Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family

Mary Gildersleeve has a new book out that looks irresistable.

Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family combines favorite family read-alouds with knitting projects. How fun is that! I see lots of our favorites on the list, which includes:

1. Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
a. Pinocchio Doll and Clothes

2. Canadian Summer by Hilda vanStockum
a. Mr. Magic’s Gnome Hat
b. Arthur Purcell’s “Gay” Sweater

3. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkein
a. Bilbo’s Backpack
b. Bilbo’s Traveling Jacket

4. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder *
a. Ma’s Boot Socks
b. Pa’s Red-White Checked Mittens

5. Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley *
a. Mittens for Laird Alroch & Auld Mary
b. Tullie Greyshanks Doll and Clothes

6. The Lost Island by Eilis Dillon
a. Fisherman’s Jersey
b. Wool Socks for the Journey

7. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
a. Mary Poppins’ Carpetbag
b. Mary Poppins’ Fur-trimmed Gloves

8. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
a. Captain Cook (penguin doll)
b. Mr. Popper’s Cozy Scarf

9. Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
a. Otto’s Chain Mail
b. Otto’s Scabbard and Belt

10. Redwall by Brian Jacques
a. Matthias’ Over-sized Habit
b. Asmodeus the Snake

11. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
a. Colin’s Rug and Cushion
b. Mrs. Sowerby’s Cloak

12. The Wheel on the School by Meindert deJong
a. Lina’s Stocking Cap
b. Thick Wools Socks for Linda & Jan

I'm already thinking about the Tullie Greyshanks Doll, Mr. Popper's Scarf and Matthias's habit ... I know what I hope to find tucked inside my Easter basket. (What's that, Atticus? I don't usually get an Easter basket? Well, I'm starting a new tradition this year.)

More info on the book can be found at the publisher's website, Hillside Education, which is fast becoming my favorite publisher of all-things-home-ed.


Jennifer said...

Wouldn't a basket full of pretty balls of yarn be so lovely? That's the plan over here. The book looks so sweet. Perfect combination and wonderful book choices.

Kimberly said...

What a lovely book! Can't wait to dive into it...thanks for the tip!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing! My two older daughters just discovered knitting with looms and now our younger daughters (and sons) want to learn! This would be an excellent resource for our family! Thanks again.