Wednesday, March 28, 2012

progress!

I am pretty excited!  Why, you ask?  Well, because I have finished the front of Emma's sweater dress.  Yay!  I am so happy that I have something more substantial to share this week knitting wise.  Of course, this makes, what, the 4th week I have been knitting the front of this dress?  The back will be much easier - I hope.  I am planning on using garter stitch so that I can tell the front from the back :-)  Or maybe I will change my mind once I cast on the back.


I am still reading Radical Homemakers.  I have to say that I am enjoying it immensely.  It seems to be what I am striving for, for my own family.  The first half of the book has been all about the history of the home, and at what point people *needed* to leave the home for employment.  It has been incredibly instructional.  There were a lot of things that I hadn't really thought about before, like the women in the colonies being able to source what was locally available, so that they could break away from England without fear of not having some product available to them.  The fact that before the industrial age, everyone was home, everyone had a job to do, and everyone seemed to know what function they had in the family.


I really like the idea of the entire family being home together.  Working together, learning together, living together.  My husband works at home, and I am incredibly happy about that.  But, I do want more.  I would love for us to be able to work around our house, plant vegetables, have animals, and not have to worry about where the next pay check is going to come from.  Wouldn't everyone?  Of course, that doesn't seem quite possible in these days.  With student loans, mortgages, credit card debt, no time to farm the amount of food we need to support ourselves for a year, it seems out of reach.


This story is about the people that have decided to make sacrifices in order to make that life a reality.  They don't have two cars, they use what is available to them.  They don't have their kids in several extra activities out of the home.  It is definitely a book that you need to read slowly (a problem for me).  I have found that reading a bit and then setting it down so that I can think about what I have read has been important.  Making notes along the way of passages I want to revisit.


What else am I reading?  Well, today, the new Sonlight catalog came in the mail, and I am really looking forward to looking through that.  I already know that I am going to be buying the kindergarten program for Emma, and I am anxious to order it.  But, I do love reading through all the books and other information that is available.  Even if you don't homeschool, I think homeschool curriculum catalogs offer some great information!

If you look at my post from yesterday, you can see that I also read What the World Eats.  This was an incredibly emotional book for me to read, and made me reconsider a lot of what we eat, what we take for granted, and what I should be doing to use the food we already have without wasting.  I think that everyone should see this book.  Incredible.

I am joining the yarn along again this week!  I can't wait to see what everyone else is reading and knitting!  And I will be closing comments on the 321 Stop e-book giveaway this afternoon and posting the winner later on today.  If you haven't entered yet, make sure you do!  It is a great book on cutting out all the *stuff* in your life!

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  1. Our knitting and reading have been similar lately. But I haven't gotten my Sonlight catalog yet! Maybe today?

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    1. It's so fun to look at the changes they make! Plus, anything with book lists in it makes me happy :-)

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  2. Heather, the dress front looks great and I am looking forward to seeing the back when you finish.
    I hear what you are saying about not worrying about where the next paycheck is going to come from, it's hard. We make our living from our land, have few bills, live very simply,but I feel it's not the same as 'long ago'.
    Have a lovely yarn along day.

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    1. Long ago...yes...it seems that no matter what we try to do these days, everything is so fast paced. It is hard to keep up. And when I want to take a step back and breathe, it doesn't seem to help :-) Definitely inspired that you make a living from your land! It is definitely a dream of mine (although not necessarily my husband's).

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  3. The dress is moving along so prettily!!! Can't wait to see it modelled! Just added What the World Eats to my list (oh how Amazon loves me on Wednesdays!!!!)

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    1. You won't be disappointed by the book. I think that it is a must read. And since the biggest part of it is pictures, it works out quite well :-) Plus, it was nice to sit down with my 4 year old and show her what others would eat, and why she should be thankful for what we have available to us.

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  4. The dress looks great Heather! I am getting frustrated with the lack of progress on my Elowen shawl so I know how you feel.

    That book looks great. I think that is an ideal a lot of people strive for - to be able to all be home together, grow your food and be more self sustaining. We are far from there and chances are when we do get to that point our daughter will no longer be living at home, but as long as we get there and learn along the way!

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    1. I think it is definitely about the learning. It is hard because I feel like a lot of what my mom knows wasn't really passed onto me. It was all about moving forward. And now anytime I bring up anything garden related, my mom seems to have an answer. I wish I had paid a little more attention growing up...I'm hoping to instill that desire to learn into my babes, and maybe they will be a little better at figuring things out long before they get to my age :-)

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  5. That is a gorgeous dress! Anxious to see the end result!

    That book really sounds like something I would enjoy! I, too, would LOVE to be able to live like you mentioned...farming and such...but am scared to take those first steps since hubby and I have NO CLUE what the first step would even be! :) I would, however, REALLY love to get a few sheep and some alapaca's to help with my yarn obsession! :)


    My husband and I have been going back and forth with our decision on what to do about school for our Emma...who is also going to be going into Kindergarten. I have heard a lot about Sonlight as well as My Father's World and Heart of Dakota!

    Happy Yarn Along!

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    1. Oh, I would love sheep and alpacas as well! Unfortunately not possible where I am currently living, but I am hoping to get some chickens, and have a big garden! Maybe that is the place to start! I have been getting better at putting food up during the summer/fall when it is plentiful, which is nice in the dead of winter.

      I would love to hear if you end up homeschooling for kindergarten, and what you plan to use if you do homeschool. I have heard of My Father's World, but not Heart of Dakota. I really like Sonlight because I think their book selections are great, and also the fact that they have an instructor's guide that I can choose to use or not as I go along :-)

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  6. Your dress looks great! I bet little Miss is very excited to wear it! Is it a birthday gift?

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    1. If I can finish it, yes it will be a birthday gift. I sure hope I finish it before then! And if I finish it early...well it might be an early birthday gift. I have a couple other little misses that I need to make birthday presents for, so I am trying to hurry up!

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  7. Heather the dress is very pretty. I finished 3 prayer shawls on Monday. I am working on a sweater with a similar pattern,but it is a 2 x 2 pattern. I love the color of your dress. Is it going to be a summer dress or winter? What kind of yarn did you use?

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  8. Like the idea of using a different stitch for the back, so you know which way it goes on. My son delights, I think, in wearing everything back to front. Oh to be four. We work from home too, but I agree the next stage would take true dedication to achieve.

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  9. The dress is looking lovely :) I agree, a different stitch is a good idea- but not for you so much as for the little one trying to dress herself (hey my 12 year old is still known to mess it up occasionally ;))
    I love the sound of that book, I admit I often things the same thing that I'd love to do it the way they did 'back then' :)
    Maybe you can win the lottery and afford it ;)

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