Yarn -Along Mittens

It’s Wednesday. It’s Ginny’s Yarn-Along. It’s my chance to put away my hexagon patchwork and pick up my knitting needles. To be honest, I need a change of scene.

At the weekend, we spent  a day in Bristol. Apart from the museum, the children wanted time browsing at a book shop. We must have spent an hour at least there. I limited them to one book, so they each came away with two! I feel that they are honing their negotiating skills!

I picked up a craft book. Just for Fun: 20 Handmade Projects to Stitch, Knit and Craft . I like the format and that it was targeted to beginners and improvers. I want to use some of these projects to do with the children. In the meantime, one project instantly grabbed me. Mittens that will be half-fingerless gloves. I’ve seen these on Ravelry and put them on my list, but seeing them in the book (holding a cup of coffee) hastily elevated the project to the front of the queue. Too advanced for the children to knit at the moment, so it’s up to me to knit a pair for each of them!

I’ve not settled into a book, since Christmas. Over the holiday, I spent time reading with the children and we are still finishing off a few of the books. Loved the version of A Christmas Carol. Too much for my 4 year old, but the older girls loved it. I’m reading Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat with BL. It is absolutely perfect for her stage. She reads bits to me and I read to her.

I love a book that the children talk and talk about. Moominland is new to us ( – I know, where have we been!).  In the car to Bristol, AJ explained all the characters and the story to us, in a way that showed that it had fired up her imagination and the joy of a good story. After such a rave review, how could I resist slipping it out of her bookshelf and on to my bedside table!

For more knitting tales and novel stories, I’d hop over to Ginny‘s.

6 thoughts on “Yarn -Along Mittens

  • Wednesday 11 January, 2012 at 11:29 am
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    Lovely to catch up with you again and see what you are doing, I’ve been infrequent at blogging lately but getting back to it again.

    I love to do quick mittens, nice and easy especially for children. Am in the process of helping dd with knitting when she has the interest – got her a sewing and knitting book for Christmas which she loves. Great projects for kids.

    Ah the Moomins – have had a few of those here lately, lovely to read. Enjoyed a coy of the Christmas Carol with dd over Christmas – one I was given as a gift when I was 9 years old, great memories.

    love Dawn x

  • Wednesday 11 January, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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    Such a lovely red. They’ll be sure to add a bright spot to cool days!

    Okay, I’ve never heard of Moominland before either. Apparently I must have been in the same remote place that you were 🙂

  • Wednesday 11 January, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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    cheryl my dear friend so good to catch up. ive been thinking of you :: as i just read the lovely cat book all the way thru– and what a delightful read to cherish. i had tears the first time i finished : what a loving sacrifice of the fisherman at christmas time , and the way the author shows the views of humans from the cats perspective !! love love it. thank you again.

    ive had a long break from the blogging and happy to be back into things for now.
    love to you.x
    angela

  • Wednesday 11 January, 2012 at 6:57 pm
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    Who can ever refuse a child who wants a book or two? Fortunately, I had a father who loved books and indulged my children in this area. It’s wonderful that your daughter is knitting!

  • Wednesday 11 January, 2012 at 10:00 pm
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    wow that Gobollino book brought back memories! I can remember reading that a loooong time ago…off to find a copy on Amazon as I know my dd will love it too – thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Thursday 12 January, 2012 at 12:37 am
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    Oh I can hardly wait to see the progress on those mittens!

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