yarnalong_gsheller_grayIt's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!



This week I've been working on the Christmas socks, reading the new Knit Picks catalog that came in the mail yesterday and reading All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee again.
This magical thing happened this week whereby my youngest son decided that he was going to sleep on his own in his crib so for the first time in nearly two years I'm able to have some quiet time in bed by myself to read a book before going to sleep. I had forgotten how much this time recalibrated my sanity, how it allows me to reconnect with the part of my self that isn't always a mom. It's wonderful to have that back. It was gone for so long that I had forgotten that I had even lost it. What a relief.

So there hasn't been that much knitting this week, so far anyway. It's been all about the canning. You know, my hobby from

my hobbies.



Yesterday I had all the time in the world at my disposal. I could have knitted copious amounts. I could have turned the heel on a sock, or knit halfway through a sleeve or finish the lace pattern on the Dahlia, but no. My desperate urge yesterday was to clean. I organized our bedroom closet, tried to tidy up the kid's room, hung some art in their room, culled my magazine stash, and did a ton of laundry. There was not a whole lot of knitting. There was however a lot of canning and reading in the evening.

I've been on a marmalade kick. This is strange because before now I didn't even like marmalade, but I loved the sunny colors of the finished product so much that I had to try making it. I've done three batches with three different kinds of oranges. I think I finally have the hang of it now with the third batch. The first batch was navel oranges, the second blood oranges and the third cara cara oranges. I have one more batch of blood oranges soaking in the fridge. I might be tempted to do another cara cara orange marmalade. It's my favorite so far, my previous efforts being so loose and syrupy.


 Hope you are all having a productive week. What other hobbies do you have besides knitting? Let me know in the comments and I'll come visit your blog and say hi.

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