Nursery Rhymes and Knitting

by Cynthia

As I sit down to write up this blog post I am completely amazed that we are now into February. Was it not just Christmas? I suddenly feel like I need to hurry up and finish a bunch of my knitting projects before Spring gets here. (Although I do not know why I fret when one considers that it can feel like winter all the up to June here in the Pacific Northwest.)

I just the other night picked up some yarn from my little shop to make Ariella a new sweater. I have really been wanting to make her a tea leaves cardigan but she does not like the idea of even 3/4 sleeves right now so upon browsing Ravelry a few nights back I stumbled upon this sweet little short sleeve sweater. It seems just perfect for Ariella and I find it to be the cutest little cardigan. I think a happy middle ground was found. I am so far really enjoying the easiness of the pattern even if it is written different than how most seamless patterns I have knit are written.

I picked up several books from my local library last week and am pouring over them at night when I should be going to bed. I love flipping through knitting books, even if I never intend to knit any of the patterns found in them. The only book I really have not delved into much is the one you see on top in the photo. It is a heavy subject and I have not had the energy for it just yet.

Before this posts grows too wordy I have to tell you about a children’s book that I am so excited to have found at my local library. In fact I think I love it more than Ariella and Gabriel! I found it at the library last week nestled under a section called “Fairy Tales” and just cannot not stop gazing at the photos in it.

The book is called Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor. This book has the most wonderful little hand sewn pictures to go with each nursery rhyme. They are so whimsical and beautiful with all their amazing details.

As you can see the illustrations are just wonderful. The little dolls in the photos are similar to the Bendy Dolls I made Ariella for Christmas this year. In fact, I browsed the author’s website multiple times for inspiration while I was making those dolls.  Amazon carries this book in hardcover and I have added it to my shopping cart. I just might have to get a copy just for me!

As always, thank you to Ginny for hosting this weekly Yarn Along. I cannot wait to see what everyone else has been up to this week.



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