As delightful as I'm sure it is to see Silas' blanket unfold one row at a time, I thought I'd cast on something new to share today. We are at a really fun stage of development where Silas is able to grasp for objects and sweep them in towards his mouth where he gums them with delight. I thought some soft knitted balls would be great for practicing this new skill. The pattern is from Itty Bitty Toys and the yarn is some cotton that made its way to me when my mom gave me all of her knitting accouterments. She took up the hobby very briefly, but intensely, in the late 1970s. She collected needles of almost every size, stitch markers, and knitting doo-dads galore, all which she passed on to me. I finally conceded that I would probably never use the mostly acrylic yarn in her stash, so I passed it along to someone who would, but I kept this skein of seafoam green cotton, which I think is perfect for this little project. It's my first time knitting on dpns (!) and I might stab myself (or someone else) with all of them before the project is through.
In my reading life, I'm about halfway through Kitchen Literacy, which is absolutely fascinating. I have read much about the death knell of the small, diversified family farm in the last fifty years, but this book goes back to the nineteenth and late eighteenth centuries to chart the history of how we got to our current food system and the general illiteracy of where food comes from or how to prepare it. So interesting. I also just picked up The Wonder Weeks, which has been so very helpful in guiding my understanding of some of Silas' fussiness. It explains the eight big mental growth spurts that all babies go through, when to expect them, and why they cause babes to get fussy and seemingly regress for a couple weeks every now and then. So far, it's been right on target with when we've had difficult periods. When he's up for the fourth or fifth time at night I try to remind myself that his little body and brain are doing a lot of growing right now and that's really hard work. It helps me to remember to treat him with kindness and compassion instead of frustration, which is all too easy to slip into at 4:00 A.M.
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