Wednesday, February 3, 2016

knitting and reading

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First up my progress with my "make more" goal for January.  I was able to complete the cowl for Emma, as my one finished knit of the month.  However, I did not make anything else.  I was hoping to get some sewing done, but I need to buy some zippers and haven't had a chance to run out and get them, so I put the sewing aside.  Then I thought I might do some coloring in my very cool Harry Potter Coloring Book, but I realized after I got that very cool coloring book that I need some very cool fine point markers in much more subdued colors in order to cover the amount of detail.


I did find another really pretty adult coloring book that is all about Bible verses, but that just came in the mail yesterday, so obviously it wouldn't work for January.


I hit a wall with my knitting progress.  I was doing so well the past couple of weeks, and then, nothing.  I finished up Emma’s cowl, went back and knit about 15 rows of my scarf, and haven’t picked it up since last week. 

You would think when the weekend comes around I would have more time to knit, but you would be wrong.

For some reason, when the weekends come, instead of sitting down and relaxing with my knitting, I am running around like a crazy person trying to clean up the house because I have an extra set of hands to help with the kids (that would be my husband).  


Honestly though, I think that most of my time is going towards purging and trying to go through the kids' stuff lately, so not so much knitting time.

I still have this lovely yarn that I bought in December.  I knew that I had to buy it because it looks so pretty, but I still have no idea what I want to make with it.  Do you have any pattern suggestions? 


I am finishing up The Choice right now, and am really enjoying it, although it has entered the incredibly sad part of the novel, and I am hoping it bounces back.  I’m also fighting the urge to turn to the end and see if it turns out OK.  I was horrible about doing that when I was younger…and sometimes I still have to stop myself.

I am also reading Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington.  I have seen so many people talking about it that I wanted to read it for myself.  I am only a couple chapters in, but it is refreshing, and speaks to me in all the ways I like; “say no, figure out what is important to you, do that.”  I think it is motivational to hear.  I love to know it is OK to say no and that the world will not end if I decide to do something different.


What are you working on this week?  Any new books?

40 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great book! Last year, I focused a lot on priorities and saying no when necessary. This year I'm focusing on that but also when to say yes to opportunities and things that often pull us out of our comfort zone. It's all about balance for me! Beautiful yarn!

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  2. Love coloring books!! It reminded me how much I was into them as a child! And what a wonderful yarn you have - lovely color!

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  3. I really want to learn to knit. There are so many scarves and hats that I want to make ;)

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  4. I would do that with books too - turn to the end to see what happens and then I would be so mad that I did it. I saw a commercial for the movie and it looks like a bit of a tear jerker.

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  5. What a neat idea- the adult coloring book, Beauty in the Bible!

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  6. I really really want that Harry Potter coloring book! It looks so amazing! Keep going with The Choice. I loved it!

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  7. We got my oldest a coloring book for christmas and she LOVED it.
    There is just something so relaxing about curling up with a coloring book and some smelly pencil crayons. I really need to get one for myself.

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  8. I couldn't resist those adult coloring books either last time that I was at the craft store. That bible verse one sounds like fun.

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  9. I didn't know there was a HP coloring book! I bought one a few months back and was enthusiastic at first but it has fallen by the wayside. Pretty yarn! I see why you bought it.

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  10. The yarn you used in the cowl is beautiful! And I LOVE those adult coloring books!!!! <3

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  11. oh the bible verse coloring book.....yes ....I think I need that one! I hear ya about thinking the weekends will hold more time for knitting....mine have been the same way!! The yarn is pretty and looks like it would make a great hat or cowl!!

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  12. One of the best things my husband and I did when we married was give each other the right to say no to functions and events we didn't want to attend. If he had something to do with his family and I wasn't feeling up to it, I could say no. Same for him. We did however say that sometimes that no could be over ridden. He's over ruled me once, but I have never made him go where he didn't want to go. I think it was a great rule for us.

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  13. I started learning to crochet, then got so busy I didn't have time to continue. This makes me want to start again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. I pretty much want to come over and hang out now, because you have awesome color books, books that are on my reading list, and I need a refresher course in crochet. Seriously though, down time is so crucial with all the craziness we have going on. Glad to see you're making time for you!

