Leave Me Alone!

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.

Autumn is sweater weather, and scarf and hat weather, right?  For the old woman in Leave Me Alone!, it is time to prepare for winter by knitting. Knitting, knitting, knitting, for "She lived in a small village in a small house...with a very big family."

"But it wasn't getting done."

Her grandchildren are fascinated by her knitting, or at least the balls of yarn.

Finally, the old woman reaches the end of her tether.  She must leave the village.

Isn't this the perfect fall scene? I want to go to there.

She tries the forest, but the bears are as bad as the kids.

 She scales a mountain, but the mountain goats want to eat her yarn. She climbs the mountain to the moon, but the little green men won't leave her alone, either!

What's an old woman who needs her privacy to do but travel through a wormhole to a deep void in space?

Okay, this book is rather hilarious, right? 

When she is finished, she comes back and passes out homemade sweaters to the grandkids.

Do you knit? I learned to knit (basic garter stitch) for a play in college, but I didn't even learn to cast off until many years later. I am not a good knitter. I have trouble "seeing" the work I have done, and I cannot pick up a dropped stitch to save my life. Big Sis wants to learn so badly right now. The artistic director/choreographer of The Nutcracker said something about the dancers knitting scarves for the homeless while they wait for their turn to rehearse. I don't know if she meant it (she is a knitter, though), but it definitely sparked something in my daughter!

Imagination Soup did a cool post on teaching children to knit a couple year ago,  and I found this video on the Martha Stewart website. A search for "knitting kits" in the toy section of Amazon yields tons of projects for knitting (and crochet, weaving, and assorted needlework).

Of course, somewhere I have a sack of yarn. Now if I can only find a matched set of knitting needles. Did I mention it's been years since I last tried to knit?

Wouldn't this book be a sweet gift for a young knitter-to-be? Perhaps paired with Extra Yarn?

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  1. This looks hilarious! I am in the same situation--a terrible knitter with an anxious to learn 10 year old. :-)

    1. When I was her age, I did cross-stitch and needlepoint, which were oh-so-popular in the '80s. She has little interest in those, of course, although she did get into embroidery,w which I can do halfway decently. (Thanks, Sublime Stitching!)

  2. oh this is insanely darling!!! And I'm in a similar boat! I can't knit AT ALL, as in never in my life, and my daughter really wants to learn! What to do??

    1. I try to follow YouTube instructions to learn more stuff, but seriously, I have to see it from EVERY ANGLE. I always miss a step when I watch videos. I did, however, learn to purl by reading the instructions that came with a kids kit. There may be hope.

      But not if I can't find my needles. I spent so much money in the past on yarn and needles, that I don't think Mr. B will let me live it down if I suddenly go and buy more. 😂


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