Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's not all about knitting, is it? - Yarn Along

Little T won't really model for me.  So, these pics will have to do.

So, I'm not sure when this blog became all about knitting, but it looks like that's all I talk about these days.  I haven't even mentioned homeschooling in a long while, but believe me, I've been thinking about education more and more these days.  I just haven't written anything about it.  It would seem that I spend all my spare time knitting.  Wait. What spare time? I fill in all the nooks and crannies of my life with reading and knitting and that translates to a minute here or there, but somehow, I've learned over the years that I can do a lot in the space of just a few minutes.  I don't need a lot of dedicated time to knitting or reading.  Any spare minute, I pick up my knitting and knit a round or even just a few stitches and amazingly, I'm starting to finish things quickly. I've learned that there's power in just a few minutes. I cast on for this on Saturday night and I bound off today. I guess it doesn't hurt that this little capped sleeve shirt is knit top-down all in one piece! It's knit in Liberty Wool and the crazy colors remind me of the Pacific Northwest.  Something about it reminds me of the totem poles I've seen in British Columbia.

Anyway, as I was saying, I've been pondering education a lot lately. I think about it while I'm knitting. Somehow, knitting frees my mind for contemplative thought.  I guess I'm late to the debate, but I just downloaded The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  I started reading it yesterday amidst other titles like Cinderella Ate My Daughter.  The latter title piqued my interest due to the fact that I detest much of contemporary girl culture. I don't like the Disney Princesses empire.  So much of all that pink plastic stuff is just so kitschy to me.  This book explores post-feminist girl culture and there's lot to think about here.  I'm nearly a third in on that one and I'll be reviewing it on Goodreads when I'm finished. I'm also reading this to Luke. Life's busier than ever so we usually only get about two nights a week for read alouds before bed these days, but I'm really enjoying this novel quite a bit. Luke still enjoys when we can snuggle in my bed while I read to him.  Last night, I read to him for about a half hour while he knit a hat on his loom.  I told him that I find that I listen better when I can keep my hands busy and my needles keep my hands both busy and happy. 

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Mike Oscar Hotel said...

I love that Luke knows how to knit. Maybe he can teach my boys some day soon!

Meredith said...

Adorable top for Tess, she's adorable! Did you use the Magic Loop method prescribed? I haven't tried it yet.