Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yarn Along, WIP, Handmade Holiday


Really, this post is all of those things in the title. I am especially excited to be joining sweet Ginny for the Yarn Along posts that she has been doing. (Except for I just realized I may be breaking the rules by posting more than one photo...)

So the girls and I have been reading these Caroline Years books by Maria D. Wilkes. Caroline as in Little House on the Prairie, Laura's Ma. Between our two nearby towns libraries they have the whole series, five books. This is good because it can be so hard to find good books at the library. And also super good because it's almost like having more Laura, we read through those nine Little House books so fast. Chloe reads them all the time still. She just chooses a certain book or certain chapters that she wants to read. And yesterday she was reading Farmer Boy out loud to her daddy :)

We have had these books out on the table a few times lately. Planning some of our holiday baking. It makes us happy to include traditions from Tasha Tudor's cookbook. And I have decided that Baking Bread with Children is one of the very best Waldorf early years books. Full of not just bread baking and love, but so many wonderful stories, songs, blessings too!

If you asked the girls what their favorite picture from the Tasha Tudor cookbook is then they would probably say this one. I sure do love it also.

And now I realize I almost forgot to tell you about my knitting. These are the legwarmers I am knitting for Chessa for Christmas. And they just happen to be a pattern from Ginny. I am using size 8 needles, but for a 6 year old, and will probably do the same for Chloe's but longer. These pink ones are about 12 inches long. I am trying to make them so that they can pull them up above their knees or fold them down below. The first legwarmer has quite a few mistakes, but somewhere along the way I started learning how to fix my mistakes. That is good. Making a mistake in knitting often causes me to panic. I am feeling a little bit better about it now though.

So that's a little start to my handmade holiday making. I hope to have both sets of legwarmers done soon so I can move on to sewing. I have been doing some dress pondering, which then turns into pinafore pondering, and then I think maybe just simple blouses and skirts. Indecisive, and limited in fabric options, but excited to make something...

And now to get some more knitting done...



momma rae said...

love when i see a post from you, sweet friend! those all look like lovely books. i have always wanted to peek at the tasha tudor one. thanks for the heads up on the bread book, too!

so much love all the way to you,

Linda said...

Dear Renee,
Such a beautiful post, thank you so much for the book links, they look lovely.
Happy knitting

Tonya Gunn said...

Hi Renee,
It is always so refreshing to read a post from you - I am going to check out that series for my Abby who has also finished all of the Little House books and would love to read more.
Warm wishes, Tonya

Conny said...

I love your reading choices ~ perhaps free-reading choices for Mama, yeah! Most evenings my 7-yr old son is reading to me ... so I hear a lot about animals, airplanes, and sports, etc.

The leg warmers are turning out wonderfully. Have a great weekend. Cheers~

Unknown said...

I love Tasha Tudors books Renee but I haven't these and they do look adorable. My little ones are bakers, cooks, icecream makers,, they just love to be in the kitchen and have lots of nice goodies to eat. Maybe some day I will need leg warmers :) I am now helping Sasha knit a present for Sania, he's knits quite well but needs to be encouraged to knit.

Sweetness and Light said...

The yarn color is delicious, they will be so cute, and the Tasha Tudor is so great!

Marilyn in NM said...

I love all the Little House books. It's great to see others that enjoy them, too. I love the Tasha Tudor cookbook. I'll definitely have to try and find that one....great pictures.
The leggings are so pretty. I've been knitting for my little girl (she's I also get so much joy from making things she loves and wears!
Great post.
Marilyn in Aztec

Kathryn said...

That is my favorite picture from the Tasha Tudor cookbook, I often have it opened to that and sitting in my cookbook holder for inspiration.
I just recently posted about her too, I do miss looking forward to her next work to be published.