Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yarn Along!

When I thought to do a yarn along post (I miss it every week, or post too late...Wednesday is a work-day for me!) I giggled to realise that we have some pachyderm love going on at the homestead this week.

I just finished "Hannah's Dream" by Diane Hammond, a beautiful story about the love between animals and people, between parents and their children, and between strangers. It is a tale of loneliness, loss, hope, and realising your dreams. The characters are believable and endearing, and Hannah the Elephant is unforgettable. You'll also love Max Biedelman, the cross-dressing, safari-going dame that starts it all off.
I also happen to be knitting an elephant; look here to see what Flo the Elephant will look like when she's done. The photo above shows the shaping of her back and trunk, and her beautiful ears! Don't elephants have the most improbable ears? And those trunks...10 000 muscles, so delicate and dexterous. Those baggy knees! Those soulful eyes! Those precious feet! I've had a thing for elephants ever since primary school. Looks like the love hasn't faded much.

The kids have been enjoying "Amos' Sweater", a knitting-related storybook (!) about a sheep who has had enough of having his wool stolen, and attempts to take back the sweater that his mistress makes from it! This humorous tale was written by Janet Lunn, the author of my favourite childhood novel, "The Root Cellar". Check out your local library!

5 comments:

  1. the elephant looks adorable.... I've been eyeing one on ravelry by ysolda... not quite brave enough yet :)

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  2. I absolutely LOVE that elephant and would like to pre-order one for the April babe, please! Either that- or coach me on how to do it. I'm pretty sure it's too advanced for me, though. Funny timing of this- this morning my kids were singing "I want aaaannn elephant for Christmaaaas" (instead of hippopotamus) While they were supposed to be brushing their teeth..

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  3. Loving the elephants, but laughing at the fact that once again, we have a favorite book in common. I have my copy of The Root Cellar on my bookshelf, patiently waiting until the Little People are old enough for it. One of my childhood faves for sure. And again, you are the only other person I have ever heard mention it!

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  4. Great book ideas both of which I haven't read yet. Can't wait to see your elephant.

    Our miniature schnauzer pup didn't get his ears clipped like our first two dogs. We've learned a lot about animals and unnecessary pain...anyways, when he runs we think of Dumbo. I love Elephant ears (both the real and edible kind)

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  5. oh wow, what a sweet elephant!!!

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