Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yarn Along

Honestly I haven't been doing much reading recently- mostly just lots and lots of stories with the kids.  We have been doing a lot of phonics readers along the lines of Frog on a Log and Fat Cat on a Mat, Mike Mulligan is a perennial favorite, as well as Click, Clack, Moo but we have been able to graduate to some slightly longer stories such as Farmyard Tales and Usborne Stories for Little Boys. We have a lot of Usborne books product of a book party we did in August.  I'm actually thinking about doing another party for Xander's birthday- instead of toys having everyone get him books instead.  He certainly doesn't need any more toys and though he has a ton of books somehow I feel more comfortable with the idea that you can't have TOO many books! I would really like to encourage the boys in a love of reading.  Mostly now they ask to knit...probably from seeing me spend way too much time with my needles. So last week I gave them each a pair of big chunky needles and a small ball of scrap yarn.  Xander tried to actually knit for a few minutes but then they started tying each other up with the yarn so I had to intervene. I'm thinking that maybe they would be able to use a knitting frame or a knitting Nancy- Xander at least.  Any suggestions for a three year old (other than wait until he is older)? I want to try to find something they can do with fibre so they feel like they are actually being "like mommy." They just want to do whatever am doing so I am having a hard time finding things to keep them occupied while I am knitting.

As per my usual I have been doing a lot of knitting!  I finished up these longies over the weekend.  I may still embroider an owl on the leg but at this point I am thinking that a decent size owl might be a bit overwhelming.  I did add a cargo pocket to make them more boyish because the blue is rather periwinkle and could read a little purple. I used a single ply yarn from Manos del Uruguay which is just lovely and the trim is Malabrigo Worsted- one of my favorite yarns. I ended up with some extra time on Monday so I finished up a small milo for the same layette set.  I really enjoy the milo pattern so I will probably make more of them in the future!  I really want to make one with and XOXO cable.  Then tonight I was able to finish this owlie hat to go with the set  I'm also planning on doing an owlie sleep sack and a pair of booties to round out the layette.  I'm actually making really good progress on this set so that makes me really happy because I want it to be finished well in time for baby's arrival- scheduled for April but according to his mama she doesn't think he is going to wait that long!

Once I have finished this layette I will head back to my WIP pile and see if I can't get it done! I've got a half finished pair of gloves that would be coming in handy right now if they were done!  Come yarn along with us over at Ginny's place

7 comments:

Jen said...

What a sweet baby gift!! I love the idea of all the owls. I love owls!

Natalie said...

I have a suggestion for working with yarn with a three year old: You can make a basic loom using a shoebox, or any other sturdy box. Cut a few slits into two opposite ends of the box, run some yarn back and forth, tucking it into the slits so it won't move around...then let the children weave with a nice chunky yarn. The space in the box, under the weaving lets them fit their hands inside if they need to reach in to fix something.
You could also try finger weaving.

Kim said...

I have 3 boys, now grown, but I smiled at your description of their knitting adventure! :) Milo is one of my favorite patterns and I have knit about 4 of them--all for my granddaughters. I have that sweet Owlie hat and Owlie sack in my Ravelry favorites for the next baby to join our family. So cute!
*smiels*

Cheryl said...

I started my children off with finger knitting from about the same age. My 4 year old can use his circular weaving frame with a little help. To be honest, he's not as keen as my daughters, but it does mean that he feels like he is joining in.

house full of jays said...

What a beautiful layette! I'm so impressed!

We love Usborne books here, too. The Farmyard Tales and phonics stories have been read many, many times!

kerri.warmus said...

Try finger knitting with fat yarn. You can make coasters out of what they knit by sewing it into a spiral. I love, love, love those cute longies. It's sometimes hard to find cute stuff to knit for boys and those are just so great. I love your creativity!

heather said...

SO cute!