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!