Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Knitting Along

{Knitting along with Ginny again this week}

Ladies and gents, the March sock is so not done. I did get it knit up to the heel turn, but that is going to have to wait until I'm finished with the recital on Sunday. I'm teaching late every night, and then spending the rest of the evening trying to finalize the program, entering compositions into Finale, and taking care of the gazillions of details that go into planning a program with 52 participants and all their family and friends. So, March sock? Let's aim for April 15th. There's only about 6 more hours in that sock (maybe?) but it sadly has to wait.

And a question for you sock knitters- how many hours would it take you to finish a sock like this? A pretty average lace pattern, tiny cable on either side of the lace, stockinette otherwise, minimal ribbing at the top... It seems like I've been knitting this sock forever, but I really only have about 4 hours total in it aside from getting the toe started. Perhaps it's just second sock syndrome catching up to me...

I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and while I like to read non-fiction, this was very different. It almost felt like a novel in the way it was told and I couldn't put it down. I know that added to my unfinished sock (though I did read while I knit) but this story- heartbreaking in so many ways, elating in so many ways... you simply must read it. This may end up being the best book I'll read this year.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


We work all semester in the studio toward this one weekend, and now it's just a few days off...

 {Ezra folding laundry}

So there is extra time in the studio for me, more time for the boys with their aunt and grandparents and daddy too...

 {he takes it very seriously}

And the homeschooling conference is this weekend too...

 {Seriously, guys- he *loves* folding laundry- he didn't get that from me}

So I'll leave you with a little inspiration as I finish putting together composition books, finalizing and printing the programs, holding hands, rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing...

:: April's desktop image by Geninne

:: A sweet little baby hat tutorial

:: A free weekly gratitude journal from Ann Voskamp

:: Lesson plans that are inspiring our own for next year

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Birds, Part II

We tried a second version of the Spring Birds this week, this time with oil pastels and watercolors. Above is Ender's orange bird, and below is Ezra's red one:

Ender recently started to keep his colors a little bit more separate to avoid the "preschool brown" that happens when all your paints mix together.

Ezra? Not so much yet, but his most frequently chosen colors are red and black, just like he picked here.

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