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!)