I have done it! I am officially done knitting my runner – my very short runner! Actually, it is perfect. The shelf that it will eventually be going on top of is only about two feet wide, so it will be just on the top of the shelf, which is what I wanted.
First I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who left comments and sent me e-mails about books I should read. Thank you so much! Of course now I have a very long list that I need to take to the library, but I think that is always a good problem to have.
I am still working on the shawl, I think I am a little more than a third of the way done. The pattern is actually for an adult, and since I am making it for Emma, who is just a little peanut, it won’t need to be nearly as long. It is supposed to be a shrug, so I really only need to make it long enough to be the width of her body after I sew the sleeves together. I think it will be perfect for spring, and plan to give it to her as a birthday present. Since her birthday isn’t until May, I have a bit of time!
I finished The Fringe Hours this week. I really enjoyed it. I am also going through the videos each week with the Bloom Book Club which is equally as good. I like how the author really makes her hobbies and personal time a priority. If we never fill ourselves up, how can we continue to give to others? Overall, very good book! And it continues with my whole theme of self-care and self-reflection this year!
I grabbed the above book, Attempting Elizabeth, off of Kindle unlimited (hey, you get a free 30 day trial!). I don’t think I realized that there is pretty much an entire genre of books about Pride and Prejudice. I mean, I realized it to some extent since I have read other books like Austenland, but I didn’t realize there were so many re-writes. This was a quick read, kind of cheesy, but cute as well. Something easy to read after all the non-fiction I have been reading as of late!
Are you reading anything new? What projects are you working on?
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I am happy to report that the wristlets I was making for Emma are done, yay! And she loves them, deeming them “fashion” and wants to wear them all the time. That definitely makes the knitting so much more gratifying to me. I’m sure there will come a day when handmade by mama is not the most exciting thing in the world.
My plan was to immediately cast on for a cowl for Jack, unfortunately the flu, or some sort of flu-like illness, has taken over my house. Emma had it first, then Jack, and now Matt also has it. So far Lucy and I have seemed to miss it, I’m not that optimistic that I will completely miss it though. My pattern is to stay healthy while everyone else is sick, and then get sick once everyone is better…
But, with the flu comes lots of downtime for reading! I finished reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to the kids last night. I loved it, never reading it myself. Now the kids are begging me to see the movie, so we may be doing that today!
I am almost finished with Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson. Wow, what a great book! I definitely recommend it. I am not one to mark up books, I prefer to keep them looking like new as long as possible (probably why I have so many books from my childhood still!), but this book made me bring out my purple pen. There are so many amazing truths in this book.
My reading has definitely been slower this year, but I think it is because of all the non-fiction I am reading. I haven’t really lost myself in a novel yet, and I don’t have any on the horizon that I feel like I *have* to read right now. So non-fiction it is!
What are you working on this week? Are you on track for your reading goals?
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Yay! I finished the baby hat. Of course the total time it took was not very long, but those little interruptions keep creeping up on me!
We found out last week that we are having a girl! So it will be all purples and pinks from here on out I believe. Well, I will have to balance that with some blue for my boy as well. Emma has already asked me to knit a hat in her favorite pink yarn. I can definitely picture her asking for a lot of matching items. I think I will be moving onto baby leggings next. That will be something I will get a lot of use out of with a fall baby.
As far as reading goes, I saw that my husband had taken this book off the shelf a couple weeks ago. I put it back. I haven’t ever read it before, although started it several times. Then yesterday I saw another blogger mention that she found the book at a yard sale and she was excited to read it.
Well, that got me thinking, I have been looking for a good, positive book to read, and this seems like a good place to start.
I am still reading Pursue the Intentional Life with the Bloom book club. It is really interesting to see what everyone has to say about the book, and I think the discussion is keeping me in the book at this point. I will have to look through some book lists to find some lighter reading soon though. That is before I break into the stack of homeschooling books I will need to go through for the fall. Hmmm…maybe I should look for that light reading sooner rather than later.
What are you working on this week?