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?