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It’s been 3 weeks since my last post. What have I been doing ? You know, besides the usual?

[Digression: I started feeling really bad about not writing for so long.  And then I got irritated at feeling bad because this is supposed to be FUN! And mostly for me anyway, so why all the negative feelings? Then I read this and it really struck a nerve. If you blog, do read it. You’ll feel better about infrequent blogging!]

Knitting socks…this pair is for daughter #1 and

…this pair for daughter #2.

They don't look it in the photo, but they are the same size!

 

Making a quilt for a colleagues who just had their first baby.

Starting a few seedlings

(I know, I know…they are very leggy because I don’t use grow lights. It’s on the project list!)

Making more frames for raised beds.

Positioning before digging it in.

Ready for planting!

Chasing the cat out of the new raised beds. (See photo above – can you spot little cat tracks?)

Enjoying beautiful spring weather, celebrating the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts of America with a brisk sunrise ceremony, traveling to Warsaw to hear Jane Goodall (!) speak at a teacher’s conference, celebrating my daughter’s 10th birthday,  attending student art shows and music recitals..and NOT looking at my blog stats.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hat is Done!

Not bad for a first effort…

The most important thing – the recipient LOVES it!

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Learning to Knit

I have wanted to learn to knit for a long time and I’m thrilled to say that the time has finally arrived!

Why I never asked my mother to teach me, I do not know. She’s a great knitter. Look at these beautiful stockings she made the girls:

My good friend and neighbor Andrea offered to teach me to knit if I would teach her to quilt. We haven’t had many lessons yet – one to be exact! But hopefully they will start in a day or so when I finally shake this little cold I have.

But I couldn’t wait to get started, so I checked this awesome book our of our school library:

It’s called “Kids Knitting: Prjoects for Kids of All Ages” by Melanie Falick.

We started with finger knitting. So fun and easy that both girls were able to do it immediately, much to their delight.

Then we started with needles (thank goodness my mother-in-law is a knitter and could lend us needles). Also, thanks to former colleague Peggy who left me a box full of left over yarn!

The book explains casting on and knitting very clearly and soon we were doing both. It was a little frustrating for Sofie, but Olivia is doing quite well.

Today she experimented with increasing and decreasing!

I practiced making little squares and then used a finger knit cord (Christmas present from Olivia) to fashion a little bag, modeled by Sofie:

Close ups:

My first knitted project! OK, it’s not that impressive, but I’m definitely hooked now!

Next project – very cute tasseled hat from book:

I’m half way there!

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