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I was very fortunate to have a knitting companion last week. My niece Ezri is eight and a prodigious knitter. She asked me to teach her to cast on and thinking it would be too hard for her I told her that I would teach her when she was older.

But Ezri insisted and after a little trial and error she performed a perfect thumb method cast on. I have to admire her refusal to accept my advice. My mum was still casting on for me well into my twenties! It seems that she who dares wins and we all could learn from her refusal to submit to know-it-alls when it comes to taking on tricky skills in crafting or in life.

Ezri is knitting super chunky squares for a blanket and I’m still working on the 4 ply gloves.


I have a huge pile of reading by my bed and some advent reading ambitious that are proving fruitful if a little time consuming. I can thoroughly recommend Janet Morley, Haphazard by Starlight for devotional reading and also Ann Voskamps most recent book, The Broken Way.

This week I reviewed some advent reading here and reflected on my weekend here.

Today I am linking up with Ginny Sheller of Small Things on Yarn Along where we share what we are knitting and what we are reading.