Baby Surprise Jacket. I am almost done with this project. I followed Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ideas for knitting up a strange-shaped garter stitch blob that magically transforms into a baby sweater when you fold it. I made it harder on myself by using a different cast on, extending the sleeves, and adding a collar. I haven’t picked buttons yet, but I am happy with how it came out. And I adore the squishiness of the Knit Picks Felici sport weight yarn I used. I am glad I snagged a bunch when it was duscontinued!

More Playing With Words

I have been thinking about our year of homeschooling and what we liked/ didn’t like/ might want to add etc. for next year.

One thing I am hoping will work well for us is “Tuesday Tea and Poetry” as described in the Brave Writer lifestyle. Basically you gather together to eat yummy snacks and share poetry each week. I have some poetry books around and am on the hunt to add more to make this an easy thing to do.

My daughter and I have also begun to hunt for unique tea cups and plates to serve our special tea and snacks.

Our local thrift store yielded the cute yellow flowered cup for $0.59.

In addition to reading poetry together, I want to explore different styles and methods of writing poetry. One idea that caught my eye was using cut up magazines to play with words.

I started to cut pages today with my daughter and she was instantly engaged and wanting to produce her own work!

Beginning to sort:

A poem for her brother who was born on Halloween:

A few others. The first is about moving and selling your house. Obviously the later ones are about flying and animals.

Kinda Like Pictionary

My son and I played a game called “Squint” the other morning. It is similar to Pictionary in that you draw cards and try to get your partner to guess a hidden word. In this case, however, you create the clues using card stocks tiles instead of drawing them. My son was great at this! I found it pretty challenging.