Wednesday, March 2, 2016

knitting and reading

I have seen "the days are long, but the years are short" memes all over the place lately.  I am going to go against the grain here and say that is not the case in my life.  The days are short, the weeks are shorter, and the years seem to be moving so fast I don't know what is going on!

That is how I felt for a good portion of last year as well.  At first I thought it was because we had a new baby in the house, and with the two older kids as well, time seemed to creep up a bit faster.  But, here we are, at the beginning of March, and I don't know how it happened.

January and February are typically long months to me because it is right after the Christmas rush, and, in Maine, we typically have long, cold winters.  Of course this year, we have had a spring like winter with barely any snow and more days in the 40's and 50's than I think I have ever seen.



Why am I writing about this today, on a day I should be writing about knitting and reading?  Well, I know you all understand, having been mamas of littles before, or currently mamas of littles - and I like the support you all give me!

In all seriousness though, I recently read a blog post over on fimby, and she wrote something that really stuck with me - 

"I can't knit, draw, write and photograph every day or every season, choose my focus..."

This really stuck out to me as something that I have been trying to do.  I am trying to fit everything in that I love.  That isn't a bad thing, but when I am overwhelmed because I am not accomplishing all that I want to do, then it becomes an issue, and I am working on that!

Now, to what I am knitting and reading this week.  Last week I wrote about the scarves I was knitting, and this week I will again write about the scarves I am knitting.  The scarf I was knitting for Emma - black, deep pink, sequins, pretty pretty yarn, well the yarn overs were killing me, so I ripped out the whole thing and started again with just a simple rib pattern.  It is knitting up much faster now, and I am not worried about remember where the yarn overs are.  

I realized I needed to simplify my knitting if I wanted a chance at getting anything done.  I am still working on my other scarf, but that one definitely takes more concentration and fewer interruptions.

My reading has been more substantive over the past week.  I finished The Lifegiving Home which I loved, and I am looking forward to getting the companion book which seems to be on back order on Amazon right now.  We also finished The Long Winter which I wanted to read this winter to the kids, to help us cope with our dreary freezing cold and dark days, but as I mentioned above, they haven't been that cold, and I have noticed the longer days since the middle of January.  Perhaps my idea of making our winter seem easier by reading that book worked!

I have also started looking at homeschooling books.  I seem to buy homeschooling books in the spring and in the fall, and I realized this past week that the kids are finishing up all of their handwriting/math books in the next week or so, which means they need to be replaced with something.  Homeschooling catalogs, Usborne catalogs, book lists - those have also been taking my attention.

What are you reading this week?  Are you working on any new projects?

31 comments:

  1. Some days it just feels like there are not enough hours in the day! I like your idea about focusing on one thing at a time.....it sounds good but not sure I can pull it off!! Such beautiful colors on your projects...perfect for this grey and brown time of year! Happy knitting!!

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  2. I hear that about trying to fit everything in. There just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done that I wish I could.

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  3. 30 hours in a day would be helpful. Especially if kids slept for 18 hours instead of 12.

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  4. I was shocked to see no snow at all in Maine this past weekend. I figured there would at least be a little bit! Your scarf is real pretty. My student just finished one like that last night. A simple yet pretty pattern!

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  5. The Long Winter was one of my favorites from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I read the entire series when I was seven and have reread them numerous times since then. I usually reread a few of the books each year.

    My newest project is spinning. I've made a commitment to spin a little each day. Thus far, I'm keeping that promise.

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  6. Yes, February was so fleeting! And I know what you mean by saying that you are trying to fit so many things that you love to do in your schedule... I always struggle with this and trying to find the balance.

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  7. love the yarn you are using, it will be lovely scarf

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  8. I understand completly. I have so many different interests, but it is challenging to find time for all of them.

