Friday, May 18, 2012

Tell Me A Yarn...

I was at the library last week with my son for our weekly "1 2 3 Baby On My Knee" group with, as you guessed it, other babies and their caregivers--songs and stories shared by our wonderfully talented children's librarian, Diane.  Anyways, after baby time I always head over to the adult department to see if there is anything new in the crochet books (I'm always looking for new inspiration), and on my way I stopped at the new book section.  Well, what did I see there but a book that jumped right out at me, "All Wound Up" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.  And before you start thinking, "Well, that could be a book about anything..."; it had a sheep and a ball of yarn on the cover and in smaller print, a sub-title so-to-speak, "the yarn harlot writes for a spin".  I instantly got very excited and quickly snatched it up off the shelf.  It is described as a collection of essays on knitting that are very entertaining and reflective at the same time.  And while I don't knit (at least not very well as of yet), I thought I might, as a crocheter, still relate to what Stephanie was writing about.  By the time I had pushed my son's stroller up to the counter to sign out the book (which is only about 10-12 feet from the "new books" shelf), I had read the first two pages and she already had me laughing!  I knew this was going to be a good book.  I won't give you a complete book review right now, as I'm still in the middle of reading it--life has gotten in the way and has slowed me down; but suffice it to say I'm enjoying it so much, I went back to the library and signed out the other two books Stephanie had there (this book, I came to find out was the third book she had written) in order that I could dive into them as soon as I was finished with this one.  Stephanie's other two books are called "Yarn Harlot" and "Free-Range Knitter".  She also maintains a popular blog at

Stay tuned for future posts on her and her books.  I can't wait to share what I've read!

Order the book here:  All Wound Up

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day Everyone!  How is everyone celebrating today?  Do any of you have any Earth Day traditions that you follow every year?  I wish that I could say that I have some that I follow, but sadly I don't.  I was hoping that we could go for a family walk today, but it was too windy for my little boy.  :(  I would  love to start some traditions so that my son will grow up understanding how important our Earth is to us and how we have to look after it if we want it to be around for a long time.  On the other hand, we shouldn't have to wait for Earth Day to look after this wonderful world.  Please feel free to leave a comment and share some ideas on how you celebrate Earth Day (or every day of the year).  :)