Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Another Hat & Another Newberry

I guess I'm in a rut, but it's a good one. Nothing wrong with a lot of sweet, knitted hats.

This is a pattern I saw on Ginny Sheller's yarn along two weeks ago. It is fun to knit and not difficult at all. In fact, making the butterflies every 10 rows is a good incentive to knit just one more row. 

The pattern is called : The Butterfly Hat on Ravelry. 

I used MadelineTosh's Molly Ringwold color way. So beautiful - truly a pretty pink; not saccharin at all. 

As for books, we're still sticking to our Newberry Award winners and have been surprised to love "The Family Under The Bridge." 

We live in a very small town but we've been spending a lot of time in Portland. Questions gave been arising about the people on the streets with signs asking for help. We are not the type of family to say "get a job!" More like the kind that is trying to help but how? 

A friend brought our attention to a wonderful project at the holidays. They made a great flyer showing a kit of essentials that could be made for $5 using items from a Dollar Store.

Here's the flyer:

On Christmas morning, a group of very generous people set up under a bridge and distributed the kits (35 of them, I believe) and hot breakfast burritos. It was wonderful to participate in this in our humble way of assembling & donating a few kits and we hope to do it again. 

So the book we are reading is "The Family Under The Bridge" by Natalie Savage Carlson published in 1958 and winner of the Newberry Award.

It's the story of an old, Parisian, homeless man, Armand, and a family of newly homeless children. It sounds awful writing that. But somehow, when reading, the focus is on all things positive such as the affection the old curudgeon is developing for the children and the lengths to which he goes to help them. 

My children, ages 5-10, love it and beg me to read more. It's set in Paris, a long time ago, so maybe that helps it be a bit more surreal and not scary or maybe it's the excellent writing. 

Either way, it's giving them a chance to ask questions and discuss a subject that I previously never quite got very far with. 

I would recommend both the hat and the book. 

This post is part if Ginny Sheller's Yarn Along. Click the link to see more great knitted projects and book recommendations.


  1. Hi...I knit this very same hat in a similar colour of Madeleine Tosh for my five year old. I love love love it. And you are just right, it knits up so easily with "just one more row til the butterfly". It looks darling on your little one. Happy week to you, and knitting, too!
    xo Jules

  2. Jules - It was your sweet hat that I was inspired by! Thanks so much for posting it. The pictures on your blog are inspiring and I love the sweater you posted today. Thanks again for the recommendation! Cheers! Becky

  3. I have been reading children's books all my life, and still enjoy them as much as ever. I thank you for bringing my attention to this one. I'll see if I can get my hands on it.

    I really like the design of this hat, and pink, feminine to the core.

    1. Cathy, I find myself enjoying them as much as the kids do! I really struggle to read aloud series like Junie B, in fact, that one has been banned from my house. I love the way the kids get into the books and listen so intently because the writing is so great. If my 5 year old doesn't understand a word, she'll stop me and say "what does "x" mean?" I answer her and then we keep going. This story is quick and it does have a very happy ending. Hope you enjoy it too!

  4. I love that hat pattern, thank you so much for sharing. I have a wee girl who would love a hat knit in that pattern :)

    1. It is such as sweet pattern for little girls! Thanks to Jules from A Little Crafty Nest for bringing it to my attention!
      Cheers - Becky