05 March 2014

Knitting


I have not been knitting much these past few weeks, after the mad rush to get my Christmas presents and then my mums birthday present knitted up I am having a wee rest.  Only picking up my knitting every now again knitting the odd row, progress is slow but I happy with that for now.   I have two projects on the needles and no urge to cast on any more for now.  My shalom is nearly to the point where I have finished the twisted rib and then I need to do so more measuring to work out how many more rows, if any, I need to do before dividing for the sleeves.  I am liking this type of knitting, not just following the pattern but working with the pattern to divise my own version of it, making it mine.

What I have been doing a lot of this week is reading.  I have finished one book, read two from cover to cover and started a fourth.  I ordered my own copy of Mathematics Minus Fear and finished up reading it early this week, I have loved this book from start to finish, there were lots of maths problems to solve on each page which were great for reminding me how to do things!  I have read a lot about Life after Life by Kate Atkinson and really wanted to read it for myself.  I have loved all the books of hers that I have read, which is most of them, bar one Human Croquet.  Life after Life was a wonderful read, it did take me a while to get into it, but once I had I could not put it down.  It seems like a strange concept for a novel, the life of one person, Ursula Todd, which she lives over and over again from her birth to retirement, but it works.  Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman was a completely different book, tackling the difficult subject of domestic abuse.  I have really struggled to read books of this nature, particularly when children are included, since becoming a mother.  A friend of mine has recently walked away from an abusive marriage, I had no idea that it was.  This has helped me to understand why I didn't know and a bit more on why she may have chosen to stay as long as she did, I have never judged her for this I just needed to understand for myself.  I cried at the end of this book, it has left me with so many thoughts which I am now trying to process.  I am now reading another book, Kith by Jay Griffiths, which I have read lots about, this has been sat in my waiting to be read pile since Christmas and I can't think why I waited so long.  I am a few chapters in and it is a wonderful read.

So what about you what have you been doing this week?  Any knitting or reading?  Joining in with Tami for sharing of yarn works in progress head on over to see what others are making….

10 comments:

  1. I can imagine that you're working in a more leisurely pace, knitting should be a nice thing to do. Enjoy your books!

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  2. Sounds like a lovely way to spend your time!

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  3. ooh thanks for the heads up on the books you have enjoyed - I've added a few to my goodread lists. Thanks Love leanne

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  4. i was debating what book to listen to next……and totally forgot that I had downloaded life after life…..thanks for the reminder!!!

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  5. A little bit of knitting and a little bit of reading here, but never enough time for as much as I'd like. Your book choices sound really interesting.

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  6. Impressive reading list! I loved reading your moments post it was full and enriching, I was just too tired to comment! Xx

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  7. Good luck with the Shalom. I made one last year and it has been my go- to sweater ever since.
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/inharmonymama/shalom-cardigan
    Laura

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  8. I'm really looking forward to seeing your Shalom when it's finished :)

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  9. Glad your enjoying making your shalom. I've made two and neither fit properly (didn't do swatches - naughty naughty!), but it's such a great pattern I'll definitely try another in the future, but like you are doing I'll modify slightly it to make it mine.

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  10. I too have not been getting much knitting done but reading plenty, most notably Few Eggs and No Oranges, which I've blogged about. This picking up and putting down of different activities is just another kind of cycle I find. No doubt we'll both be knitting up a storm again soon :)

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