I am joining in with Ginny for the Wednesday Yarn Along.
I was in a bit of a knitting slump for a month or so. Not by choice really, but because the baby is a crazy man and I can't take my eyes off of him. The pockets for Africa kicked me back into gear. I feel a bit "off" when I don't knit. I can never put my finger on what is wrong, and then I pick up some yarn and needles and I go....."ahhhhh....that's what was wrong". I need to knit. This I have learned.
So this week, I'm a knitting machine. I am cruising along on my summer Clapotis.
I started this last summer after my Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival trip. It was put to the side over and over and now I am determined to finish it before this weekend. I'm headed back to the festival and I will feel less guilty buying MORE yarn if I at least can finish this project first.
I went to the library the other day in search of some old Encyclopedia Brown books for my 8 year old son to read. My husband suggested that I get them for him because we struggle to find books he enjoys. Well, if you have a little boy and you haven't read these in a while, pick some up. They're great. Quick, simple, mysteries, very fun. While I was there, I came across this book. It's called, My Grandmother's Knitting. Have you heard of it? I hadn't and I LOVE it!!!!! The cute sweater on the cover caught my eye, so I brought it home. It's a great book! It has stories written by many knit designers about how they began to knit. Most are about their grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, etc. I love old stories and the history of how people start doing things like quilting and knitting. I have always thought that a lot of who we are is in our blood. It's in our genes and we can't fight it. My maiden name is Sherman. Our family tree has us named as Shearman dating back to England days. I am a mush when I see a sheep. I can't explain it. I want to climb in the pen and cuddle up with a sheep. I always wonder if my ancestors were sheep shearers. I would love to find out some day.
In the back of the book is a pattern by each featured person. It's a really wonderful book and I'm going to put it on my birthday wish list. HINT HINT, kids.
Tonight is our Pre-Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival PowWow!
We are headed down in a few days to enjoy this great festival. We're getting together tonight with pizza, wine, patterns, game plans and yarn. Yes, we are dorks. And happy to be so.
Have a great day and happy knitting