Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hatchling


According to Goodreads, I am currently reading 11 books. This isn't entirely accurate as some of those books have been put on hold or are seriously longterm reads--such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or Home Comforts.

More accurately (and actively) I am currently reading 4 or 5 books, and all but one of those is on my Kindle, so it's hard to represent in a photo. Pictured are A Dance with Dragons, which I've only just started but need to get a move on since it's a library book and it's MASSIVE, and A Little Way of Unschooling, which I am borrowing from Christine.

I am not interested in unschooling my children, personally. (ETA: We are definitely going to homeschool, just not unschool. :) ) I guess some would say I am reading this book with a closed mind, but I am interested in reading about where these families come from and what they do. My actual, real-world contact with unschooling has left me unimpressed in the best circumstances and appalled in the worst. When I was growing up (and homeschooled myself), the only unschooled children I knew were illiterate. The 13 year old (my age at the time) didn't care. The 11 year old did care, immensely, as she came to realize what that meant in the real world, and she was desperately trying to educate herself. Can you imagine realizing how important literacy is at age 11 and not being able to read? I know this is not most unschoolers, but it has left a bad taste in my mouth ever since. So I am glad to be reading this book.


Phew. I didn't mean to write about such heavy stuff. I'll probably post about the book once I finish reading it.

I am knitting a Hatchling cardigan for one of the twins. I absolutely love the texture of this design! The yarn is Tosh Sport; I wish you could feel the squishy goodness of it through the screen. I imagine it will be too big for him right after birth, so if I have time I will knit another newborn sized sweater--maybe a Vertebrae or Puerperium. There aren't that many sweater patterns that are really for newborns--at least, not my little newborns. :) I tried searching on Ravelry and when most designers say "newborn" they mean "0-3 months," which typically means a 17-19 inch chest measurement. I love that Kelly Brooker's newborn sizes are designed for a baby that weighs 7-9 pounds.

But! I am not complaining about this little sweater. Long before I found out the twins were boys I knew I'd be using this yarn to knit this sweater if I was having a boy, and here we are having two. So there you go. :)

Linking up with Ginny.

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  2. I really love your sweater, the yarn color is lovely. We homeschool, but do not unschool, I am interested if you think any of the ideas in the book are helpful, even for a more traditional homeschooler.
    Sorry my toddler hit the computer and deleted my comment right after I posted :)I guess nap time is over!

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    1. Oh no! My little guy has "collaborated" in the typing of multiple Facebook and forum posts, so I know how that goes! :)

      Although we are definitely planning on homeschooling our kids when the time comes, we haven't decided what "type" of homeschoolers we'll be--but I think we'll probably be more traditional, too. :)

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  3. twins! wow! Lord keep you well! the yarn looks lovely and I am sure it will be a great knit! :)

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  4. love the sweater and love how you said it's for "one of the twins" how exciting is that????

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  5. i think this is the baby sweater I've been looking to knit!!! love it!!! a friend is due in November....good month for a baby sweater, don't you think?! thanks for sharing

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  6. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on homeschooling! It wasn't something we thought much about until moving to Seattle, but we've been considering it more and more lately.

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    1. Hehe, well, I definitely have a lot of thoughts about homeschooling, but they can be rather scattered. (More so than they used to be, for some reason! Maybe because all of my friends are thinking about schooling now and there's a lot more for my brain to hold.) I should probably post about them for my own benefit. :)

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  7. loving the look of your sweater!
    I read the blog of a young woman that was unschooled and she writes well. I'd never heard of it before. So, I suppose it is like anything, it works for some. There are some kids in public school that can't read. It is heavy stuff.
    Best wishes with your twins!!!

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  8. That is going to be one deliciously soft and cozy baby sweater! Your other selections are adorable, too. :)

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