Through our Day with Wool and Wisdom

I was washing the dishes, mentally making a to-do list for the day, and watching Memi, Boo and Caillou, who were having a pretend tea party.
Caillou was asking Memi to pour tea from her cup into his, and he was getting quite frustrated with the lack of tea-pouring.
Memi spoke up:

I can’t fill your cup when my cup is empty! I need to fill my cup first.

I looked at the dishes and the long to-do list, and I thought that really, that was the wisest thing I had heard all day.
Behind the dishes, in my knitting basket, I spotted a ball of alpaca wool I had picked up a little while ago, and so I decided to fill my cup, all of our cups, to forget about the dishes and anything else on that to-do list, and just have a slow and happy day.

I pulled out a handful of new books I had put aside for moments just like these, and we read while I knit, helpful little hands turning pages while I added row after row to one of my favourite patterns.


I knit through the morning while the little ones coloured and did crafts,


I added a row or two while Memi read her books nearby,


and stitch by stitch the ball of wool grew smaller and my project grew larger.
I added a few stitches here or there between countless cups of tea and boardgames,


and fit in a few rows while planning our Autumn curriculum.


There is a part in the pattern where you have to snip off the thread. I carefully cut it, but I must have looked worried, because Memi gave me a quizzical look.
Snipping the thread is so scary to me, because once you cut it there is no going back“, I explained.
Memi crinkled her nose and gave it some thought: “Unless you just tie it back together, Mama.“, she said and skipped away.
Mh, yes. There is always that. More unexpected wisdom, nothing is really ever the end.

I knit through cooking dinner, through after-dinner story time, and then, just when it was starting to get dark outside, it was done.


A little gnome friend, stuffed with wool and lavender just in time for bedtime stories.


(This little gnome is a pattern I used to knit a lot while I was pregnant with Caillou. It is my go-to quick knit, a pattern simple enough to know by heart and knit around a happy day spent with little ones.)

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3 Responses to Through our Day with Wool and Wisdom

  1. Elizabeth says:

    What a sweet story and a sweet day! Children are so wise if we adult take the time to really listen to them. seems like both you and your children were blessed today.

  2. eveilalavie says:

    Such a good day!! I love your blog and I’ve been reading it for almost one year now, so thanks a lot for what you’re sharing, it’s so inspiring! Where can I find the pattern for the knitted gnome?

  3. Darby says:

    I know I’ve said it before, but you are such an inspiration to just slow down and enjoy the little things in life. Do you have a link to the gnome pattern? I think lavender gnomes would be perfect for the girls. They both have been having sleep issues lately, and it seems like an easy enough knitting project for someone who is still fairly new to the process!

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