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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

movin' right along


Well, I have to say that my neck is feeling much better.  Thank you for all the wonderful thoughts last week.  I am not sure what the heck I did to it.  And, it is still sore, but I can at least move around a bit, which is definitely a help with two littles and a house to run :-)  Not to mention little baby chicks to take care of as well!


I have made a bit of progress on the back of Emma's sweater dress.  I am doing garter stitch for most of the length of the back.  I will eventually start my decreases, and then move into stockinette stitch for the bodice.  At least that is my plan, we will see how it goes.  I am happy with any progress at this point, since last week there were approximately 4 rows done :-)  When I was thinking about posting for this week's yarn along, I thought of the above song and figured I would put it in here to encourage anyone else who seems to take an exorbitant amount of time to knit anything!


In the book department, I am still reading Wendell Berry.  I am definitely enjoying it, but I am also savoring it, and thinking about the timing of his essays.  It is really interesting to see what he has written years ago, and then look at today and say "why didn't anyone pay attention?!"  Or maybe that is just me.


I am also reading Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front.  I started reading this a couple years ago, and I really enjoyed it, but put it down for one reason or another.  Now, I feel the need to read it again.  It is about moving toward a lower energy future.  I think this is incredibly important for every person to think about at this point in time.  When this book was written, it was just the beginning of housing crisis, the recession, the high oil and gas prices.  To imagine that there was so much information available, and yet we still are in such a rough patch as a country. I try not to be too political here, but at some point we really need to wake up and see what is right in front of us.  To me, that is a lower energy future.  More dependence on our neighbors instead of our government.  More self-sufficiency.  I definitely recommend it!

I am looking forward to everyone's posts on what they are knitting and reading today!  If you want to see more, please visit the yarn along :-)

13 comments:

  1. I love WB, just read the same book and had the exact same thought! Wonder what our world would look like now if people had paid attention!

    Have a great yarn along day.

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  2. I love sweater dresses, can't wait to see how this one will turn out! i think you got a good plan, lots of garter stitch sounds perfect to me ;-)

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  3. i like the sound of those books. Wendell Berry is not an author you hear much about in Australia, but I'm certainly keen to find some of his books to read. Did see him on a short interview and liked what I saw and heard.

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  4. I love the color of the sweater dress! I have a few patterns for my daughter picked out but as we're moving into spring summer I'm loathe to start one for fear she'll grow and it won't fit this fall!

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    1. I am making this dress sleeveless with tie pieces to stay on the shoulders. Also making it long, so that when fall comes along and she is taller, I can still use it as a sweater over a long sleeve shirt and pants :)

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  5. Glad you're feeling better. Hope your full recovery is soon. Is the dress knitted flat or are you knitting it in the round? (I see circulars, but it looks flat - at least from this perspective.)

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    1. Yes it is knit flat. I just happen to like these particular needles :-) Plus, it is a little harder for my kids to pull it off the needles when I am using a long circular needle :-)

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  6. Oh, I want to have the time to read Wendell Berry, thanks for reminding me. Also, we just feed ours the annoying chick feed, and the once they're grown, we switch over to the organic surf. Once they're a little older, you can supplement with greens...

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  7. Glad to hear you are feeling better! My kiddos would love some little chicks running around...hoping one day...

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  8. So glad you are on the mend and can chase the kids again. Love your project and garter stitch is one of my favorite stitches :)

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  9. Love the song - such a groovy tune for the day. And your sweater looks great! Maybe she'll wear it on her bday?

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  10. I'm with you on how we should make more of our communities. Your book sounds like one to add to my list. Glad your neck is feeling better.

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  11. This book sounds fascinating Heather. One good thing that the recession in the UK has done is to make people much more careful with how they spend their money making them less wasteful and more energy efficient. We are definitely trying to simplify at the moment in all aspects of or life and make do and mend...it's amazing how satisfying it is.

    I've just read the quick bit of the info on the book and it reminds me of an art installation that I made a few years ago after Hurricane Katrina, reflecting on how we affect the environment. I will try and get a copy. Definitely something that interests me...thanks for sharing.

    Oh and hope your neck gets better soon...I hope the knitting isn't making it worse!
    Deb

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