Wednesday, May 25, 2016

knitting and reading

I am doing a lot more reading than knitting this week.  I think as we move into planting season, that will continue.  I am constantly trying to learn more about providing food on the very small amount of land we live on (about a quarter of an acre).


My knitting continues to consist of dishcloths.  I figure if I start now, by the time Christmas comes around I *might* have enough dishcloths knit for Christmas presents!  I have had people ask in the past if I actually use knitted dishcloths - and I do!  They are my favorite rags to have on hand actually, because they work so well.  It is also a perfectly good use for leftover cotton yarn.  If you are ever gifted knitted dish cloths - use them!

As far as reading goes...there are a lot of magazines being looked over right now.  I did purchase some new curriculum in March, but I know that I will need to purchase more at the end of the summer.  I tend to work in seasons, instead of buying everything I need for the year at once, I tend to buy 3-4 times a year.  It isn't as much of a financial outlay all at once, and I can easily change things around because I don't have so.much.curriculum on hand.

Because I have been reading so many post-apocalyptic books as of late, I dug out my copy of Survival Mom.  This book has so much amazing information in it.  It is truly a well-rounded book for moms on how to prepare for everyday disasters.  I know a lot of people hear "survival" or "prepper" and think crazy, but being prepared for natural disasters, extended power outages etc. is a worthwhile thing to be invested in, especially as a mom who has littles to look after.

The other book I am reading right now is one I refer to every year, it is The Backyard Homestead.  I love this book because of the tagline - "Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!"  Sounds good to me!  Of course I can't do a lot of the stuff they recommend in the city, but I love the information in this book.  It is encouraging to know that I can produce a lot on my little plot of land, and learning as much as I can in order to do so is on the forefront of my mind - especially in the spring.

Do you have specific books you read in different seasons?  

27 comments:

  1. Wish I knew how to knit and crochet, love to do stuff like that. Our garden is planted!

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  2. The Survival Mom sounds like a great read. I have heard a lot of great things about that book.

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  3. I love my knitted dishcloths too! They are my favorite ever!

    Have fun learning and growing things! I love watching seeds pop up, but I'm not a total through-and-through gardener. :)

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  4. I use them all the time - so much better than wasting paper towels :-)

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  5. We planted our garden Sunday. I can almost taste the fresh veggies...

    My poor grandmother tried to teach me how to knit and crochet. It did not go well.

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  6. Growing my own food is a future life goal for me! We are pretty lucky to have organic vegetable stores and from farm to table restaurants and I am always amazed what a huge difference it is! The veggies taste like heaven!

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  7. What a great Christmas gift! I have always wanted a large garden. We just bought our first house so maybe next year... Enjoy the knitting and gardening.

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  8. I'm working on knitted Christmas gifts too. It's really nice to have them done early so there's not that mad rush at the end. Hand knit dishcloths are the best!

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  9. I have given away every dishcloth I've knit, so I haven't actually used them!

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  10. Knitted dischloths are the best. I loved my crocheted ones...until I tried the knitted ones, and man, they are so much better!

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  11. I love that Backyard Homestead book too; I always feel hugely inspired when I look at the layout of the property! We have a little more than half an acre and are nowhere near as productive as we could be.
    I am getting set to work on buying curriculum in small chunks over the next few months... Exciting!

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  12. I wish I had a quarter acre! That sounds amazing! My backyard is tiny by design, our whole neighborhood is built on the principal of small yards and big public spaces.

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  13. Love backyard homestead! Have you heard of the Dervaes family? http://urbanhomestead.org/
    They have done amazing things on a quarter acre! So inspirational

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  14. The Survival Mom sounds like a great read. I have heard a lot of great things about that book.

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  15. I have to check out The Backyard Homestead, looks great!

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  16. I should get started on my crocheted Christmas gifts! I might actually have them done on time if I start now!

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  17. My sister in law makes me knitted washcloths and sponges every Christmas! They are so nice!

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  18. I love the idea of homesteading and living off the land and I can read forever about it. I hope you get a good garden going. We have a very small one and I love the fresh tomatoes.

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  19. I am currently reading GIRLBOSS... It takes me forever to read a book. It's just not how I like to spend my time, but I'm trying to do it more.

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  20. My dad gardened on a 1/4 acre while I grew up and he had LOTS of food :) I loved eating the green beans off the plant. I know you will have enough washcloths for the holidays, and I'm impressed you're starting so early...I need to do something like that.

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  21. The backyard homestead sounds amazing! I am going to have to pick that one up soon!

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  22. Reading is absolutely one of my favorite pastimes. I'm adding these to my summer list. I'm currently reading Big Magic by Liz Gilbert now.

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  23. Those books sound really interesting! I will have to check them out.

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  24. I've never had a hand knitted dish rag before, now that would be a nice gift to receive. I haven't read any books lately either. I need to add a few to my Kindle.

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  25. I read anything and everything I can get my hands on, no matter what the season. I've never knitted much, but I do fancy a little crochet once in a while. My mother in law tats, and makes gorgeous doilies.

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  26. Honestly, even just the title of this post makes me want to relax. I love apocalyptic books too, I'll have to take a look at these.

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