Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Yarn Along

I love Yarn Alongs!  Even when all I feel like I have to share is this.  That's my still snarled yarn.  I'm feeling like I'm getting no where and having nothing to show.  But in working on these posts I can figure out that's not really true.  I spent some time with my snarl.  I pressed a couple seams on that poor quilt, I wish I could say I got the top sewn but the boys don't give me enough time for all that.  Maybe next week.  I did not work on my BSJ - I knew it was going to take too much focus with boys around and too much patience for after bedtime.  So that will wait for a little longer.  In the meantime I am breaking my first rule of simplicity knitting and casting on another project.  One of the ladies in my (and mom's) women's group back home lost her house this week in a fire.  Being so far away there isn't much I can do for them besides pray so I dug into my stash and pulled out some pretty wool to make her something pretty. 


I seem to be able to get a lot more reading done than anything else these days.  It's much easier to pick up and put down.  I'm still reading Treasures from the Attic.  Maybe it''s just me (and it has been at least 15 years since I read Anne Frank) but even with her mentions of family you get so caught up in what her experience was that you don't stop to think what it was like for others during that time.  Anne had an aunt and uncle in England, an uncle in France, and an aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandma in Switzerland who were all very close as well as her mother's family who I think remained in Germany.  (The book is from the documents of the Frank family so while her mother's family is certainly mentioned they are not the focus of the book.)  What were they doing during and after the war?  And I hadn't known that Anne's father had started the work of translating and editing her diary for publication before he had even been able to travel to see his family after the war ended and he returned to Holland. 

We also read huge numbers of books with the boys and the on in the picture today is a favorite.  Don't Frighten the Lion! by Margaret Wise Brown, about a little dog who wants to go see the zoo but is not allowed because she would frighten the animals, especially the lion.  Her master  comes up with a plan to take her anyway and with illustrations by H.A.Ray (of Curious George fame) you can imagine what critters there get into mischief and ruin their fun.  It's a super cute book that I am so glad I found on the PaperBackSwap because I have never come across it anywhere else. 

Now I'm off to see what else is going on with the other Yarn Alongers at small things
And maybe I'll even be able to check in on the Stash Bash tomorrow at Crunchy Catholic Momma, since I am working on projects from the stash.  (Just not making much progress, but I suppose I can argue that I'm also working on my enjoyment of "process" over "product" right?) 


6 comments:

Swanski said...

I wish I lived next door. I would unsnarl that yarn in a minute. I am that good! Love the yarns in your photo!!!

Ellen said...

I'm glad too for yarn alongs - I don't have tangled yarn this week, but all I have to share is a book and yarn project that haven't even begun! Oh well.

Love H.A. Rey's illustrations. I'll have to look for that book.

Jen said...

Seems to me, Kate, that you got a lot more done than you thought.

Emily said...

Treasures from the Attic sounds like such a great book.

Kathy said...

Good luck with the tangle -- it looks like a lovely, shimmery yarn. And it's so kind of you to knit something for someone in your knitting group. I'm sure something lovely and handmade will be a comfort during what must be a difficult time.

I always love it when I discover illustrations by someone I love in unexpected places. When I was reading one of the Newberys (I think it was The Wheel on the School) a couple of weeks ago, I was delighted to see that the illustrations were by Maurice Sendak.

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

Good luck with the tangle... you can do it!