My latest pile of crocheted cowls. Color didn't matter. Made for a family reunion. Ten people gathering in NYC this week, most of whom come from a warmer climate. I hope my cowls keep them cozy. Most importantly...I hope they send me a picture of the group all wearing them.
We celebrated two half birthday's in February. We want to make sure each child is honored on their special day at the preschool and as 12 of our 19 children have a summer birthday we are more often celebrating half birthdays than actual ones.
More wooden kittens for the girls, made by my teaching partner. The top one for Madison, with a pastel crocheted pouch made by me...I added a long chain stitch cord made for wearing around the neck. The bottom one for Elsie...a bright colorful pouch for this little ray of sunshine.
And the sweet sheep? Why that one was made for me...when we ask the children what their favorite animal is I always share mine too and I never change...it is always the sheep. Provider of wool and milk that makes some of my favorite cheese. I celebrated MY birthday on Tuesday and my friend surprised me with my own little animal (however, we didn't bother singing "the earth goes round the sun..." for each year of my life!...we'd have been at the snack table forever!!)
It's been a busy week...catching up after my stay in Mexico. But I think I'm finally there.
For Alice. A sweet kitty in a pink woven pouch. A pearl button closure seemed the perfect complement to the softness of the wool. Kitties are a favorite of so many of the girls at the preschool this year, I'm sure this won't be the last month we'll be gifting them.
Another kitty, this one for Hattie ("kitty power" all the girls scream wearing capes and meowing ferociously). I crocheted her a pouch for carrying her new pet, using a scalloped edge I taught myself recently. She did not want to take it off at all that day.
And finally, for Aidric, whose favorite animal is a Tyrannosaurus. I crocheted the pouch using the lovely self striping rainbow yarn I can't seem to get enough of.
Rumors are that it may be too cold to go back to school (yet again) on Monday. Fingers crossed that it will heat up just enough, we are all missing too many days!
Time for healthier days. My boys were struck down this week with nasty fevers. It's as if the polar vortex just froze up their immunities and left them vulnerable. Fourteen kids absent from my fourth graders classroom, last I heard anyway. I wonder how his teacher likes having only eight in her room.
Nothing to do but wait it out, under piles of blankets or with a life long friend at your side.
I always think of these as the worst days of parenting. That feeling of helplessness. The worry. The wait. That frantic feeling that I can never do enough.
We play tag-team, Papa and I. He goes late to work, holds tight to the boys as long as he can until I can race home from the preschool to take my turn, leaving my teaching partner to end the day solo.
I remember, as a child, four or five years old. In my feverish state I heard my mother whisper to my father outside my bedroom door that I was "on fire". Such panic. I was sure my bed was engulfed in flames, yet the fever wouldn't allow me to open my eyes or even move a muscle. I have never forgotten that fear. So I'm careful when I talk about how hot their little bodies are, yet "on fire" seems appropriate to how much heat they are radiating.
While the worst of it seems to be over, they still have healing to do. The best thing I can do is crawl into bed with them, sing to them, let them know I am there. I busy my hands with a project and keep a watchful eye.
I've been knitting and crocheting these chunky cowls like a madwoman over the past week. I have my Fourth Annual Holiday Fair at the preschool coming up December 6th and I wanted to be able to offer some hand knits at my table. They are so fun to make and by squeezing in a minute here and there I have been able to make one a day this past week. They are so squishy and cozy, if they sell, I may have to make more for the family.
In other news...I love that on my way out the door to the preschool this morning, my nine-year-old said with a heavy heart...I'm getting close to the end of this book and I'm so sad! I don't want it to end!! Haven't we all felt that way about a book? My boy who usually only feels this way about his Percy Jackson, Star Wars and Louis Sacher books. This just feels more special because The Story of Helen Keller was my book when I was a girl...and it is from this book about Helen Keller that I learned the alphabet in sign language. My boys are both fascinated with ASL. We have been learning new signs daily through watching the series Swithched at Birth on Netflix and by visiting the video dictionary at the web-site called Lifeprint. Our dinner conversation is a now mix of Spanish, English and ASL.
I've continued crocheting up more squares that I first mentioned here. Not as rapidly as those I made on my trip to California, but here and there a few more get added to the stacks.
I'm using Boutique Treasure, in the same colorway I used to made this scarf for my sister-in-law earlier this year. I do love self-striping yarn!
But...now what? I didn't really think this through. It sort of began as an experiment after I taught myself how to crochet a square (these). I wanted to try it with a different yarn and I just kept going and going...at first I thought I would make a scarf, but I still love making these so it may turn it into a throw. The big question is how to stitch them together? Is it unheard of to stitch them together with thread like I did last time? I just don't want to introduce more color in between the squares. And is blocking them necessary? Seems like a lot of work if I don't have to.
Anyway...they look so pretty, I'm sure I'll be pleased with which ever direction I go.
In other news...super, happy, exciting news...tonight is a big night for some dear friends. Remember how we were voting on the marriage amendment here in Minnesota last November? Tonight we will be honored to attend the wedding of our friends as they become the very first couple to be married under our new laws. How quickly things have progressed here. You can read their story here, here and here.
The big challenge will be keeping my boys awake after midnight...wish me luck! xx
Last month I began fiddling around crocheting some little vessels. I found this solo skein of yarn in the reduced bin at Joann's and did not hesitate to buy it as I really love a self striping yarn.
It's a micro fiber yarn made by Premier Yarns (more information about it can be found here). I really love it's vibrant colors and had fun just trying it out in different ways. I experimented with crocheting a variety of vessels (one with a lid), I knit two gnomes (faces made with a different yarn) and then I taught myself how to to crochet a square and just barely had enough to finish the ninth one so I stitched them into a bigger square using thread. I had not one bit of yarn left over from these projects.
Another work trip. It had not been long since the last one, so it was nice to once again see my friends that I only get to be with when I do these programs.
Once-upon-a-time, I used to over-zealously pack a ton of crafting materials in my suitcase thinking I'd have lots of down time in my hotel room for working on projects. It over-whelmed me. Too many choices, so inevitably I never accomplished anything. Since then, I have learned. I packed two skeins of yarn and a crochet hook and busied myself on the plane and before bed making these little squares. It was quite fun.
So much to catch up on. I've got a back-log of posts that I've yet to write...you know how it is...it's summer after all.