Wednesday, January 4, 2017

knitting and reading - yarn along

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It is the first yarn along of the New Year, and I am determined to participate in it this week!  Knitting and reading are two of my favorite things, and they kind of fell off the radar last year.  I was still reading books, but I wasn’t talking about them here very often.  I did not knit nearly as much as I had hoped, and I really want to change that for this year.

In fact, my knitting has kind of fallen off over the past two years.  I think that part of that is because of my littlest one, since she is two and so it makes sense!  It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to knit, it is that I don’t seem to be able to sit – literally sit – in order to knit.

The last yarn along I participated in was way back at the beginning of November.  I had started a hat for Lucy – the same hat I am working on today!  These hats used to take me a day or two to make, now, clearly they take much longer.

knitting and reading yarn along

I would be remiss to mention that I have actually knit this hat 4 times since I started it due to my little Lucy deciding that she loves to use my double pointed needles for other purposes than staying in the stitches for her hat.  Perhaps she doesn’t want a hat?!  I have learned that I must keep my knitting very very high up, and away from anything that might possibly be climbed in order to reach said knitting.

I think that we will be finished soon though, which is perfect because she has taken Jack’s hat as her own, and gets very upset when he wants to wear it outside instead of her.  Not that we are lacking in the knit hat department, but she knows this is going to be for her, and I think she is happy about it. 

As far as reading goes, I am continuing with my yearly goal of reading 100 books (although, since 2013 I think I have only succeeded in that goal one time).  I have finished my first book of the year – Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley.  She makes the simplified planner and also a range of beautiful notebooks as well as other fun paper products.

I love these types of books, especially right at the beginning of a New Year.  They usually give me a fresh perspective, and help me to move towards the balance that I crave.

knitting and reading yarn along

Unfortunately, I didn’t really like this book.  Perhaps my expectations were too high after reading books like Make it Happen, Own Your Life, and The Best Yes over the past couple of years.  I thought that it was a good book, and it was a nice story about how she built her company, but she talked a lot about not comparing yourself to others and the “perfect” life people depict on Instagram while putting a lot of “perfect” life photos throughout the book.  It was a nice read, but maybe I have read too many of these “self-help” type books for me to really be engaged in the topic now?  I’m not sure.  It wasn’t my cup of tea, but there have been a ton of rave reviews for it – which is why I picked it up to read in the first place!

I am very slowly (very slowly) reading Leadership Education.  It is a book that I want to sit down and read completely through, but I need to ruminate on the words and ideas, and I haven’t had as much time to do that lately as I would like.

Also, I have been reading a lot of New Year’s Eve reflections, and ideas and goals about the coming year, which is always fun for me.  I think partly because I love sharing them so much, so it is enjoyable to see what everyone else comes up with.

My hope is that I can share something new each week in the yarn along this year, it is a practice that I miss dearly, especially since I have connected with so many of you over the years!  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is doing for this first yarn along of the New Year!


What are you knitting and reading this week?  

36 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I do not know how to knit, but as far as reading goes... I am reading The Gender Games series by Bella Forrest.

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  2. OH my goodness, the photo with the needles still in the hat is WONDERFUL. What a way to smile through the afternoon! :)

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  3. I used to love knitting, but when I was a lot younger. Now I've completely forgot how todo it which is a shame because I would love to make things now!

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  4. What a cute beanie! I love how it turned out! I've always wanted to learn how to knit but I just don't have the time. :(

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  5. I love the little hat! Hope you get to complete it soon. I usually make the 100 books a year challenge, but I was so low last year that I've dropped it to 75! I hope though that you reach it because that's simply amazing!

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  6. I am a novice crochet'er...but i REALLY want to learn how to knit! I love the not quite done hat on your baby! so adorable!

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  7. She's so cute! :-) I'm trying for 100 books this year too.

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  8. I used to enjoy knitting, but I never find the time anymore. Her hat looks so adorable!

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  9. I want to try something new this year and maybe I should take up knitting!

