There have been lots of knitting and reading going on in my house this past month. We discovered our (new to us) library a few weeks back and are so thrilled to have it only a couple of blocks from our new home. It is just wonderful! We have been busy frequenting it about once a week.
Ariella is currently in love with Eloise, The Absolutely Essential Edition by Kay Thompson. I, however, am not quite as impressed. It is a cute story and full of fun mischievousness. But it is the mischievous part that I have a bit of a problem with. You see, Ariella has taken quite the liking to this little 6-year-old character and has been acting out various sections of the book that obviously left an impression on her. She has even decided she wants to dress like Eloise. This sometimes cute sometimes not so cute behavior was also scene when Ariella took a liking to the book Fancy Nancy.
I have been busy checking out various books on knitting, cooking, and the like. I have just about finished reading George and Sam by Charlotte Moore. This book is both fascinating and heart wrenching for me to read as it follows the story of one single mother and her three boys, two of which are diagnosed with autism. I have found myself on multiple occasions nodding my head in agreement and crying at the same time while reading her accounts. I must quote what she wrote on page 137: “The powerlessness that results from finding your child in the grip of some torment you don’t understand is horrible.” This is exactly how I felt about this time last year when we were seeing specialist after specialist trying to find out what was troubling our daughter and making our older son so sick. I cannot believe that all those events were a year ago now. They feel like yesterday and yet almost dreamlike too.
My knitting has been both frantic and sporadic. Little bursts of it here and there when I can squeeze it in when no one is looking. Most of my knitting right now will find itself under the Christmas tree so I am sneaking around with my knitting needles whenever I get the chance. (Mostly way too late at night when I should be sleeping!) The bulk of my gift knitting is being done with my hand-dyed and hand-spun yarn which I am quite excited about. Pattern details will follow in future posts….
I can’t wait to read and see what is on your needles and bookshelves this week!