Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where Should I Start...?

I have so much to say, but I don't want to be overwhelming, so I will start with some basics.  I just started Knitting 3 months ago and it has been an obsession from the start.  I want to learn it all and knit it all right now. I need to learn patience...and the skills...to knit truly beautiful pieces. 

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember.  Books like Ameilia Bedelia and The Babysitter's Club remain in my memory! I look forward to sharing these, as well as many more childhood favorites, with my children as they get older and learn to read!  There is nothing like seeing a child's face light up with the mention of books!

I will share some of my knitting with you!

This is one of the two projects I am currrently working on. It is going to be a project bag. The needles are US Sz. 8 and are Bamboo...my favorite so far to work with.  The yarn is cotton and I actually bought it at a Fabric Sale that the local Salvation Army held at the beginning of April.  I bought 2 skeins of this yarn for $.50! Mind you, it is not of the best quality, but for a beginner, just learning to knit, it rocks!

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Now, mind you, it is not perfect and I am still learning.  But, I have to say, it's not too bad for my first attempt!

I am also working on a blanket for my son.  This is going to be a work in progress and I really hope to have it done before he starts kindergarten...he is only 1! I am using US Sz. 6 circular wooden needles and Cotton/Acrylic yarn.  Both were bought at my LYS, Knit One!  Love that little store and look forward to frequent returns!

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Now for the Book News!  I just got word today that I won my first ever Goodreads First Reads!  I will be recieving this:

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Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

Synopsis from Goodreads

Last seen sleeping off his wedding night in the back of a 1951 International Harvester pickup, Michael Perry is now living in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse. Faced with thirty-seven acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood—his city-bred parents took in more than a hundred foster children while running a ramshackle dairy farm—for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.


And when his daughter Amy starts asking about God, Perry is called upon to answer questions for which he's not quite prepared. He muses on his upbringing in an obscure fundamentalist Christian sect and weighs the long-lost faith of his childhood against the skeptical alternative ("You cannot toss your seven-year-old a copy of Being and Nothingness").

Whether Perry is recalling his childhood ("I first perceived my father as a farmer the night he drove home with a giant lactating Holstein tethered to the bumper of his Ford Falcon") or what it's like to be bitten in the butt while wrestling a pig ("two firsts in one day"), Coop is filled with the humor his readers have come to expect. But Perry also writes from the quieter corners of his heart, chronicling experiences as joyful as the birth of his child and as devastating as the death of a dear friend.

Alternately hilarious, tender, and as real as pigs in mud, Coop is suffused with a contemporary desire to reconnect with the earth, with neighbors, with meaning . . . and with chickens.

Very excited to recieve my copy and get to reading!

It is a beautiful day so the kids and I are headed to the park!

Happy Reading and peaceful Knitting!

Amy

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Amy! I thought I'd drop in for a moment today. I nosed around a bit. I wonder how I happened to join your blog? Are you part of a Jane Austen challenge, maybe?? That's what I am thinking...

    We lived in the UK from Aug 07 - Dec 09. In Jan 10 I read my first JA book, P&P and loved it. I am in the middle of Emma right now! Loving it too.

    I previously homeschooled all five of our kids and now have only the 4.5 year old at home.

    I read a lot. Are you a member of my site? www.boundtogetherforgood.blogspot.com

    Please pop in and join us there!

    How did you like this book "COOP"? Did you review it here after reading it? Link me? I wonder if it is available as an ebook yet...

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from my readers! Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi"!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where Should I Start...?

I have so much to say, but I don't want to be overwhelming, so I will start with some basics.  I just started Knitting 3 months ago and it has been an obsession from the start.  I want to learn it all and knit it all right now. I need to learn patience...and the skills...to knit truly beautiful pieces. 

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember.  Books like Ameilia Bedelia and The Babysitter's Club remain in my memory! I look forward to sharing these, as well as many more childhood favorites, with my children as they get older and learn to read!  There is nothing like seeing a child's face light up with the mention of books!

I will share some of my knitting with you!

This is one of the two projects I am currrently working on. It is going to be a project bag. The needles are US Sz. 8 and are Bamboo...my favorite so far to work with.  The yarn is cotton and I actually bought it at a Fabric Sale that the local Salvation Army held at the beginning of April.  I bought 2 skeins of this yarn for $.50! Mind you, it is not of the best quality, but for a beginner, just learning to knit, it rocks!

Photobucket

Now, mind you, it is not perfect and I am still learning.  But, I have to say, it's not too bad for my first attempt!

I am also working on a blanket for my son.  This is going to be a work in progress and I really hope to have it done before he starts kindergarten...he is only 1! I am using US Sz. 6 circular wooden needles and Cotton/Acrylic yarn.  Both were bought at my LYS, Knit One!  Love that little store and look forward to frequent returns!

Photobucket

Now for the Book News!  I just got word today that I won my first ever Goodreads First Reads!  I will be recieving this:

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Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

Synopsis from Goodreads

Last seen sleeping off his wedding night in the back of a 1951 International Harvester pickup, Michael Perry is now living in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse. Faced with thirty-seven acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood—his city-bred parents took in more than a hundred foster children while running a ramshackle dairy farm—for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.


And when his daughter Amy starts asking about God, Perry is called upon to answer questions for which he's not quite prepared. He muses on his upbringing in an obscure fundamentalist Christian sect and weighs the long-lost faith of his childhood against the skeptical alternative ("You cannot toss your seven-year-old a copy of Being and Nothingness").

Whether Perry is recalling his childhood ("I first perceived my father as a farmer the night he drove home with a giant lactating Holstein tethered to the bumper of his Ford Falcon") or what it's like to be bitten in the butt while wrestling a pig ("two firsts in one day"), Coop is filled with the humor his readers have come to expect. But Perry also writes from the quieter corners of his heart, chronicling experiences as joyful as the birth of his child and as devastating as the death of a dear friend.

Alternately hilarious, tender, and as real as pigs in mud, Coop is suffused with a contemporary desire to reconnect with the earth, with neighbors, with meaning . . . and with chickens.

Very excited to recieve my copy and get to reading!

It is a beautiful day so the kids and I are headed to the park!

Happy Reading and peaceful Knitting!

Amy

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Amy! I thought I'd drop in for a moment today. I nosed around a bit. I wonder how I happened to join your blog? Are you part of a Jane Austen challenge, maybe?? That's what I am thinking...

    We lived in the UK from Aug 07 - Dec 09. In Jan 10 I read my first JA book, P&P and loved it. I am in the middle of Emma right now! Loving it too.

    I previously homeschooled all five of our kids and now have only the 4.5 year old at home.

    I read a lot. Are you a member of my site? www.boundtogetherforgood.blogspot.com

    Please pop in and join us there!

    How did you like this book "COOP"? Did you review it here after reading it? Link me? I wonder if it is available as an ebook yet...

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from my readers! Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi"!

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