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  10. I learned to do some tapestry crochet this past year and seem to stay pretty busy selling tapestry afghans... especially for team blankets. Working on a Green Bay blanket now.
    I like you idea of sharing about your knitting and reading together. I've been tempted to do the same but my reading has been sporatic. Maybe it would challenge to get reading. :)

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  11. I learned to do some tapestry crochet this past year and seem to stay pretty busy selling tapestry afghans... especially for team blankets. Working on a Green Bay blanket now.
    I like you idea of sharing about your knitting and reading together. I've been tempted to do the same but my reading has been sporatic. Maybe it would challenge to get reading. :)

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  12. I don't know how to knit, but I do love to read! I just finished the latest Harry Potter book this week. I hope to read 25 books in 2017!

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  13. OMG, I need to get my needles out! My daughter gifted me some handspun yarn and it would make the perfect hat!

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  14. I want to learn to knit. My friend is offering an e course on learning to knit. I need to sign up but I just don't have time.

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  15. I don't knit but I do like to read. I'm hoping to have some more time to read this year than I did last year.

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  16. I have always wanted to learn knitting! It's something that my grandmother did and I was always intrigued by it-you make me want to learn now!

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  17. I have been learning how to crochet lately but I don't know how to knit. But I think it looks just as fun - What a cute hat too!

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  18. Omg how cute is she! I don't know how to knit but everyone who does it looks so nice!

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  19. so glad to see you back in this yarnalong space....the hat is adorable!!! You may have a budding knitting pal, she's so attracted to your needles!!!!

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  20. I would love to learn how to knit. I just don't have the patience. Super cute hat!

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  21. I can crochet but not knit!!! I have always wanted to learn but every time I try I fail miserably!

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  22. I think sometimes some books really resonate and other times, they just....don't. :)

    Or they resonate differently with different people.
    {Can I make a small complaint? I'm a little over the rant against "perfect" IG pictures. I get it, but I love beauty so for me, I love the beautiful IG pictures.} :) So there you have it. Plus, it does me no good to compare either way...by feeling like I fall short or by feeling like I do better than someone else. {Ok...my two cents!} ;)

    Here's to a year of reading and knitting for you...and two-year-old antics!

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  23. OMG, your daughter looks adorable in her hat. I love knitting, it's so relaxing. But I haven't done it in a long time - just no time. I might have to pull my needles and yarn out.

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  24. It can certainly be tricky to find time to knit with young children around, not to mention how tricky it is to keep your projects safe from prying, sticky fingers. :) Keep knitting though - your daughter will be adorable in her new hat!

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  25. I've tried to knot several times and I always get bored because I'm so slow at it. I hate when I don't like a book. I always feel like I've wasted my time.

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  26. Awww that hat looks like it's going to be so cute! You've inspired me...I really want to learn how to knit in the new year!

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  27. What a cute hat! I have always wanted to learn how to knit. I have tried a few times with no luck.

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  28. Naps are a knitter's best friend. So (depending on your kids) are trips to the playground.

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  29. Knitting is very therapeutic, it's a great way to relieve stress and unwind especially if you're been under a lot of pressure lately. I think it's awesome to be able to just knit and make different accessories for your loved ones.

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  30. I've always wanted to learn how to knit but I can never seem to get it right. My mother has been knitting for years and even she hasn't had any luck teaching me.

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  31. Cute hat! I've sort of taken a break from the knitting because my hands were bothering me, but hoping that is over for awhile. I looked at that book - maybe glad I passed it. The best YES is on my pile. Keep talking about the leadership book. I'd like to hear more.

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  32. I would love to learn how to knit one day! I never really took the time out to learn and I know that my girls would love it if I made them some stuff.

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  33. I love knitting too! Especially during the cold season! However I can't concentrate on reading while knitting.... all I'm able to accomplish is to listen to a podcast or audiobook...

    http://stylesprinter.com

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  34. Wow, awesome activities that go along so well. I've done knitting long ago and throughly enjoyed it. It's been a while, though. This is a great reminder to me, to relive the joy :)

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  35. 100 books a year is so ambitious for me, I don't think I could read that many given HOW MUCH I do online and how much I read blogs. That's amazing though, since reading is one of the best pasttimes and I used to read an insane amount of books! xx Adaleta Avdic

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