Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yarnalong: Jaywalkers and "The Penderwicks"

I'm linking up with Ginny, over at Small Things, who says, "Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading . . . I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?"

The knitting:
I'm knitting another pair of Jaywalkers, this time for my mother.  (I wrote about my first pair of Jaywalkers here and here.)  

This pair is a belated birthday present - I only finished the first of the socks yesterday. Don't worry, my mom knows they're coming! And given our present heatwave, she's happy to wait for them. :)  (No one's wearing socks here right now for the fun of it. Blah. 90 degree heat is a sure sign of fall, right?)

The reading:
I've started reading "The Penderwicks" to my kids as our evening reading. My mom started reading this to the kids during one of our camping trips this summer. Now that I've finished our last family read-aloud (John White's "Gaal the Conquerer"), I've taking up "The Penderwicks" where Mom left off.

It's so good. It reminds me of my own childhood reads - particularly of Elizabeth Enright's books, like "The Four Story Mistake". It's a summer book, full of sibling love and country life and the world of the imagination.

One of the reasons I love this book is that my children beg for it. They want to listen to these books more than they want another episode of TV.

That's brilliant. 

I love books that teach my children to love books. And they love it because there's something there to love: there's family and joy and adventures.

Great book. Loving it.

So, what are you knitting or reading?

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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jen said...

You know you need to not live in southern California when the L.L. Bean catalog arrives and it depresses you. (Totally happened to me today.)

Jessica Snell said...

Oh, I so get that! As you'll see in my post today, I just had a similar experience on Pinterest: there are all these gorgeous, clever capsule wardrobes and NONE of them will work for me, because the sort of layering they require would just be insane in our normal weather!

Lucy Bowen said...

Love the socks though, gorgeous chevrons!

Jessica Snell said...

Thank you, Lucy!

Anonymous said...

We love this book! We are on the penultimate chapter of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, and I may be enjoying this one even more (if that's possible)!

Jessica Snell said...

Ooh, makes me excited about what's waiting for us! :D