Stitching and Reading Update – Week 17 of 2020

It’s Wednesday – hello! We’re also nearly finished with April – how can that be?! It seemed like everyone found themselves struggling to adjust to life in March, but April has been my challenge. It doesn’t help that April is truly the cruelest month, which has made getting outside more difficult. Perhaps May will bring me a bit more normalcy? Or at least adjustment?

Today I’m linking up with Kat at As Kat Knits. She hosts Unraveled Wednesday – a wonderful group of readers and stitchers who share their current reads and projects. If you’re looking for inspiration, Kat’s blog is a great place to start!



I finished The Brave Learner last night! I loved it. It was a great reminder that each child is different and, oh yes, their own human being with their own interests and views of the world!! Finding your child’s motivation is the biggest challenge, but once you earn their trust then things can really start to flow. I love how Bogart focuses on the different kinds of intelligences and puts an emphasis on how many things kids are learning when they’re off doing their own thing, like playing video games and watching movies. Everything is a learning opportunity.

Currently Reading:

I finally switched to the audio version of Anne of Windy Poplars and am making progress – I’m at about 40%. I’m a bit annoyed that big sections of this book are letters to Gilbert, but I’m still enjoying it. Montgomery introduces us to some great characters in every new book, which is so much fun. But I’m a little weirded out by the little neighbor girl, Elizabeth.

I started How We Learn last night. I’m not optimistic about actually finishing it because I have a hard time with science based nonfiction, but I’m going to give it a try.

(Last week I included Raven Black in the “currently reading” category, but that loan expired and the audiobook was returned to the library. I was about halfway through it and am not sure if I’m going to return to it.)


Hey-oh! Progress on the Birkin has been happening! Last week I said that I had about 4.5 inches left until the ribbing, but I misread the directions. As of today, I have about 8 inches left until the ribbing. That’s okay because this is the perfect project to have on the go. It’s no problem to pick it up and knit just one stitch. I’m wondering if I’ll actually finish it by Mother’s Day, which was my original goal? We’ll see where I am in a few weeks!

My scrappy crossroads quilt remains in the quilting phase and under the needle. This thing is a beast – what was I thinking?! It’s heavy and really difficult to push through for quilting. And, like a nut, I’ve decided to quilt diagonally along the crossroads, so it’s an extra weird motion for me. I’m going slow, not getting frustrated, and stopping before I get too upset about anything.

How has your week been going? Are you reading or working on anything exciting? Do you feel yourself settling in to this new world we’re living in? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!


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  1. Glad you’re letting yourself slow down on the quilt, and I LOVE the sweater. Here I am without ANY sewing projects and getting a blog post done seems to have me stymied. Must be because I’m exercising so much! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Exercising will do it! πŸ˜‰ Don’t be too impressed. Knowing that I’m crying nearly every day makes all of this a lot more diagnostic, ha! I hope you’re well!


  2. I think I could talk all day about how we learn and books on learning. It’s so fascinating to me. Perhaps my professor was right and I should have gone for my doctorate in educational research. Oh well, I think that ship has past now 😊. Great books this week!

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  3. You earn a lot of respect from me for reading nonfiction right now — it’s hard enough for me to pay attention to what I’m reading right now, so I need fiction to take me away!

    Your Birkin looks spectacular! You just might meet your original goal at this point because you have only easy knitting left to do.

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    1. I’m definitely a fiction fan for the exact same reason! But I’m still having a hard time concentrating on the stories that I typically love. My husband and I are talking a LOT about continuing homeschool in the summer and fall, so I’m trying to feel as prepared as I can (of course, I’ll never feel prepared for such a thing!).

      Thanks about the Birkin! I love watching it grow!


  4. I really like the colors you chose for your Birkin! Having a “put down and pick up” project is crucial – for me right now it is socks! And, your quilting is fascinating – have a quilt top that I stitched last year that I need to be brave and just put together and begin the quilting!

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    1. Thanks Kat! I love watching your socks grow. It’s been so long since I’ve worked on socks and you’re making me want to pick up a pair.

      I’d love to see your quilt!!


  5. I wish that The Brave Learner had been written when my boys were young. It sounds interesting and informative, and I certainly could have used it. Anne is one of my favorite series and I’ve been “saving” them for pandemic listening. I love your Birkin and your quilt, and your ability to avoid frustration and stop before it happens!

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    1. It’s great to reap some of the benefits of the author’s hard-earned wisdom! I hope you’re loving Anne right now — she’s so wonderful!!

      Thanks for all of your kind words πŸ™‚


  6. Your Birkin is going to be just lovely! I’ve had my eyes on that pattern for a long time — I’m eager to see how yours turns out. You’ve been so busy! πŸ™‚

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  7. oh, Birkin is so pretty! … it’s been on my to-knit list for ages. (I binged through the Shetland books last year and loved them – maybe give Raven Black another chance?)

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