This is my weekly-when-I-can post linking up with Ginny’s famous Yarn Along. I love sharing about knitting and reading. It also serves as a reminder to do these things I love, and that’s a plus!
This week I’ve really had a hard time backing off on the knitting so that my arms can rest a bit. I should say it’s been mentally difficult to hold back and see if rest will help. It absolutely has. I’m finally to the point where I’m not sore anymore, but moving along with projects has been painstakingly slow. I want to be smart. I want to listen to my body.
However, there were times when I told Knut that I just wanted to steal away 10 minutes to knit for my own sanity, and that’s all I could handle that day. Watching television after the kids are in bed is so strikingly boring when I can’t knit. So I’ve taken up more reading and that’s not a bad thing.
Tuesday night, after 10 minutes a day knitting (ugh!) I finally finished knitting the shorties for a friend of a friend. Now I just need to Kitchener stitch the crotch gusset, weave in the ends, and do a bit of hand embroidering on the bum. None of that causes me trouble, so I should finish that by the end of today, and bring it to town tomorrow.
I’ve been staring at my sock weight yarn cardi and I want so badly to start tackling that. I have so many limitations pressing down on me from my sore arms to Christmas baking right now that I’m not sure if I’ll make my mark to finish it by Christmas which really bothers me.
Since I’ve turned off the telly and started reading more after the kids are in bed, I’ve been working my way through 2 books. All Wound Up is quick and fun. I was reading some essays from this book Monday night and had to stop several times to wipe away tears and catch my breath from laughing so hard. Her obituary of a knitting project gone wrong nearly did me in. Granted, I was reading it late at night and pretty much everything is hilarious late at night, as multiple youth group lock-ins prove all across the country. At any rate, I definitely plan on reading more from the Yarn Harlot in the future.
The other book, Dumbing Us Down, has been on my reading list for well over a year. Had I known it was only about 100 pages I might have picked it up earlier. My first reaction is it’s very harsh to the modern school system. I wish he would cite more. He would probably say that his big, thick book on The Underground History of American Education as well as his 30 years as a teacher qualifies him “expert” enough to say what he wants to say.
One theme throughout the book is that we are trained in school to listen only to experts and not our own brains. So it makes sense that this book is from his life, his experience, his knowledge, and not what a lot of “experts” say. It’s a book of essay, not research paper-theory style. It’s his opinion and a very thought provoking one.
As I’m going through chapter 3, the message of the book starts to gently sink in and so many of my fears and insecurities as a homeschooling mom started turning into confidence and inspiration. However, it’s not written to homeschoolers. It’s written to anyone interested in education: parents, teachers, administrators, employers, everyday citizens.
He’s obviously not coming from a Christian prospective, but he is coming from a very pro-family prospective and I really like that. I absolutely agree with him on the importance of inter-generational learning. The young and the elderly must spend quality time together and not be secluded in their little cells, only seeing people their own age as our society likes to place those 2 age groups specifically. I like his stress on community service being mandatory.
This little book is already having a profound effect on my thoughts on education, and it will certainly be read through again as I feel like I’m not absorbing everything this first read through. Knut is already chomping at the bit to read it as well, so I may have to pause before reading again to let him catch up and read it himself. I heard wind that the moms at my homeschool group might be discussing Gatto’s works at an upcoming “Mom’s Night Out” and I think that would make for a very interesting discussion.