Friday, March 3, 2017

Mercury Socks

I did it!  I did it... again!  I finished a pair of socks!!

I am really starting to love this process and the idea of actually having a million pairs of my own hand knit socks.

I even made all my family let me trace their feet on cardboard, so that I could make them socks too.

I am a little giddy about this folks.

As for the Mercury Socks by Kim Drotar, I will definitely make another pair someday.  I am not sure I liked it with the yarn I chose though (Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Holi Festival).  I loved the yarn and the color was so fun, but it was not that easy to knit with those shop needles.  It kept separating and such.  The lady at the yarn store recommend it when I said I was looking for a speckle yarn to make socks.  But I think it was really the only speckle they had.  Anyway, They are lovely, if not very matchy-matchy.  Hmmm, I sound like I am complaining too much.  I really do love them and I am excited that they are done.  I think, however, that this yarn would have looked better knit as a plain vanilla sock.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lent 2017

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and what I should do for Lent.  I am notorious for going overboard and failing too soon in am ambitious goals.

So this year I wanted to take a step back and do something truly meaningful and something that will bring me closer to God and to those I love.

Over at the Blessed Is She community the theme for this year is Put on Love.  This struck me very deeply and I have been watching their instal-stories where people share ways they put on love everyday.

I realized that there is so much more I can do.

Saint Pope John Paul II said, "As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”  When I read that quote I knew that this Lent I was going to really focus on taking care of my family and my home.  I want to make sure that the relationships we have our being nourished, by me, every day in a myriad of ways.

I have been feeling as though I have been that mean mom lately and I also feel that a lot of things have been let go around the house with illness and busyness.  So for the next 40 days, my goal is to make more time for those I love and to work on creating a more loving home for my family.

It will be a conscious effort, not just something I do, but something I strive to do. 

I will let you know how it goes over the next few weeks and share with you some of the ways in which I plan to PUT ON LOVE for those around me.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wee Ambrosia

I am so in love with this little sweater.  I am tempted to make one for myself, but I will have to think about that for awhile.  It would be an investment and I just spent lots of money on yarn... my birthday is next week you know...

Anyway, the Wee Ambrosia by Gudrun Johnston is a dream to knit.  It came together quickly and I learned new techniques too, which is always a bonus.  I have said in the past that I don't think I have been challenging myself enough in my knitting.  That is probably why I decided to finally overcome my phobia of socks!

The yarn, Preciosa by Knit Picks in Boysenberry, was gorgeous, too.  I loved the way it felt when I was working with it and the absolutely gorgeous color never got old.

A highly recommended project and so satisfying!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Homeschooling in February

There is a rumor going around that February is a horrible month for homeschoolers.  I am actually not sure this is true.  I know for me, May is often torture!  But It makes sense that February would be terrible.  Christmas is past, Easter is too far away.  It is simply just winter.  And often, very winter.

This year has been very different for us.  We had a very unpleasant experience trying a charter school.  The backfire of that time exploded any love I had for homeschooling.  I knew I didn't want to send my kids to brick and mortar, well, 85% sure I didn't want to.  I think there was a day when I did call some school to find out when an orientation was going to be.  But I didn't go.  I know this is my vocation, even though it sometimes really drives me batty.

I seriously considered a year of radical unschooling, and we did take three months to recover.  I spent that time contemplating what we should do and where our homeschool was going to go.  And while I love the idea of unschooling I fear I am too lazy to do it properly.  I also think that I have simply too many kids and not enough money to make it a truly successful endeavor.  I have said these things before and I find them to still be true.

So that left me in a slump.  I was just not sure where to go or what to do.  The whole situation and the following months of  nothing very constructive, had left me questioning everything about our homeschool journey so far.  I listened to a lot of advice.  But in the end I knew that a more formal homeschool was going to be right for us.

While I loved the romantic notion of everyone floating about with fairy wings garnering knowledge like a bee does honey, I knew that was not a possible reality in our hectic and busy life.  I wanted them to have time to do that, but also time to sit with serious study.  I didn't want them to miss an opportunity because the knowledge had not been presented to them.  Gaps will happen, so I am not saying I want them to LEARN ALL THE THINGS! But I wanted them to be able to presented with ideas that might not come up in our normal day to day.

I weighed all our options.  I wanted them to have a Catholic education and plenty of time to explore.  I wanted them to be challenged but also intrigued.  We have been following Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum's history timeline or RC History for a long time, but I knew that I was going to need more help this time.  I love RC History, but was always very uncomfortable that it was not complete and felt I could not use it as our main history curriculum because of that.  So I am using it to supplement the Catholic Heritage Curricula's history timeline.  I am using mostly CHC and enjoying the help the boxed curriculum is giving me.  It is actually giving us more freedom and it has taken immense pressure off of me and I feel less guilty about whether I am doing enough.  Along with Meet the Masters for art and the Life is Precious program for health, we are finally finding a good groove for us.

We have been back in the saddle for a few weeks now and I occasionally freak out and think about throwing that homeschool hand grenade, but I see how we are starting to gather steam.  We are getting it done and having more time for play.  I tossed aside a few things that were simply not working for us but I thought that we had to do and embraced things that I had neglected for too long, even while doing charter schools and such.

This February has been going amazing so far!  But then, it is more like September for us.  So ask me again in May!  Hopefully I will still feel the same.