~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~Ginny at small things

Yarn-along - March 26, 2014

Yarn-along – March 26, 2014

Good morning! It’s 32 degrees at 0645 … not bad since we had freezing and snow and yuckiness yesterday! I think no one told the State of Virginia that spring sprang last week …

On the knitting front, I’ve got my publication designs blocking and had a blast last weekend down at Spring Gate teaching the ladies not only how to knit but also how to do simple lace and add beads to their knitting. What a wonderful time — I’ll post later this week with pictures of the farm and more details (as well as a free pattern) about the weekend. I’m now working on a colorwork design for next fall and enjoying the process of playing with the colors and charting and playing some more. I’m having so much fun, I see colorwork in my future knitting projects for at least the next few months.

On the reading table, we’ve got some great learning: National Geographic’s wonderful Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World is one of those books I love to leave out (“strewing” Leonie would call it) for the kids to pick up and read snippets of. This one is very well done with amazing photography and easy-to-understand explanations of all kinds of things from soap bubbles to vaccines … from submarines to cell phones. I highly recommend this one for your reference shelf.

Aside from my Lenten reading, I have picked up a fabulous new book by Catholic professor of English (at Providence), Anthony Esolen. Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child is a treatise on how modern society is crippling our children by being over-protective, over-sexed, over-PC, over-anti-religious and just generally ruining what should be the best years of our children’s lives. Esolen, who writes with humor and honesty, marks scary trends in our modern culture … trends that will have serious consequences for our children who are expected to go into the world with creative minds and the ability to think and survive. This book is a wonderful, if somewhat sobering, read.

So what are you reading and knitting? Wanna come play ….sig block

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