As for reading, we just finished up Red Sails to Capri for Silje's read aloud in school. It had a very different flavor than other read alouds we have done in the past, but we both enjoyed it just the same. It was so multi-dementional both culturally and intellectually. There was adventure, as well as philosophy. Well, there was an adventure in philosophy which involved legends, secrets, and a mother who talked to her food as it cooked. I cannot wait for when David will get to read this one, as he will go bonkers. He drifted into the room when we were reading this one more often than he normally does during Silje's read aloud time.
We finished it, and then we started Ginger Pye. Since it involves animals, Silje is all over this one and has begged and pleaded with weepy eyes if we could read just one more chapter. She waits until I'm knee deep into something and distracted and says "Can I read a chapter just by myself?" So I have given in a few times and I hope to actually find out what happens in this book and hopefully Silje won't steal it all for herself.
I also added the basic Primer that is part of the full set I bought at a used book store. It's the most basic, no frills, old fashioned reading program out there. Can I just say that David loves it? It is moving him along so much faster than the Hooked on Phonics that we have been doing. Although I don't regret using HOP either, because it laid a great foundation for him. What surprises me is that with all of the cartoon filled, colorful books that we have in our fancy modern readers, he prefers this old one that is so simple and straight to the point.
As far as knitting, I'm all over the place. I mistakenly happened upon another knitwear designer's blog. She's a mom with kids at home as well. She had 6 projects or so cast on at that time. For some reason, I thought that was a free license for me to cast on more projects. I started working on this "distraction knit" of a wool bonnet for Silje to match the mittens that will follow. I love bonnets. Knut thinks it's cheesy, so I said I won't make him one.
It wasn't on "the list" of things to knit and came in out of order, but that's always fun. I'm still working on some cowls, and I cast on and frogged a few inches of a cardigan with that dark purple-ish yarn at least 3 times. It's a design for this Spring, and I didn't like how it was laying. So I'm modifying my notes and after a week with this lovely yarn, the skein will be set aside.
I just got my Knit Picks yarn in the mail, for the Dirk sweater sample. That means I need to finish up the cowls on the needles, wrap up this quicky bonnet, and get down to business with this whole pattern thing. Time to show these needles who's boss. That Spring cardigan will be moved right back to that back burner.