Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Words and Wool

And now I can show you the secret birthday knitting:

This "Teddy Bear's Picnic" was knitted for John's 3rd birthday. When I was young and my family lived in Uganda I came across this pattern in someone's magazine and knitted it for Christina. In recent years she has mentioned it several times. Well, when I came across the pattern, still in my files(!), I knew I had to make it again for John.

Quite easy knitting really, it's just the sewing up that is time consuming! However, everything was ready in time. And that leaves very, very little on the needles at the moment. I hope to remedy that soon.

I am preparing for the Fall Knit Club at our homeschool group. I'll have to groups each week and I'm really looking forward to it.

As for reading.......

September by Rosamunde Pilcher was begun out of desperation last night. With no mental energy left and not being heavily attached to any of my in-progress books at the moment, I felt it was time to break open the next Rosamunde Pilcher book. She is definitely my current favorite author. :) This book is set in Scotland, so I further comforted myself that it goes along perfectly with the theme I'm meant to be reading about right now anyway!

Winter Holiday (Godine Storyteller) by Arthur Ransome is the current Swallows and Amazons book that the kids and I are listening to. It goes in the car with us and keeps us entertained in the evenings. This adventure takes place in deep winter, as you can probably tell.

Mara, Daughter of the Nile (Puffin Story Books) by Eloise McGraw is the book we are currently reading in history class right now. We are all caught up in the intrigue and on-the-edge-of-your-seat narrative. It takes place in ancient Egypt and involves spying and plotting against the Queen who is in power. We have no clue how the book will end but we can't wait to find out!!

For more ideas on books and knitting, check out Ginny's Yarn Along.

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Catherine said...

What a darling teddy bear picnic set! And thank you for the recommendation for Mara, Daughter of the Nile. We are just finishing up Egypt and will add it to our list! We really enjoyed reading A Place in the Sun together, and Hannah read Maia of Thebes, which might also be of interest to your kids -- both follow children in ancient Egypt.

Christina Wall @ CCKnits said...

Sunday morning I found John on the floor playing so nicely with the set. But he insisted that he is the teddy in the pink and Laura is the teddy in the blue! Too funny!

Thank you for such a lovely gift!

momto5 said...

that is so sweet. how fun is that going to be to play with. :)

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

That is adorable!

I now have plenty of yarn to practice crochet. I found a huge bag of yarn at Goodwill, it was originally $19.99 (which was a good price for all that yarn) but it was Senior Citizen today and being 55 and older... I received a nice discount.

As I told Stephanie, I do not want to go through a learning curve with expensive yarn (although there is some really nice yarn there).

Now I have no excuse. If I were more patient in learning, I could learn to knit some of the beautiful items you do.

I love the way your gifts are beautifully handmade. (I thought of you today when I used the pepper!)

Anonymous said...

Love the teddy bears picnic! but knitting toys is not my thing. September comes after The Shell Seekers, they are stand alone books, but follow some of the same characters. They're my favorites.

HeatherMavis said...

Homemade toys are the best!

Anonymous said...

That is an adorable Teddy Bear's Picnic. I bet it will be loved and played with for a long time.