Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Yarn Along--Knitting furiously...
...through sick kids, homeschool burnout and curriculum planning.
I'm back again, joining Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along. It is one of the joys of my week, to be able to hop around the "blogosphere" and see what everyone is up to. I always come away with books I want to read, patterns I want to try and new yarns and blogs to love.
We are in the trenches here. My two week cough is finally leaving me, but everyone else in this house is sick. Some a little and some a lot. Poor Gabe was coughing and sneezing so much last night, even with a dose of medicine, that he kept waking himself up. And naturally I don't sleep well in a house full of coughing, sneezing kids. Thankfully everyone quieted down a bit after midnight, and I don't hear any coughing right now.
I am binding off the first sleeve of Sebastian's Henley today, so I am pretty much on schedule with my one sweater per month challenge. I need to get the other sleeve and neckline done this week.
I am still reading To Kill a Mockingbird before bed, and I have added the movie to my Netflix queue--but I won't get it until I am done with the book.
I am ordering our curriculum and making book lists for the coming school year, and sort of freaking out as Una goes into eighth grade and is only a year away from high school and credits and transcripts and college planning. I was ordering some things from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts yesterday and talking to Linda, whom I used to see at the St. Louis Homeschool Conference every year, but I've not gone for the past two years. I poured out my terror and self-doubt to her, and she gave me a pep talk. Told me I was doing just fine, and to grab my copy of Real Learning and douse myself in holy water whenever I began to feel inadequate. And she is like that to everyone! Her business is her ministry. That's why I go back to order from her again and again (that, and the fact that she has really great prices and is extremely knowledgeable).
For making my book lists I am using various resources, but among them are A Picture Perfect Childhood by Cay Gibson, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist and Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. I love books, and unfortunately, living in as rural an area as we do, our little libraries are pretty pathetic. I think we have more books in this house than our nearest library. And no decent second-hand book dealers, either. And forget yard sales in our neck of the woods! I don't recall ever seeing books...
I think this has been my wordiest Yarn Along ever!
If you love books and knitting--or crocheting--stop by Small Things and join in the Yarn Along!