Wednesday, January 13, 2016

knitting and reading

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I have been thinking about my knitting and reading goals a lot the past couple of weeks.  I am really pleased with my "make more" monthly goal, although I already feel like I am behind!


Last week I said that I was planning on knitting one item and making another something - whether that is a sewing project, needlework, even coloring in one of those adult coloring books.  My priority is to complete two projects.

I don't have a list of projects that I plan to make, instead focusing on what I am working on right now.  Right now, it is a scarf using the lovely yarn I received from my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas.


I haven't had an enormous amount of time to work on it, but I have made some progress and I am pleased with how it is turning out.  Perhaps I should take the advice of one of my readers last week and make it into a cowl by sewing up the end!  That would certainly make it a faster project.  It is a fun pattern though, and I am enjoying knitting a few rows here and there.

My book this week - well this is one that seemed to be all over the place last year.  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I am almost done with it.  I have to say it is a very quick read, which is nice.  Although some of what she says makes no sense to me (saying thank you to my clothes before getting rid of them), it is definitely motivational.  It has sparked a new resolve in me to purge my house.

I talked about doing a whole house purge in my post Welcome to a Brand New Year of Loving Life, so I was already planning to purge my home.  But, this book has made me reconsider some of the items that I already had put out of my head as definite keepers.  I really would like to evaluate all the items in my home to find out if they spark joy, or if they really do not need to be kept.  Everything from old wedding invitations to text books that we really do not need to keep, to old notebooks that I have half filled out with lists and other random information.

I'm definitely excited!  Now, to convince my kids to join me, that will be the next step!

What are you working on this week?  Do you have a favorite organizing book?

16 comments:

  1. I love your knitting pattern, it looks very 3-D :)
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  2. I thought that was a Kindle Case, it's adorable!

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  3. I do not think I have ever actually read an organizing book. I read enough of that stuff online as it is, I'm pretty sure my head is full of a book's worth of information about it anyway! And so many people have spoken about the tenants of the Mari Kondo book and all the steps, that even though I've debated reading it, it's time I can save because it's detailed online (for the most part, obviously I'm missing a lot of it, but you get the idea) and then not have another item that I will have to decide to get rid of or not! ;)
    And progress is progress! No matter how small, you've made time for yourself and something you enjoy, and it is so important! Time to recharge and disconnect from everything else, it's the best time in the world xD

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  4. Love that you have project goals especially when it comes to reading, it's always one of the ways I reward myself. I'd love to purge more around the house, but am terrible about that. I agree saying 'thank you' to an inanimate object is a bit weird, lol.

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  5. Knitting is something that I have always wanted to learn but never took the time to do so. But it fits right into self care really well.

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  6. The scarf is really coming along--is that an entrelac pattern or just looks like one? I'm having trouble coming up with any sort of recent organizational books, but I have a copy of Heloise's Household Hints from a used bookstore and a lot of her tips still hold water!

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  7. I have never read an organizing book. Maybe now is the time as we are moving house soon?

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  8. I haven't knitted anything before but I am completely on mission decrapify on my house.

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  9. That yarn is such a lovely color! I am sure it is going to turn out amazing!

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  10. learning to knit is on my bucket list to learn at some point but not enough time right now - looks amazing & I'm loving how it's coming along ;)

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  11. I've def done some cleaning out this year and have yet a lot to do. It's sometimes hard for me to depart with it as I think I'm just tossing money away but I've gotten better with no spending it where it's not needed first!

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  12. It's looking great. I can't wait to see it when it's done.

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  13. I really want to read that book. We are hoping to move to a new place this year and I'm hoping to purge a lot along the way. This week is a lot of writing articles and getting organized. Seems to be the same every week!

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  14. I've read so much about that book, I feel like I have to read it! Maybe in the summer!

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  15. Love the knitting! Haven't knitted for about 6 years when I knitted a 'sack doll' from the game little big planet.

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  16. I just got the tidying up book, too! It's a wealth of information, definitely inspires me to clean up my life :D

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