Wednesday, October 28, 2015

yarn along: book wrap-up

My blogging time this week has so far been taken up with Halloween costume creation instead, so it's a quick update for now.  I have been making steady progress on my Hitofude and am now knitting flat again after the ribbed section after the sleeves. 

My other crafting has included finishing up a knit raccoon tail (pictures to come), sewing bird wings (pictured above), and creating hand-stitched felt raccoon and bluebird masks.  A bunny tail and pink bunny tummy is on the docket too.   Can you see the pretty blue of the wings?  I'm feeling a little silly proud of the fact that I looked at a pinterest picture and pretty much replicated and modified them by myself- and in just one evening!  My girl was really awed by them even in their beginning stage which is all that matters to me. I wanted them to be special.  

I finished The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson and for my easy-reading I guess I'm unintentionally alternating between the Big Stone Gap series and the Wingfeather Saga because I went back to Adriana Trigiani this week even though I didn't really like the last one of hers that I read.  I'm hoping this one finds the main character a bit less self-absorbed and a little more mature.  

Wow, I also finished up Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee which I'd been reading periodically for a year now (oh that book had my dying laughing one chapter and crying the next).  And we wrapped up Sense and Sensibility on the excellent CraftLit podcast this week too!  I am listening to War of the Worlds (Classic Tales Podcast) and King Lear (ChopBard podcast). I consider Lear to be my "harder" read and I am re-re-re-reading Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic.  If you have young children at home, I strongly recommend the Little Years - it encourages me every time I pick it up and I also feel like my experience is normalized and reoriented to healthy mothering and responses to my children.  The book is small and the chapters are really short but each contain a healthy dose of common sense and wisdom.  I have to admit, it's the book I keep on my bathroom counter for those desperate times that I escape the clamor for a few minutes. 

Adios for now, my friends - I will look forward to spending a little time in blogland tomorrow if I can and popping by many of your blogs!  Leave me a note so I know you stopped by!


  1. Rachel's book is chock full of wisdom...wish she'd written it back when my teens were littles. :)
    Well done on the wings -- have fun this weekend!

  2. I am looking forward to seeing all the costumes, especially the raccoon tail, how fun.
    I love, love , love reading the Yarn Harlot, she makes me laugh out loud and that
    is always a good thing.
    Oh please love the little years, it's a time that goes by so quickly, I often wish my
    were all still little.

  3. Those costumes are going to be stinking cute. Can't wait to see pictures. Your Hitofude is coming along quite nicely. You're kind of in the home stretch.

  4. I am in the middle of a major Yarn Harlot book binge. She cracks me up. I emptied out the library of all of her books.

  5. I can not wait to see the knitted raccoon tail! You just reminded me - I have an Adriana Trigiani book on my Kindle that I have not finished reading.

  6. You're a busy bee! I should read Yarn Harlot, so many people have talked about it/her. Looking forward to Halloween pictures. :)

  7. oh you are creeping closer to being done with your knit!!! Cannot wait :)

  8. Lovely knitting! I also posted about Craftlit today - I;m a few years behind on Jane Eyre - but what a fantastic podcast!!

  9. Yay for you!!! I am a by-the-pattern kind of crafter, so I think it is awesome that you are winging it! (Oh! Bad pun!!!) Ha! Enjoy your weekend with your beautiful girlies! *hugs* :)

  10. Beautiful knitting! that books sounds interesting, I will add it to my future reads list :)
    Warm hugs.