On Knitting and Reading


Two of my favorite pastimes are reading and knitting.

Reading is my breathing in.

I feast on theology and spiritual memoirs as I wrestle out my faith. I am swept to another time and place as I sit down with a great work of classic literature or historical fiction. My creativity is awakened and unpacked as I read beautiful words of poetry and prose.

Reading is food for my mind and soul.

Knitting is my breathing out.

My fingers busy creating beauty as my mind wanders from this to that. Sometimes still, sometimes processing, often just working things out. Breathing.

But I too often find myself holding my breath as I  jump from one task to the next.

No time to breathe.

Too much to do.

And my mind grows dull and my fingers still.

No feasting, no creating.

No breathing in. No breathing out.

And then one day, I pick up my favorite circular needles and some gorgeous purple merino wool, and I begin to knit a row here, purl a row there, knitting a sweet little cardigan for a baby girl I hope to someday hold.

No rush to complete, just the need to create.

And I steal away brief moments to get lost in a good book. Finding myself encouraged as I read the words of Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson, and then taking in the sights and sounds of New York City in the early 1900’s as I pick up The Chaperone. And every afternoon, I marvel at how naughty a fairy that Tinker Bell really was as I read the great work of J.M. Barrie aloud to my boys.

I desperately need these little pockets of time each day.

There is this sweet and beautiful blog called Small Things that I love to check in on from time to time. Ginny hosts a weekly link up on Wednesdays called the Yarn Along, a time for her and her readers to share what we are reading and knitting. I wanted to link up with her today to share a bit about my love for reading and knitting, and why I am glad that I am taking the time to do a little bit of both each day.

If you share my love for reading, you can find me over at Goodreads. And if you are a fellow knitter, you can find me on Ravelry.

So, what are some of your favorite pastimes? How do you breathe in and breathe out each day?



Linking up with Ginny today over at Small Things.


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  1. Reading and knitting are two of my favorites. I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately, but it has been months since I picked up my knitting needles. Maybe that will change today.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I’m definitely in a heavy knitting phase now. I think it’s the winter weather. Knitting is just so cozy and relaxing!

  2. the puerpurium is a lovely baby cardi! i just finished my second and blogged about it today!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I love knitting it! There will definitely be more in the future. Next time in a more gender neutral color because my husband is convinced we will only have boys. 🙂

  3. I love the imagery of reading as breathing in and knitting as breathing out. I feel very much the same way, but never quite noticed it until you pointed it out.
    Thank you!

    Gorgeous little knit!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      It’s funny because I didn’t really notice it either until I sat down to write about how much I love doing both and why. That’s why I love to write. It really helps me process things.

  4. Amanda Hodge says:

    I’m like you, I love to read and I love to learn. Reading scripture is a breathing in and a breathing out for me. Reading fiction and nutrition books, and spiritual books is definitely a breathing in. And singing is a breathing out. I love when Will picks up the guitar and I just get cozy on the couch and sing to whatever he is playing. That “breathing out” moment is one that I look forward to everyday 🙂

  5. I’m definitely a big fan of reading too!!! I love dystopian novels, they are my “escape” and true rest. Though writing is a huge outlet too. <3

    LOVE the shirt you are knitting! adorable! great job 🙂

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I have to confess, I wasn’t sure what the “dystopian” genre was exactly so I looked it up and saw The Hunger Games is considered “dystopian” so I guess you could say that I’m a fan of that genre too! 🙂

      • haha sorry! my hubby always uses that word to describe the books I read-as he’s teasing me for reading almost exclusively dystopian novels! lol- There are SO many of them, it really is becoming it’s own genre (if it’s not already?!)

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