Yarn Along

pink sweater


I’m joining Ginny today for Yarn Along

The pink sweater is actually progressing.  Slowly, but progressing.  A row here and there adds up slowly but steadily.  I’m hoping for serious knitting time this coming weekend.  This week I’m reading Why Is Milk White? & 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions by Alexa Coelho and Simon Quellen Field.  So far the “Why” and “How” questions look like they’ll pique my older one’s curiosity.

  • Why does snow melt?
  • How do we make different colored fireworks?
  • Why are boys usually taller than girls?

She announced a couple of weeks ago that she thinks science is boring.  Good grief, that’s like egging me on to prove her wrong.  This is the fun of supplementing traditional school at home.

I think I’m now armed with a great resource for this little bookworm.  She won’t understand all of the book, but the bulk of the questions will be ones she’ll be able to comprehend.  While she’s busy reading the book I’m sure I’ll have to get busy finding some great experiments to hook her.  How could you not love science?  It’s so exciting and interesting.  But apparently I have to prove my case.  How’s your knitting?  Are you reading anything fun?

Yarn Along

IMG_4738 Joining Ginny today for a Yarn Along post.

I’ve been remiss in posting lately as I take on some other creative projects for my side job doing web design and logos.  I was able to work on a fun project designing a logo and a business card for a client about a week ago.  I have two client websites simmering along in the development stage too so I’m very busy!IMG_4733

I love that work but I’ve been missing knitting time.  Last night I was able to dedicate some time to working on the lace section of the sweater.  It was wonderful to knit and read for awhile.  My little sweetheart was only somewhat awake this morning before school and she barely allowed to me to snap pictures of her in the sweater.  It was so hard for her to smile when she was so sleepy!

Right now I’m re-reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion and flipping through Paleo Comfort foods for some good cooking inspiration.  We have to eat grain free around here so some I’m loving this cookbook.  My favorite cookbooks have pictures for most every dish and this one delivers!  The biscuits and sawmill gravy is the recipe that grabs me today…I need to slip that into the menu in the next few days.  Meanwhile I’ll be searching for some new dinner ideas. IMG_4728

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny for today’s Yarn Along at Small Things

My knitting has been sadly relegated to last place for many weeks. All other crafting and sewing took priority in preparation for Christmas. I found out the hard way that knitting a new-to-me lace pattern that requires customization should never be done when tired or when there won’t be time to finish a section of a row. I think that in total I have ripped out the lace 3 times. I seem to be on a roll again as of Sunday and am now carefully marking my pattern to keep track of my place. I had almost given up on the lace and moved on to the mindless circle knitting in the arms but a knitting friend patiently helped me find a few mistakes and start afresh.

 This week I’m reading Joan Pagano’s Strength Training for Women. I like this one because it lists a category of exercise… for instance Upper Body shows a series of exercises in thumbnail pictures broken up into rows based on difficulty level. I don’t like flipping through a huge book to remind myself of good weight training ideas- having a two page spread of my options seems so quick and easy to follow. Whenever I need to pull myself out of a rut or start exercising again it is a wonderful motivator.