Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yarn Along

I'd been planning to do a post about knitting, and thought I might as well Yarn Along with Ginny of Small Things.

My nana taught me to knit when I was younger. It's something I've done off and on throughout my life: I've never been terribly passionate about it. Maybe it's my tendency to never finish something I start. I could fill a closet with all the projects I've cast-on and never completed!

Or maybe it's that I get careless, and rush to complete something, never doing a gauge swatch, making mistakes and knitting on, then never wear it.

Lately, though, I've been knitting again and really enjoying it. I've been taking time to follow patterns carefully and finish them so that I'll actually get use out of what I knit. Right now, I'm knitting the Iced cardigan, from an old edition of Knitty. I'm using some yarn I purchased months ago to knit a different cardigan, that I never actually started. See? Told you I'm terrible at this! But so far it's knitting up rather quickly, and I enjoy having something to relax my mind and my focus in the evenings, after Aedan has gone to bed.

My nana doesn't knit anymore, and her once sharp mind is gradually being decayed by dementia. That makes it even more important to me to carry on with this skill she taught me years ago. Maybe one day Aedan will want to learn, too--he certainly enjoys playing with my yarn!

I started reading "French Kids Eat Everything" last week, and I have to admit, I'm not loving it. It's about a woman who moves with her family to France for a year, and learns a vastly different food culture. There are many interesting points, and the French definitely go to great lengths to ensure their kids learn how to appreciate real, nutritious, beautiful food. There is just something about the rigidity of it all that doesn't sit right with staying up til midnight at their parents' dinner parties, or the idea that kids should be seen and not heard...there are some great tips to take away from it, though!

Yesterday I dove into "The Hunger Games" (on my e-reader, not a very exciting photo), and I can hardly put it down! The knitting might go on the back burner for a day or two...


  1. Hello,

    I'm french and I can say that you don't have to worry, french kids don't stay at dinner as long as their parents, and they generaly prefers eating patatoes or pasta than vegetables !!!


    1. Hi Cama,

      I did wonder about the author's perception of things. Are practices different based on the region? I do love the idea of the "cantine" in the schools, I think it's a wonderful way to support healthy eating. Nothing like our cafeterias in Canada and the U.S.!

  2. heya Tara! i just realized your new blog name!! I thought you folded and am very glad you didnt!!

    I think I heard an interview with the author of that book on the cbc... Attie certainly doesnt eat everything. It seems like she survives on eating air somedays. Frustrating, but I think its time to ease up on trying to make her eat the meal that I made for her... cuz it just makes mealtime not that fun.

    1. No, I didn't fold! I'm actually trying to be a little more serious about the ol' blog. That's why the name change...wanted something a little catchier.

      Yeah, we can't force feed the wee ones, can we? Just give them the healthy choices for when they're ready to choose! Are you still breastfeeding her at all?


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