11 April 2006


White sheep with black faces. We are over run with sheep images. In our morning read aloud, Little House in the Highlands , sheep are roaming around everywhere. In real life, Grandma just wrote that the farm at Prophetstown now has twin lambs, one black and one white. And all the local stores seem to be stocking as many sheep as bunnies. Sheep are everywhere in my life right now. I'm thinking about getting a fleece so we can try cleaning and carding and spinning.

White and offwhite scribble lace. I decided at about noon yesterday that I'm no longer quite so enamored of the scribble lace. I have to actually pay attention to knitting it, or else I stick my needle in the wrong place. Heck, if I'd wanted to pay attention to what I was knitting I'd have knitted real lace. Also, the concept was to make a quick wrap for Easter. This isn't as quick as I thought it would be. And the forecast for Easter is 84 degrees, so I probably won't be wearing it anyway.

By the way, the Scribble Lace how-to is out of Mason-Dixon Knitting . This book has restored my interest in knitting books. It's a hoot.

I was going to include KidV2's white scarf in the montage pictured. It's a scarf she made for one of her dolls. Apparently, though, she's hidden it away to be an Easter surprise for the doll. She cast on 7 stitches in ... some white Lion Brand yarn we had around here, using her official personal knitting needles (the ones with the ends painted hot pink so we know they're hers). And knit until she was satisfied, then bound off. She's now decided it's time to figure out how to purl. She's also told the 12 year old next door that she'd be willing to teach her to knit (KidV2 is 6). I think this conversation came up when they went exploring in the woods and KidV2 took her knitting along. Because, you know, that's how it's done -- you drag your knitting around everywhere, you fiddle with it, you make it up as you go along, you learn new things by teaching someone else, you give it away.

Now I'm off to fiddle with sheep hooves. So I can give sheep away.


Weaver Brewer & Fam said...

That scarf is beautiful and I LOVE the sheep (can't wait for the finished photo)

I love that your daughter knits, too. I've been holding off teaching #1 to crochet cause I'm just not sure he is patient enough to sit still long enough to even try :) but we'll probably give it a try soon.

Olive Oyl/Pensguys said...

Oh,how cute!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE Mason-Dixon Knitting! I'm going to buy it soon. I was the first to check it out from the library!!! And they don't even have it put on a 7 day only checkout like the NEW fiction books!! YEA!!!!

I frogged the hat....started over closer to gauge. Ha! It is cute!

The sweater...that is a different story....don't know HOW I'm going to do that one....I'm trying to combine a 20 row pattern stripe/dots into the E. Zimmerman surprise jacket....any ideas?

Vegan Knitting said...

Very cute sheep!!! Where'd you get the pattern?

GailV said...

It's a Fiber Trends pattern. They need hooves, ears and tails, then they'll be felted and stuffed. The pattern also has optional horns.

Weaver, I'm teaching my kids crochet when they're older. Knitting really is simpler for a 6yo -- only 2 stitches (knit and purl), and no question about which stitch you put the needle in. I'm not sure how old your #1 is, but I'd wait until about 8 or so. I've tried teaching crochet at Girl Scouts and at a homeschool co-op, and the process was amazingly confusing for the kids, even at that age.

knitsteel said...

I love those sheep! I just finished a lace skirt.