Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Knitting and Reading
After finishing Emmy's vest, I decided to pick up some inexpensive 25% wool/75% acrylic in a worsted weight at our little local yarn shop, to knit her a new hat as she is growing so fast. I also wanted to improve my skills on double pointed needles, knitting in the round. The needles are size 6 and I cast on 64 stitches. The rim is a knit 2, purl 2 with enough to fold up on the bottom and then the rest is just knit.
Have I ever written about our local yarn shop? I don't think so. The owner is one of the most generous, thoughtful people I know. She and her husband are dairy farmers. Their children are grown now. About a year and a half ago they lost their house to a fire. Now they live in a mobile home on their land. Now she rarely shares any of this nor does she share about the pains in her knees that have required surgery, nor the reason why her hands visibly shake, yet she continues to share her love of knitting with others. To each our daughters she has given sweet gifts from her store - asking them if it was their birthday and although their reply was some time in the past, her reply was well happy late birthday. This fall she is giving out yarn to all those that will knit for the families of Vermont that lost all in the floods of hurricane Irene. She is a beautiful example of Christ's love. To strive to be more like Jesus is a daily struggle. To be selfless. To be giving. To be gracious. To be grateful.
I am reading White Fang by Jack London aloud to Isaac and Abby (ages 13 and11). So far it is an exciting read for those interested in adventure in the Alaska wild lands. One of the wonderful parts of homeschooling is to be able to learn and read right alongside our children.
Looking forward to finding out what you are reading and knitting today.