Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back to Knitting and Reading

Knitting is an amazing hobby that I found my way back to right before I had Emma, and since that time I have been knitting pretty regularly.  Well, until this past year!

One of my goals for the year was to create two pieces each month, one was supposed to be a knit item, and the other could be anything from coloring in a coloring book to writing (which I do a lot of, this is a blog after all).  I started out OK and finished a couple of items, and then goodness life took over and I never found the time to knit.  I think this is the longest stretch I have gone without knitting. 


Emma came to me the other day and wanted to knit a scarf for her cousin out of some yarn she found in my yarn stash, so we sat down to start working on that, and I realized that I missed knitting.  If it is something I miss doing then I need to make the time to do it. 

We all have the same 168 hours in our week, it is how we decide to use those hours that sets us apart.


One thing that I have realized is that I need something that is going to keep my interest, but not too difficult that when I get interrupted I am unable to keep at it.  I’m not entirely sure what I want to knit right now, but Christmas is coming, and if I hope to have anything made by December, I know I need to start now – actually I should have started in July, but we won’t think about that now!  I know that I need to also pick up some new yarn, so I think that a trip to the yarn store is in my future.  But, in the meantime, I will use what I have, and I think I might try another cowl, I could use one for the fall.

Reading, well, reading has picked up quite a bit since the beginning of the year, which is always good for me – especially with my goal of reading 100 books this year.  Right now I am two books behind schedule according to Goodreads so I need to step it up a bit.


I just downloaded a bunch of books on my kindle yesterday, one of which is As a Man Thinketh which my husband mentioned he had heard on a podcast with Tim Ferris and Shay Carl, and then yesterday when I was looking through the Best Kindle Freebies post on SimpleHomeschool, that book was listed.  I figured that meant that I should read it.  I haven’t started it yet, but am excited to start it today.

The other book that I am slowly making my way through is LeadershipEducation.  It is a book that I have heard mentioned from so many people over the past few years, but have never taken the time to read it.  I am really interested in the phases of learning, and how to create an environment that my kids are easily able to find their passions.  It is really interesting, and if you are interested in learning more about the phases of learning and how to grow great leaders, I would definitely recommend it.

Have you moved away from a hobby that you love because you can’t find the time?

21 comments:

  1. I have done that before - I get all excited about knitting and then I get lost in work and 10 months later I remember that I loved knitting. Same thing happened for using my sewing machine... but I still have hope to get back to that soon!

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  2. I don't read as often ad I use to. It' hard with school, blogging adn life. I try to fit it in where i can.

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  3. Yes. I love to paint and I haven't done it in years. Space and time. I love to read and that is my passion now.

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  4. My sister-in-law tried to teach me how to knit years ago but I never got the hang of it. I was all thumbs. Your knitting is beautiful

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  5. I crochet and I feel the same way. I think I have three unfinished projects going right now. I just never have time to sit and do it!

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  6. I used to do needlepoint and I miss it badly. You are right, if it's something we miss, then we need to find the time to do it.

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  7. I need to start knitting again. It's a great de stressor for me and I love making gifts for people!

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  8. My daughter taught herself to know from YouTube videos and it's something I'd like to learn to. Maybe she can teach me now ;-)

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  9. Knitting is one of the things that I wish I had the patience to learn! I think it's really awesome though. Reading on the other hand is a hobby that will always be close to my heart.

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  10. I have never tried knitting but every time I travel I see a few women doing it as they wait in the airport and it always looks so relaxing!

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  11. My grandma loves knitting and sewing. She made them her bread and butter.

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  12. I wish I had more time to read but I barely have time to keep up with everything else in life. A few minutes here and there is all I get for now!

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  13. I love your goal to read 100 books this year. I might be behind for 2016 but it's going on my 2017 list.

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  14. My grandma did crochet and my oldest has started to knit!! I love when I get time to enjoy a hobby of mine.

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  15. I absolutely love knitting! I used to only crochet, but now I do both. I love being able to make special things for my kids or cozy scarves in the Fall!

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  16. I've tried so hard to be a knitted but I just can't seem to get into it. I do love to ready but have done far less since having kids. I need to get back to it.

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  17. Ahhhhh I really need to read more! I love reading so much but work always takes over my free time!

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  18. This is a great reminder! I really love reading too and find that it easily falls to the side when I have other commitments. But it's important to remember just how relaxing these hobbies and passions are so we've got to make time for them!

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  19. My mom loves to knit when she has the time. She makes some really beautiful things for my nieces.

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  20. I've always wanted to learn how to knit and I am an avid reader when I have the time to do so. These are some awesome hobbies to pick up.

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  21. I really need to get back to reading more like I used to. Now that the kids are back in school I may be able to read a little more.

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