Wednesday, May 11, 2016

knitting and reading

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I'm excited to be back with something new this week for the yarn along!  Last week I didn't really have anything new to share, which worked out well because our bathroom flooded, and we ended up needing a new washing machine.  But, now that all of that is taken care of, back to knitting and reading!

This week marks a very special birthday for my oldest, she will be 8!  It is amazing to me that she is going to be 8...honestly it is a little hard to imagine.  What is a birthday without a little handmade goodness.


The purple is a little bolero that I knit for her.  It is essentially a rectangle, and then I just need to sew up the edges a bit to form arm holes for her.  It will be perfect for this spring over all the pretty dresses that she loves to wear.  I really liked the ease of knitting just one big rectangle, and then sewing up the arm holes seems super easy.  I kind of want to make a larger one for me...maybe in a different color though.  While I love purple, I think I would want a more neutral color for a shawl for myself.

I also started knitting dishcloths again.  They are always needed, and I have a lot of cotton hanging around, so I am trying to knit up a few here and there.  This one is a simple basket weave pattern, one of my favorite patterns to knit.

As far as reading goes...I'm not sure if you can see in the picture, but all of those books on my kindle are books that I am currently reading...and not very quickly either.  They are all good books, but I keep jumping back and forth depending on my mood.

I did finish Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.  I wanted to love this book.  I love Pride and Prejudice, and I have enjoyed a lot of the different re-tellings that I have read over the years.  This one was horrible.  I read the whole 500+ pages hoping there would be some redeeming quality at the end.  Nope, not even a little bit.  Perhaps it is hard to make Pride and Prejudice into a new, modern story.  But, the whole book was awful.  I can't believe I finished it!

Have you ever read a book that you really dislike, hoping it will turn out better as you read more?  What new projects are you working on this week?

26 comments:

  1. Happy upcoming birthday to your sweet girl, 8 is such a special age.
    Nope, if I don't like a book I put it down, many years ago I forced
    myself to finish everything I started regardless if I was enjoying it or
    not, but these days I think life is too short to waste it on something
    that doesn't bring joy.

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  2. The book wasn't good?! Oh know! I love Curtis but not Pride and Pred. Hhmmmmm.....

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  3. Shudder! 500+ pages you didn't enjoy! I just read a book like that, but didn't realize I didn't like it until about 3/4 of the way through so I just speed-read through to the end and did not pick up the sequel. I love Pride and Prejudice but haven't really read any re-tellings of it (but have you seen the YouTube series from a few years ago? I believe it's called "The Lizzie Bennett Diaries" - I loved it)
    My oldest girl will be 7 next fall and I'm just like - WHAT!? Where is the time GOing? I hope your sweet one has a lovely birthday. She will love your purple gift.

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  4. Your knitting just gets better and better. I am loving all the creations you are making!

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  5. So pretty! 8 is a great age, I know it's going to be a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year!

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  6. They grow up so fast don't they..!?
    My youngest will turn 11 this summer so soon I'll only have teenagers - eek!
    And homemade presents are the best, looks like it will be a beautiful bolero :)

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  7. I could never get into knitting, because I'm really impatient. But I love to read! What kind of books do you usually read?

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  8. Oh, yes, reading books that I dislike just to see if it gets better...I did that with Twilight. I knew it wasn't going to be amazing writing, but I slogged through the first three books, was hopeful that the fourth would be redeeming...got half way through and said "nope, can't do it any more." Freshly out of the teenage angst phase of life, it wasn't really something enjoyable, ha!
    The bolero looks lovely - and with the addition of sleeves, no worries of it falling off as with a shawl!

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  9. There was a book called Perfume that I really disliked. However, we all talked about that book over and over throughout our Book Club years!

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  10. I am always looking for book recommendations and will steer clear of Eligible.

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  11. Did you know the kimono is rectangles sewed in a particular way? I love the simplicity of your bolaro. Sometimes we over complicate patterns and forget we are creating fabric. (me too) I am making a pattern for simple gauntlets but am also working on a vest pattern which is also 2 rectangles and 2 smaller ones around the arm holes.

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  12. My daughter would love anything with that purple yard. Such a deep rich color. I am like you and would like a neutral...I guess we get boring as we get older. Ha.

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  13. Happy early 8th Birthday to your sweet girl! How fun that she has a crafty mama who can make her beautiful accessories :)

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  14. great knitting, you have a real talent there. Sorry to hear your book was so bad. There are more out there though. Keep hunting.

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  15. So sorry about the washing machine and flooding. That sounds like a real ordeal.
    The bolero is very pretty, perfect for an 8-year-old.
    The critics agree with you on Eligible. They have all ravaged it in their reviews!

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  16. I usually end up finishing terrible books too, I just keep hoping it will suddenly not be terrible!

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  17. well that sucks that you book was not good and also flooding in your house? Well here's to hoping this next week is waaaaaay better )

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  18. What a shame! It's always a bummer to not love what you're reading. I read a book about a mermaid once that I thought would be more magical. It was just trash.

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  19. I hate when that happens! I have no patience so I usually end up quitting the book if I'm not hooked by the second chapter!

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  20. Somewhere I read life is too short to read mediocre books. I've lived by that motto ever since. Grab my attention early on or I'm not going to finish it.

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  21. Awwwwww love that you're knitting more!!!! You make me really want to get back into it. My brother in law & his wife are having a baby and I could totally knit them some baby fabulousness

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  22. The one thing I have gotten good at in the last few years of not having as much time to read is that I give a book 50 pages.... If I don't LOVE it, I move on. Because I was so you before then....reading with hopefulness that surely it would get better! Trust me, if it isn't good in 50 pages... ditch it! (ps, I love the purple yarn!)

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  23. I used to read a lot when I was younger but I have noticed the last little while (since I became a wife and mother) I really need to carve out that time for me to just sit and read. The last time I dug up my needles was at christmas and I never did get that second scarf finished....oops!

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  24. Anymore, I will put down a book that I'm not really enjoying, and either return it to the library or donate it. I don't have time to slog through something that's not interesting or helpful. :)

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  25. That bolero is lovely! What a great idea, I should knit one for my daughter. Hope yours has a nice birthday!

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  26. Knitting looks like such a relaxing hobby! Love seeing what others make with just a little bit of effort and yarn!

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