knitting and reading

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February was not a very good knitting month for me.  I had grand intentions at the beginning of the month (I always do!) and then ended up with kids who were sick most of the month.  I thought we were in the clear, finally, but then this weekend the littlest among us got sick as well. 

All that to say, I didn’t make much progress on my scarf.  In fact this cute little 3 year old really likes to unravel it.  Even if I think I am making progress, I really am not, so I figured it best to set it aside for a bit since I was getting a wee bit upset about the whole thing!

I do love knitting scarves though, there is something about being able to pick out any random pattern and make it into a scarf which appeals to me, and so I decided to cast on a new scarf. 

Lucy has been wearing some of Emma’s scarves out and about, and I realized they are actually better sized for Lucy now, so I thought I would knit Emma a new scarf.  You may think, a scarf, in March, why bother?  It’s almost Spring!  Ah, not so, at least not in Maine where we are expecting another foot of snow…

I also have this little bolero shrug that I need to finish.  It was a really easy project essentially just knitting a rectangle, and then I have to tack the arm holes together.  It is for Emma for Easter, now I just need to find a dress that will go with it – does anyone do that?  Knit something and then look for the main part of the outfit?

As far as my reading, I had a much better month of reading purely based on the amount of time we all spent cuddled on the couch.  You can see all of my February reads here. 

Currently I am reading a fiction book called The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.  I am about halfway through and enjoying it quite a bit.  A couple of the characters are a little grating on my nerves, but I think that is the purpose of them, and so I am ignoring my feelings and continuing on with the story, hoping that things turn out the way I want them to. 

I started Side Hustle at the beginning of the month, and then pretty much immediately put it down because I needed to be able to concentrate on it, and couldn’t with the kids, so I need to start that again.

The other book on my “to-read” pile right now is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.  I bought this book for my husband a few years ago, and have referred to it several times, but haven’t read it all the way through.  I love anything about habits and routines and rhythms, so I think I will like this, plus it has come up a few times on different podcasts I listen to, so I take that as a sign I ought to sit down and read it.

What are you working on this week?


  1. I read Dear Mr. Knightly a couple of years ago by Katherine Reay and enjoyed it. I have meant to read her other books. This one sounds good. I am adding it to my list.

  2. I like your pretty knits. The patterns are quite interesting.

  3. I definitely knit something and then find or purchase an outfit that goes with it! Beautiful knitting!

  4. I loved all three of those books! The Austen Escape is probably my favorite of the three.

  5. Gorgeous knitting! What yarn are you using for the scarf? I love how it shimmers slightly.
    I really enjoyed The Austen Escape as well! I find Katherine Raey's books to be excellent comfort reading--the literary equivalent of a cup of tea. :)

  6. I love the pattern in the bolero shrug. It looks so pretty, and that colour is great too!


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