Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Yarn Along...finally!

I'm always knitting. And reading. I haven't yet mastered doing both at the same time (unless it's a pattern I'm reading), but I'm working on it. I'm joining Ginny over at Small Things in her weekly Yarn-Along!

Two books we've been enjoying this week are Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, and Shel Silverstein's Every Thing On It. These wonderful books feature both the writing AND artwork of the authors. My thirteen-year-old niece and I were wrestling over Wonderstruck (well, not literally); we both wept at the beauty and wonder of the story. If you've read The Invention of Hugo Cabret you'll know what I'm talking about. Please, please find these books and read them, then give them to your 10-16-year olds!

I've been reading Shel's amazing poetry to my older kids. They get a lot of the humour because of the accompanying pictures. I have to admit, I wept at the end of this one, too, as it was published post-humously. I have all of his books and have read them to students since I started teaching almost fifteen years ago.

He ends the book with this poem:


When I am gone what will you do?
Who will write and draw for you?
Someone smarter-someone new?
Someone better-maybe YOU!


My kids' eyes just went wide at that one. It's just like Shel Silverstein to pass the torch so graciously like that.


You know I'm obsessed with the Aviatrix these days. I've made four. The two most recent ones are in a lovely yarn sent to me by a blogging friend over at Wild Faerie Caps (along with some amazing crocheted creations for my children); she overdyed it; I believe it's something by Brown Sheep Company. It's beautiful.

The newborn-sized hat has an antique shell button, which looks just right. This will be a donation as a giveaway in my sister's childbirth preparation classes. The six-month size will be a donation to a silent-auction at this year's Artsquest event. I have a list on my kitchen chalkboard of "requests" for more of these little hats, so I'll soon be knitting them without a pattern. I know I've already raved, but what I love about this pattern is that it offers instructions for three different weights of yarn, so it's a great stash-buster (if you knit lots and lots of them!)

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for the book ideas. My teeenage boys are really into reading and sometimes I find it hard to find new and interesting reads.

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  2. I adore your hats, how magically sweet and wonderful colours. Wonderstruck sounds good - I'll look it up at my local library ;-)

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  3. I grew up with Shel and the book in your photo must be (somewhat) more recent, because I'm not familiar with it! Something new to explore - thank you! That is such a darling baby hat!

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  4. The hats are wonderful! And I LOVE that yarn, lucky you! Actually, Middling and I also just overdyed some yarn this past weekend, which fortunately produced a gorgeous colour. Am trying to figure out what to knit with it now.

    Did I tell you that I completed the Aviatrix? Such a fun knit! And I also used it (and will continue to use it) as a stash-busting exercise.

    And Shel's quote made me teary.

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  5. I need to find Wonderstruck,it sounds like something I would love to read!
    Silverstein poetry has been popular around here for years, he is so talented.

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  6. I also don't knit and read at the same time. I take turns... maybe someday it will work when I just do a plain garter stich...
    these caps look absolutely adorable!

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  7. I'm so glad you're enjoying the yarn! It's Top of The Lamb by Brown Sheep. Originally a light grey.

    My step mother made one of those hats for my youngest. She used Lamb's Pride which has mohair so my youngest refuses to wear it. The Imp wore it out grocery shopping a few weeks ago, though. With no hair to poke out from under it he looked a bit goofy. (:

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  8. Shel Silverstein is a classic and especially perfect since Poetry Day is coming up on the 16th we will be pulling out our "Where the side walk ends" book next week!!
    I love those hats oh so much they are just beautiful and the colors are eye catching!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. I, too, grew up with Shel. I remember taking out his books from the library when I was small, over and over again. Now I've got them all but the one above, waiting for my littles to be old enough to appreciate them...soon, I'm thinking. And those little hats are adorable! Might have to give one a try when I finish up the mittens I'm working on.

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  10. I just love that little hat...I hope it is as easy for me as it is for you...I have some down time coming up soon. I am going to visit my mother and will be able to do some knitting so we shall see I downloaded the pattern and have yarn so I am ready to go forth and knit! I will have to ask my daughters if they have read Wonderstruck as they are avid readers and always looking for a good book!

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  11. I used to read to my kids Shel Silverstein while they ate lunch. They love him and I confess that Sick is one of my all time favorites of his poems.

    Love the knitted hats too.

    Have a great day!
    Jennifer

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  12. Aviatrix is addictive. I have a post somewhere on my blog from last year entitiled, "My favorite baby hat knitting pattern" and it's the one! Gemma has had three of them (I would still be making them for her, but she utterly rejects hats with chinstraps or ties these days!)

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  13. The hats are adorable! I have a 2 month old and would love to try one. I LOVE Shel Silverstein....my grandma bought me his books when I was little and I still have the same ones that my kids read. We don't have that one yet...thanks for the recommendation.

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  14. Oooh, I have the book with this pattern, but I didnt realize it came with instructions for different weights of wool...ill have to pull that out to use. I have a stash that needs...um..taming...

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  15. That is one of my favorite hat patterns. Beautiful knitting.

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  16. The hats are cute in that yarn too! I loved Him as a kid I should dig out a book and read it to the kids.

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  17. Oh, I am loving the colour of those hats!! I have lost my knitting mojo lately. I need to get it back quickly, my littlest needs a new hat.

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  18. I love those little hats, they are too gorgeous!

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  19. I've seen that pattern on Ravelry and a few blogs recently. It beautiful and the color of the yarn is like a gem. Lovely. Thanks for the book titles.

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  20. I've seen that pattern on Ravelry and a few blogs recently. It beautiful and the color of the yarn is like a gem. Lovely. Thanks for the book titles.

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  21. Our children love Shel Silverstein as well - They often end up by the toilet:)

    Love your hats - will have to pull that pattern out again.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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  22. I just made some of those little hats too. Such a great and simple pattern! I see several more in my future.

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