I am easing gently into this new year … slowly wrapping my head around the “twenties” being something right now instead of the “roaring twenties” of my grandparents’ generation and thankful the calendar isn’t quite ramped up to full speed – that happens next week and I think I’ll be ready!
Thinking about … reading better in 2020. I spent a few fun hours Wednesday morning going over the book lists my various groups have planned for this year and deciding how I’d read – paper, kindle, audio – and how I’d acquire – own, buy, borrow. I placed a few orders for books, tagged “immediately available” on Overdrive for a few more and decided to wait for the last few (I’m not ready to read them and maybe they’ll go on sale?) My last group – Sarah Bessey’s – published her list late yesterday and I’ve added those to my shelf, too.
I’m committed to buying the books for a few of my groups so I can take my time reading and write in the books to help with the discussions (I think all of that will help me read better 🙂 ) I’m also planning three re-reads (Little Women, Emma and A Wrinkle in Time), not for book groups. Those three titles are all ones I think I might not have appreciated as much as I could when I last read them. and since I really loved Olive Kitteridge when I re-read her, maybe these other books deserve a re-read too. If anyone would like to join me for any of these, please let me know and we can coordinate our reading.
Going through … my yarn stash. When I first moved into this house, my yarn took up over half of the bookcases in my “yarn room”. The room has now become more of a “sewing room” and fabric takes up some room on those shelves, too. and I’m adding books. I need to make room. and the yarn seems the obvious choice. I can free up a good part of shelf if I knit just one sweater. We’ll see.
Inspired by … all your OLW posts announcing your 2020 words and how our community has embraced the power of living and sharing our words. I’ll be sharing mine next week … I’m almost ready!
Fun! Mairlynd (a favorite designer and one I follow on Instagram and Ravelry) announced a #yarnuary2020 challenge on Instagram and I’ve had a good time playing along. She’s since started a @yarnuary account and you can follow that to see the daily prompts and a few highlight reposts from each day. It’s certainly not too late to join, and no one says we have to post all 31 days!
- My grandmothers taught me to knit when I was a teenager. I’ve always loved this photo of the three of us (didn’t happen often – the grandmother perched on the chair is my mom’s mom and she lived in California; the other grandmother lived in Alabama – we were all together for my 1st birthday in Alabama!)
- Yep, I’m knitting a Nightshift Shawl with two balls of Noro. Love the long color repeats and slipped stitches that look cool without a lot of work and the i-cord edges make finishing easy.
- Y’all have seen this chair plenty of times … but rarely from this angle (it did involve moving furniture and experimenting with piles of books to hold the camera/phone … I’m pretty sure that’s why Holly looks so confused.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, warm with friends, family and good food if not with actual weather. Happy Friday!