Wednesday, April 27, 2016

knitting and reading

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Before I get on with my knitting and reading, I wanted to let you know that there is an amazing resource available today, The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  If you have ever struggled with keeping your house clean and organized, or making sure that you have healthy meals and snacks for your kids, this bundle is for you.  The categories are vast - everything from budgeting to in the kitchen, to marriage and motherhood, organizing and DIY - so much great information!  I can't wait to get my bundle this morning, and wanted to pass along such a great deal.  If you buy the bundle, I would love to hear what you think of it in the comments below!

Now, onto the knitting!

I finished Emma's one sock.  I actually sat down to do it last night while the kids were taking a bath because I knew I wouldn't finish it otherwise.  I really messed up the toe, but at least it is finished!


When I showed Emma she said "Is this for me?!  I love it!"  And then proceeded to wear the one sock around for the rest of the night, and was mad when I asked her for it back.  In my book, that is success!

I'm almost done with the second wristlet as well, so that is making me happy.  Getting these couple of little projects finished in April was a goal of mine.  I was tired of seeing them unfinished.  Now, of course, I still need to knit the second sock...but we will get there!


As far as reading goes, I plan to go through all The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Books today to see which ones I want to look at first.  It can be a bit overwhelming with so many resources, but I like that they are separated by category - that makes life a little easier for me.

I am also still reading Unstuffed and Faith Unraveled, although I have not made much progress in either the past week because a new book was magically delivered to my kindle Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.  It is no secret that I love Pride and Prejudice, so when there was a modern retelling coming out, I obviously wanted to read it.  I'm about 12 chapters in (it is quite long, over 500 pages) and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.  It is definitely different than the original, set in Cincinnati and Jane and Elizabeth are much older, 40.  I'm not sure why that sticks out to me except that I feel like a lot of the innocence of all the girls is lost because they are so much older in this book, and instead of silly and fun, it seems a little depressing...but I'm only a little ways into the book, and I am interested to see where it goes (which is obviously a happy ending with Mr. Darcy).

What is one challenge you have with homemaking?  Me, I can't seem to get a handle on all the stuff no matter how much I declutter!

33 comments:

  1. That sock is beautiful and so well crafted! Love it! Pretty color too!

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  2. what a pretty sock, but i would steal the purple one and you would never get it back!!! hehehe beautiful yarn colors!!!!

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  3. Geez I wish I could knit a sock! Seems like such an undertaking! I'll stick to scarves for now!

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  4. Toes can only be messed up if they don't fit! My last pair of socks, I screwed up the toe on the second sock and it looks weird, but it fits fine so I try to not think about it too hard (but also learned to pay more attention to the pattern - no, I did *not* know what I was doing, ha!). Your sock turned out lovely, and I'm smitten with the eyelets!

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  5. Ooooh, I want some knit socks! My feet are literally always cold and I bet those are so warm and toasty!

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  6. Success is definitely in the foot of the sock-receiver!
    I'm not sure how I feel about updating Pride and Prejudice. It's one of my faves,too.

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  7. Challenge with homemaking? All of it. I am not exaggerating! Such a struggle.

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  8. We have dark hardwoods in our house. The floors always look dirty to me. It's hard to keep them clean.

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  9. Please teach me how to make socks like that for my tootsies they need a home to keep warm in lol! I love the color.

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  10. I won a copy of that book on GoodReads, and I need to read it soon! Happy knitting!

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  11. A friend of mine just told me today about that Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. I'm actually thinking that it's something I need. Might help me with my procrastinator ways.

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  12. Great job on the sock! :) I can't wait to check out this retelling of Pride and Prejudiced.

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  13. Wow! That is quite the bundle! I am going to have to check it out and get it!

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  14. I also find that once I have things tidy more blog items come in for me to review, and the mess starts again. It drives me crazy, but I'm grateful to have so many fun things to review.

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  15. I want to learn how to knit those wristlets! i love wristlets because I am always so stinking cold!

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  16. The clutter I'm good with. My challenge is the stacks I create during the work week on our desk in the kitchen. It makes me crazy but when life gets busy it just happens.

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  17. Wow...the fact that you can knit, run a household, and read two books at once is impressive. I feel so unproductive! I am a disorganized homemaker and the Ultimate Homemaker Bundle might be just what I need!

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  18. Wow...the fact that you can knit, run a household, and read two books at once is impressive. I feel so unproductive! I am a disorganized homemaker and the Ultimate Homemaker Bundle might be just what I need!

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  19. Good job finishing those knitting projects. I love checking off my to do list. I need to look at the Homemaking Bundle I am sure there are tons of books I would love to read.

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  20. I need to just go ahead and buy this bundle. I keep hearing so many good things about it!

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  21. Love the socks, I made my first pair this year, been on the bucket list for a very long time.
    Thank you for sharing your post at Our Simple Homestead Hop.

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  22. Great socks! You are very talented.

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  23. I'm not so great at the homemaking part of having a home. Laundry is my downfall. As long as I don't have too much stuff, I'm ok. I have too much stuff though. lol I've never been a knitter, but I'm an avid reader. I can't read more than one book at a time.

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  24. I wish I had the patience to just LEARN to knit. I've tried a few times and always throw in the towel!

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  25. Great job on the sock. Better than I could do. Thats so sweet your daughter wore it around.

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  26. Im so good at one sock. The other one never matches.....sigh. I am bound and determined to master it though!

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  27. oh my those look like the most comfortable socks ever! I so wish I could do that - on my list to learn!

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  28. I wish I could know. Sadly, I have no patience to learn. Love the socks!

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  29. You just hit on two of my favorite things--knitting and reading! If I could spend all my time doing that it would be total heaven. Cute socks! Socks and blankets are my two favorite things to knit.

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  30. Can I just say that I love your socks! You are so talented!!! While I do not knit I do love to read, and I have come to love my kindle.

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  31. Okay now I feel like I have 20 thumbs....who knits an entire sock? LOL...

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  32. So cool! I wish I had the patience to do that! I've always wanted to learn!

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  33. Love the socks! My one problem is that I'm still trying to get a handle on cleaning with non-toxic products.

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