March 1, 2017

knitting and reading


Welcome back to another week of the yarnalong!  

This week I am still working on my cowl - and probably will be for quite a while.  I think I have nine more inches to go before it is technically done.  I'm not sure if I want it to be that bulky or not, and I might make it a little smaller.



I am really enjoying the pattern, it is super easy, which is always a good thing when I don't have a lot of dedicated time for concentration on a pattern.  This way, the kids can still interrupt me all the time, and I don't lose my place!

The only issue that I have had is when I joined to knit in the round I must have twisted the stitches, and so now the pattern will not lay flat.  I realized this after I had knit for a couple hours on it, and I was at a crossroads, do I rip it out and start again?



There was a time when I would most definitely have ripped it out, but seeing as it is a cowl, and the fact that I am just starting to get back into knitting, I decided to let it slide.  I don't think it will have a big impact on the final product...I hope!

As far as reading goes, I am still working through Affluenza.  It is as good as I remember it!  

The kids and I just finished up The Lewis and Clark Expedition.  The kids really enjoyed it, but at the end when they talk about how everyone died, including Lewis, well I think Emma said it best "that book has a horrible ending."  It was a tad depressing, but overall it was a great book the kids and I enjoyed.



I also finally purchased Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie.  I don't know why it has taken me so long to purchase this book, but in my quest for slowing down I knew that it was one I needed to add to my book list. 

As of now I am 6 books ahead on my reading goal for the year, which is really exciting!  I am definitely prioritizing reading this year.  When I have a few minutes free, instead of constantly scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or watching another YouTube video, I am pulling out my kindle and reading a few pages.  So far it is working!

How are you practicing self-care this week?

23 comments:

  1. I just signed up for a knitting class....well, actually crochet. I am so excited to FINALLY start learning :)

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  2. I love that you're practicing self-care which is something I always aim to do as a certified health coach. I love just taking some time out during my day and running the diffuser and watching some netflix..I also eat very clean which is also great self-care.

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  3. It sounds like you are making a möbius scarf! I love reading and right now there are 8 books at my house with a bookmark. I need to finish a couple!

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  4. I always wanted to learn knitting, but I never did. I mean, I can't even thread my sewing machine that I got lol I wish I was more crafty

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  5. Unless my mistakes are glaringly obvious, I usually let them slide!

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  6. Ohhh... teaching from rest. It's a gem.
    This week I'm practicing self care by saying no to things I don't absolutely have to do. Plus as many bubble baths as I can squeeze in. :)
    We are learning about Lewis and Clark too! Will have to check out that book. So far we are reading about Seaman/Scannon the dog that went with them, and I would like to check out a few about Sacajawea. Great knitting, also!

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  7. I began to learn how to knit when I was younger and really enjoyed it. Your post definitely inspired me to take that hobby back up.

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  8. I haven't knitted anything in years but I would love to start up again and love that you picked up some "old" books, we are always going with New Bestsellers, nothing wrong with classics

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  9. I want a scarf like that!!! It looks so warm and cozy! I need a good new book to read!

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  10. I'm reading Blessed are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Just got a batch of my dehaired llama/ramboillet wool from the processor and am happily knitting a shawlette. Easy satisfying pattern. Best self care ever.

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  11. I'm 19 weeks pregnant with my first and totally rocking the self-care with the pregnancy card. I'm not slacking my duties, but I am definitely doing things that make me feel good about me!

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  12. Awe it's always such a hard choice... to rip it out and start fresh or not?! lol! I knit, I know the struggle!

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  13. I have not knitted in a long time but will be checking the Lewis Clark book. For me self care wise, even after a long day, I am ensuring that I still get to watch my fave programmes no matter how late it is x

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  14. I always wanted to take up knitting. When I was pregnant my husbands grandmother knitted us a blue and white blanket. It came out so nice.

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  15. I totally want to learn to knit! I am behind on my reading goal...everything seems to have gotten in the way.

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  16. I would love to learn how to knit but I don't have the patience for it. I've been reading a lot though for my self care I love it.

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  17. This sounds like such a great way to relax and destress! I tried learning how to knit but I'm not good at it. I do love reading, though!

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  18. I really do need to take more time to read for myself. I'm constantly reading business and tech books but I miss my mysteries! Also, I have a pair of knitting needles. That sit there and stare at me lol Wish I knew how!

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  19. That pattern for knitting is so pretty, I love it. Your book looks really interesting, too. Happy knitting !

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  20. I really need to learn how to knit. It would be so much fun to make beautiful items like this.

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  21. Such a great idea to grab a book instead of scrolling through social media, I should really take inspiration from you:) and well done on your knitting, I'm just hopeless at it! x

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  22. I'd love to learn to knit. What a beautiful project you are working on.

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  23. I love this so much! I usually knit and watch a movie. I need to try doing it while reading his week!

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