Teacher’s Deserve More

Good morning!

Today marks our second day of “officially” home schooling William.  He started his official first day of kindergarten yesterday.  After doing this for two days (with 178 more to go) I can say that I have a newfound appreciation for our public school teachers.  It cannot be easy for them to deal with 30 (or sometimes more) individual little people each with their own individual little personalities.  Schools here in our local school district rank pretty highly in our state, but budget cuts keep happening.  How can we expect teachers to continue on the way they should and keep paying them less and less?

I can’t say for certain, as I am only teaching one little person, but I can only imagine the emotional and physical stress that teaching 30 little people puts on our teachers.  Teachers deserve respect both from students as well as parents.  If you are sending your child(ren) to public or even private or church schools, then please show the teacher the respect they deserve.  Teach you child(ren) to respect their teachers.  Ask the teacher if there is any way that you can help.  It is their job to teach your children, not raise them.

Well, I guess that’s the end of my ramblings for today.  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I’m not going to apologize for it!  A video “podcast” is still in the works.  Maybe with my new computer I will be able to get it started.  Thanks for “listening” to me ramble today.

 

God Bless,

 

Lacey

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Neck Cozy

My darling son went outside to play yesterday.  It was cold, so he didn’t stay out long.  Upon coming in he says, “Momma, you should knit me a neck cozy.”  So, what’s any good knitting mommy to do when her darling son requests such a thing?   Why knit a neck cozy of course!

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This is some really bright neon blue and yellow yarn that was hanging out in my stash.  The Boy picked out the colors.  I’m knitting it on US 15 (10 mm) needles with the yarn held double (obviously).  I’m not really following a pattern.  I cast on 46 stitches and I’m knitting in the round until I think it’s long enough.  Simple enough, right?

So, that’s all for now.  Happy crafting!

Lacey

Knitted Socks

I have a confession.  I love hand knit socks.  I love the way they feel on my feet.  I love the many different colors that sock yarn comes in.  I love that the socks that I knit for myself are custom sized for just my feet.  They will never fit anyone else the exact same way that they fit me.  I love that hand knit socks are my main “selfish” knit.

That being said, I finished a new pair of hand knit socks the other day.  The pattern is Scatterby Socks by Amy Stringer.  They are knit with Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom sock yarn in the Caramel Apple colorway.

Here they are in all their loveliness:

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Well, I guess that’s all for today. Thanks for coming along on my journey.

Lacey

Seeking Warmth

It has been quite cold here the last few days.  In response to that, I tend to gravitate toward projects that will offer some kind of warmth.  Today, I finished a cowl.  It’s called the Integral Entrelac Cowl by Kate Winkler.  The cowl is knit in the round instead of flat like Entrelac is usually worked. I used my hand spun yarn to knit the cowl. I am quite pleased with the way the finished project turned out.

 

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I look forward to wearing it.  The lovely colors and the promise of warmth are truly appealing.

 

Thanks for allowing me to share with you!

Lacey

An Old Pattern For The New Blog

Today I will be posting a cabled scarf pattern that I wrote.  The pattern is inspired by the Urban Zen Cabled Hat by Margaret MacInnes.  For this pattern any worsted weight yarn will do nicely.  I used size 8 needles, but feel free to use needles that give you the look you want.   Just a quick reminder, the edges did tend to curl just a bit, so blocking will be necessary.

 

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Isaac’s Scarf**

Recommended yarn:

Worsted Weight

Recommended needles:   5 mm

Gauge:

20 sts = 4 inches in stockinette (since this is a scarf pattern gauge isn’t really all that important though so don’t stress out if yours is off a bit)

Key:

k : knit

p : purl

p2tog : purl 2 together

k2tog : knit 2 together

c2r : slip one stitch onto cable needle, leave at back, k1, k stitch from cable                                   needle

c2l : slip one stitch onto cable needle, leave at front, k1, k stitch from cable                                   needle

Cast on 33 stitches

Rows 1 through 10: knit each row

Pattern Rows:

1: k5, p5, c2r, c2l, p5, c2r, c2l, p5, k5

2: k10, p4, k5, p4, k10

3: k5, p5, k4, p5, k4, p5, k5

4: k10, p4, k5, p4, k10

Repeat pattern rows until scarf is desired length.  Then do 10 more rows of knitting each row and cast off.

** This pattern was inspired by the Urban Zen Cabled Hat designed by Margaret MacInnis.

Note:  You can also do a slip stitch edge if you prefer a “neater” looking edge.

 

 

My current WIP’s

I have going at the moment (at least out in the open and not hiding in a project bag) a tatted doily, some crocheted flowers and my first Fair Isle/stranded color work project.

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Sorry for the glare, I had my Ott Light on as well as flash on the camera.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon with a finished project!!