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, February 11, 2015

Yarn Along


Joining with Ginny at Small Thing's for this week's Yarn Along .

I am still working on Phoebe's Phoebe's sweater.... and I am almost done! I only have about 6 inches of the hood left. Well, and then I have to sew on the buttons and weave in the loose ends (but, sometimes I like to pretend that part doesn't exist). I love the sweater and hope to have a finished photo for you next week. The only wee problem is that it is SUPER heavy. Like really, really heavy. She will get a workout wearing it, but at least it will keep her warm.

And now I have started the Phoebe mouse, to go along with the Phoebe sweater (shown in the above photo). Every girl needs a mouse, right?

Also, I whipped up a quick baby hat for my physical therapist who is about to become a dad any day now. It is made from some alpaca wool I got a couple of year ago and it is so very soft. And so very tiny (see below). I hope it fits the soon-to-be arrival.

I am currently reading several books, which is a terrible habit of mine that I try to tame, yet I always seem to revert back to my old ways. I am finishing up Childhood and Nature by David Sobel. I have been picking my way through this book for several months and it has a lot of great ideas packed in.  I think it will come in handy if I am able to teach ecology at Peace Village again this summer. I would recommend it to any elementary school teachers who want to incorporate more nature into their curriculum design (boy, I wish Finn's school was more like this book!). Unfortunately, it wouldn't be super helpful for homeschool families as many of the ideas are designed for larger groups of kids.

I am also reading Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. I have had teeth problems since I was a young child, and had heard good things about this book. It is really interesting. The basic premise of the book is that our society's rampant teeth problems are not necessarily from all the sugars that we eat, but are more likely from a lack of vital nutrients. The book talks about ways to incorporate these nutrients into our diets and talks about very many foods that should be avoided or limited in our diets. Many of the suggestions are pretty hard core and won't work for me for various reasons, but I have already started to incorporate some smaller changes... like buying butter from cows raised on a pasture instead of grain fed, eating raw cheese, taking cod liver oil pills, and eating more bone broths. Here's to stronger teeth!

Lastly, I am still reading Wildwood by Colin Meloy. It's young adult and an easy read, but I have been busy reading other things, and am only about 1/3 of the way through. I am enjoying it!


What are you reading? What are you knitting?

Also-- last week I talked about how I was in love with the Serial podcast. I finished it, and am now listening to Invisibilia. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones are your favorite? 

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16 comments:

  1. What a cute hat...baby knits are so fun!

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  2. Gosh that hat looks so tiny (and soft).

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  3. That hat is just precious! I can not wait to see that Phoebe sweater. At least you know it will be warm!

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  4. kind of want to check out that Wildwood book just because of that amazing cover! will check goodreads I think ^^

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  5. I have that same habit, reading more than one or two or. .. books at the same time and I can't help it. At the moment no yarn projects around here but looking forward to it. Hope your week is being good :)

    Lluisa xoxo

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    1. Glad I am not the only one who can't stick to a single book!

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  6. The baby hat is cute! I also love your pictures! I have never knitted a animal before, but someday wish too. Can't wait to see the finished mouse!

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    1. Thanks-- I can't wait to see it either.. stuffed animals are not my favorite to knit, but fingers crossed it will turn out cute!

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  7. The little hat is gorgeous!! I love the feel of alpaca wool!
    Angie xxx

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  8. I think you might like the literary disco podcast (does have potty language). They are very very funny and you get some good ideas for some reads. I listen to mostly knitting podcasts: the knitmore girls, twinset designs, 2 knit lit chicks, and a few others. Love your wee hat and the mouse of course.

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  9. I love those podcasts too. Also from the bbc in our time and the infinite monkey cage

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