Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Yarn Along: Remembering

Although it is Halloween that is approaching, I've been knitting and reading along the theme of remembrance. In Canada, we commemorate Remembrance Day on November 11. Having recently re-read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society* (which takes place in the Channel Islands during World War II and shortly after the war), I thought I'd search for a Guernsey sweater pattern, and came across this free pattern (don't you love when people share so generously?), and immediately got to work on one for our babe. By the way, you should read the GLaPPPS!*

As you can see, I need to knit sleeve two, and the button band/collar. I love the moss stitch detailing on the yoke. The sleeve turned out a bit skinnier than I like, so I plan to redo it without the decreases.

In our school staff room today we were discussing how we can make Remembrance Day more meaningful for our young students. They just can't relate to the poppies-on-white-crosses imagery. I dug out this book from my collection teaching resources. Too Young To Fight: Memories From Our Youth During World War II. It is a collection of memoirs by Canadian authors (like Janet Lunn, Jean Little, and Roch Carrier) who lived through the war as children. It is an enlightening peek into what those days were like for those who were young enough to be spared the duty of going overseas. 

I've also been reading more Alice Hoffman; Illumination Night was enjoyable, and I started Practical Magic then realised I've read it before! So I stopped. I had a sleepover at my mom's, sans reading material, so I picked up a Nora Roberts novel off her shelf. I will reluctantly admit that I couldn't put it down! Guilty pleasure...it was called The Search if you're curious! :)

Pop by Ginny's blog to share what you're reading and knitting these days!

10 comments:

  1. what a great little sweater!! The yarn is perfect!!

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  2. We also have Rememberance Day on Nov 11, (Im in Australia). My boys are still to young to have it all explained, but we lead by example, by having a day of reflection here at home. We keep our day sombre. My grandfather fought in WWII in Syria and Papua New Guinea, and even though he died just months before I was born, my Mum said he never participated in these types of days, as he wasn't proud of what he did.

    I am going to look for GLaPPPS! It sounds interesting, thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. I love the little sweater. It looks warm and woolie!

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  4. Beautiful sweater! I love your yarn choice.

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  5. Oh your sweater looks wonderful. We have Veterans Day on the 11th to remember all those that have served.
    Hope you are feeling well.

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  6. i love free patterns, i am always so amazed at the magic some people can do with yarn and a few sticks. i can copy but have yet to be able to create my own. :)

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  7. Love the sweater! Tweed is so perfect this time of year. I love the theme of rememberence. That's inspiring.

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  8. Cute little guernsey! I put a free pattern up on my blog today. You might be interested - it's a simple, quick baby/toddler vest. I've been so blessed by other knitters free patterns, I'm always glad to share those I work up.

    http://www.larksongknits.com/2012/10/23/free-babytoddler-vest-pattern/

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  9. Love the little sweater. Thanks for the book recommendations, they look great.

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  10. Oh my! That sweater is darling, Stephanie! I love those top-down patterns. I've knit a different f.pea pattern before(a cardi), also free. Thank you, free pattern providers. Free is so budget friendly.

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