Two August Girls

A Blog about reading and everything else.....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Books of Note

I know this is not really knitting related but I have just read the most well written, nonfiction book!
Rachel Sontag has just written a memoir House Rules.  This moving and incredibly disturbing book is impossible to put down!  In her powerful story she details her childhood living with an emotionally abusing and controlling father.  He never hits them, but the control he exerts over her entire family is amazing.  I tore through this book unable to put it down, and though the topic and anecdotes, were at times deeply disturbing, Rachel's ability to tell a story and capture your interest as well as the underlying feelings surrounding each incident are remarkable.  The memoir is beautifully written though the topic is gut wrenching, her sense of humor about the incidents is amusing and thought provoking.  I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Late 1800's Baptism Gown

Over the weekend I went to my nephew William's Baptism.  He was too cute for words...See for yourself.
We had a  great time. My daughter Katie is upset because we had to come home and leave everyone back in PA.  I managed to get some cute photos in of the kids and William. I even took along my knitting.  I am making the "paper bag hat" from Itty Bitty Knits, however, it was so bust that my knitting stayed in the bag the entire time.  On the plus side, I came home with 3 skeins of yarn to make socks for my Mom.  They are a nice natural tweed color and are from the sweater my Mom was knitting for my Dad when he suddenly died.  She has finally been able to frog the yarn  and made some teddy bears for William and my Kennedy this Easter and I am going to make her some socks:)

Additionally, I also brought back Kennedy's Baptism dress. She will be wearing it in early June for her very own Baptism.  This is the same dress my older daughter Katie wore as well as her great-grandmother.  The gown was made by my great grandmother around 1894 for her own children. My Great Grandmother was a seamstress and this is all done by hand!  Isn't it magnificent!!! The fabric has a slight bit of coloring at the top from age, so my Mom is getting it framed in acid free materials as soon as Kennedy's Baptism is finished. We are afraid if it is not displayed  like this it will soon get beyond repair.  Plus this will allow it to be enjoyed for future generations.  I would also like to add this was my idea:)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hello Again!

Well April has been crazy! So I have not had much time to post. Part of the problem is this

Yep, that is her in all her Mobile cruising around the house 8 month glory! She is fast!!!

However, I have finished a few things since my last post. I made Kennedy the cutest pair of socks! My Mom sent me yarn for the pattern Lion Brand elephant socks! They are SOOO cute. I love them.

I have also made a new hat for Kennedy from the Itty Bitty Knits book . This is a fabulous book. Beautifully done and great patterns. A must for any knitter who knits fro babies and toddlers. The hats are TOO CUTE.

I made Kennedy the Upside-Down Daisy hat.
I used the purple yarn that was left over from the elephant socks and some green and white from my yarn stash. Kennedy seems to like the hat and I could not be happy with how the lion brand wool-ease knits up and looks in the hat version!

The other part of my time goes to this little person.
It is lacrosse season again and with that homework and family I have had NO time. I did manage to finish another pair of socks for me!

And I restarted Kennedy's Blossom dress:

So I promise to have more regular posts...I hope!