the Bloom Book Club... one learns something new everyday. I like the colour and pattern you've chosen for your shawl !!!

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  12. That colour is wonderful, ripping out is frustrating but worth it in the end, always ;)

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