Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Words and Wool

It's Wednesday and time for Words and Wool. Of course I can't go far from wedding excitement, so I need to share the wedding knitting all done by my talented sister Christina Wall. These are all original patterns and if we beg hard enough, perhaps she will write them up!

BTW, the honeymooners are not going to be able to go to Ireland at this time but have found a lovely island off the Carolinas to spend the rest of their time away at. We hope they are able to relax and enjoy themselves!!!

So first for the bridal shawl -- isn't it beautiful!!!!! It went so perfectly with the wedding colors!

Christina also knitted three gray bolero sweaters for the flower girls. They were perfect!!!! Don't you love the lace edging?? We added felt flowers as a decoration.

Emily borrowed Christina's cream Garter Leaves Shawl to add extra warmth on the wedding evening.

A view of the back of the baby sweaters:

We also had our last fall "official" meeting of the Homeschool Knit Clubs. One member took my suggestion of a knitted beard for her cousin seriously!!! I LOVED it! I want to make them for my boys:

Another member started and completed a sweater for her dog over the last 6 weeks. She did a great job and I just wish I could have seen it on the dog!

And another member was knitting donuts on the last day of class.

I am continuing on with my Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi in gray. It is adorable!!!

As for reading, I finished several books this past week:

God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah (Living History Library) by Joanne Williamson was something I read aloud to the kids as part of our Ancient History. It is historical fiction, based mostly in Egypt but moving northeast to Palestine and ending with the seige of Jerusalem by Sennacherib. I thought it was well-written and kept our attention. We all enjoyed it.

Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend has been the perfect book for me to read just now. I know I read it years ago but I felt I was reading the information for the first time. It all made so much sense to me, especially taking control for my own emotions and emotional well-being. I hope to skim through it again and take better notes.

The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago by Jacky Hyams is a very readable, informative book about how life was lived in the early part of the 20th century. I feel as though it is a little handbook you would want to keep close if you were writing a novel on the period, just to make sure that you minded your p's and q's and had everyone acting just as would be proper. You will read about dress, food, sports, servant relationships, and many other aspects of daily life.

We are having a week off of school next week and I have a stack of books that I can't wait to dive into -- namely a few by my favorite author Alison Weir and the next installment in the Irish Country Doctor series as well as a new Rosamund Pilcher. I can't wait to tell you how they are!!!

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Donna said...

What beautiful wedding knitting! Everything came out beautiful. Even better that she designed them all herself.

momto5 said...

that bridal shawl is STUNNING. very beautiful.

Tonya Gunn said...

Your knitting is absolutely gorgeous!

flyingjen said...

The flower girl bolero's are beautiful!

tess said...

I am in love with all of the wedding knits - the shawl and little boleros are just wonderful!

HeatherMavis said...

I am glad that something so sensible is also pretty as can be. If I were to "do it again" in cool weather I would have to have something like that shawl. I can't stand for my shoulders and neck to be chilled.
Haven't you noticed that it is sooo hard to find ready made, inexpensive, LONG sleeved dresses for little girls? Women's too. Those shawls and sweaters more than solve that problem. So sweet , so lovely.

Heather said...

I just love those little boleros! So pretty! And perfect for a wedding :-)

Reneelynn said...

I would love it if your sister would write up the pattern for the little girl's bolero's!! All of the pieces were just beautiful! Looks like a wonderful time.