Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunny Citron

I shared this colorful Citron last week, and she has grown tremendously since then. I'm almost finished with section 5, although you can't really tell with all the stitches crammed onto a 24" circular. I really should switch to a larger circular, but it's kind of funny to see all the little laceweight stitches stacked up on a short cable.

I'm still planning on 8 sections plus the ruffle, so 3-ish sections remain. I'm working out the math tonight so I can go into section 6 after work tomorrow without too much difficulty. I find that I always need to let knitting math sit for a day or two after I work it out if I want to knit on with limited errors and less frustration.

This week I started into Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross for a lighter fiction read. Much of my reading time has been going into education related books that requires processing and note-taking. I'm hoping that about two weeks from now I come out of all of this classical education reading and listening with a more fully formed mental picture of classical education from the broad picture that will take us through high school down to the minutae of how individual days might look at different stages. I have a very good idea of what I'm going to adjust right now and try over the summer, but some of it is still coming together in my mind.

Any spinners out there who would like to connect? 
Join us on Fridays for a link up in this space, sharing whatever you have been spinning this week. 

{Joining with Ginny and Frontier Dreams.}

Monday, April 14, 2014

Classical Education Audio

I'd love to say that I accomplished a lot physically over the weekend, but one overzealous medication sat me down hard. I am still learning to balance this whole auto-immune thing, and I am surprised by just how bad I can feel after feeling so great earlier in the day. I saw the nurse practitioner at my rheumatologist's office and made an adjustment to the medication that already is helping to deal with the side effects.

The boys worked on cleaning out the garage and cars on Saturday while I rested. Ellie even contributed, mostly by running around and drawing with sidewalk chalk.

While they were all busy outside I was busy with the printer and headphones- I worked more on my homeschool binder for the next few terms and organizing my part of our materials, including printing out several lists I've collected or made to help me know at a glance where we are with things.

I also listened to several lectures (and took a lot of notes) over the weekend while I sorted and printed and hole punched: 

Why Latin and How to Teach it in Grades 3-6 by Dr. Christopher Perrin {scroll down to the section titled Audio Lectures (MP3)}

What Are We Doing To Our Boys? by James Daniels

The Long Haul: On Morning Time by Cindy Rollins

Eight Essential Principles of Classical Education by Dr. Christopher Perrin {This is a youtube video- the beginning of a series. Be prepared to take notes!}

My brain is still in processing mode over a few of these lectures. I went back through my notes this morning and filled things out a little more fully from what I remembered, and added thoughts on how the application might look in our homeschool. Summer is always a great time for us to try on a new routine for awhile and see how it works out before adopting it permanently, so I envision a few changes to begin around June.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spin Share: A Spinning Link Up

{I love to see what everyone is spinning up. Would you share a photo and a few words about what you are spinning this week? Share a link to your work in comments to share the spinning love!}

I started spinning this fiber back in December or January before my hands went haywire. Over the last few weeks or so I've been working on spinning a little bit each day trying to help my hands get back into spinning shape. The singles are more or less turning out fine, but consistency is iffy in places. I definitely feel like everything is coming together better each day, but there is certainly more improvement to be made.

What are you spinning this week? I'd love to see your work! 

Please link to your own progress this week in comments so we can visit.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Color Chicken

The Exploding Socks have really been a journey for me. See, I LOVE color, but I really struggle with how exactly to use it. That leads to me knitting with tonals or solids, and without a lot of color variation unless specifically directed by someone else, simply because I'm a color chicken. I truly love the colors in these socks and have ever since the yarn first crossed my screen, but I was so nervous that it took awhile to actually buy the yarn, even though I loved it every single time I came back drooling. And then when I did buy it, it took me forever to actually cast on and then actually finish.

I was nervous the whole time, and I shouldn't have been.

I've said it before, but the Leyburn pattern is such a lovely pattern to knit. The stitch pattern is simple and easy to memorize, but looks really complex. It helped break up some of the potential pooling, but left some as well in a really cool "tiger stripe", as my boys call it. I did adjust the pattern somewhat- I really like the fabric I get for socks on a size 1 needle, so I did go with 64 stitches around as I usually do and I fiddled around with the numbers to get the pattern to go across the top of the sock exactly as I wanted it to.

I'm working hard this year on overcoming my mental color struggle. It's really strange, to be honest. I'm really drawn to brighter things and interesting color combinations (pretty much everything dyed by Nerd Girl Yarns and JulieSpins), but I freeze up when it comes to actually doing it myself. I need to be willing to experiment more and remember that it is JUST YARN. It can be ripped back and re-knit.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I finished my Exploding Socks last week, and finally felt the first urge to move on from socks for a bit. Oh, I still have a pair on the needles (Comicon Socks, just past the heel turn on both), but I plan to keep it at just one pair for awhile so that I can work on a few other things, namely a "YAY for warm weather" Citron:

This is Nerd Girl Yarns base w00t (lace weight) in the colorway Earth Death that I received as part of the Doctor Who club last summer. I love the way this is knitting up, and it's going to be an awesome summer shawl out at the ballpark in the later evenings. I'm in the middle of the second section, and I'm going to see if I can get eight sections out of the yardage I have.

For reading I'm finishing Shirt of Flame by Heather King and I've just begun Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. I first read Celebration of Discipline back in high school as part of one of my classes my senior year. It is quite a different read 15 years, 1 marriage and 3 kids later. I'm reading it slowly in the mornings and writing later in the day on it as time allows.

{If you are a spinner, would you be interested in coming back to this space on Fridays for a link up? Similar to this one, it's a "post whatever you are spinning" type of share. I hope to see you and your beautiful spinning on Friday!}

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