This past week, I have been spending my evenings spinning up some wool for Sunshine's sunrise sweater. Remember the first skein I dyed with lobster mushrooms here? Well, I have added three more skeins...dyed with onion skins, marigold petals, and Queen Anne's Lace. Each of these plants creates their own stunning version of yellow...and matched with the coral of the lobster mushrooms and a few more experiments to come, I'm not sure who is more excited for me to cast on.
My favourite of the three is the onion skins (far right) which has a beautiful creaminess to the yellow (onion skins constantly give me different shades, depending on how long they sit in the dye bath and how many skins I used). The palest yellow is Queen Anne's Lace (middle), a pretty wildflower found just beyond my flower garden. The colour resembles icy lemon sorbet. And yesterday's skein is from African marigolds (far left) that I grew purposefully for dyeing. Sunshine loves this skein the best, but it is a little too rusty for my liking. We shall see how they combine in her sweater.
Ahhhh, so many evenings by the fire spinning away. I look forward to the last two dyebaths that I hope to get to in the next few weeks.
As for reading, I thought I'd mention what my five year old and my eight year old are reading ~ or, listening to, as the case may be.
Both my older two children were really ready for listening to chapter books when they reached four and a half years old. I was at a loss as to what to read as most books were geared towards older children who were accustomed to more sophisticated story lines. My two good friends, Renee and Melanie, both recommended the Tiptoes Lightly books by Reg Down and they have been favourites ever since. From the above list, other highlights have been Brambly Hedge books, A Donsy of Gnomes, and my own beloved Raggedy Ann and Andy books by Johnny Gruelle. Currently, my daughter is completely smitten with anything Little House on the Prairie ~ there was no holding back these treasures. Today, she told me she can hardly wait until Laura and Almonzo meet and get married!
My eight year old has already had most of the Thomas Burgess books read to him which delighted him, though they bored my daughter. He also read most of the books listed for Sunshine, and then these as well. He is quite a bookworm so he has enjoyed each and every story we've shared together, but Dragon Boy by Donald Samson was clearly just right for him. It is the first book in a trilogy but we will wait to read the next one as the conflict involved in the next books may be overwhelming for Forrest just yet. He also loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robin Hood and King Arthur. The Jungle Book is next and I'm looking forward to that as much as he is.
As a family, we are on Book 6 of the Little House series, though we are going to set the next ones aside so we can read EB White's The Trumpet of the Swan followed by The Wind in the Willows.
There are so many good books out there to share with children, I fear we will barely touch on the good ones! What have been some of your favourite books with your children?
Thanks again to Ginny for yarning along.