knitting and reading

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I haven’t made much progress on my socks, unfortunately, probably because I decided to cast on something new.  Why do I do that?  Why can’t I finish a project before casting on something new?

This past weekend I spent some time trying to turn a corner of my bedroom into a reading nook.  I have a little white 3-shelf bookshelf that I put next to a recliner.  But, the longer I looked at the bookshelf, the more I thought it needed some type of fancy runner for the top of it.  So that is what I am doing now, knitting a little lace runner for the top of my bookshelf…perhaps by next year it will be finished! <sarcasm here>

As far as my reading goes, I am currently reading a few wonderful books from the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Every year the folks over at Ultimate Bundles put together a few awesome e-book/e-course/bonus bundles, and the one that is my favorite is the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  I like it first of all because there are so many books!  I am always searching for new books to read.  And healthy living is obviously a huge priority for me and my family.

The ones that I am currently reading:

Your Custom Homestead – by Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead

If you have been reading my blog recently, you will know that we added a new little one to our family at the end of last year.  That kind of threw all of my homesteading plans out the window (we did not replace our chicks, we did not plant a garden, we did not preserve much of anything).  It was kind of jarring to me because I feel like I have been building my little urban homestead for so many years, to just stop was weird.  Now, I am already looking forward to building up again next year, and this book is perfect in meeting me where I am right now, and making plans – you all know how much I love to make plans!

227 Healthy Snacks – by Laura Coppinger of Heavenly Homemakers

My kids are huge on snacks.  I think that kids in general prefer snacks because they have smaller stomachs, and need less to feel full, but want to eat more often.  That is just fine with me, however, I am running out of snack ideas.  If I keep doing the same few over and over, the kids get bored, and so do I.  I am looking forward to trying out a lot of these recipes!  Perfect for back to school!

The Healthy Lunchbox – by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship

Along the same lines as the snack book above, I am looking for some new lunch recipes.  I have two children that do not like sandwiches (perhaps because I don’t like sandwiches?)  And this book is all about the *not* sandwich lunch.

If you are interested in getting this bundle (you should be!) you can find out more here.  The categories of e-books are Allergy Free, Essential Oils, Fitness and Weight Loss, Healthy Kids, Homesteading, Natural Home, Natural Remedies, Paleo, and Real Food.  There are also tons of bonus offers available. 

I would love to know, if you end up buying a bundle, which book you are most looking forward to!

What are you working on this week?  


  1. I am so guilty of that too, I currently have a patchwork quilt in progress, a cross stitch that I've had since 2012 barely started, and I'm knitting a monkey and cacti. My Mother always used to say 'one thing at a time'. Should've listened!

  2. I do the same thing. I can't cast on anything new now until I get 3 pairs of socks done. They have deadlines so I need to get moving! That temptation is so strong though....

  3. I have numerous projects on the go - it keeps life interesting! I think your topper will be lovely, whenever it's finished ;-)

  4. I usually have more than one project on the go. I love the idea of a runner for the top of the shelving. Looking forward to seeing it in all its glory.

  5. Such detail in your knitting! Lovely work. :)

  6. Love the look of this runner so far!
    I 10000% understand the desire to cast on something new! I'm almost done with a project, and all I can think about is starting the new thing! I'm lucky, though, that both projects require the same size needles, and I've only the one set in that size! So the first project has to be completed before moving on to the next! ...I'm hoping that continues to work out and I don't just buy a second set, ha!

  7. I simply can't have just one project on the go, sometimes I need to chop and change!


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