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  15. I love that people are coloring. I have been zentangling for a number of years now, and I think you get a similar calm from both activities. They allow you to slow down and be in the present.

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  16. I don't even have kids, and I know what you mean about the weekends! I always hope they will be quiet and we will be home and relaxed...and sometimes we are. Most of the time there are errands or "oh, wait, I need this!" (coming from the Mister, of course, ha) so it's never as relaxing as I had mentally planned for!
    I also leave knitting to languish. I have a lovely shawl that I'm working on, but there are so many other things I need to make...and for a while, I wasn't doing any knitting because I wanted to relax with it, not worry about making things for other people (which, sadly, I'm still working on - January birthdays are rough!).
    So far as the coloring books go, I think the book publishers have it in with the markers and colored pencil companies...you need special pencils or pens for your special books, and then you need other ones because you need more colors because it's so detailed and then you need different books because they're all themed and you want something different...it gets ridiculous! ;)

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  17. I can't knit for beans. But, I sure can color for hours! I love the new adult coloring books!

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  18. knittong is one of the best things to do in winter, makes me feel so relaxed and happy!
    http://siniciliya.com/

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  19. Time is always the issue for me as well! I am a work in progress. I do need to get the bible quote coloring book for my SIL, she would love it. I also love the yarns you choose to create

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  20. Mostly, I'm working on setting up a business :) and it's fun but it's taking a lot of time. As for reading, I just finished the "Crossroads of Should and Must" which is super good. I'm now reading the $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau, which is also good.

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  21. Ooh the scripture colouring book looks awesome, I wonder whether it's available in the UK. Sounds like you need to get excited about a project!

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  22. I just got some new art books in the mail that I am diving into as they are always inspiring me for my work! I have to ask where you got the coloring book with the Bible verses in it as I NEED that! ;)

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  23. I am working at my job and enjoying my kids. Have a great week.

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  24. the hp coloring books looks nice, I haven't seen that one yet. I keep browsing the books but not buying them as of yet. Lovely!!

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  25. How about a Honey Stitch cowl with that yarn - it looks so lovely and soft - would be great against the neck!

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  26. Love those coloring books! They look like a such relaxing and creative experience

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  27. Colored pencils are great. Makes it easy to shade.

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  28. I really need to pick up an adult coloring book. They look like so much fun.

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  29. I'm OBSESSED with the adult coloring books! My husband bought me the Disney ones for Christmas and I love them. It's helped me relax at night.

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  30. I had no idea that there was a Harry Potter coloring book! My mind is blown! And I used to be awful about skipping the end as a kid too! Sometimes it's hard to break those habits! ;)

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  31. I too often have to fight looking at the end of a book to find out how it ends.

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  32. I want the coloring books!I know, I know. I haven't finished the ones I have, yet, but these are gorgeous.

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  33. I have heard so much about those coloring books and how therapeutic they are. I will have to pick one up. I am a huge offender of starting a project, finishing it and then halting on the next one. You will get back to the knitting, give it time.

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  34. This whole week has been and will continue to be crazy so I know what you mean about not getting time. I finally got back on track with scrapbooking but just cannot do it this week.

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  35. The adult coloring books look like so much fun. I need to pick one up! Love the yarn..no pattern ideas but I think its lovely. Have a great weekend

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  36. I LOVE Breaking Busy!

    That yarn is adorable. Just lovely.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks books and movies. I'm all about happy endings and I don't necessarily need real life...especially in movies! :) He is good at ending things sadly.

    I have a coloring book called Secret Paris. I haven't done just a lot in it, but I love it.

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  37. My daughter and I are big Nicholas Sparks fans. We can't wait for the choice to come out.

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  38. Ahhhhh knitting has been something sitting on my to do list for the longest time!!! So many ideas I have pinned that i want to create!!!

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  39. Ooh lovely yarn. I do like a good Nicholas Sparks movie, I may have to read the book first this time, it sounds good!

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  40. I need to reread the choice. I read it a while ago and I've forgotten a lot of the details. Im so jealous btw, I wish I knew how to knit

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