Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I shouldn't have said anything about monogamous knitting on the podcast on Monday- I moved away from the shawl that very day and I'm working hard to finish my Comicon socks at the moment. They're both just about to the toes, and from there it's all down hill so I figured it would be best to put my efforts there and end up with a finished project by week's end... or thereabouts.

The citron shawl got to the place where each row takes a bit of time to get through, so it's a little harder for me to pick up and put down when there are little hands just waiting for the opportunity to let some stitches loose- precisely what I don't need right now.

Only a few days until my studio's recital for this year, then a week of "freedom" (which means no studio teaching, but extra schooling, and still all the baseball practices and trampoline and instrument practicing and other kid things that go on around here) then back in the studio for a few weeks to finish out the year and get everything cleaned up so that I can focus my month off between sessions on creative endeavors.

There's a garden to put in, and a creative space to build in the spare room. I've been collecting ideas for this space for a little while now, but it's still pretty nebulous in my mind. I really need to sit down and work out the pieces of this thing so that I can get moving on it as soon as that time becomes free.

I'm reading a few things right now, but mostly The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon at night. Mostly because it's on the kindle (which I can read on in the dark), but also because I'm needing to tuck in at night and not have to think after thinking hard all day about too many things.

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.

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