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!