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18 December 2013
I know I haven't been around much, and in fact have entirely ignored the schedule I intended to keep. One day, I will figure it out!
Merry Christmas one and all!
22 November 2013
This week, we've been busy making advent calenders. Why buy when you can make ones that are beautiful and meaningful with things you've already got around the home?
We made this beautiful Mary and baby Jesus: template provided, and instead of using that to trace, deleted the labels on everything and printed those out to color. Then I copied and pasted the stars into one document and I used those for my calender, the kids are just using star stickers. http://nantucketknitter.com/pdf/stars1.pdf.
Everyone painted whatever background they wanted onto poster-board: http://www.thatartistwoman.org
We're also working on a funky tree calender:
I am mostly using super inexpensive (cheap) things like mini candy canes, plastic ornaments and small chocolate bears, but for a few of them I did little things of princess chap-stick (Little M gets super chapped lips in the winter, so we always have a bunch of them) and bangles. On the 24th, I put in Cinderella nail polish.
I have no idea where this feminine little girl came from, she certainly didn't get it from me!
The idea for this one came from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/make-a-geometric-tree-advent-calendar/.
That was what we did this week. What did you all do for homeschool this week?
I have decided to make this into a Linky Party! Please link up to Homeschooling Saturday with anything at all to do with homeschooling you and your little ones did this week! If you want, awesome. If no one wants, no problem!
If you do decide to link up, please just link back from your post to this post! You can use this picture if you want:
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18 November 2013
Last week, for Make Something Monday, I posted these tree lights. I love them and they are fast becoming the single most popular post on my Blog. Simple Mitts, beware! It'll be interesting to see if they're popularity keeps up after the holidays. I just can't wait to see what people are going to make with that pattern!
The past couple of weeks I have been knitting, knitting, knitting. I have completely finished four stuffed animal sets, which include the animal, clothing, and a mini stocking:
They're jointly ravelled here: http://ravel.me/NataliesKnits/sr2
By the way, I have two skeins of this yarn, I am planning a giveaway with one soon! Check back!
Also made recently is this awesome dragon, knight and princess set: http://ravel.me/NataliesKnits/1v1ap
Also finished were a set of Simple Mitts:
Then I finished a Santa Polar Bear Beanbag Animal. Why the caps, I have no idea.
Those are my finishes for the past while. What have you made?
Off to knit my little one a pair of bright pink mittens!
11 November 2013
11/20/13 An error in the pattern has been pointed out to me and corrected.
I don’t know why, but I have been all about knitting flat lately. And, these are my favorite thing to knit recently. I finally sat down and wrote out a pattern; here it is, enjoy! This is the perfect time to start knitting something like this. They only take me about 20 minutes per light.
You will need:
• Oddments of worsted weight yarn, in desired colors
• Size one needles
• Tapestry needle
• Cast on four stitches with light color, leaving a long tail for sewing up.
• Row one: purl
• Row two: *k1, m1; rep from * to last st, K1. 7 sts.
• Row three: purl
• Row four: *k1, m1; rep from* to last st, K1. 13 sts.
• Rows five through seven: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row eight: *k2, m1; rep from * to last st, k1. 19 st.
• Rows nine through 11: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row 12: *k3, m1; rep from * to last st, k1. 25 sts.
• Rows 13 through 20: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row 21: *p2, p2tog; rep from * to last st, p1. 19 sts.
• Row 22: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1. 13 st.
• Switch to green color.
• Rows 23 – 26: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row 27: *p2tog; rep from * to last st, p1. 7 st.
• Bind off.
• Using cast on string and mattress stitch, sew up side seams, stuffing firmly as you go.
• Weave in all ends.
• Cut a length of green yarn and tie on end in a pretty bow as shown in picture.
Comments, questions? Please email me at email@example.com
Italian (translated by skaraanna on ravelry):
Lucine di natale:
mettere sul ferro 4 maglie
1 . rovescio
2 . “1 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =7m
3 . e tutti i ferri dispari a rovescio fino al ferro 21
4 . “1 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =13m
6 . dir
8 . “2 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =19m
10 . dir
12 . “3 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =25m
14 . 16 . 18 . 20 . dir
21 . “2 rovescio, 2 maglie insieme a rovescio” ripetere, poi 1 rov = 19m
22 . “2 diritto, 2 maglie insieme a diritto” ripetere, poi 1 dir = 13m
23 . passare al verde e proseguire a maglia rasata fino al ferro 25
27 . “2 maglie insieme a rovescio” ripetere, poi 1 rov = 7m
Infilare il filo nelle maglie rimaste, cucire ai lati e fare un fiocchetto per appendere.
09 November 2013
So I think I am going to make Homeschooling Saturday a biweekly thing. I think I am going to share one craft or recipe we did those weeks instead of an overview of everything. It's just too hard to take pictures of everything! This week I will do a general recap of what we did, then start the new format next time.
We have been having lots of fun with sand lately, too:
It requires only two things, plus whatever you're gluing the sand onto:
I taught M about mixing two colors to make a third:
Last year, my friend Amber taught us about Diwali. We celebrated for the first time a holiday I plan on celebrating the rest of my days. Amber has since moved off island, but we still celebrated with friends last week. I was thinking of her and was grateful that she had shown us such a rich and beautiful tradition.
In celebration of Diwali Magdalena and I made naan bread to bring to the party:
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons fat free milk
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
* In a large glass, dissolve the dry yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar with 3/4 cup warm water (about 100 degrees F). Let it sit on your counter until it's frothy, about 10 minutes.
* Meanwhile, sift the flour, salt, remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar and baking powder into a large, deep bowl.
* Once the yeast is frothy, add the milk and the olive oil into the glass, and stir to combine. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and gently mix the ingredients together with a fork. When the dough is about to come together, use your hands to mix. It will feel like there isn't enough flour at first, but keep going until it transforms into a soft, slightly sticky and pliable dough. As soon as it comes together, stop kneading. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let it sit in a warm, draft-free place for 2 to 4 hours.
* When you're ready to roll, separate the dough into 6 equal portions.
* Warm a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until it's nearly smoking. Make sure you have a lid large enough to fit the skillet.
* Gently lay one of the naan in the skillet and set your timer for 1 minute. The dough should start to bubble.
* Remove the naan from the skillet, and sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt. Place the naan in a tea towel-lined dish. Repeat with the rest of the naans and serve.
What did you and your homeschooler learn about this week?
04 November 2013
I never got around to posting Homeschooling Friday last week. We did plenty, I just didn't really get too many pictures. This week, I will be better!
I finished a stuffed animal and a doll this week. I love this doll, it's something I've been meaning to knit for well over a year:
She's been ravelled here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/NataliesKnits/alice My other finish, and another new love, is this darling girl: last week that I was into the foxes and wanted a girl fox, and here she is. I am loving making up the little dresses, it's the details that really make them pop. I don't know what other animals I can make for these dresses! She's ravelled here: http://ravel.me/NataliesKnits/h6evg
I am currently working on a cute little squishy baby doll, but have no pictures. I am also planning a Hello Kitty stuffed animal, for someone's stocking.
M and I wrote up a list of Christmas gifts, I told her I wanted them to be all things I could knit. Well, I now have about 16 mini stockings to make, a few dragons, and a bunch of baby dolls. These posts are going to be getting a lot bigger soon!
What did you all make this week?