Wednesday, March 30, 2016

knitting and reading

Well, I am happy to report that I finally finished my March knit item - which is this pretty scarf for Emma.  It isn't really supposed to be a warm scarf, more a pretty scarf for her to wear.


She was really excited to have it finished.  Out of everyone in this house, I think she appreciates my knits the most.  Although, this time Jack did ask when I would knit him a new hat...so perhaps I need to start making him some things.

We are moving into warmer weather though, so I am at a loss as to what to knit him that he will be able to wear.  I have heard mention of that dreaded polar vortex returning at the beginning of April...so maybe a hat will be worth it to try and make now!


I know that I promised some cute baby knits last time, unfortunately I haven't made any progress on that front.  I was going to knit the traditional hat that I do for all the kids, but then I wasn't sure which yarn to use, and my indecisiveness caused me to not start a hat in time.  Then I found all of these cute little baby knit patterns, and got lost in that for quite a while - it is a rabbit hole for me with baby knit patterns!


As for reading, I am still reading the Mandie series with my kids.  We are in book five now - Mandie and the Trunk's Secret.  I think Emma loves the books as much as I did when I was little.  And they are so short, it is super easy to get through them quickly.  Emma will sit and listen to me read for as long as my voice holds out.  We are trying to balance the fun reading with the school reading right now since we incorporated all kinds of new books on Monday.


I also am reading a book called Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman.  I am only a little bit into it, but it is already really interesting.  The part I am reading right now talks about all the decisions we have to make every day and how she looks at decisions as "Is it a tool, a toy, or a tangent?"  Specifically she is talking about social media, and how you can get onto Facebook and then all of a sudden two hours have passed and you have done nothing but click click click.  Really interesting so far, and I am looking forward to continuing it!

What are you working on this week?  Do you lose control of social media as easily as I do?

22 comments:

  1. That scarf is adorable and so is your model :) I'm sure she'll enjoy it, very pretty color!

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  2. Ah, the pattern search. I spend more time looking for patterns than I do on social media ;) It's not all my fault, though - a search for something simple will lead you to a million items, then change the refining search criteria and boom, you've got a ton more xD
    The scarf for Emma turned out lovely :D

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  3. Such a sweet scarf and your model is pretty cute too!!

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  4. It's so nice when your knitting is loved and appreciated. I hear it's supposed to get pretty cold over the next few days so I have a feeling the knitwear will be used for a while longer!

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  5. That picture is so sweet! Yes! I struggle with social media and my efforts to curtail it usually cut out my blog reading time and then still I find myself with facebook open on my phone when really I should be reading blogs or popping a little through ravelry in whatever social media time I have. Blogs are much more life-giving to me so my struggle is to use my limited "zone out time" in a way that inspires. I bet that's a good book. Do you just hear Elsa every time you see the title? With three little girls here those three words mean only one thing to me these days.
    Oh and I looooved the Mandie series as a girl wondered if my 6 year old advanced reader might enjoy them on her own yet because I can't keep the girl in books and a whole series might be the way to go...

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  6. I never knees ability the Mandie books until I was an adult. I'm Audrey I would have read them. .being my name is Mandy. I posted some for my daughter, but what I thought would be a set of books was one book with 5 books in it. This made reading them overcoming to my daughter as it was a big thick book. So we never talked them.

    Love reading these posts. I've been crocheting so you keep me challenged to keep working on my projects. And though we have finished home schooling, I still like to hear what others are doing.

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  7. I regularly have to step back from all social media or I find myself frustrated and overwhelmed by almost everything! Right now I'm enjoying spring break and having my kids home :)

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  8. So cute! I never grasped the skill of knitting, or crocheting, I tried but never seemed to get it right or remember how to do it when I went back to it!

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  9. I will have to try out that book series with my kids. I hate to say it but I like them to be short. I just can't read out loud for that long and like to finish books in less than a week. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Oh my goodness that scarf is beautiful! It looks like something you would buy or find at a department store. I'm so impressed by crafty people like you!

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  11. Love the scarf and the detail you added with the sequence. We've always got to add as much sparkle as possible.

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  12. That scarf looks so beautiful. I looks like she loves it as well- I like the ombre look of it!

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  13. It is looking wonderful so far. I love that you combine knitting with reading, what sparked your love for the two interests?

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  14. The book sounds great. I lose control over social media less and less often. Like the book says, I just let it go.

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  15. Karen Ehman is one of my favorites too! I read her blog regularly. I love the book and the fashion scarf!

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  16. Emma is so pretty and she looks very happy!
    The scarf looks very nice, I know that sometimes there's just not enough time to finish making beautiful items like this one
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  17. The scarf you made is so pretty, just like Emma! I would love to be able to knit, can imagine it really helps you be more creative!

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  18. How adorable to see children actually reading and holding a book. Shes adorable and looks like he enjoys reading. My children are grown noe, but i loved to read with them when thy were little.

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  19. That scarf is simply gorgeous! I wish I had the time and patience to learn how to knit. :)

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  20. Hm the book sounds interesting.

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  21. Omg how cute is that scarf?!?! So fabulous!! I need to get back into knitting and crochet! Such a fun hobby

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  22. How sweet! I don't remember reading those books, but I did love the Boxcar Children. This week I'm reading (and loving) the 4 Hour workweek.

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