• Knitting

    The First Hats of the Season

    “Hey, guys! You know what would be super fun to do this afternoon since it feels like 37º with the humidity? Take photos of you in your new hats!” Well, maybe not so much, but Adam and Leah were really good sports about it all — mostly because they were happy that I’m ahead of schedule on the annual winter woollies production. Leah even offered to wear a hoodie to keep with the cold weather theme and Adam quickly followed suit. This year I put my foot down about knitting with black yarn (my eyes just can’t handle it), so Adam opted for the darkest grey possible: Carbon. Teenagers. I picked…

  • Knitting

    A Cabled Poncho for Leah

    I’m not usually a fan of test knits these days — my knitting time is limited and I want to be reasonably sure that whatever pattern I choose is just going to work. However, when Sunni from Sweet Shop Patterns posted a testing call for a super cute poncho last month, I was immediately smitten. So was Leah — apparently her fall wardrobe had a poncho-shaped hole in it that needed to filled. Armed with three skeins of Victory DK from Knitted Wit (in Mighty Oak), I promptly cast on for the size 8 and began what felt like a never-ending piece of knitting. It didn’t help that I kept pausing…

  • Homeschool

    Back to (Home) School

    It’s official: I’m now the parent of both a fifth and an eighth grader. Wait, scratch that. I’m the homeschooling parent of both a fifth and an eighth grader. Yikes! After an extended summer vacation of doing an awful lot of nothing (save for a week of camping for each kid), Leah and I have been counting down the days to school beginning with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Adam, on the other hand, tried to cram as much Minecraft as humanly possible into the last days of summer, knowing that school was about to get in the way of his mostly unfettered access to the computer. Today was…