clap hands, dance and spin

When Jerry was born, my mom had a book problem.  As a teacher, she could just buy as many story books as she wanted and put them in her classroom, no prob.  She bought many for Jerry, too.  It must have been when she saw our shelves bursting with books that she realized it was becoming a problem.  Not that a kid can have too many books, but we really had quite a few.  So she’s not buying as many books for the kids anymore, which is fine because we have our faves, and we’re always at the library anyway.

Our most favorite-ist ones right now are a quartet of books by Helen Oxenbury (Clap Hands, All Fall Down, Tickle, Tickle and Say Goodnight).  They are certainly the first books that my kids loved.  Even when they were infants and not doing much but cooing, these books caught their eyes.  Just take a look:

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The pictures are full of energy and movement.  The text is packed with action words that even small babies can understand.  And look how cute those babies are!  The books are short and sweet, and I’ve read them each one billion times.  But when your little bubba runs for a book then backs into your lap to sit down then claps hands when you read about it – you just don’t mind.

Another fave – Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham.

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“We’ll walk home across the fields.  It’s time for tea.”

The animals have tea!  And scones!  Love it.

*And now for some random notes about knitting.*

So yea.  In between reading books and playing in sand and teaching Maggie how to jump on the bed without falling off, I sometimes get a minute to do a few stitches on my newest project, the Nordic Mittens from IK Winter ’04, I think. (The colors here are more accurate than above)

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I’ve done a sneaky switcheroo on the colors so I’m hoping that it all works out okay.

Corrugated ribbing hurts so good.  I almost can’t stand actually knitting it, but I love love how it looks.  There you go.

I’m still crocheting a bit, but for now I am completely satisfied with a granny square, for which I need no pattern.  I may just knit granny squares for the rest of my crocheting life, without ever trying anything else.  Double crochet is like crack.

I’m also still working on my sweater, but it might just have to wait until these mittens are finished.  Did you know, by the way, that these will be my very first mittens ever?

And finally, there’s a new knitting store in town, and I’m thinking of writing a review.  Maybe.

5 thoughts on “clap hands, dance and spin

  1. “Double crochet is like crack.”

    Between this and your analogy of crochet as an affair, you really have me laughing. shhh my kids are asleep! Actually, for quite some time now, my husband has called my yarn stash my “wool-crack” and sometimes I need my “wool-crack fix”. gah.

  2. Oh man! The memories! Clap Hands was my first baby’s most absolutely favorite book! We memorized it, of course, in no time flat. My baby is now 19 and when I saw that on your blog it just sent me right back to toddler time with her! Thank you for that. It made my day! By the way, I LOVE the apron a few posts back. She certainly has the figure for it. Actually her figure reminds me of mine and it is much cuter on her!

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