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knitting1My projects from last night!

While Maddie is at camp I am getting ready fro 7th grade. Last night I counted the articles relating to our history time period for the year in the National Geographic Almanac of World History, and also checked out The Industrial Revolution for Kids and Voices from Primary Sources. I’m re-reading Deconstructing Penguins slowly and deliberately taking notes this time around! The Well Trained Mind is always at hand while I plan too.

I decided that my last ripping out of the Moody sweater was the last one and changed gears to Sedona. I think that Moody was just too much for me at the moment! Maybe another time when things are quieter all around in life and I have time to think. Sedona is going much smoother and I am enjoying it more which is, after all, the point to a hobby! Maddie loves the colors and will be excited to see the progress I’ve made. My mom gave Maddie quite a bit of costume jewelry pins and we think one of those will look great as the closure rather than buttons and a chain.

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A Nest for Celeste

IMG_1119This spring I found out that all 3 of my “graduates” from day care were coming back for the summer! We are so excited. All 3 of them have spring birthdays so I thought we would have an un-birthday party for them the first day they are all here together. I decided I would give each one a cup cozy with a toy pocket. I will have to make the pocket a bit bigger than the pattern directions give however! I was hoping to put a lego minfigure into the pockets like Maddie’s but the summer minifigures are all based on the Simpsons. So I had to find other things which will not be so small…. The pattern is called Fairy Cup Cozy.

Since Maddie and I finished Harry Potter we are reading A Nest for Celeste. We saw it at the library and when we read that Audubon’s assistant was part of the story we decided we had to read it. The illustrations are beautiful. We are not too sure yet how the author feels about Audubon though, its show a decidedly negative side to what he was doing. I am hoping that we can figure this out before we get to the end!

I am listening to Christy. I have not read this story in quite a long time and am really enjoying it! Kellie Martin is reading the story which is nice because she played Christy in the miniseries. Maddie has slid in to listen to parts along with me which has been fun too. I am still reading the Outlander series although I am nearing the end finally! This is my second time reading them! When I read the latest one I realized I had forgotten quite a bit so decided to go back to the beginning and read them one after the other.

What are you knitting and reading? I’ve seen some other people mention knitting podcasts. Can anyone recommend a good one? Joining Ginny at Small Things.

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Knitting in the woods

IMG_0999We had so much fun last week in Virginia! You can read all about our visits to Monticello, Appomattox Court House, The Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Vernon here. One of the fun parts of our stay was the cabin we rented at Bear Creek Lake State Park. It was so lovely! My favorite part was the wrap around porch which is where I went with my knitting whenever I had a minute! Mostly that was in the early morning before Brian and Maddie were up. I worked on another hexipuff and got quite a lot done on my shawl (in the picture above). We also did a lot of nature journaling, especially with trees since we had just been to forestry camp! The leaf is from a tulip tree. I was reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes in addition to all the field guides! Our last day we added to the Cabin Journal. We had so much fun reading everyone’s comments and reasons for being there. So many good stories! Now we are back at work although Maddie is done with school and enjoying more free time! What have you been reading or knitting?

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Yarning Along at Forestry Camp


We spent the last weekend at 4H Forestry camp (more about that here). I brought along yarn to try making a hexipuff for the Beekeeper’s Quilt Pattern. I thought it would be a good way to use up my leftover sock yarn and it would be great fun to have a blanket made up of all my leftover yarn! The knitting was quite easy. I haven’t completed it yet because I need some fiberfill and to locate the right size crochet hook! The library called the day we left to say they had What the Robin Knows for me. Some of the moms in a book club for kids nature books were recommending it. I didn’t get very far along yet but what I’ve read has been interesting! I mostly sat to knit and read in the early morning before most parents and kids were up. I also did some during the day when I needed to give Maddie some space to make friends or work on her test.

The tag on the tree had answers to how big and how much volume the tree had so the kids could practice with Biltmore sticks.

IMG_0782We came home on Mother’s Day. Maddie and Brian had sent pictures to Knit Girl in Idaho which she then made into stitch markers for me! One is Maddie’s photo that I took and the other is from our trip to the Christman Sanctuary. I love them and put them right onto my shawl that I showed last week.

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Knitting and Reading


I picked up my shawl to start working on again. I got frustrated with it a while back but decided to pull it out, go slowly and do it when it is quiet. I’ve made some progress thank goodness and frustration hasn’t come into play…..yet! I am reading The Fiery Cross on my kindle which is part of the Outlander series. I’ve read them all once but have gone back to re-read them closer together which is helping my recall quite a bit! In preparation for 4H Forestry Camp we are reading The Woods Scientist.

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Yarn Along!


I am working on a prayer scarf…well, actually several….for our church. I hope to have enough that each graduating senior will have one to pack for college. We often do prayer shawls but I had read about this idea and liked it.This particular one is for someone entering the military. My Ravelry notes are here. I am reading many things at once! The ones in this picture though are The Canterbury Tales which I am reading aloud to Maddie. Maddie is coloring in a coloring book about Chaucer while I read. We are both enjoying this version which quite surprised me! The other book is The Harp and the Laurel Wreath which I am reading to find some poetry for next year. I am not sure yet if I will have Maddie copy it over or memorize it or just read!


I thought I would add this picture in too! This was the first really nice day of spring that we had last week. I was able to sit out on the porch for some knitting while listening to The Lord of the Rings on my Kindle. The sparrows were all quite upset that I was back out there in their world and lined up on the railing to let me know how upset they were! I tried to get a picture but I guess they felt they had said enough. The notes about the sweater are here.

I hope you are getting some spring weather too!! Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along!


Yarn Along!

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Here are our projects this week! I am about 1/2 way with the second sock for Maddie. She is anxiously waiting for it! I am hoping at this point that I can complete it and have them in her Easter basket. My other project once Maddie is in bed is a little hooded coat for Matilda Bunny that I made for Easter last year. Maddie and I love this little sweater because Matilda’s ears will stick through the hood. Who could resist, right?

Maddie and I are reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream as her first Shakespeare play. We read it in Charles and Mary Lamb’s book first and are now reading it in the Shakespeare Made Easy version. I am also reading through How to Teach your Children Shakespeare. Since he starts with A Midsummer’s Night Dream that was the one we did first too!

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