A Case of the Tuesday’s – More or Less

A Case of the Tuesday’s – More or Less

It seems that this is going around since the end of 10 on Tuesdays.

I usually plan the previous week what I will post the following week. So, this is what happens when you don’t plan.

I have a case of the Tuesday’s.

However, I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I have not revisited my New Year’s Resolution list so I think it is time for an update.

You can find my original post here and the updates here and here.

Overall I think my resolutions are making a difference in my life.

I know, right?

I am feeling so invigorated by weighing less and moving more! So far I have lost over 30 pounds and I am now very conscious of what I eat and how it is made. Not in a fanatic way, but rather in a more enlightened and realistic way. I am also moving more – and that is something HUGE for me. I am not a lover of exercise, but I am walking and riding the exercise bike. I have not been doing much yoga and I need to change that pattern because the yoga is not only good for my body, it is good for my mind.

Moving the stitching supplies near my desk has not been a success. I am a little disappointed in myself – but only a little. I am still making plenty in my daily life. Do I want to stitch? Yes! So, I need to plan on how that will fit in my life and I need to be realistic that it won’t magically happen this year. I don’t think I can squeeze anything more in (especially if I want to get some things finished for the holidays). Look for this to be revisited in a new and more successful way in 2017.

KonMari is a very good thing, and I think the best thing about it is how it is a continual process. Things that I originally thought I could NEVER get rid of are being revisited. Perhaps, by the end of next year I will be a graduate of the Konmari program! Ha!

Now, to the last and most difficult thing on my resolution list – Gratitude. This continues to be a constant struggle in my life. Am I just an ungrateful person? If I am being completely honest with myself; yes, sometimes… More specifically, I think that it feels awkward to find gratitude in small everyday things. It is not that gratitude is not on my minds – it is part of my daily meditations. Nothing I am currently doing is “sticking” so when I saw this mentioned on Karen’s blog I thought this might be something that could help get me on the path. It has occurred to me that gratitude might not be a solo journey. And, I am kicking this off with Gratitude Week and November will be a month I am immersing myself in the process of gratitude (and since I am going to try to participate in NaBloPoMo again, I will be sure to let you know how it is going!)

I have one final surprising thing to share with you, and it involves a small giveaway as well!

I have long loved Kay and Ann of Mason Dixon fame! I have read their blog for years and I am so thrilled with their new venture! When they announced Stripes some months ago I, of course, ordered one! Now enter that stellar organization – the US Postal Service…suffice it to say that my mail carrier thinks that mail delivery is a contact sport – things often arrive looking as if they were in a soccer game and got kicked around a bit. Thus, arrived my precious little copy of Stripes – battered and bruised. I did not want or ask for a new copy of Stripes. I just wanted to let Ann and Kay know that perhaps a padded mailer was a good idea (especially knowing my mail carrier) and in the future I would be willing to pay more for shipping with one! Imagine my surprise when a new copy arrived last week, including a hand-written note from Ann that might have brought a tear or two to my eye, and I want to pay it forward! If you would like that copy of MDK’s Field Guide No. 1 – Stripes, please leave a comment below and I will announce a winner next Tuesday and send it off to the winner (in a padded mailer! lol)

Thank you, Ann and Kay, I am so grateful to you both for a million and one reasons!

Knitting Anticipation

Knitting Anticipation

There has not been a lot of knitting around here this week. However, there has been a good deal of knitting anticipation.

Like this, and this. Knitting ennui has been vanquished!

But, I hope to have the Honey Cowl done later today. I only have about an inch more to knit, so that is entirely doable!

There has been a good deal of reading though, thanks to Audiobooks and a bit of insomnia.

I finished listening to Clara read Knitlandia and I really enjoyed it in this format!

I began listening to The Girl on the Train, I am not yet sure how I feel about this book as I just began yesterday.

I finished The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum. (I am not reading these in order, which I may come to regret) It was a curious way to write a murder mystery. I won’t say more as to not share any spoilers, but I am not sure I really liked the manner in which the story unfolded.

Last night, I began reading He Who Fears the Wolf by the same author. I think that I will like this book a bit more than Harriet Krohn.

I have not gotten much farther in The Year of Living Danishly as I haven’t had any time to sit down to read during the day at all. I hope to correct that before this week is over. I need to get it finished, because it is due back to the library (always a good incentive to sit down and read!)

Do you have any “must finish” books this week?

Socktacular Success – At Last

Socktacular Success – At Last

After spending the weekend in Knitting Time out (both me and the sock!) I ripped back on Monday and started the process of adding more inches to the Sock of Doom.

I fearfully began the decreases and stopped. There would be NO MORE RIPPING of this sock. I waited for the Large Footed Recipient to get home from work and try it on before I went any farther.

