Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I started reading Nurse Matilda to my kids this week.  I didn’t read this book as a child, and only happened upon it at the library, picking it up because the illustrations on the cover appealed to me.  My kids were immediately won over by the fact that the storyline seems to revolve around a family who has a very large number of very naughty children.  They all died with laughter throughout the first chapter alone.  The problem I am having is that Seth and Keats are both sneaking away with the book during the day and reading ahead.  Then Seth wants to share snippets of the story with everyone else, but we don’t want him to spoil it for us!  I don’t want either boy reading ahead because I want us all to hear the story at the same time!  I should hide it….

I’m still knitting on my Small Things Romper this week, working on the legs first and then I’ll go back up and knit the arms.  I really like this pattern and think it will be wonderfully practical this winter.


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  1. I don’t know how you get any knitting in at all with such abusy household! The romper is lovely 🙂 and will see lots of wear I bet. I’ve never heard of the book but sneaking ahead is a sure sign of a winner!

  2. Hello, Nurse Matilda sounds great. We are reading The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton right now, but I will be looking this book up after that 🙂
    Valerie @ A Mormon Mama

  3. Another fabulous productive week. Warms my heart to hear your children are enjoying reading. It is a life long gift you are giving them. 🙂

  4. Haha you should totally hide it! When Harry Potter came out, I was 14 and my dad made us read it aloud as a family. After two pages we were totally sucked in, and my brother and I would fight over who got to read next because it meant we could read ahead while reading aloud and see what was coming! Cheaters 🙂

  5. Hi Ginny,
    Nurse Matilda sounds familiar. I may a few of those books when I was a kid.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing that Small Things Romper when you are done knitting it. 🙂

    I just added my link up. Still knitting socks. I’m reading a book this week that you might like, it’s a biography about St. Francis of Assisi.


    P.S. Your new banner on your blog looks beautiful.

  6. I love Nurse Matilda and the Nanny McPhee movies that are based on the books. Have you read Mary Poppins? So different from the Disney movie. If you liked Nurse Matilda, you’ll like the Mary Poppins too.

  7. Thanks for hosting this link up! It is one of my favorite to look at.

    This week I get to participate again after a long knitting break. Oh, how I’ve missed it.

  8. Hey Ginny!!
    After reading along for many many weeks I am finally able to post on your yarn along. Miss you guys and love keeping up with your sweet family…even this far away. I specifically miss VA when I see your pictures…especially in Shenandoah Valley. It was so hot the last time we met up with you guys there.
    And …by the way…you so pull off the long, compression sock look.

  9. Ooh, that sounds like a good book. We’ll have to check it out. My oldest child does the same – sneaking the book to read and then sharing with others. I have to put the read aloud book away where she can’t get it. Now she justs rereads the book once we are finished. The romper is beautiful!

  10. The romper looks great! So glad you are enjoying a good read with your children. There were some books my husband and I read to our children so often that we could recite them all the way through. After a while the kids could too. I never read Nurse Matilda. Oh well, maybe with future grandchildren.

  11. Love the new blog header! Very pretty and “late summer-y”

  12. The Small Things Romper is such a lovely pattern! I think sometimes you have to hide books (I also have a child who loves reading and will complain for me to read Just.One.More.Chapter!)

  13. Hi Ginny,

    I’m new to your lovely blog and have decided to join in your Yarn Along for the first time this week. Looking forward to seeing what everyone is reading and knitting!

    Mel x

  14. Did you know that Nanny McPhee and it’s sequel, both starting Emma Thompson, is the movie version of the Nanny Matilda books? Great little films for a rainy day!

  15. It’s pretty impressive that you’ve found a book which appeals to the boys as much as the girls. Can they read ahead but be sworn to secrecy re: not revealing the spoilers? Compromises are always good.

    Your knitting is lovely. I like seeing the wooden needles.

  16. How wonderful that your boys are sneaking away with the family read aloud. I have not read that book either and will now have to find a copy here; a laugh out loud book is always welcome.

  17. I love when the book is so good that the kids want to keep reading! That baby is going to have some real nice knits when it arrives!

  18. I love it when they do that, though. It means I at least found something they like which is getting harder and harder with my two.

  19. Nurse Matilda is a fun read-aloud …. and I understand your dilemma — discouraging the boys from reading ahead but wanting to encourage reading! Homeschooling is NOT for wimps …

  20. How funny that you have to deal with spoiler alerts within the family 🙂 Must be a good read. This afternoon I will hopefully be sewing buttons and soaking a finished sweater.


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