Joining Ginny for Yarn Along today. I’m reading – and loving! – French Kids Eat Everything. This book rocks, and I can’t summarize it because there’s so much good info. The story of a family who moves from Vancouver to France for a year, and discovers that their daughters (who only eat pasta and crackers) suddenyl have to learn how to eat, well, everything, from beets to snails. It’s an easy read, very funny, and has so much amazing wisdom about raising children who can eat a wide variety of foods with pleasure. In France, the schools and government are hugely involved in shaping children’s palates, and they’ve got a lot to offer in teaching children how, when, and what to eat for health and vitality! (France has some of the lowest rates of child obesity, diabetes, etc in the western world). As the author says at one point, just as American parents wouldn’t shrug and say “Oh well” if their child didn’t want to learn to read, the French don’t give up just because a child thinks they don’t like vegetables at first. I picked this one up when Cara mentioned that she had read it and managed to ban snacking in their house, which totally piqued my interest. A must read!
Progress on Ben’s raglan – I’ve reached the Fair Isle band I’m adding in around the chest! Woo hoo. Luckily I seem to remember how to work two-strand Fair Isle, so this has been a pleasure to start. The white yarn is from our own ewes.
And speaking of our ewes, I’ve been dyeing some of our yarn these past few months, and despite my fears of ruining the wool, they’ve come out beautifully! The green is dyed with sage, the blue is dyed with black bean soaking liquid, and the grey was dyed with elderberries in an iron pot (it was supposed to be purple, but I think the grey is very lovely). Also, last month I finished Ella’s hat with our pokeberry yarn – Gabriel likes to wear, it, too.
What are you reading?