A Month of Knitting and Reading

I started knitting a Citron shawl and reading Anna Karenina in early February when Phillip and I attended a couples retreat with our church. I had no idea they would both take me 6 weeks to complete, so I feel like I am just coming up for air!

First up, the Citron shawl which I knit using Madelinetosh Lace in Scarlet using a size 6 circular needle.



The pattern only called for 5 sections, but I wanted it to be a little bit bigger so I did the math and added a 6th section. Now that it is finished, I see that I still wouldn’t have minded it to be a bit bigger and probably should have went on to do a 7th section, but I was so tired of those loooooong rows. To complete the ruffle, I had to knit and purl 636 stitches for 12 rows! But I am very pleased with how the shawl turned out and I look forward to wearing it as a light summer wrap with a pretty sleeveless dress or a tank and maxi skirt as soon as I block it to get the curl out of the ruffle. I have never blocked any of my knitting before but I watched this helpful video last night, and they made it look pretty easy.

Onto the reading…I loved Anna Karenina! It was the first time I have read Leo Tolstoy and I am definitely a fan. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the book because I downloaded it (for free) on my Kindle app on my iPhone as well as listened to it (also for free) through Librivox.

I loved the depth of the characters and also the spiritual journey of the character Levin. I also thought that Tolstoy had a lot of accurate insight into motherhood revealed in his characters Dolly and Anna. A movie version came out recently starring Jude Law and Kiera Knightly, so now that I am finished with the book, Phillip and I plan to watch it one night soon. Hopefully it won’t disappoint me as much as the movie Jane Eyre did.

Now that I have finished Anna Karenina, I am starting Bread & Wine by one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist. I am also about halfway through Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori Pickert. If you are bent toward natural, creative learning, unschooling, or the Reggio-Emilia method, I highly recommend this book. It is so good!!!

I have also been reading aloud The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne to Jack and Aidan, and they love it! It is the second chapter book I have read aloud to them, and they are doing such a great job of listening. The first chapter book we read aloud was Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I love that Jack heard the book before he watched the Disney movie, and when he finally watched the movie, he mentioned some of the discrepancies between the movie and the book. That’s my boy!

Jack is such a Peter Pan fan now, that he requested a Peter Pan themed party for his 5th birthday last week. I couldn’t find any Peter Pan party supplies so I had to get a little creative. My boys love to dress up more than anything else, so I made them Peter Pan outfits out of fleece and felt and they were the happiest little boys in the world!


So that’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to lately!

How about you? Are you in the middle of any fun projects or good books?



Linking up with Ginny today over at Small Things.

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  1. Your shawl is so beautiful. all those stitches, no wonder it took so long to make.
    Cute peter pan outfits, my youngest loves dressing up, I will have to show him these.

  2. two posts in one week! I’m a fan. 😉
    OK, so, I think I downloaded Anna Karenina when it was free, too. Now you have whet my appetite.
    The shawl is gorgeous–can’t wait to see how you style it.

  3. Gorgeous! I have a skein on madelinetosh that I’ve been wondering what to do with, but I don’t think it would be enough for the citron…will have to keep my eyes open. Such cute Peter Pans you have!

  4. I have been working on a tunic sweater for myself for a couple months now here and there. Now I’m ready to be done already LOL so I’m knitting every waking moment!!! 🙂 Can’t wait for it to be done. That cape is a lovely color! And how fun, a Peter Pan party!


    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Thanks Steph! I bet a tunic is a big project to take on! I think I am going to knit a couple of quick things for the kiddos and then attempt a tunic or cardi for myself.

  5. the shawl looks lovely. what a great color. 🙂

  6. Beautiful shawl! The Peter Pan party is brilliant! Looks like tons of fun.

  7. checking into your book recommendations!! My knitting is blah!!! I gave up for a bit!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I was blah with knitting for a couple of years and then it rjust clicked one day and now it is one of my favorite creative outlets. Give yourself a little break over spring and summer, and maybe pick it back up when the cool fall weather hits and you can make yourself a scarf! 🙂

  8. This is my first visit to your blog–what a late night, up with a sick kiddo treat. Your shawl is just lovely.

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