Their monthly newsletter came out recently and indicated they do this yearly challenge. I'm supposed to pick a target number for the amount of books I'd like to read in 2013. Here's how clueless I am: I said to myself, "Hmmmm. I think I should choose 12 - one book a month. That's a good goal and one that would not really be a stretch." Don't want to set myself up to fail the first time out, right? So I clicked on the link and it brought me to the sign up page where it directed me to put in my goal. Then I noticed in little parentheses under the space, it says, "You read 13 books in 2012." What????? Wow, I should adjust my goal a little higher, right? Then, I said to myself, "Wait, I didn't even know about Goodreads until well into 2012." And I clicked the link that would show me the 13 books I read.... since August. Thirteen books in four months????? That's a book a week, more or less. Who knew? So, guess what my goal is now? 26 books. For some reason I just didn't want to push it. Wonder what that says about me? After writing all this, I may change it, but I just can't imagine putting down 52 books as a goal - that seems like so many books. Yes, I realize it makes sense if I read 13 in four months, but come on, 52 books?!?!? That's crazypants. Right?
And speaking of books, I forgot to show you the books my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas (thanks Anita!):
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac which is a book of 12 classic Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns (one for each month). But the best part about her books are the stories she tells about her life, in and around talking about the patterns. She believed knitting should not be stressful or hard and often talked about knitting as if one could do it lickety split, with no worries at all. One of my favorite quotes from her: "Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands and a slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage." And my really most favorite quote is, "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises."
The Principles of Knitting is an updated, reprinted book that has absolutely everything you want to know about knitting. It's about 3 inches thick. An excellent reference book. Love. It.
On to knitting news:
I'm ready and waiting:
Oh, and speaking of that.... I was at The Spinning Room yesterday and saw my friend who is also knitting the Umaro blanket. Here is mine:
|It's actually about twice the height now which is still not|
very far along...
Finally, a couple of pictures of winter around here:
|If only I knew how to photoshop out those|
|No idea how that's working...|