Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Words and Wool

Another week with many and varied wool projects going on! Here is a picture from Sunday afternoon, which was spent at my mom's. The kids were into a game of Clue and I was playing along while getting started on another baby hat.

 Late last week I sewed up this Bunny, modified from the Purlbee's newest free bunny pattern. Then I knitted this adorable Little Kina sweater for the bunny and added a crochet heart pin. After that she was off to a new home on Saturday.

I also crocheted a million more heart pins for the shower I hosted on Saturday. They are so fun, and so fast!!!

Last Thursday our Homeschool Knit Club learned to make crochet flowers. We used a pattern similar to this one. 

Knit Club is always such a fun time! I love seeing everything the girls have made and inspiring them to new ideas.

And here is a picture from school this morning. You can see that the hat has made some progress since Sunday!

Did you see my sister's new crochet cushion for her couch? It inspired me to work on a cushion of mine own, albeit quite different. I took a few extra Japanese flower circles I had and turned them into granny squares. Hopefully in the next week this will become a pillow on my couch!

This cushion made me think that being creative doesn't happen in a vacuum. We all feed off of one another! I wouldn't be one quarter of the knitter I am without the constant inspiration and encouragement (and help!!) of my sister. Nor would I be able to create so many fun things if it wasn't for the inspiration I get from the rest of my family, my friends, the blogs I read, and of course Pinterest! Each of us inspiring others makes for the creation of better and more beautiful things.

And now for know I always have 5 or 10 or 20 going at once. Here are a few from the current stack:

Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley by one of my favorite authors: Alison Weir. Non-fiction and 696 pages, yes, I am in for it! However, Weir is such a good writer and I am interested in the subject matter so it is my current go-to for relaxation.

In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth is Worth's book dealing with the matter of death. Incidentally, Worth died unexpectedly, shortly after finishing this book. It is a must-read if you are on the bandwagon of the PBS show Call the Midwives.

  The Life and Times of Call the Midwife: The Official Companion to Season One 
and Two by Heidi Thomas is a book I can't wait to get from the library! My sister says this book is wonderful, full of good pictures, explanations behind the filming of Call the Midwives, and certainly a book it would be nice to own!

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western  Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman is turning out to be in lines with my reading goals even more than I thought. Herman starts out with the history of the Covenanters in Scotland (a particular interest of mine) and is going to show how much this movement influenced the modern world. This book is also a whopping 452 pages so I think I have my work cut out for me.

The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine by Dave DeWitt is subject matter I am interested in! I've just begun it and so am learning about the food the Pilgrims would have had access to when they first arrived in 1620.

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas by Mary Lou and Robert Heiss is a helpful little guide to enjoying the world's best teas. It makes me realize how little I know about tea and how much I have yet to discover!

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and translated by Burton Raffel is something I've been wanting to read for a long time and now that we are studying Medieval History in school I felt it was time to begin! I am enjoying it so far.

And now I must get back to my chores!!!

Hop over to Ginny's for today's Yarn Along.

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Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

The new season is to start on PBS soon. Since I read the book, I'm looking forward to seeing it even more than I was Season One.

We've been "under the weather", literally. I have some projects to start but I want to redo some of my sewing-crafting-writing room first.

I think I'll get more inclined once we have some warm and sunny days. Love those crochet flowers!

bookworm-Mary said...

I love the crochet flower and heart pin that you made!

Christina Wall @ CCKnits said...

AHHHH! You're reading the Cantebury Tales! I'll never forget the racey bits in that book! I nearly toppled over because I didn't expect them - not in the least bit! Beware!

Love the crochet flower pillow! now I want to make one! Oooo for bright colors!

Mistea said...

Love the cushion you're making.
Enjoy the pretty hat.

Kathy said...

You have some good books in process. I really want to read the Scots one!

Unknown said...

That BUNNY!!!!!!!!