Good news! I have knit back up to the point where I had to rip last week on Rosie's Sibella Babe Pullover. Just a lot of stockinette happening here this week and now I'm onto knitting up the sleeves. I haven't read too far ahead in the pattern but I assume I will add them to the body by knitting them in. Time will tell, I prefer to simply trust the pattern because it helps me not over-think and second-guess my interpretation of the directions.
Closing in on the end of The Magicians, I almost decided to put it away for good but Jesse suggested I finish it out. It slowed way down for a couple chapters and frankly, there is only one actually likable character at this point in the book - everyone else has pretty much degenerated into post-college wealthy hedonists BUT about two pages after I decided to carry on last night, the plot picked up again fast and I am intrigued, as well as hopeful, about where the story and the main character are headed.
In great contrast is my other reading, the third of the Penderwicks series - The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. I love these charming little books and the little Penderwick girls make me think of my girls; sweet, caring, squabbly, busy, bubbly little munchkins. Lyddie and I also finished reading Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith and I have decided to go back to picture books for awhile, or maybe repeat the Winnie-the-Pooh books. My theme for life right now is - slow. down. To stay with a book, a stage, a thought, a project, a recipe, and let it seep and fill and sift and filter. I am applying this to my children as well, with at least three hours of play outside in practically any weather. I can see a difference in their attitudes, their play, their creativity. Outdoors in the big yard and garden has become in my mind, simply an extension of indoors -for myself as well. Now the children sometimes beg to stay outside, especially when they are in the thick of a complex make-believe.
I saw in passing a link to an article recommending that you stop bathing your children daily for their health (though I didn't read the article) and found myself somewhat surprised at the fact that there are people that article would apply to, even though I myself used to bathe Lyddie and even Millie for a short while, daily. My children don't have time to bathe everyday - to do that would mean less outdoor time, earlier dinner (impossible because of daddy's work schedule), or later bedtime (ruled out by mommy!). It made smile to realize I sometimes can't quite remember: was it yesterday or the day before or even the day before that the children had a bath? Certainly a couple times a week, but otherwise it's just a good wash up in the sink and wipe down of the faces. Do you bathe your children every day or night? Not that this applies in any way to the Yarn Along but I love to clump all the areas of my life into Wednesday posts still.
We have been back to watching Gilmore Girls in the evenings while I knit and also a show called "Brain Games" where each episode features a different topic related to the brain - fear, attention, memory, etc. It's really interesting. We also got a new picture book that I am eager to share for its beauty but will have to do it next week because I couldn't find it to add to my photo and heaven forbid I discuss a book not pictured!