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Yarnica Has Come Again...

A little box from Knit Picks arrived today. Honestly it only has 4 skeins of yarn. A brown cotton to make a partner to my lone original shorty hand-warmer. A blue cotton which matches another single skein I had purchased with no use in, mind for which I now have a use in mind but know I'll probably need a second skein. And 2 skeins of a wool yarn called mocha twist (brown and black twisted yarn). Love the name and I thought a nice choice for a certain friend in Texas waiting for her warmers. I also got a couple new sets of needles as a girl need more than one size right?

However the most exciting contents are the books I ordered. (Have I talked yet about my slight obsession with books? If not, let it be know, I LOVE BOOKS!) One on socks, one on luxury one-skein knits, and this lovely little book:

It has amazing, yet simple projects in it and I can hardly wait to finish up the hand-warmers I have on "order" so I can tackle a striped felted tote, or some knitted cupcakes, or the felted bowls. I don't know where I'm going to start, but I think with this book in hand it's going to be a while before I am finished! What's even more dangerous is that the designer, Leigh Radford, has two other books out, that from the pictures available on her website, I'm pretty sure will need to become part of my library soon! I love the idea of felting and apparently so does she. Check out her super cute stuff.



My Most Read Thoughts


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.