I finally finished the knit dolls I first posted about here.
I got stuck on the hair. It took me a while to figure out something that would be durable enough with all the play. And (of course) I kept putting them down again and again and again.
I introduced them to the kids this week and my heart was bursting! They were brought into play immediately...they were nutured, loved, held, fed, rocked and given their own special beds with silk blankets.
I was on a roll this week. I did manage to finish up the pixie hats this morning and my boys had fun trying them on (again and again). They are super squishy and super cozy so live up to the yarn name... Cozy Wool. Just the right amount of wool to make them warm, but with enough acrylic to keep it from being too scratchy (as wool can be).
If you've been reading my blog for a while, these may look familiar...it was almost a year ago I posted my first pixie hat.
And completely unrelated...my sister shared this video link with me (a crow sledding?)...we have only watched it about a dozen times and with each viewing, we laugh ourselves to tears!! (Thanks Sistah!)
I cast on a new hat during breakfast each day this week and managed to finish it just after lunch. I have some stitching up to do but should have these ready in time for the Reyes party tomorrow. Even though Three King's Day isn't until Monday, we'll celebrate it early. My boys still leave hay and water by their bed to feed the camels of Los Tres Reyes Magos. I love that.
I've never been to Embarrass, MN but am thinking of those who live there (about four hours drive North of me). Since we have been on break from school we have had eight days of below zero temps (with two oddball days in the 40's???) and I'm beginning to feel a little stir crazy. Nothing like being imprisoned by the cold! But at least we're not in Embarrass, where they dropped to a frigid -43 degrees last night.
Sorry about boring weather chat...but it's what we do here in the winter months.
Happy New Year!!!
The boys and I finally tried borax snowflakes...such fun! We made about a dozen, filled every available mason jar in the house. Truly a wonderful moment-each and every time-to lift that crystal crusted pipe cleaner snowflake out of the water. They gave all but this one away.
Some of the bulbs we planted finally bloomed...glorious paper whites to ring in the New Year. (Looks like it's a New Year tradition for us!)
I've got a new project in mind for 2014. It involves this beautiful soft and squishy wool osprey yarn from quince&co. Let's see if my fingers warm up enough to get it started.
Wishing you all a beautiful, happy and warm start to the New Year.
With only an hour before I had to pick the boys up from school, I knew I would never make it. The checkout line was eighty people deep!! Then someone announced wool and yarn and cash only and she would come to you and add up your things and you could pay and be on your way. I didn't waste a second and easily filled the above plastic bins. The smaller bin had shetland wool and 262 yards of beautiful chocolate hand spun inside...$4!
So, I went a little crazy, but any of you knitters out there understand...all the above, lovely cones, hand dyed and hand spun, assortments of wool yarn and oh so much more...this plus a bin of beautifully dyed roving all for fifty-seven dollars. Yes. Most definitely...Merry Christmas to me.
Started the week with parent conferences. It can be so emotional sometimes. Telling stories to the parents about their children. I'm very sensitive to the fact that we are (in most cases) their child's first step away from home. And there is that hole for them. Their children are living a life of their own in the hours they spend at my school. I want to share all the happiness, love, joy and wonder that is their child's when they are with me. It never feels like enough.
Family haircuts. Loved it! Bring your hair stylist into your home and she cuts everyones hair in one night. It was such a party! The pictures don't tell the whole story...the boys had a blast. Wish I could show off my new 'do, but my hair has been pushed into a hat these days.
The bedroom got a new look too.
Before...(but after the ceiling and trim)...
during...with a little help from Julen..
We put no thought into the color...How about this one? Ok. So we went with it. I love it. Now we just need to move the furniture back.
We had friends visit from the farm...bringing tons of bulbs. John spent a couple hours with the boys planting them all. The house will be blooming in no time.
Found some good reading at the library...so many beautiful new projects to try.
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.
Remember this post? The never-ending to do list. I've crossed some off, but added so much more. It overwhelms.
Two new dolls in the works. I'm trying knit ones this time. Also, I managed to paint the cubbies and racked my brain to come up with a way to secure the children's names to each box. Name plates are not easy to find, yet taping them down like we have in the past have never worked well. What I came up with are these outlet box covers I found at the hardware store, I wrote the children's names on watercolored paper and secured them with screws. These are not going anywhere!
I went back to school a week ago today. So many new little children. Starting over from scratch. This is how you sit in a chair, line up, use a scissors. Once May comes I forget how little they understood in the beginning. I'm also astonished how quickly these wee ones make friends, establish trust and respond to the rhythm of our days.
Last week, one of our girls who has now entered Kindergarten brought us the banner she and her family made for us over the summer. I just couldn't wait to hang it up on the garage. I love looking at it through the window from the kitchen.
So while we are all working hard to establish rhythm at school we are also working very hard to find our routine at home too. My first went back to school, then my baby started Kindergarten (I love that big brother wanted to walk Julen into school on his first day...you know, to "show him the ropes")
My days feel frantic, still trying to sort everything out, and oh yeah, I can't forget to mention the chaos that is our house right now. Newly refinished floors, we are still painting and there is no furniture in it's correct place...here's the "before"...I'll get to the after once we finish. We've been eating outside evey night. Hopefully, not for long.
Last night's storms brought dozens of branches and tons of acorns down to the ground prematurely. On our walk around the lake today the boys gathered up handfuls of oak tree pieces. So I knit up these little cutie acorn head gnomes. Julen spent the rest of his day lost in imaginative play with these two. They are such a hit, guess I'll have to stitch up a few more.