Sock One is done. Now all I need to do is cast on for the second one.

Perhaps a queuing up of the Gilmore Girls on Netflix (which, by the way, I never watched…) will make the second sock less painful than the first.

In the reading department, I have two books in the finished column:

  1. Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes by Per Petterson
  2. The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks

I loved both of them! They were dynamically different but each were fantastic reads. I highly recommend both of them.

I am listening to Clara read Knitlandia to me; I am about halfway through and I am thoroughly enthralled!

I begun The Year of Living Danishly and I also started reading another Karin Fossum novel – The Murder of Harriet Krohn. No thoughts on either yet as I am just a few pages in on both.

However, the reading might have to wait because on my task list for today is to turn these beauties into an oven roasted applesauce.

What’s on your agenda today?

Back to Work Blues

Back to Work Blues

The vacation is over and believe me when I tell you it just went too fast, but more on that later.

Today, I am here to share a bit of knitting and lots of reading.

Sadly, there was little knitting done on vacation, but I did get manage to get through the color work and the short rows on Rock the Lobster! I think I am going to switch things up and do the sleeves next. Yes, I am taking some good advice and getting them done and out of the way!

I am also still knitting these socks. I have about 3 inches to go before toe decreases on sock one.

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However, I have a couple of good Audiobooks queued up – Clara Parkes Knitlandia (which I have already read, but having her read it is something I have been looking forward to!) and Per Petterson Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes. Perhaps, this can help me get my knitting back in gear!

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I also received a book I won from Stephanie of WoolythymeElizabeth Hay Late Nights on Air, which came with a lovely card and tea! Thank you so much Stephanie!! I am eager to read this and then pay it forward.

I did finish two books on vacation – Karin Fossum Don’t Look Back and Jussi Adler-Olsen The Hanging Girl – I loved both of them! Karin Fossum is a new author I discovered and it was a book I could not put down. A quick and easy read that kept me engaged from start to finish. The Hanging Girl is the most recent Department Q novel – Carl Morck’s team has really become a well working unit and the book might be my favorite for that reason.

And, now a pile of work awaits me, but tell me please – what have you finished reading or knitting this week?

As always, linking up with Ginny and her Yarn Along!

Knitting Slogs

Knitting Slogs

slog /släɡ/ verb 1. work hard over a period of time. synonyms: grind, slave, plod, toil

For me, Sleeve Island is the slog of sweater knitting. The slowest part of the entire process (although maybe not for this sweater – it all has been slow going!!)

However, in working the  K1P1 shawl collar on my modified pullover I may have discovered the other slog of knitting. These rows are LONG!

Conversation from last night:

Steve: When will that be done?

Me: I think I need 15 more rows…

Steve: How long will that take?

There’s a confidence booster for you! Haha! Just so it is written down somewhere, my goal is to have this DONE before we leave on vacation.

Perhaps, Inspector Gamache can help!

Teaming up with Ginny and the Yarn Along today where you can find plenty of production on the knitting and reading front!

What is your knitting slog?

Lists, Knitting, and Reading

Lists, Knitting, and Reading

Earlier this week I felt very overwhelmed by my To-do list, but I finally feel like I am getting on top it today! I made raspberry jam again, and will probably be able to pick enough berries to make one more pint. I have had a number of questions about what jam recipe I am using. I am using Nigella Lawson’s recipe that The Spendid Table shared on their site. The first batch I made was really raspberry syrup – it did not set at all. Subsequent batches, I made some changes. I follow the recipe exactly, and after I have combined the sugar into the berries, I add the zest of one lemon and the juice of half a lemon. It is the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, the lemon zest adds a lovely brightness, and the juice is the perfect pectin boost needed for it to become jam.

I also made more peach preserves and roasted a couple of bushels of peppers. I will make some pesto also this week. And, maybe something with all the cherry tomatoes…

My reading this week has been extremely varied – I finished listening to David Sedaris Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. And, I am still reading The Hanging Girl and still enjoying Carl Morck and Department Q! Comedy and Mystery – joys for the opposite sides of your brain! You know, kind of like math and music.

Up next in my ears – Book Two of Inspector Gamache – A Fatal Grace.

I have been plodding along on my Altered Custom Fit sweater – these are some LONG rows and it is not a very portable project. So, it has been relegated to TV knitting when we watch at night.

I have not been knitting much on Triticum but my plan is to get back to this today and try to get the second front done so sleeves can begin. I think this is very doable and it will be the perfect laundry companion!

I also broke down and cast on a new project and got quite a bit done of the yoke. I am about half way through the charts. Thus far, the marriage of handspun yarn with the Briar Rose Fibers yarn is harmonious. This project is reminding me how much I love color work. To me, it is a bit like painting – I feel so inspired while I knit that it is hard to put it down.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

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