Wednesday, April 20, 2016

knitting and reading

Well, I knew it would happen eventually.  The pull of the beautiful weather would call me to my garden, and that is where I have spent most of the last week.  I was able to clean up some of the garden beds, although I still have several to work on, which hopefully will be done by this weekend.


Yesterday, however, it was rainy and gloomy.  That is perfect knitting weather for me!  So I sat down to work on the second wristlet, which will now not be needed until next fall, but at least I can set them away and know they are available to give as a gift!

I am still working on that one silly sock.  And when I say working, I really mean thinking about working on it.  I need to take a bit of time to figure out how to finish off the toe when I don't have my stitches on the right needles in order to follow the pattern.  I know it won't take much to figure it out, but having a little quiet time in order to think is hard to come by recently!  I will get to it eventually.

And while I talked about trying to finish up my projects on the needles, I was thinking about knitting up some dishcloths.  I love to knit them up because they are quick, we use them, and I can try out all kinds of pretty patterns.  I plan to finish the wristlet first, but then, then I will probably cast on for a dishcloth.

As far as my reading goes, I am still reading Faith Unraveled.  I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.  I am not very far in, maybe 20%, and I can't figure out the author's tone, whether it is really negative, or if what she says I just disagree with.  I will plow on, because I would like to finish it, it is interesting, but I had to look for a different book too.  I came up with Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup - all about decluttering your life.  A book right up my alley!  She is also the author of Living Well Spending Less which I read last year and loved.

Is the weather pulling you outside?  Do you finish books even if you don't really like it?

26 comments:

  1. I am working on socks too, in fact, three pairs! Socking knitting seems to be all I can think about.
    I use to finish books even if I wasn't enjoying them, but a few years ago I quit. Life is short and there are too many good books out there to waste time on something that isn't bringing joy.

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  2. The weather is definitely pulling us outside! I am also excited to read Ruth's book, Unstuffed!!

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  3. It's true: nothing is better than a rainy day for knitting!
    I'm going to download Unstuffed to my Kindle today. That looks the exact book that I need right now.
    And, no, life is to short to finish books I'm not enjoying.

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  4. I want to learn to knit and will attempt it one day... but right now I am crazy swamped with other stuff. Love the finished products of cozy knitted items!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  5. I don't know how to knit but it reminds me of my grandfather who always knit during the winter. He made me socks when I was eight years old that I still have today. I'll give them to my daughter when she's old enough. I cherish everything he ever made for me.

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  6. that is quite a cheerful vibrant rosy pink! love that color :)

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  7. I need to find some more bright colors to work with... That pink is perfect- so cheerful! :)

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  8. I don't knit but I love knitters! I am so intrigued by how your hands work! I cannot get this for the life of me. So I happily purchase!

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  9. raining is the perfect weather for some yarn work! I love to crochet, myself - good for you for taking the time to enjoy a hobby (though being outside in the rain can be fun, too!)

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  10. I was just thinking about starting Unstuffed! And maybe crocheting. its be a while!

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  11. Love the book recommendations. I need to read that one. I don't want to read the other popular decluttering book as it seems a bit kooky. Good luck with your knitting projects.

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  12. I have to love a book to read it... which is why I dont read a lot. Lol. But yes, the weather is already like 80 here so now we try and be outside whenever possible.

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  13. Our weather has been absolutely lovely here in South Florida and I'm also excited to read Unstuffed! Ruth is a wonderful person and a fabulous writer!

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  14. We have had a couple of gorgeous days and then today was hit with rain - but I won't complain, because we do need spring rain! I wish I knew how to knit - I just never learned. I took my daughters to some classes and they sort of learned, but never quite picked it up.

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  15. I love the color of your wristlets. I have never heard of knitted dishcloths. You will have to post pics of those when they are done. I am totally intrigued.

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  16. We always say in the Chicago winters we are going to learn to knit. It hasn't happened yet. One day we will, seems like such a peaceful hobby.

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  17. I love Ruth's blog--I may have to check out her book. Thank you for letting us know about such a great book!

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  18. What a beautiful squishy yarn! I find it hard to stay in these days as well - the birds are singing, the town is in full bloom and the little cafes are moving the tables to open patios.. A pure bliss :)

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  19. I need to read this! I need to unclutter my life in a huge way! This sounds perfect for me!

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  20. Sounds like a good read to add into my summer reading list, which is ever growing!
    I tried knitting but have not gotten to far with it yet :/

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  21. The weather hasn't quite pulled me outside yet but I'm surprised that you haven't finished that sock as yet. I'm sure you will eventually though. :)

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  22. Ahhhhhhhh I use to be so into knitting!!!!!! Your post makes me want to get back into it! It was so relaxing to just zone out and create fun things!

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  23. Sort of the opposite here. The weather is cooling down a little, and that's making me more likely to head outside. The sun here has been absolutely fierce.

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  24. I've always said reading on an eReader is one of the hardest things for me to do. I'm used to the smell of books and turning the pages. But I recently downloaded a Kindle version of a friend's book to support her, and I went through the entire book in two days. Worth every penny!

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  25. The weather didn't quite pull me outside yesterday. After all of this nice weather we had been experiencing, it felt like were on the cusp of winter! ~lol~

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  26. Oh no....I will gladly join you with the reading but knitting....hmmmmmmm....don't think so at all

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