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  9. I recently had the same moment of "well, duh" so far as trying to fit everything into a day. It's just not feasible, nor is it worth the stress of trying to get all of the things done. There are the "right-now's", there are the "this-week's", and there are the "when-there-is-time's" and it's hard to figure out what is what, but it's so important for one's sanity!
    This last week, I frogged the shawl I was working on, because I didn't enjoy it, and cast on a different one (which is bright orange and quite cheerful!). Also, a Leap Day sock cast on that someone on Instagram suggested. I've got a cuff and a heel done (I'm doing shorty socks, so no leg to knit, yay!) and while I should be farther, it just hasn't happened yet...and I'm not going to be beat myself up over it!

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  10. I am totally the same way. I am at a crossroads where I am just not sure what I should be doing but I want to do it all. It is hard to find focus and balance for it all!!

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  11. I always admire those who do knitting. I'd love to try it, but I don't have the patient to do it. You're right about how days past so fast.

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  12. It was the same in the UK as well, in fact in the middle of December some days the temperature was 10 degrees which is very warm for a British winter! I love your knitting!

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  13. I don't knit but when you shared about simplifying your knitting to have it fit in life, that was something I needed to hear! I often try to fit in too many good things, and I need to focus on fewer so that I can do them well!

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  14. I want to learn how to knit. I bet it would be so relaxing!

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  15. I want to learn how to knit! I agree that time flies, except when it feels like a snail!

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  16. I am reading blog posts this week. And happy for the week to be over soon.

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  17. I love knitting. It keeps my hands busy while I'm watching tv. I am also looking into our homeschool stuff for next year. :)

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  18. I can totally relate as I try to do so many different things but we can't help what we want to do ya know? ;)

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  19. Love the color of your scarf! I also enjoy knotting so much, but never have enough time to (

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  20. All of my reading is yoga books for yoga teacher training. My to-read list for after I complete the training in July is getting very long.

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  21. Time does go way too fast for my liking!! I work full time, don't have kids and some weeks feel like i've achieved nothing at all. It's frustrating, but a small shift of focus and choosing what makes me happy seems to resolve the bad feeling.
    It's important to remember that time with your loved ones and doing what you enjoy is what's important. And winter doesn't help because it's dull. It will be sunny and warm again soon!
    I love your knitting, those colours are beautiful

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  22. "The days are short, the weeks are shorter, and the years seem to be moving so fast I don't know what is going on!".....seriously, the story of my life. I feel like I have no idea where any of my time goes. I really need to start focusing on what's more important and what choose things that are just for me, things that make me happy. I can never find the time to do anything for myself.

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  23. I try to fit knitting into every day, it is so good for my mental health!! love that you are fitting in knitting and reading as well. Pretty knitting!!

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  24. I love LOVE the color of your current knitting project! It is so gorgeous. I always love seeing what you are reading too!

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  25. I wish I knew how to knit! It seems like a very relaxing hobby and you get to make things!

    Southern Soul

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  26. Oh goodness, I feel like my days/weeks/months fly by, too! I think it's part of having young kids, honestly!

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  27. I just said this to my son and I opened your blog post! It is so true! I find even with a schedule, I fall behind. I have knitting from last year that is not complete. I have a cross stitch for my niece not complete. I loved your post - you have made me feel not alone!

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  28. I often take on too much and get overwhelmed. A friend of mine suggested, "pick one thing and do that really well before moving on to another." When I focus on one thing at a time I feel less overwhelmed.

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  29. The scarf looks lovely!

    My kiddos aren't little anymore, but I totally agree that the days fly and I never get to do all the things that I WANT to do each day! :)

    That's ok. I've thought for a long time, that it is a blessing to have full days. At least to a certain point and as long as I'm finding my best yeses!

    I'm still slowly reading through Th Life Giving Home and I love it.

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  30. I know just how you feel! Time seems to be rushing past! Sometimes simple knitting is what your brain needs. I always have something simple and something complicated on the go, so I can go for what suits me in the moment. And socks in the car for when the toddler falls asleep!

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  31. I am one who tries to do to much and then seem to have a breakdown moment pretty often. I find my lists help me and just taking time to read slows me down and helps me focus.

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