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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

searching for my very warm cowl


Goodness it is chilly here!  When I woke up this morning it was a very warm (ha!) 47 degrees.  Hmmm...that seems a little too cold for me right now.  Especially when I am still picking peppers off my sweet pepper plants!  It is supposed to warm up over the next few days, which I am thankful for, but I don't think it is going to last long.  I do live in Maine after all.  But, this cool weather is making me think about knitting more than ever, and specifically finding a pattern for mittens that will stay on my kids' hands.  Any ideas?


Right now I am still knitting the world's longest scarf.  It is for a lovely tall girl who can pull it off, otherwise I would have stopped by now.  I do love the pattern though, and working with the cotton is definitely refreshing.


I actually love the pattern so much that I started making some little bookmarks with some leftover green yarn that I had.  Green being my favorite color, and this green specifically seems to find its way into my cart at the yarn store more often than not.  I am making the bookmarks as little gifts to have on hand, and also I think for a couple stocking stuffers and small additions to Christmas gifts.  I never thought to knit a bookmark, but considering the amount I read, thought it might be a good idea!  Much better than what I do now, which is to just take the book and lay it face down at my stopping point...hmmm...

Which brings me to reading.  Currently I am going back through the book You Can Do It Too! - 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Story to check out all the very cool links in each chapter.  I did a review of that book here and you can also enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies, so go enter!

I am also reading Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which I won from the blog Penny Lane Writes.  And goodness I was glad to get this book.  I think mainly because I have no idea how to teach my kids to read.  I was a very early reader, and so was my mom, and I have no idea how or why that happened.  What I do know is that I love to read, and I love reading to my kids, but I want them to also love reading.  So any help I can find on the subject is worth looking into!  I have heard a lot of great things about this book, and it seems like it is easy enough to follow, so we shall see!  And don't worry, I am not pushing my kids to read so young, but if it does happen in a happy manner, I will continue to move forward with it.

The last book on my reading list right now is Putting Food By.  I typically use my Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for all of my canning, but I bought this other book at the beginning of the summer, and I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes in there.  It is the beginning of apple season, and since my strawberry plans were a bust this year, I am very hopeful for apples.  Although, the fact that March brought 80-90 degree weather and April brought a frost...I am slightly concerned.

Linking up with Ginny and her yarn along.  What are you all knitting and reading these days?

16 comments:

  1. That canning book looks very interesting! We are freezing here too so a nice warm sweater and a mug of applesauce would be lovely on a Fall day! Love the green, so pretty :)

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  2. I have both of those canning books - they're great! It's not that cold here yet, but it's cooler, thankfully!

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  3. That's a good idea to have gifts ready for when they are needed and bookmarks are perfect as most people need/use them. I think there's a nice seed stitch one in More Knitted Gifts to Knit if you have that book? You could probably work out the pattern from photos if not.

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  4. The scarf looks great, I find it so frustrating to knit with cotton as I seem to split the yarn so often, you scarf makes me want to try again though.

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  5. Knitting bookmarks, that's a great idea to use up leftover yarn and maybe even try a new pattern. The canning books sounds interesting, I'll have to check our library for that one.

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  6. still wishing for a bit of your fall weather here.....90s mid September is not my idea of fall!!! I've used a bunch of rav children's mitt patterns--probably the most versatile one (maybe not a freebee) was Ann Budd's multiple sized pattern that appeared in Interweave Knits years ago (also in her book)--probably the most fun one I knit was a pair that looked like goldfish. Really cute! Good luck. I know you'll be ready when the really cold hits!

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  7. That is an awesome color green! It's one of my favorite colors too. It's gotten a bit chilly here in RI but not as cold as up in Maine. I know it won't be long though before I have to dig out my woolen goodies!

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  8. i really like that green. those will be some fun bookmarks.
    where are you that it is that cold already! esh! lol
    so, i have yet to get my copy so i am not sure how the mittens actually will look or if they stay on hands well, but the new issue of taproot is suppose to have a family mitten pattern.

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    1. Maine, lovely Maine :-) Of course it is 71 now, so that is totally wonderful, but when I get up before the sun it is oh so cold! And I saw on soulemama that there would be a mitten pattern, and went ahead and ordered the magazine. Hoping to get it soon!

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  9. That green is gorgeous-----still vibrant but cozy. Reading--so fun! Wish I could plow through books as fast as you can, but these days it feels like I'm plodding :)

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  10. Knitting looks great! I just borrowed that same reading book from a girlfriend, hoping i can read the intro tonight. Let me know how it goes for you. Xxx

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  11. I'm down in Massachusetts and it was cold here this morning, too. I am a homeschooling mom of five, and I've used the 100 Easy Lessons book--it works, but I like Teach Your Child To Read in 20 Easy Lessons, by Dr. Michael Levin even better The pages aren't cluttered up with the teacher's script, which makes it easier for the child to focus, but it uses the same DISTAR method for teaching reading.

    I like Yankee Knitter's Pattern Mittens for children: http://www.yankeeknitterdesigns.com/patterns.html

    Happy knitting!

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  12. I'm using the "100 Easy Lessons" book with my daughter, and it's going great (4th child I've taught to read using that book). I don't follow every single instruction in the book (I skip some of the repetitive parts), but it seems to work for us.

    I love that green yarn--it's so bright and cheerful! And the scarf looks lovely, too.

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  13. I love that beautiful bright green yarn! The longest scarf in all the world looks like it will be perfect for winter :)

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  14. I also use my ball book. I am visiting family in MI and was so disappointed to find out that the local apple harvest was so poor. Mother Nature proved her authority this year. As a person of high stature, I appreciate a long scarf, but oh they can go on and on!

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  15. I have found Putting Food by to be very useful, and bought my SIL a copy to have her look at me and ask how I knew she had kept her library's copy out so long! That scarf looks good, I love knitting cotton!

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