Reading

I haven’t been making much progress with knitting. My 6 year-old son, however, has been making a lot of progress learning how to read. We are having so much fun practicing together. The moment where he realised that g = gh sound and o = oh sound and together they make ‘go’ is going to stay in the top 10 moments of my life.

海丰 & Iron Man

What makes me really overjoyed (and relieved) about this is that this is second shot at kindergarten. Every school day morning was a battle last year, and every day he came home so tense his shoulders were almost touching his ears. I live in a bilingual province, so I sent him to school in French since we speak English at home. He learned to speak some French, but everything else they were learning was too stressful for him, having to first translate in his head what the teacher was saying, then figure out what he was being asked to do. So I switched him to the English stream this year and he can’t wait to go to school in the mornings and he is so proud about his schoolwork now. It’s a shame he’ll probably never be so impeccably bilingual that you can’t tell what his mother tongue is, but seeing him this happy is so worth it.

Progress despite avoidance

I was making great progress on 海丰’s Ryuu-ko Sweater, started the sleeves aaannnddd put it down. Picked up the Unicorn Sleeper again, which is good, because I should be further along already. Figuring out the details of an original pattern is hard enough, but writing them down so that they make sense to others is really something else. True to form, I was avoiding it. Come to think of it, I haven’t been working on the Sutton Hoo Hat either. I also realised that 海纳’s Aviatrix Hat from last year was too small, so I made her a Conch Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

海纳’s Conch Hat

I really love that pattern, I made another one last August from the same yarn for my friend’s baby. Now to choose between my two adversaries of the moment: sleeves or pattern writing.

At long last, I’ll be talking about other projects soon

It’s done! The steek cutting went well, but Felted Tweed doesn’t steek as well as Lopi does. It’s too light and cobweb-y.

Middle-Earthscape 01

I’m really happy about the way it turned out, and the pattern for the sweater is incredible. It’s an amazing pattern for a generic cardigan, I could make this sweater over and over again, just changing the yoke patt to make it different from the last.

Middle-Earthscape 02

I’ve been knitting up a storm (for me, anyway), but I put the Sutton Hoo hat on the backburner because I found my husband’s missing hat from last year and my son doesn’t have a single knitted sweater that fits. I’m already nearly half-way through the Ryuu-ko sweater.

Middle-Earthscape 03

Oh, and happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

Anchors

So 煤球 lost the hat I made him last year. I started to make him a new one in the exact same pattern, as his pickiness seemed to like it. Yesterday he informed me that he didn’t like the pattern I used for him last year, it was too tight around his head (I increased the width given in the patt) and not long enough (at nearly 45 cm?!). We were passing a shop that sells cheap stuff to tweens, he pointed to a long black and pink striped hat with ear flaps. I was really tempted to make him a Jayne Hat, as he would have no idea what he was wearing, which would be funny but also cruel. So I thought about ear flaps, and this image kept popping up in my head:

Sutton Hoo Helmet

I won’t be making a balaclava, and it won’t really resemble the pic at all in the end, but the image is an anchor for me as I come up with a design for his pickiness’ hat.  Do you ever use anchors when coming up with design/knitting?