knitting and reading

After talking a little bit last week about slowing down as well as the  fear of missing out I realized that I have been putting my knitting on the back-burner for so long.  Not so much my reading, I seem to be able to do that in any setting (thanks to the lovely kindle app, thank you very much).

You would think that knitting would be such an easy thing to incorporate into a slow-living lifestyle, and honestly, it used to be.  For some reason, my knitting has not come to the forefront.

I know that I have been talking about trying to knit more over the past year, but I haven't, and it definitely makes me a little bit sad overall, but I am hoping to change that.


All that to say I have mostly finished Lucy's hat.  I was hoping to have it finished sooner rather than later, especially since we are moving right through February at a pretty quick pace.  Of course, I realized that my ideas of winter leaving early were for naught.  We got over two feet of snow this past weekend, and are expecting another foot today and tomorrow.  I definitely should expect this living in Maine, but even Mainers tend to scoff at the amount of snow we have gotten over the past week and a half (too much!).

I still have to weave in the ends, but for the most part it is usable, and that is the thing that matters.  Now to figure out what my next project will be...maybe something that is quick like dish rags!

As for my reading, that is faring much better.  I have been taking the kids' quiet time as quiet time for myself as well.  Instead of flitting around trying to accomplish as many chores as possible in 90 minutes, I decided to sit down with tea and a book, and it has been marvelous.


My most current read is Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner.  It was just what my soul needed to read this past week as well.  It is about a woman taking time to step back, and that is exactly what I am trying to accomplish.  The book is less about saying the *right* yes and more about taking the time to see what is around you, and making choices that are the best for you and your family - exactly what I am trying to accomplish.

I think that in my quest for slow living I am constantly pushing against the mainstream.  While I like to think of myself as no longer a people-pleaser, I also need to remember that I am a recovering people-pleaser, so I still say yes when I know I shouldn't, and I still want to make sure everyone else around me is happy - sometimes at the expense of my own happiness.

One really interesting part of the book was when the author discussed the difference between many and more.

Many is measurable.  More is immeasurable.  We wanted more.  (How much?)  We needed more.  (How much?)  More is a never-ending immeasurable.  It can't be counted or valued or summed or justified.  More is always, by definition, just ahead at the horizon.  That's why we never stop chasing it.  More is never enough. 

That was definitely a wake up for me.  I think as humans we inherently want more.  That isn't always a bad thing, but in the age of social media and instant everything, it is for me.


I am constantly looking for validation in my decisions, and this book definitely allowed some of that for me.  Saying it is OK to step back a bit, to maybe not try to do all the things, even if they are really fun and exciting.  

I definitely recommend it!

What are you working on this week creatively?  Any fun new books I should put on my reading list?

27 comments:

  1. That hat came out great. I really want to learn to knit someday. I would love to be able to make cute things like that.

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  2. I would love to try knitting. It seems like a calming amd relaxing hobby. Perfect for unwinding after a busy day! It's nice that you're consistent with your reading. I love reading new books, it makes me feel refreshed and excited.

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  3. Love the hat, and Lucy's hair is adorable! (I'm assuming that's Lucy wearing it? :) )
    I totally agree with wanting more. It seems an inevitable part of human nature that we're always trying to suppress! :)

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  4. Her hat came out super cute! I heard Maine got a ton of snow. We've been pretty dry here in Denver and unseasonably warm too.

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  5. That hat is cute and I am jealous of your snow - here in Wisconsin we have none left and didn't get enough - we are running around in thick sweaters instead of coats in February, it just isn't right. I am struggling with this idea of slow/more. Thanks for the book recommendation, hopefully, it will help. As for knitting more try setting 15 minutes aside everyday to do it.

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  6. The hat came out so cute! It's amazing that you're able to knit! I tried in college and kept getting distracted, so my scarf turned out super funky!

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  7. I always wanted to learn to knit. I have never been very good at crafty things though.

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  8. What a cute hat! I want to learn to knit so bad! I just need to grab a how to and get busy.

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  9. Chasing Slow is on my reading list. Like you I am just finding this month is slipping away from me. I've only been reading yoga books recently really.

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  10. The hat turned out so cute! My daughter is a knitter and really good at it. I've always been a crocheter, but it's been years since I made anything.

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  11. This sounds so relaxing. I haven't read a good book in so long. I really need to make some time for it.

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  12. I haven't read properly in a long time and reading your post just gave me the motivation to finally pick up my e-reader. Also, I love that you're into knitting! I wish I could knit.

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  13. I have been looking into starting to learn how to knit lately! It does feel like something that you can relax while doing it, but I feel that for myself it would be more about finishing the piece than the knitting itself so it would probably stress me anyways :') Anyways it is good to do something to relax a bit everyday and to be able to reflect and think. Have a nice day!

    Carlota | TheWandereuse.com

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  14. I need to get my needles out! Life has been so busy that I haven't knit at all. Maybe I need to read that book too.

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  15. You are the second person I have seen post they are reading this! I have to pick it up!

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  16. I think it would be so relaxing. I really want to try out knitting! I love reading it relaxes me but I dont get to do it as often as I'd like to! - jeanine

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  17. I love that you are taking time for yourself! We all need it, and deserve it. If we work ourselves too hard we burn out and the next day is just so much harder.

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  18. I used to knit for a minute, but forgot how to now. I should YouTube it. But - love the idea of this book and just taking a step back. A good reminder...

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  19. I have never knitted before, I'm more of a tech person! But that book looks pretty good, I love finding new books to read

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  20. Lucy's hat looks wonderful. I love that color. I am not a knitter, and I'm not even sure why. My mother and grandmother both knit. I really should learn.

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  21. Awh the hat has turned out so nice! It looks lovely on Lucy! Well done - I've never finished anything that I've started knitting so hats off to you! xx

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  22. That is a cute hat! I don't know how to knit, but I have always admired how others can. I'm afraid I wouldn't have the time or patience to learn, though. ~lol~

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  23. I wish I had the commitment, time and energy for knitting. If you have a lot of time I think reading and knitting could be awesome maybe even an audiobook would be good too!

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  24. That hat (and baby) are ADORABLE!! Great job for taking the time to finish and adding in a book. I rarely make time for myself and recognize how important it is to do so.

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  25. I would love to learn how to knit. There are so many cute things you can do!

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  26. This is the second time in the past week someone has mentioned Chasing Slow! I have to pick it up now. This is such a good reminder to slow down =)

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  27. I wholeheartedly agree! Stepping back and saying no to some things is always a good idea when you are feeling overwhelmed!

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