I finished the Plain Vest for Emmy using some stash wool yarn and size 10 needles. I made it a bit longer to go over some wool leggings.
On Saturday I went into town and visited the yarn shop. I hadn't been in for several months, knowing how hard it is to go in and not come out with something. This time the shop worker gave me a copy of the pattern Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos of NeverNotKnitting.com.
This is something I can handle - two needles! I am using a wool blend yarn, coffee beenz from the Plymouth Yarn Company, purchased at said yarn shop - two skeins one in a blue blend and one in a toffee blend. I love that it calls for three buttons and that I can use our handmade branch ones.
Thank you so much for sharing your simple scarf and cowl patterns last week. I found some that will definitely work.
I borrowed these two books from the library.
The first is one I am reading aloud about mid morning to the younger children. This is a new children's chapter book by Erdrich. Of course I was drawn to it because of the beautiful cover but we are enjoying it very much. This is the fourth in the Birchbark House series. We haven't read the first three and it seems just fine to be starting with this one, although, I think I will get the first in the series next. Have you read any of these?
The other book, Almost Home, contains the true stories of six young people as they find their way. Each of them being involved in a Covenant House - a homeless shelter for youth.
In the foreword by Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, there is an excerpt that I would like to share ~
"I've learned that real heroes usually aren't the kind of people you read about in newspapers or see on TV. Real heroes are usually the ones concerned with the least glamorous of things. In fact, I've come to believe strongly that the most heroic or biggest thing we can do in any day is a small act of kindness, decency, or love. What frustrates me is that so often we allow our inability to do the big things to undermine our determination to do the small things, those acts of kindness, decency, and love that in their aggregate over days, weeks, and years make powerful change."
Looking forward to all of the sharing today at the Yarn Along.