Sunday, June 21, 2009

Our Youngest Student Yet...and Aeolian Progress

There's been a lot of knitting going on this week, since it was a slow work week and both my husband and older son have been out of town. Not many distractions! And when you are working on a honking big project like an extra-large Aeolian, some long stretches of knitting time are very welcome--rows are getting to take an hour or so. The good news is that I am ready to start the edging! So, I only have about 20 rows to go--they are just LONG rows. Knock on wood, there haven't been any other major errors in the last few days, so I am trucking on and on.

We've been having some good times at Ye Olde Yarn Shoppe. They had a knitting camp last week with the most charming group of 7-8 year olds you could imagine. They all knit remarkably well for their ages, and listening to their conversations was a real treat. All Montessori students, you can see the benefits of their education in their comparatively mature interactions and self-direction.

But, these girls seem old in comparison to the little knitter pictured above! It's our yarn shop mascot, baby Abigail (or Babby Abby as I call her). She was getting a little bored, so Katie and I decided perhaps she needed yarn in her hands, like the rest of us.

The cute thing is that she really seemed to be enjoying herself! She is working on an authentic sleeping cap for her Daddy, who is a historical re-enactment buff. It's in a natural color and is Franklin Habit's 1840 Nightcap from the fall 2008 Knitty.

I couldn't resist putting in all the pictures (which would be better if they weren't phone pictures, but hey, spontaneity sometimes results in phone photos). Here she really looks like she is knitting, or she looks like she does NOT want to let go of her new friend the yarn. It's more likely the latter, but it cracked us all up (look at her Mommy's smile at the top of the photo).

We have so much fun watching Abby. She is 3 months old now, so we get to hear her coo, and we can make her smile in her bouncy seat. And she doesn't get into anything or pepper us with questions that are too advanced for us to answer (though that is sort of one of little Miss T's cuter aspects). We have the luck to have a number of precious little ones to enjoy right now. I wonder what it will be like when all of them are 18 months to 2? Whew. I'd better start resting up for that right now.

I'd better get moving on that last section of the shawl (which is very big now, just not photogenic). My purple Lady Jane vest is begging me to return to her! I will be able to order the yarn for the version for my friend in the next couple of days--yay.

And happy Summer Solstice to all!


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