I finished knitting this Woodland Sprite Bonnet back in October but felt like it needed a little more warmth so it was sitting in my sewing room(pantry) being neglected over the holidays. I finally sewed the flannel lining that I had been intending to do for many months. It turned out a bit big but that means she can wear it for many years to come. It is such a cute pattern. I took a zillion pictures of it you can see more and find the details for the pattern here.
I am currently working on an Alligator Scarf for my son. This is a fun knit and a really well written pattern. My youngest daughter wants on now too, in pink. I think this pattern will also make a great gift for my nephews. I think I may shorten it a few rows so I don't have to buy another skein of yarn although that might be cutting it close as you can see in the above photo there is not much left to work with.
My son insists that this alligator is going to need so eyes so I was thinking of needle felting a pair of eyeballs for it. Hopefully next week I can show you the finished project.
I am currently reading the Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne. I love reading about alternative life styles, especially off the grid homesteads. This book is so inspiring! It is about a couple that moved from New York City to New Mexico to build a homestead from scratch using found materials and scrap and learning along the way. This book is also filled with beautiful illustrations, and fun little do it yourself tips and recipes. To learn more about her lifestyle and building techniques you can go here to her blog Holy Scrap (isn't that a great name?).
I have been reading about alternative home building for several years and I think it would be so much fun and so satisfying to create your home from scratch. Recently my Dad sent me a link to this house called "The Mushroom House" in the Wisconsin woods( I am originally from Wisconsin). I have to say I would love to restore a place like this, it has so much potential. It would be the project of a lifetime, that is for sure.
I also wanted to share some beautiful Children's books we have been reading around here. As an aspiring Children's Book Illustrator I have a bit of an obsession with them. They inspire me just as much as they did when I was little.
Sun Bread By Elisa Kleven is a sweet colorful book about animals who bake bread to lift their spirits get out of their winter blues. While they are celebrating the wonderful bread they wake the sun from it's sleep. They end up sharing their bread with the sun. It even has a recipe on the back cover so a little child can make their own sun bread. We are borrowing this from the library but I think we might have to get a copy to keep. It is so sweet.
Another Children's Book we are enjoying is called Knitty Kitty by David Elliott. This story is about a Mama kitty who knits to keep her kittens cozy but the kittens find someone else who needs the handknits more than they do. I love the illustrations, they make me miss my childhood in Wisconsin, playing in the snow.
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