Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yarn Along

Good morning! Getting a late start to my morning today AGAIN (man, teaching preschool is harder than I thought.... much, much harder!). Joining in with Ginny over at Small Things today for another yarn along.
I am still slowly working on my Helena sweater for Phoebe. Haven't made too much progress since last week, but since I am not totally excited about knitting another sweater right now, I sort of figured that would happen. Plus, life has been getting in the way of knitting these days. I am looking for a quicker knit to start up, maybe a simple hat for me for our summer camping trips, but I haven't taken much time to think about it or to chose a pattern. Although, funny thing, I had a dream last night that I was knitting myself a very simple hat, not from a pattern, so maybe that is a sign?Maybe I just need something I don't have to think much about, something that my hands can take over while giving my brain a rest?
On the reading front, I am still slowly absorbing Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest. I just can't seem to make much headway because I keep running into other things that I need to read more urgently. Still making my way through The Urban Homestead, which has been perfect to bring while I have been teaching Finn's preschool. In those rare moments where all is quiet, I am sometimes able to get through a page or two, and since the book is divided into very small sections, it works perfectly.
I have also started (and have been devouring) Raising Your Spirited Child. Just like when I read The Highly Sensitive Child, I am finding that this book explains Finn so exactly-- all of his 'quirks' and things that make him different from other children, yet still completely normal. It is nice to be able to know that I am not the only one out there dealing with these same issues. And, last night, Finn and I started to read The Inventions of Huge Cabret. It is the book that the film Huge was based off of, and it is a book unlike any I have seen. Lots of pictures, but also words. It does make the book go by very quickly. Finn and I read almost 80 pages before bed last night!
What are you reading? What are you knitting?

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  1. That book "Raising Your Spirited Child" sounds like one I could have used a few years back whe my youngest was little and somewhat "high maintenance." After raising four children and now with five grandchildren, I knew that there are many,many variations on what is "normal." That book "The Inventions of Hugo Cabret" also sounds interesting. I am plodding through a bit of "self-improvement" non-fiction right now. Good stuff, just not fast reading. Happy Wednesday.

  2. I have Raising your spirited child on my list to read, glad to hear you are enjoying it.

    I have been getting my hands dirty in the garden and my knitting well, I will get to it again soon :)

  3. I read Spirited Child too. It is wonderful and I have learned so much from it. The sweater does look pretty already. Here's hoping things calm down a bit. :)
    Ang (peach coglo)