I have a Noro problem. It's complex, but aren't all my problems? I don't understand how knitters can knit sweaters or socks out of this yarn. I just don't get it. It's way too "earthy" for me. But on the flip side, I love Noro! I get almost giddy when the color is about to change. How's the green going to look next to the pink? How will that pink look next to the peach? But what do I do with all my bottled up Noro love? Make blankets, I guess.
I finished Lizard Ridge a long time ago and it quenched my Noro thirst. Still it isn't the blanket that I rushed to cuddle under. For a long time, it was purely for show. One night Gus' blanket was in the wash & he needed an extra layer. I threw Lizard Ridge over him and that's where you'll find the blanket. Not the cheapest kid blanket or the most practical when we're still dealing with Pull-Ups. But he calls it the sweater blanket and that warms my heart. It has softened a little with use, but you don't buy Noro to touch. You buy it for drama.
This hat ignited my Noro love again, but I knew it was pointless. How does one pull that onto their forehead? How!? But that love is so hard to ignore. When I get that itch, something's gonna give and it usually turns into a large on-going project. I needed a plan to scratch my Noro hive. I'd knit the middle size Rambling Rows out of Kureyon. This decision also solves another problem of mine. I hate leaving a locally owned store without purchasing a thing. I feel guilty when I leave with nothing. I usually buy sock yarn, but I'm sick of loading the stash with yarn that doesn't get used. Now I can pick up a ball here in Ohio and more the next time I'm on the road. Before you know it, I'll have a beautiful afghan. Noro lends itself to be knit in one sitting. What's that blue going to look like next to the tan? I'll keep knitting just to find out. Problem solved and everyone is more than happy.
I also decided that I needed a new sweater project. Say "Hello" to Diminishing Ribs. Excellent kid-friendly knit. Not that I really need a kid-friendly knit. Garter is the friendliest of all the stitch patterns and Moderne Log Cabin should be my go-to kid knit. Since my one repeat on Celite is finished, the Log Cabin will be fished out of the closet. I've got a month to finish it. The blanket is so large that it becomes difficult to turn and I'm also afraid that grubby little fingers will attack it. Rib is found while the kids are playing.
I finished Childhood Unbound. A decent parenting book for parents with children a little older than Gus. It was nice to see what's coming, but I think that we're still about two years away from many of the issues that were discussed. I found that it had more explanation of why we're seeing certain kid attitudes more than how to discipline. Which was really refreshing. It was also nice to see that many of his tips were common sense to me. Frank discussions, boundaries/limits, respect to both child and parent, and building a community around the family. It was an easy read and not condescending or frightening.
I've also been thinking about reading a Chapter book to Gus each night. I think that he's probably old enough to begin this routine, but I'm not sure which book to grab. I'm guessing the book should be short and something without violence. Duh, right? Any suggestions?