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Archive for the month “March, 2015”

3 Patterns

I set a goal of “3 Patterns” for the past 6 weeks. It was a bit vague, but I think I really meant it just to spur my creativity and branch out. It could have been read 3 Patterns, write 3 Patterns, knit 3 Patterns, crochet 3 Patterns…just do something with 3 different Patterns!

I met my goal and tried 3 knitting patterns, completed 2, 1 was a success. Smile. I am more about process than results, so I am happy that I did 3 Patterns. Never mind the results!

1. Winter Hat with variegated yarn intarsia pattern.
2. Started the Summit Shawl.
3. Made a very long boa scarf for a 5-year old princesslittle girl..princess.

1. Winter Hat


This is the Neighborhood Fiber DK in Victorian Village and a variegated pink DK that I bought on Etsy from Mothy and The Squid. I also used a gold strand with the Victorian Village outside of the ribbing. What fun colors!

I really need to read other winter hat knitting patterns, because once again, the final product turned out too big…but pretty!

2.  The Summit ShawlMandie Harrington is a genius! She created this beautiful shawl, and as I knit it, I continuously marveled at how brilliant she is to have created this pattern.

summitALT2

I started mine in a fingering yarn, and it was turning out nicely.  However, I decided to use the yarn for something else, so frogged it.  I think that I will use a DK instead of a fingering yarn when I do this pattern again.

Summit Shawl

3. Boa scarf. I was asked by this little princess to make a scarf.

3 Patterns

I used a pink fur yarn, a variegated pink/purple fur yarn, a deep pink strand, and knit in bells at each end!

I think I loved it more than the recipient!  Though she had fun with it too.

 

Procrastination Counts

Procrastination Counts

I am a procrastinator.

I like the process of planning things.

I like the process of doing things; I’m not that interested in the finished product.

I like beginnings but not endings.

I think these innate traits make me a natural procrastinator.

Procrastination Counts

However….

Lately, I’ve been wondering how many times do I need to think about doing something before I’ll actually do it.

Like, empty the dishwasher, take the garbage out, move the papers to the recycle bin (ugh, all cleaning activities!).

Procrastination Counts

Before, the count (of how many times do I…) was a solid 5.

Now, it’s about 3.

The other day, it was actually 1!

Crazy.

February 2015 Reading

Summary: My February 2015 Reading Results were better than January’s, but not where I want to be.

Bottom line: I really need to get to the gym more often.

I station myself on a treadmill, set my kindle on the book rack, and let the book “take me away” while I walk.

Really, if I have a good book I will go to the gym more often and walk as long as possible. As long as possible = Given that my gym is at work, the more I walk the later I will end up working.

The only time this strategy did not work was when I was reading The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.  I had high expectations and did not want to get caught up in the story and then have to drag myself away in the middle.

Books Bought February 2015

TitleAuthor
GangsterlandTod Goldberg
Leaving TimeJodi Picoult
The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins

I had read about Gangsterland in the NY Times Sunday Book Review, and had recommended it to my Temple Book Club. As with The Grifters, again from the NY Times Book Review and a recommendation to my other book club, I just went ahead and read it on my own, without waiting for the others to join me.

February 2015 Reading

I wouldn’t say that I loved Gangsterland, but I would say that I loved certain parts of it…especially when the Rabbis were portrayed irreverently!  Some of my friends say that they choose a temple based on the rabbi, but I have never liked to give the clergy that much distinction.  I choose based on the community because I feel I would spend more time with the other members than with the clergy. (And between you and me, I rarely pay attention to the sermons because I often feel that they are sanctimonious, and I have no patience for that kind of attitude.)

So a story that has an American-Italian mobster impersonating a Rabbi was highly enjoyable!

February 2015 Reading

TitleAuthorRating
GangsterlandTod GoldbergGood
Leaving TimeJodi PicoultFair
The Girl on the TrainPaula HawkinsGood!!!
The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town that Raised ThemAmy DickinsonDid not finish
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the LineMichael GibneyNot interested
Fall of GiantsKen FollettHave not finished

I wasn’t sure if I should put Fall of Giants on the list yet. A friend has lent me the hardcover, and I also borrowed the e-edition when I went away for a weekend.  But I’ve barely cracked it open, and have only read through the family listings before the story begins. BUT…I have heard rave reviews, and it is on the To Read list, so alas, it is included.

Sous Chef is about how a restaurant kitchen operates over the course of 24 hours.  Turns out I wasn’t as interested as I thought! And I was disappointed in Amy Dickinson’s book, and I hate to say that because I love her on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.

As of February reading, I was biding my time to sink my teeth into The Girl on the Train.  It is now March when I’ve finished it, so I will be quite proper (Downton Abbey-speak!) and wait till next month’s post to give you my review. (Sneak Peek: if you are thinking about reading it, do so!)

February 2015 Reading

Since I have so few books on my list this month, I would have to say that the one I recommend most is Gangsterland.  It has interesting perspectives on modern mobsters, religion, and relationships.

 

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