I’m still working away faithfully on my blue Cassis cardigan. I’m pleased to say that I am now on the second sleeve so, with a couple more good knitting sessions, it should be off the needles this week!
That sweater is big and heavy now, so I cast on a little pixie cap for a friend having a baby this winter. It’s much more portable and I’ve been able to knit it up quickly rows at a time. All that’s left is knitting the strap and choosing a charming button. Nothing like an instant gratification project when you’re slogging away on a bigger project!
Much like the big blue sweater, I am still working my way through Tell the Wolves I’m Home. It’s such a great story told from the perspective of a young teen girl, although it’s definitely not YA material. I’m enjoying the challenging questions and complicated relationships within the story as well.
G and I have been reading chapter books for about a year now. Reading out loud together while snuggled up in bed has become a favorite part of my day. We’ve worked our way through some childhood favorites, and have now found our way to Little House in the Big Woods. She thinks it’s hilarious, what with the inflated pig bladder as a ball and the corncob wrapped in cloth for a doll. I think it’s a good opportunity to talk about gratitude and being thankful for all that we have (including indoor plumbing and refrigerators). I skip over the many parts where there’s an animal being butchered or hunted. We’re just not there yet.
There have also been a lot of graphic novels and comic books in our house these past months. This is more the other mother’s territory, but I have found myself enjoying this Mouse Guard book. It is beautifully illustrated, with quite the adventure set in a mysterious and often dangerous animal world. There is some violence, which can be hard to skip over because of the pictures. But it brings up good questions, and I enjoy talking through these things with the G.
What’s on your needles and on your nightstand this week?