Wednesday, January 26, 2011

yarn along and library luck


Once again joining my friend Ginny in her Yarn Along... (though I totally break the rules, sorry Ginny, too many photos, lots of books...) And the only thing I made from yarn this past week was a pink crocheted dish scrubber. A granny square dish scrubber actually. Yes, I love granny squares that much. And you see I am about to make a cheery orange one too.

Lots of excitement at the library yesterday when Jason discovered a wonderful stack of hardcover National Geographic books on the free shelf! We did our best to think of others and left more than half of them behind, still bringing home enough for us to have quite a collection.

Such neat old books with all kinds of wonderfulness to them.

The cover on the right here totally reminds me of our farm friends!

Beautiful hardcovers underneath their pretty paper jackets.

Jason had just chosen a John Muir book in the library and now we have this great book too.

Simpler times. How we long for them!

So really it was a crazy library adventure, cause we brought home 15 of these new/old hardcovers, 28 books checked out of the library, and then realized that our home is literally piled up with books at the moment! Jason is finishing up some house painting and so most of our books have been relocated to various stacks around the house.

Random books piled on and around shelves.

Old paperbacks, all collected used when I was about 20 years old. I am noticing a great lack of fiction in my life these days.

Books even stacked on the nature table, which is actually kinda sad. The table has been empty the past couple weeks, waiting for some kind of seasonal inspiration. I look forward to getting things back in order and making this space special again.

I have also been thinking about doing some posts on children's books. Books, books, books, we love all kinds. But our children's storybooks are especially dear to us. Sometimes I'm surprised at how infrequently I share book love here, since it's such a part of our lives.. So yes, perhaps a little series on that.

I have some sewing creations to share next time, I have been much busier with fabric than with yarn these days.

Happy well wishes to all!



gardenmama said...

Renee, what a fabulous new collection you found! Such gorgeous farming books! and I am impressed with your paperbacks as well, some great authors there! I love the colors you chose for your dishcloths, they certainly are cheerful! Sending lots of love and a big hug xoxo We are having snowstorm after snowstorm here!

Linda said...

Dear Renee
What beautiful treasures you have found, wonderful books! I am looking forward to your blog post about children's books:)
Take care
xo xo

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Oh wow! You have found some wonderful old gems. I love reading through the older books like that :) Such pretty colored wool you are using for your dishcloths to!

Sarah said...

Those look fabulous. I, too, have a book loving family!

Elizabeth said...

How lucky of you to find such wonderful treasures. Books are just so much fun and you have some great ones.

nunu said...

total score at the library! i think the library fairy was thinking of you... :)

Cloudberry said...

Love your book pictures!
And how lucky you were to find all those great books at the library.

Tonya Gunn said...

We found the same set at a book fair:)
I love seeing your piles of books. Libraries and bookstores are my favorite places to visit when I have a moment to relax.

Thinking of you.
Warm wishes,

Tania Leeds said...

Oh please, share your book love with us! Alway a joy to see what others a reading and are family favourites.

Tonya Gunn said...

I just read your note at Plain and Joyful Living... oh my goodness, I did not receive an email from you... I suppose it was lost in the cyber world somewhere. So sorry.
Thinking of all of you,

Catherine said...

What great finds! I LOVE books!!

Mama Ash Grove said...

Renee. . .is that a stack of Little Peppers books? Or is it just a similar cover? We looked at the library and all they had was the first one. So I guess I'll be looking online for used copies of the others!
What a wonderful find- those marvelous National Geographic books!
I love books too- I hope you do a books post 'cause we can always use inspiration. Maybe I'll do one too.
Love to you~ <3

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Looks like your luck was really in at the library. Those National Geographic books are gorgeous.

Jackie said...

We had a similar experience some years ago, when a school library near here (we live in England, btw) let us have all their old books.
You know the sad thought though - they don't want them any more. We were delighted to be blessed by our books, and yours look great, but isn't it sad that they are 'out of fashion' and given away like so much junk?
Still, I'm so happy you gave them a good home!

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

What a find! I love the covers under the dust jackets, I think they look like they'd make neat embroidery patterns.

kyndale said...

What great finds! We love books too and we have the same stacking problem. Sometimes I get everything all cleaned up and in no time, there's more books and then more library books!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes we too love books in our home as well. I LOVE the peak at your collection and finding John Steinbeck amongst your titles :). He is one of my favorites.


Kelly said...

Hi Renee
I noticed 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck in your pile. I love, love that book! We love books here and have way too many if one can really have too many books.
Happy reading to you.
Best wishes

MJ said...

I LOVE the pictures of all the books, they are wonderful finds!! Looking forward to seeing your granny squares :)!
And thank you for stopping by my blog. I love Waldorf and if I had known about it when my kids were younger, I would have followed that path for sure :). I actually purchased a book recently to learn more about it...
Anyway, cheers and happy crocheting!

Jackie said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and explaining about the books!
When books are sold off in the library here (UK) they are being removed from the library - and very sadly these days, precious gems are on the £1 or less pile, and the shelves themselves, inside the library, are full of rather vacant rubbish!
I think your way is far better - people bringing along well loved books for others to get more use from, with the library benefitting from a few $.