Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yarn Along

Two of my favourite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Joining Ginny for Yarn Along.
Last week a visit to the yarn shop had me bringing home this:

It was not my choice, but Reece’s. I was looking for a merino wool to start working on a hat for him and he came running up to me with it in his hands, yelling, “This one is perfect mama.” It was not at all what I was looking for, but what could I say, he was so excited and loved it so much. There is just something so special about my three year old excited about yarn and the project I am working on. I suggested it might be a better scarf, and he loved the idea. So, we left the yarn shop with two bundles of his favourite yarn in the shop. He was delighted.
So, on my needles this week is a scarf for Reece.; a very colourful fun scarf, which is now almost ready to be cast off.



And on another set of needles, just something quick and easy, a knitted hair band for Reece to give his favourite cousin on Valentine's Day.


This week I have three books on the go. The first, How Children Fail by John Holt. I have been reading a lot of his work lately as we continue along the path of life learning with Reece. His writings are so inspiring and challenge so many of the “school based” beliefs I have about learning.  This life learning process is as much about unschooling me as it is about facilitating and guiding Reece’s learning.

I am also reading Soap Making The Natural Way. We are getting ready to start making our own soaps, and this book is full of wonderful recipes we will start making as soon as my shipment of melt and pour soap arrives.
And last, but not least, I am slowly making my way through The Chicken Whisper. Yup, we are getting chickens and ducks in the spring so I am soaking up us much information as I can right now.
What are you knitting and reading this week?

21 comments:

  1. i love the lumpy-bumpy texture! :)

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    1. Me too! I actually like it a whole lot more than I thought I would.

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  2. “This one is perfect mama.” how could any mama turn that down..lol They are fun colors and it's making a great textured look!!! Happy knitting!

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    1. You are so right, there was no way to say no :) It is a fun yarn.

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  3. Hi!
    Love that yarn for the scarf! It's pretty. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2012/02/yarn-along.html

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  4. I totally get making kids things in a yarn you might not otherwise choose! I have a little boy who loves the color orange. Like, bright, construction-cone color orange. So last Easter, I made him a vest out of eye-blinding orange. It's too small now, and he STILL tries to wear it. Totally worth it.

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    1. So much fun!!! I can just see your little guy in the bright orange, so cute!! I actually really like how it knit up, and Reece loves it!

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  5. Currently reading Simplicity Parenting: using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids. Looking at that beautiful, colorful yarn makes me wish I could knit:)
    Shamima

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    1. Such a great book, one of my favourites. Anyone can learn to knit Shamima, a couple of needles, some yarn and a book, youtube or a knitting pal is all you need. Go for it, you won't regret it.

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  6. How perfect to knit for a wee one with the yarn he picked out! I love all the colors and think your little man has great taste.
    You are going to love having chicken and ducks; they are so much fun.

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    1. Awe, thanks Tracey.

      I can't wait for the chickens and ducks, going to be so much fun.

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  7. That is some colorful yarn. I can't take Sofia into a yarn store, she want to get everything with such passion! I'm so excited to see how your jump into soap making goes. I want to make soap too, but I'm scared of the lye.

    Chickens and ducks, that should be lots of fun. Though I know you would never eat them, ducks are tasty!

    Little secret, I'm terrified of geese! I was bit by one as a toddler and the fear stuck with me.

    I'm still working on my sweater and still reading page by sentence La Ciociara.

    Have a lovely night!

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    1. It is pretty cool to see Reece run around the yarn store, so much fun!!!! My supplies should be here in the next few days, not using lye, I am doing the melt and pour method - glycerin and oils, and no need to handle lye or have it close to our bodies :) Some don't think of melt and pour as traditional soap making, but it works for us :)

      You know me too well KC won't be eating the ducks, but from what I hear their eggs are delish.

      We actually had geese hissing at us on Sunday when we were hiking, they can be a little nasty that is for sure.

      Can't wait to see you sweater. Enjoy your night too!

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  8. I just had to share... about your reading up on chickens... a story about me reading up on chickens. My Dad brought us a chicken coop and chickens from Michigan to Colorado to help us to get started with our own chickens. The whole time he was helping us set up, I was questioning everything that I had read in books. "shouldn't the roosts be round instead of square?", "are you sure they are going to be warm enough if they only have a chicken wire floor?", and more. My dad assured me that chicken's lived on earth long before humans were "helping them stay warm or roost on a perfectly round roost". He told me again and again, "the chickens haven't read the book". I'm not saying it's not important to educate yourself.... but it was a good reminder for me to not worry about the little things. and just for the record, the round roost that my Dad later added because I wouldn't stop talking about it...... they have never roosted on it! :)

    but good luck in the chicken prepping department. We are prepping around here (and yes, doing some reading) for getting some baby chicks (as my dad brought 'teenagers' and not chicks when he came). :)

    best, Jules

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    1. Haha Jules, I have learned long ago, to never doubt my dad :) Sound like he knew exactly what he was doing. I love when he said "chickens lived on earth long before humans were helping them"...so true.

      I am approaching it the same way I have parenting...read, listen to others and then do what works for us :)

      Looks like we will both be looking after some little chicks, can't wait to share stories.

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    2. I love your approach!!!! :)

      hugs

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  9. I love the image of your little guy getting so excited over yarn.
    Super adorable.

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  10. that scarf yarn is amazing. i think it would equally as grand as i pointy gnome hat. hmmmm

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