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.

J is turning 40!

My husband is turning 40 and we are having a party!

The kids helped me make a big sign so people would know that our house was hosting a bday party vs. the Estate Sale being held next door.

My son helped mix and paint the blue background. My daughter helped paint and glue on plastic gems 🙂

We had a clown/ magician/ balloon guy! J. Was a great sport!

So was his dad…

We had tons of food. And cake.

It was nice so many friends and family members could come!

First EZ Pattern

That is “Elizabeth Zimmerman” for non- knitters. She was an interesting knitter with a brain for unique knitting instructions… No line by line help here! She expects you to think and try things out and personalize them for your own use.

I have been reading her books and itching to try one out. I decided I would cast on for a Tomten jacket for a friend’s doll. She loves orange so I picked that and some accent colors and set to work. This pattern was fun and easily adjusted as I knit. I learned a few new techniques that I will definitely use again like garter stitch short rows (to make the back slightly longer than the front) and attached I-cord trim. It was quick and fun to make! I am already ready to start a new EZ design.

Dance Recital

My daughter performed in a recital at the local theater with her hip hop class. She had a bit of stage fright the night before, but we talked through everything that could possibly go wrong and how it would be ok no matter what. Good thing we did as 3 of the 10 dancers didn’t make it, including the boy who was supposed to act goofy and get the others to leave the ballet line and join in with hip hop dance. Luckily one of the girls offered to fill in, the others switched their places around, and the show went on! She had a blast and is really excited that she will be going to a week of dance camp in June.

Geronimo Stilton

My daughter just finished her third Geronimo Stilton book. This is a really big deal to her as she read them out loud all by herself. This is the first year she read whole books instead of just bits with me and she was very insistent that I not help or read ahead.

She made this bookmark to mark her spot.