Wednesday, June 8, 2016

knitting and reading

I will start off with reading this week, because I feel better about what I am reading than what I am knitting.  I just finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to the kids.  They LOVED it. 

I actually read the entire series to the kids when they were babies.  I have mentioned this before, but around the time Emma was 2 months old, I was bored out of my mind with the fairy tale story books.  Instead, I wanted to read books for me, and so I read her all the books I love – Harry Potter, Narnia, Jane Austen, Little House on the Prairie; but, now they are coming around to really enjoy the story, and so we are starting them all again.


I’m not sure how far I will go in the series.  Book 7, The Last Battle, is kind of a shocker at the end (for me at least), and I don’t know if my kids are ready to hear how it eventually turns out.  Not that it is bad (if you haven’t read it, I don’t want to give it away), but perhaps a bit more mature than I want my 8 and 5 year old children to hear.  They may lose interest though.

I am still reading Animal Vegetable Miracle – it is a book to be savored this time around, and I am doing just that.  I love an encouraging book with a story, and Barbara Kingsolver does not disappoint!  I also realized that I did not finish Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup, so I have been trying to read that around school.  Not as successfully as I would like.  That book really makes me want to go through every room in my house, so I can really only read it when I know I have backup with the kids (ie, when Matt is home), because I inevitably grab trash bags and start throwing things away…again. 

My knitting.  Well, after last week, I did sit down to make a list of what I wanted to knit.  The list is way too long, and I need to buy way too much new yarn.  Not that you can ever have too much new yarn – but I am on a bit of a spending freeze after we just put in the garden, and so I need to make do with what I have in my stash currently.  That severely limits what I can do.

One thing that I really wanted to do first was to knit Jack a new hat.  Usually I knit new ones every year, but I didn’t last year, mainly because the one I had knit the previous year still fit him just fine.  But, he has decided that the wool that I use (I have used the same yarn for every hat I knit for him since he was 3 months old) is too itchy for his head.  So I need to find something that is not itchy, but still gives the same warmth of the wool I love.  My mom is allergic to wool (sad, I know), so perhaps he is developing the same allergy (I hope not!).

So while I wait for your lovely suggestions on a good yarn to use for a warm hat, I am finishing up various other projects.  This wristlet is the second of a set I had planned to give my mom for Christmas – so they will be put away for this year instead.  I also am still working on dishcloths.  Those will probably be in every yarn along until Christmas – and then will be picked up again the following March!  I am also considering casting on Emma’s second sock, realizing that if I do not knit it soon, Emma will not have a chance to wear the pair, and instead they will need to be packed away for Lucy.


Yarn suggestions for a boy that thinks wool is scratchy would be lovely!  Are you allergic to wool?

27 comments:

  1. What about merino/cotton blend? Usually it is not scratchy at all! I love wool against my skin!

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  2. How about Cascade 220 superwash? I have knitted with it and I love it. It knits and crochets up very well. :-D

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  3. I agree with the 220 superwash - I think it is much less scratchy than regular wool. My little one is so sensitive to any itch factor that I am also always on a lookout for yarn that gives the look of wool with zero itch. I have to admit I am the same way, but I can tough it out for stuff like cowls and other stuff. Yarn that others say isn't itchy at ALL can drive both of us batty.
    It's so comforting to read that someone else has to make do squeezing yarn out of a tight budget. Not that I wish that on you, exactly but it's nice to know I'm not the only one!
    Also, was just thinking about having my husband start Narnia with our kids. Have you ever seen "Tales of the Kingdom"? You and your family might enjoy those books, especially the first two. It was the bedtime read-aloud he just finished with them and it's so good!

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  4. Doesn't Cascade have a cotton/acrylic blend? I find their yarns to be trustworthy. Sometimes wool does bother me, so I am careful. I find that anything on my neck has to include cashmere.

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  5. OMGosh, I totally forgot about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! I used to love that book! Now I need to get a copy you know :)

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  6. I hear ya about the books. I waited until my eldest was 9 and a half before giving him the pre-read, pre-blocked out harry potter novels. Within a year he'd read them ALL. Loved them and then we binged on all the movies.

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  7. I wish I knew a yarn that was good like wool but not scratchy. It's not terrible, but I certainly wish it was softer, ha.
    Growing up, I had the Narnia books, and I tried reading them a few times, but only go to the fourth or fifth book. I'm not too great at finishing serieses xD

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  8. Love knitting and reading!

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

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  9. what a nice combo both are relaxing. I lvoe reading but knitting i never learned.

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  10. I never knew one could be allergic to wool. I don't know why that didn't cross my mind. Your book list is intriguing. I love Barbara's books. I haven't read this one though.

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  11. I have an entire stash of yarn in my closet, but need to find a home for it? I really miss knitting, bt never seem to find the time anymore....

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  12. I don't knit, I am awful at it. I really admire those who have this skill.

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  13. I have tried to learn to knit many, many times. I wish I could do it. It looks so relaxing to me!

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  14. I am going to have to pick up Unstuffed. I need some serious decluttering inspiration right about now!

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  15. Oh how sweet you read your kids all the HP and Narnia books. I'm hoping to get my middle kid hooked on HP this summer and I really want to read the Narnia series myself. It'd be a great mom/kids book club choice.

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  16. My daughter is very sensitive but not allergic to wool. I usually use a mix of merino and cotton or a mix of merino and alpaca. Also, the tern yarn by Quince & Co is soft enough for her to wear directly against her skin.
    Your projects look pretty!!

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  17. I loved hp series and haven't read the lion witch wardrobe....I should!! My knitting is minimal but my thinking of knitting is maximal! We could be cohorts together :)

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  18. I cannot wait to read the Chronicles of Narnia, Little House on the Prairie, and Anne of Green Gables books with my daughter. I also plan on reading Little Women with her.

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  19. What a relaxing combination! I have always wanted to learn how to knit. My best friend said she'll teach me! I adore reading. It's such a relaxing, yet fun thing to do.

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  20. I wish I knew how to knit. My grandmother was a knitter and tried to teach both my sister and I but it never stuck. I think it would be really relaxing.

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  21. I too am getting tired of the children's books we have and I love that you started reading books for you when your kids were little! I'm going to try that with my 9 month old. I am obsessed with Harry Potter so that's what we'll start out with! haha And when the Cursed Child comes out next month we'll read that together!

    I don't know how to knit but I agree with maybe trying a cotton blend? Wool is itchy for me too.

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  22. I absolutely love the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Any Narnia book really. I'm just a kid at heart!

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  23. I'm still so jealous you can knit and get time to read! I want Ruth's book too, but afraid I won't finish (which is my usual).

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  24. I don't know much about yarn but I definitely will need new hats for my boys next winter. My Mother in Law knits hats for them and they have outgrown wanting characters on theirs and just want plain ones.

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  25. Oh no sorry to hear that your mum is allergic to wool, lets hope your son will be ok with the next hat and is not developing an allergy too. I am on a spending ban too but it is not working out lol!

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  26. Ahhhhh I just love knitting!!!! I really should
    Get back into it. So nice to just sit back and zone out on the yarn!

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  27. I have an entire stash of yarn in my closet and tried to learn to knit years ago. I was horrible at it! lol but I really love and appreciate hand made items!

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