Thursday, June 15, 2006

What I've been doing

Kntting-wise, that is. Putting the sawtooth border on my Pie are Square shawl (from Knitting Around). I really like this border. I like the way it looks, plus after the first couple of teeth you don't even have to think about it anymore.

I really haven't been knitting much lately; I've been catching up on my reading instead. I've reread several Lois Lenski books from my childhood: Strawberry Girl, Judy's Journey, and Cotton in my Sack. I've also read children's books about Florence Nightingale - my heroine as a child - and Marco Polo. I'm currently reading The Coconut Oil Miracle; I know, hokey title, but it's actually a very well researched and written book, as far as I can tell. The author argues his points very logically, which I like; I hate it when authors state something as "evidence" when there's really no evidence there. Sigh. Again, I lament the fact that I have become a crunchy-granola diet type of person.

Another thing I've been doing recently is watching movies. I'm watching the Prisoner - a British TV series from the 60s - and I think I'm about halfway through now. My husband and I also just finished watching the Masterpiece Theatre version of Anna Karenina. Neither of us have read the book, so perhaps it would be better, but we weren't engrossed by the story. We only really liked one of the characters (Constantine), and Anna herself caused all of her own problems so we had no sympathy for her.

I have been somewhat discouraged lately because on all the knitting blogs I read, everyone finishes things so fast! My husband is kind and reminds me that not all of them have a one-year-old to care for and are on a special diet which requires making just about everything from scratch. Very true. I just have to remind myself of it often.

I really want to start a few new projects, but I'm telling myself that I have projects already going that need to be finished up first. Oh, the temptation!


Holly said...

I know just what you mean. I've been working on the same quilt since February. It is hard when there are a number of things that can really only be done (or at least done well) when the baby is asleep. I want to sit down at the sewing machine, but I also want to mop the floor or clean the bathroom or clean out the refrigerator. So many projects, so little time!

janenetindall said...

If it helps, I feel the same exact way when I look at my favorite art blogs. It is encouraging and depressing at the same to see everything they're getting done. I don't know if they have full-time jobs, or are full-time artists, or what, but I still get down. I too have to remind myself of all the different hats I'm wearing. :) Hey - just think of where you were a year ago - you've come so far!