Wednesday, May 13, 2015

the plum...yarnalong

Reading and knitting equals a wonderful time to join with Ginny's yarnalong this day in May.

It exists because of the snow. My husband drove me to the yarn shop in late February so that I could  purchase some wool with this project in mind. It was very cold outside and predictions of more snow were in the forecast. Of course, there was the other matter of me desiring to improve my continental knitting and the exercise of knitting a sweater for my daughter appeared to be a sensible thing to do. My local yarn shop did not carry Classic elite yarn in her shop, so it was suggested I try Cascade yarn. Other than reworking the gauge and going down two needle sizes, all went well with its sizing.  Since I thought of plums as I knitted the sweater in the multi-colored yarn, I named it as such.

A very good childhood friend of mine first introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien when we were about eleven years old. I was not impressed with this trilogy even though she praised Tolkien and shared parts of these books with me. I could tuck myself away for hours and read, but fantasy or science fiction of any sort were always put aside for other classic novels or a well-written biography. Then I entered adulthood, and while science fiction still stirs no interest whatsoever,  I have discovered the delight in the pages of other books  included those written by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.  Frankly, I am not sure I would have grasped the gems of some of these novels back then as a child. Because I have read to my children throughout the years, I am taken away to places I missed as an eleven year old, and the journey makes me happy. Charlotte and I have been reading the The Hobbit together. 

"You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!"


Leslie said...

Beautiful sweater! I am so impressed with your knitting. And Charlotte is precious hugging that book. I also like your flowers and how nice of them to match the sweater. I was an early reader but sadly I was not shown really good books until I was older. After I took what we affectionately called Kiddie Lit in college did I spend one summer devouring many wonderful books including LOTR/Hobbit and all of the Narnia books. I was a nanny in the evening so had lots of time to read while my little charges slept.

Jayne said...

That sweater is gorgeous - what a lovely colour.
I loved Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as a young girl, but you are right, you definitely need to read them as an adult to fully appreciate them. When I was younger, I just liked the Narnia stories. But re-reading them as an adult, there is so much more to them. Reading aloud to children is the best - so great to read all the favourites over and over. I just finished reading aloud CHarlotte's Web for, I think, the sixth time and it is still just as wonderful.

Zena said...

The sweater is gorgeous adn I love the pop of blue in the cuff. Perfect fit on your daughter too.

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