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?