Wednesday, January 20, 2016

knitting and reading

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On Monday I talked a little bit about trying to get into a good winter rhythm.  I am always trying to adjust our daily rhythm throughout the year.  I want the kids to be enjoying their day, and I want to have margin for what I feel I need to accomplish in the day as well.


I have this need for more seasonal living.  I want to fully enjoy each month of the year, even the bitter cold winter months, where I feel like I can’t leave the house.  So I pulled out an old book that I love – The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Blake Soule. 


I have been making good progress on my scarf, but with my goal of making more in 2016, I realized I needed a faster project if I am to finish my one finished knit item for January.  I decided on the Wavy Wintery Weather Cowl in The Rhythm of Family.


It is a really pretty pattern, and is knitting up quite quickly.  This is not one of those big, double wrap type cowls.  It is more of an actual neck warmer that you can wear outside to play in the snow.  I am planning on giving this to Emma.

I finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up a few days ago, and plan to dive fully into de-cluttering today.  It was an interesting book that is for sure.


If you saw my last PopSugar Must Have unboxing video, you will know that I received the follow up to Marie Kondo’s book, called Spark Joy.  I’m looking forward to reading that! 


The next book on my list, however, is Girl Meets God.  I mentioned it a couple weeks ago, but haven’t started it yet.  It looks really interesting though.

I will be finishing up the cowl this morning, and then hopefully figure out what my other craft for the month will be, we are definitely getting down to the wire!


What are you working on this week?  Any new books that have made your book list recently?

30 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to learn how to knit. I will one of these days....

    Your scarf looks awesome.

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  2. Rhythms change so much with the seasons and it sometimes takes a little while to figure out what works best. Winter is the hardest for us because all I want to do is be inside and knit! I just added Girl Meets God to my Goodreads. Thank you for the suggestion.

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  3. I too am trying to live and enjoy each month and all it offers, and for my winters that is great, it's the summers that wear me down.
    I have all of Amanda's books and after reading your post I think today would be a good day to pull them from the shelf!

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  4. I'm waiting for Spark Joy from the library. Your yarns are beautiful colors.

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  5. That looks like an interesting book, I'm going to look for it at the library. Beautiful projects.

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  6. I am also wanted to create more this year and so far so good - that books looks good as well. Enjoy this day.

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  7. Yay for projects you can finish quickly!
    I haven't touched my knitting in far too long. Though, that's how most hobbies go for me - very interested for a while, then it gets put on the back burner; I'll usually get back to it sooner than later. But I am missing that time of getting away from my desk and doing something productive still! I may have to pull it out again this evening and have a date with the couch! :)

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  8. I wanted to start out the year good with more knitting but...sigh...not doing so well. I am knitting Romi's Bluebird stole which is very pretty however I keep starting it over because I am not happy with my knitting in lace weight. I think I may be expecting to much stitch perfection for the yarn. I am also trying to read all of Jane Austen's books this year and I am starting with Sense and Sensibility. I read it many years ago and am really enjoying it again. I love the colors of your yarns!!! They brighten up the month of January!!

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  9. Pretty pretty knits! I strive to live seasonally, too, but sometimes it can be hard. Have you watched River Cottage? It is hard to find it online and the DVDs on sale on line are not programmed to play on US DVD players but now and again it will pop up on Youtube somewhere. That show completely changed how I feel about food, my garden, and the seasons. You should check it out!

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  10. An actual neck-warmer! That looks lovely, what a great seasonal project. I will have to check out the Rhythm book.

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  11. I've always loved the idea of knitting - calming, focused, deliberate. Your work is beautiful!

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  12. At the moment I am reading Suzanne Dunnes 'Lady of Misrule' a historical fiction of book set at the time Lady Jane Grey was imprisoned in the tower.

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  13. I have been dying to learn how to knit! It looks like such a relaxing hobby! This month by goal is to finish The Night Circus. So far it's great!

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  14. That book looks really interesting. I'm curious to read the new KonMari book as well :)

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  15. I so wish I could knit! I crochet, though, so my hands dont want to use more than one tool. Darn my pre trained hands! LOL

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  16. What a fun cowl! I envy your ability to knit every single time I read one of your posts!

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  17. Gorgeous cowl! I am loving the colors you are working with right now, too! Beautiful winter shades <3

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  18. Sounds like a very interesting book-- I haven't heard of it before. I too, am trying to embrace the bitter cold months. I've found that I don't want to hear my kids say, "I hate winter" or something like that. I want them to learn that there are great things about each season-- and if I want them to think that, I need to model that!

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  19. to be able to have the patience to sit down and knit is on my bucket list. i WILL get to it one of these days as your creations are so much fun!

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  20. This week I have been practicing patience. LOL, I don't know if that really answers your question, but in addition to interviewing Danny Wood on my podcast, I had to really focus on not feeling rushed and crazy for the other things in my life.

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  21. I love popsugar must have boxes! I'm going through yoga teacher training so all of my reading right now is yoga books. Love it!

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  22. I really enjoy Lauren Winner's books. I remember picking that up more than a decade ago and the cover put me off, as well as the kind of lame book reviews, but I started it and liked her perspective. Not all of her views and positions are the same as mine, but seeing Christianity through her eyes was helpful.

    Your knitting is lovely, too, by the way.

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  23. I am listening to the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and must admit, it is a little scary and daunting. I like the idea of living more simply with fewer things but just finished listening to the part on getting rid of books and, though I know I will probably never read them a second time, felt like purging them would be like letting go of good friends....sigh. I hope you blog about your progress as you implement some of the principles in this book.

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  24. I just finished reading We Were Liars, it was a fiction, easy read so perfect for a wintry afternoon!

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  25. I do a lot of needle work, but I don't know how to knit. I would love to learn this.

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  26. I really want to try popsugar must have! I've tried fab fit fun and didn't like it very much.

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  27. I tend to be very productive in the winter and not so much in the summer. Lovely knits!!!

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  28. So much productive knitting and reading. Good for you!

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  29. Omg I so need to start knitting again!!!! I use to think it was the most relaxing thing... Then my blog work took over lol

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