In this lovely story, Red Knit Cap Girl is looking for a way to talk with the moon. She has many ideas to try to get to her, but none of them work. A wise old owl helps her to understand that the moon is always there, only it's up to Red Knit Cap Girl to show the moon that she is listening.
When I first opened this book up to share with D, I was a little disappointed it didn't have more to do with knitting. However, after reading this sweet story, I really loved the message that Stoop is trying to send about shutting other things off and taking time to listen to nature. In the about the author section, Stoop shares that she wrote this book after participating in Earth Hour. That one hour of lights out gave her the opportunity to see and appreciate the nature around her.
This love and respect for nature is something I am trying to share with D. My father used to always tell us that nothing in nature ever happens until you stop and sit still for a bit, and it is so very true. As D and I take our own nature walks, I remind him to go quietly so we can see nature do its work. Now he reminds my husband! The longing to sit quietly is something that I also struggle to fit into our daily lives. Between real life and working full time, it seems there are times when there isn't much room left for anything else. A story like Red Knit Cap Girl reminds me that a simple turning out of the lights can make all the difference.
The pattern for this month's book club is (obviously!) a red knit hat. Inspired by the thoughtful spirit of Red Knit Cap Girl, this child sized hat is perfect for both boys and girls.
This hat is knit in Dream in Color Everlasting DK in the color Passion, a deep and rich red. The hat uses approximately 150 yards with the optional pompom using about 25 yards more. Mini-cables mimic tiny trails on this hat. This FREE DOWNLOAD (on Knittin' Little only) is currently available in one size only - to fit children's heads, 19-21" circumference, and has written directions only. The paid version will be out towards the end of the month and will include baby to adult sizes with written directions and charts.
Get your free pattern here and enjoy some fast, fun, fall knitting! Check back next week for another extension activity!
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