Wednesday, February 22, 2017

knitting and reading

After my little planning retreat this past weekend, I feel a little more on track with my knitting.  I think that getting my head around what I want to accomplish in the next few months, as well as what my family is going to be doing is the main reason I needed that planning retreat.  But, it had the added benefit of freeing up mind space so I could sit down and knit without feeling guilty about not getting the *other stuff* done.


I really only just started this cowl.  I purchased the yarn last year because I just loved the white and tan together.  It looks so pretty in the skein!  However, I could not figure out what to knit to make the beautiful yarn shine.  I finally searched ravelry for the exact type of yarn that I had, and found this pretty honey cowl.  It is super simple, which is what I need right now, but also I think it will be a nice knit to have.


Both Emma and Jack have asked if I am knitting it for them.  Emma because she thinks she needs a new cowl, and Jack because he keeps getting snow on his face when he goes outside.  I told them both I was knitting it for me, but I have a feeling we will be sharing it.

My reading is two-fold.  First, I am looking at seed catalogs.

After the 3 feet of snow we got last week, and now the 50 degree temperatures this week, I am thinking spring.  And spring means gardening in my world.  I am definitely excited to get out there and start working.  Granted we have an awful lot of snow, and even with the warm temperatures we are having this week I don’t expect it to be going away anytime soon (it is February after all!), but I am in the dreaming and planning stages now – heavy on the dreaming.

I am actually thinking about trying to grow hops this year.  I think it would be fun for Matt use some homegrown hops in his beer brewing, and attempting to grow something completely out of the ordinary will be fun and challenging for me as well.  I’m not really sure how they will do, but I am excited to do some more research on it.


And finally an old book, Affluenza (there is a new version out now, but the one I linked is the book I have).  I actually bought this book maybe 10 or 12 years ago.  I have read it, and I remember it was kind of at the beginning of my journey to follow a different path – less stuff, more homesteading, more homemaking.  It is really a very enlightening book, but one I haven’t read in a decade, and one I have been thinking about more recently.

When I was talking about slowing down a couple weeks ago, I realized that it is so easy for me to be caught up in the *stuff* of this western life I live in.  There is so much, it is so easy to get, and it is fun.  I like stuff just as much as the next person, but there comes a point when it is no longer fun, and I think I reached that point more recently after a time of slowly letting that original purpose of a different path slip.

I can’t really speak to many of the specifics of the book because I am just starting it again, but from what I remember it is quite good.  Some much more liberal ideas than I typically have, and I definitely gloss over some of the ideas, but overall, a good book that I am looking forward to digging into again.


What fun thing are you working on this week?  Any new books on the horizon?

32 comments:

  1. Oh, love this stitch! So easy to knit and such a striking result! I used it for the cardigan border and it is such a great alternative to classic ribbing.

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    1. I have never used this stitch before, but I already like how easy it is. And I seem to move a little bit faster through the rounds - which is always a good thing for me!

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  2. I can 100% relate to knitting items for myself. It most definitely will end up being shared, or taken over, by one of the kids. The honey cowl looks like the perfect choice for your yarn. Does looking through seed catalogs not count as reading? Happens to be one of my favorite things to do to make it through those cold January and February days.

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  3. I started looking at seed catalogs too in this warm February weather! It's never too soon. I'm also intrigued by "Affluenza"; never heard of it, will have to check it out!

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  4. That's beautiful yarn! I bet everybody will want a pretty honey cowl!

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  5. Good for you in slowing down and being mindful of that goal. Your knitting is fabulous - I need to get back into it soon! I miss it!

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  6. The colour of the yarn you've picked is beautiful! And I'm already reading seed catalogs and everything about the garden yet it's meant to be terribly stormy this weekend, sigh! x

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  7. That yarn is super pretty! it is going to make a great cowl. I have been reading more lately and really been enjoying it.

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  8. Yes. That yarn is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished project.

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  9. Yes. That yarn is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished project.

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  10. I wanna be a knitter but I can't find the time. I think I wouldn't be good at it as I am an impatient person.

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  11. I would love to learn to knit! Not too many fun things going on here. I am working on some things behind the scenes of the blog, which are not fun. :-/

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  12. I would love to learn how to knit! And I would love to have some time to read a good book! I don't get that luxury anymore after having 2 kids. Lol!

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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  13. I love to knit and read, can't wait to see your finished cowl. Knitting is the only time I consider audio books so I can do both at the same time.

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  14. I don't knit but love other crafty things. It is a great way for me to relive stress and relax!

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  15. I tried to learn how to knit a few years ago and I was just horrible! I so wish i had the patience to really master it!

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  16. Good luck with the cowl, your yarn is just gorgeous!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  17. I never really learned how to knit but it looks like a great way to relax. I need to learn one of these days!

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  18. Oh I love the stitch you are using here! The yarn is a nice color too!

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  19. I've read affluenza, it's a great book and documentary. Seriously been thinking a lot about the sheer amount of stuff we own in today's society. It's crippling.

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  20. I swear I wish I had the patience to knit. Fun thing on the horizon this week for me will be trying a new Ramen spot in town, going to see a fun scary movie and going to a Hollywood movie themed event!

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  21. It sounds like you had a good weekend and the cowl is pretty! I wish I could knit. I've tried a couple of times and never finish up.

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  22. isn't this weather bizarre? I swear we will be bundled up in a week. Yesterday was a high of 72! I love your cowl and how they are asking if it's for them, so sweet.

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  23. Sounds like a great weekend! I can't knit for the life of me, kudos to you!

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  24. I don't knit or read...but really want to start enjoying both. This sounds like a great way to take some me time.

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  25. I want to learn how to knit but I am a very hands on/visual person so I need someone to actually show me in person.

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  26. I learned how to knit when I was a little girl from my grandma. I loved learning from her and now I make a knitted baby blanket for all my kids.

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  27. Reading I have done way more than knitting. I did try to knit once, though. It wasn't nearly as good as what you have done. I am more of a crochet person.

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  28. That sure sounds like a lot of fun. I wish I knew how to knit!

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  29. I have never learned how to knit. My 13 year old niece is amazing at it though. My mom keeps wanting to teach me but I don't really think I have the patience for it

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  30. good for you! for realizing you need to slow down and actually doing something about it. and I love that you read an old book! we watch movies more than once why not read a book more than once

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  31. That cowl is lovely! Not only the yarn, but the stitching is yummy too 😊 One of these days I'll learn how to be crafty!

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