I am breaking a rule I tried to set for myself to keep my life more simple - to read one book at a time. Umm, yeah, I've got three going and one just retrieved from the library today. Opps :) I'm still working my way through Organized Simplicity. I'm attempted what my mom always recommends: take what you can use and leave the rest. She has a lot of good ideas and things to consider. And I want a more simple, peaceful home so it's worth working on.
Next is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in preparation for seeing the last movie. Granted, that might just upset me when I see what changes they've made in making the movie. But I'm really looking forward to seeing it all the same. I'm also in the middle of The Amish Way by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher. It is subtitled "Patient Faith in a Perilous World" which is again something I need to be working on and I'm hoping to get some inspiration from it. The authors go through the various "oddities" of Amish life and culture to make them understandable. It's really interesting, although I think I've picked a lot of it up from reading Beverly Lewis novels. But they do go more into the details of Amish faith and why it has such a visible impact on their lives. Lastly, I just picked up The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers from the library. Because everyone knows, if mama ain't happy... ;-) I'm hoping to get one of the others finished before cracking into it but depends on timing since I have so many library books going at the moment.
And then there's mom's scarf. I'm more than halfway done. I figured that each skein gives me about 14 cables and I've been averaging 2 cables a day. So that means I'll finish in... 2 weeks. :-/ I think I need to step it up a bit. I never understand in people's ravelry notes how they manage to knit whole scarves in a matter of days. For me it tends to be months. I'm thinking my next project needs have more variety in the pattern because if I start right into my dad's scarf I might not ever be able to finish it. Not to say I don't love the pattern and the yarn I'm working with - I do! And I love the recipient and occasion very much too :) I think it's just the tediousness of scarf knitting.
So, what are you knitting and reading?