Wednesday, March 16, 2016

knitting and reading

Right at the beginning of the month, I wrote about my March Goals and then I promptly took the following week off from blogging.  It is amazing what you can accomplish in a week when you step away from the computer.

That being said, I thought I would have a lot more knitting progress to show you today, however, I do not!  I am almost done with this skein of yarn for the scarf I am knitting for Emma, and actually, I might not need to go for the second skein.  I love long scarves for myself, but I don't want one that is super long for Emma that may get caught when she is out running around.




My knitting has become side-tracked again though, and I plan to cast on a new project today...if I can find the right yarn in my stash.  My brother and sister-in-law just welcomed their third little one into the world, and because of that, a little newborn knitting is in order!  My plan is a hat, one that is very quick, especially if I want to complete it before we go to visit them...very very soon.  With my ability to knit slower than molasses, well let's hope that I will finish the hat before it no longer fits her!

My reading, I haven't done as much reading as you would expect after taking a bit of a blog break.  I mentioned in a previous post that I started reading my old Mandie series books to the kids, they are enjoying them.  I have also been spending a lot of time looking at book lists for homeschooling.

I have finished one "for me" book though.  It is called Quitting Church.  I had read several quotes from this book in another book, Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker (Jen Hatmaker's husband), and thought it might be one that I would enjoy reading.  Don't let the title scare you.  It is a book about why people in Gen X & Y are leaving the church in droves, everything from "services are too flashy" to "there is more community and depth available online."  It was a fascinating read, and I was nodding my head right along to a lot of it.  It examined all manner of churches, too, house churches, Catholic churches, Mega churches, small community churches, Orthodox, non-denominational.  I definitely recommend it.  One of the best non-fiction reads of this year for me!

Overall, it was a nice break, and I am happy to be getting back into the groove.  I think the spring weather is definitely helping me feel a little more productive.  

I know that most people do not like daylight savings time one bit - I was one of those people.  But, this year, it seems to be working in my favor.  The kids are staying in bed later, and I am able to have a large chunk of time in the morning to get all of my *stuff* done!  Of course, now that I mentioned that, we will see if it continues...

What are you working on this week?  Any good non-fiction books I should add to my list?

34 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your brother and sister in love, how exciting. I adore baby hats, they are just so sweet and really they do knit up quick.
    I just added your book to my reading list, I think my son would like reading it too, thanks so much.

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  2. A beautiful, tiny baby hat for a new precious baby! What an exciting time!

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  3. I am so into non-fiction books right now. One of the best I've read is "Non-Violet Communication", I really think this book will be useful for every person in the world!

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  4. There's nothing better than baby knitting. So sweet. The book does sounds good. Jeannine

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  5. I love knitting things for babies! Let us know what you make after knitting and giving it.

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  6. Seriously - I think the knitting fairy is depleting a lot of us lately. I will have to add that book to my list.

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  7. Baby knits! Those are fast (or so I've been led to believe, ha)! I'm also fairly certain this year is the first I've actually noticed a different with daylight savings time. Only in that my alarm went off Sunday morning earlier than I anticipated ;) Beyond that, it's so very nice to have it be brighter out later in the evening - I've missed the sun!

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  8. The spring weather has been pretty motivating for me, too. I feel like I am coming out of hibernation!

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  9. Beautiful scarf! I haven't picked up my knitting needles in months! I was working on an infinity scarf before Christmas for my sister and got so busy with other stuff I haven't had the time to pick it back up.

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  10. I hear ya on the whole getting side-tracked thing. It happens so much these days. I've created a schedule for myself and a "side-tracked" one to help me stay focused. It's helped me manage my day-to-day.

    As for my goal this week, I'm focusing on more family time.

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  11. Yay for baby knits! Congrats to the new mommy and daddy-to-be as well as to the auntie-to-be! That book sounds fascinating...

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  12. I don't know how to knit but I love the baby knits here! Congratulations are in order for the new mummy and daddy to be.

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  13. There must be something in the air because my knitting has progressed so slowly of late, too. I find that baby knits can really help - having a deadline really helps!
    That book has been on my list for a while. Your review makes me want to do something about actually reading it!

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  14. I gave up knitting when I started my blog.... I sure miss it. I finally feel like Im making progress on my blog so its all worth it.... baby hats were always my favorite project though!.. ps... that yarn is gorgeous!)

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  15. There's so much love and warm wishes in your art and creation. Knitting and quilting have been on my list of try outs but never given it serious consideration so far. Creating anything is such a wonderful outlet, refreshes your mind and heart and helps you connect with yourself. I'm sure the new parents to be will love their gifts! Congratulations to you all !

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  16. That book sounds like one I would enjoy reading. I myself have reasons for leaving, so I'm interested to see if those same reasons are echoed in the book!

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  17. Awesome for you on daylight savings time. It always seems to kick me in the butt. Maybe a week off would help me refocus :)

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  18. That book sounds fascinating! I am going to have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  19. I never learned to knit. I took my girls for lessons on how to knit and one hated it, one loved it but was not very good at it. They both taught my son - who was great and then my husband had a fit that he was knitting! And , now no ones knits!

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  20. Congrats to your brother and sister-in-law! I really want to learn how to knit one day! The hat is going to be super cute.

    Southern Soul

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  21. Taking time off from blog works wonders in so many ways. It's really interesting when you take a step back and realize how much time goes into blogging.

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  22. I always loved to knit but I never developed my skills.
    I have set a lot of blog goals, the main ones are: to retouch pictures from my journeys, to write about Hong Kong, to improve my writing skills by reading novels and travel magazines.

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  23. That sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  24. I read mostly fiction so I don't have many if any recommendations. lovely knitting!!

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  25. I do that too, make this huge list of goals and then get overwhelmed and take a blogging break. I hope you'll link your goals up with my goal linkup. I love to read and blog about books as well, I'm going to have to look into Quitting Church. It's hard enough getting me and my boys to church on the days we go already!

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  26. Hiya. I'm a newbie to your blog - came to you via Ginny Sheller's Yarnalong. One of my favourite ever non-fiction books is called "Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days" by Nancy Lande - I homeschooled my two children (here in the UK) but still used to read and re-read Nancy Lande's book to get daily inspiration and blessings. I cannot recommend it enough! ~ Nicky

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  27. I know you ave been wanting to get back to our knitting so now with the new baby in the family, maybe it will be the push you needed. ;) good luck

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  28. I don't know how to knit but I've always been an avid reader. Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way and I don't get as much time to read as I would like and as I used to read. Hopefully I will have a chance to read more during summer vacation.

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  29. You made me feel better when you said you set March goals and took a week off. I had no goals so nothing to accomplish but I need to start goals, small ones so I do accomplish something. I love the scarf for your wee one, color is lovely

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  30. The book sounds really interesting. I think the reason you are content with the clocks changing is that you home ed. Those of us who have to get children to school (boo!) Find our job a bit harder! I'm very jealous, my husband would not consent to home ed for our big boy.

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  31. I had to take time away from my blog because it was report card time followed by parent teacher conferences. I hear you about how much time you suddenly have when you are not blogging.

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  32. I've never tried knitting before... I've heard that it is therapeutic, just as adult colouring books are. I may have to try it someday, to ease the stress in my life!

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  33. It's funny, my son was also sleeping in later this year after the time zone change. It usually backfires on me, and his schedule gets messed up. Congrats on stepping away for a break :)

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