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Stepping Up a Level...

Having successfully completed the girls hand-warmers, I felt it was time to take the next step in glove knitting and learn how to add a thumb gusset. So I grabbed this lovely dark chocolate yarn that came in my first Yarnica box (one of those unassigned skeins I ordered just because the color was so yummy), read through a few patterns to get an idea of what to do, and started knitting. I'm so happy with the finished result.

I purposefully made this one shorter cuffed because I've found my first pair doesn't play nice with sweatshirts. I'm also SOOOO excited about the close fit of this hand-warmer, much more like a glove, which feels wonderful. I really like the simplicity of this design and I think it will lend itself easily to the addition of details such as cables or color work. I've decided since I have yet to follow a pattern created by someone else, maybe I should write down my own so I can work from something more than my memory! (Though when I am ready to take a crack at following a pattern, Dashing will be it. I am so in love with these hand-warmers!) I have just a few tweaks to make to this pattern for the next pair and I think it will be the perfect base pattern for me to work from.

With completion of this little guy I'm ready to start working on the pairs of hand-warmers that have been requested from my dear and lovely non-knitting friends. Unfortunately I can't knit this little guy's partner until I order more yarn. Important yarn ordering lesson: even if you don't have a plan, always order at least 2 skeins of any color...especially when it's eventual use will probably be for hands or heads! Fortunately I do have 2 skeins of moss green waiting for some attention.



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Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.