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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yarn Along

Joining here...

I finished the body of T's sweater last night.  Activity has really cut into knitting time, and I have a super secret project in the car, which is fairly close to being finished.  And Greenwitch is also in the car, and also almost finished.  Hmmm...that's a lot of almosts.

Let me add another one to the pile.  I almost like this book.  I really want to like it, and a friend does, so I'm trying to give it a chance.  I picked it up solely based on the cover--I really like Carson Ellis' work.  Z began it a few months back and stopped after the first chapter.  "The parents make the daughter do too much," she said.  I suppose she can relate.  What are you knitting?  Reading?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Month 10: Freefall

What was it about September and G's tenth month?  It felt like we were home for all of three minutes, and in that time we managed to pull everything out of our closets and strew it in all the wrong places.  My "to do" lists have been growing, and there's not been any visible progress on the items at the top.  Or so it seems.   It truly feels nice to be busy, but I'd rather be busy at home than driving, filling time between activities, and planning for meals eaten while we're gone.

I'm ready for a wee break, which has been scheduled for right about now.  It appears I know myself well enough to plan in May, when I am most excited about homeschool, for some at-home, not-doing-homeschool days in October.

B...has been away for twelve hours every weekday in the last month.  I can't complain--he comes home in the evening, and he and I have a few minutes to spend together before he falls asleep on the couch.  This is just a new schedule for us, and will take just a little getting used to.  I marvel at God's wisdom, keeping B close to home last year, when we were all in need of rest.

I...have a Christmas craft list that's longer than my arm.  I am thrilled to be working on most of these projects, and glad that I'm under the delusion they'll all be finished in time to be under the tree.

Z...is a natural at golf?  Who knew!  Golf is certainly not on my radar, and wasn't until a homeschooling friend suggested this free golf program.  Z loves it. Loves it.

M...has been cooperating with T very well this month.  They still have their moments, but the more I praise him, the kinder he is.  Hmmm....

T...moved into a big boy bed--well, a toddler bed it the only kind that fits into our space.  He doesn't seem to mind, and can be found curled up in it whenever he wants to feel cozy.

G...has an insatiable curiosity and desire to move.  He reminds me of a cat I once had.  G's curiosity can get him into trouble, and lead to all kinds of forehead bruises.  He's walking three and four steps at a time, but needs to refine his technique.  His favorite thing to do is lunge at whatever he'd like to get to, fall face down on the floor, roll over, and repeat.

Check out those blue-green eyes!  I think they're here to stay.  What do you think?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Finished Friday

I made these Quick Change Trousers oh so long ago for G, and he's gotten quite a bit of wear out of them in the past few months.  They're a bit silly.  I went to the fabric store with one idea in mind and came home with completely different fabric.  That happens to me sometimes, and I'm still trying to decide if I like the pants.

G seems to.

They're size 18 mos, so they fit perfectly in the rear, but are too, too long.  Thankfully the growth pattern for my children starts out horizontal and then shifts to vertical, so I hope he's got a little longer to wear them.

The back contrast panel is in a brown that's similar to the brown in the raindrop pattern.

Try to ignore the bruises on G's forehead.  He seems to have them permanently; his personality is leap first, then look.  He's beginning to walk, or should I say dive?  Rather than take tentative, mincing steps, he takes one step and lunges for the closest stationary object.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yarn Along

Linking, knitting, reading with others...

The sweater is coming along.  I reknit the yoke and realized that the mistake that I noticed the first time around was just a peculiarity of the pattern.  It's pretty obvious to me that the increases on the front don't match.  At the same time, I just couldn't face ripping out and redoing the yoke.  Again.  And T looks so hopeful every morning that his sweater is finished.

My mother commented on the choice of books this week.  We've been listening to this series in the car, and I wanted to re-read the third installment before we started it aloud.  I read all of the series as a pre-teen, and remember being slightly frightened by Greenwitch.  Since my listeners are younger and on the sensitive side, previewing books helps us to weed out books that they'll appreciate more as they get older.  Ditto for The Midwife's Apprentice.  I'm halfway through it and have already deemed it an "enjoy later" book for Z.

One last fiber-related note--the beautiful purple cloth in the background is actually a hemp/cotton wrap on loan from a babywearing guru friend.  It's incredibly comfortable, although G is having a great time trying to backflip out of it.