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doing what Jackie does

For those of you who may have followed my crochet blog, (which was recently merged with this one), you know my plight about learning to knit.

Well, Flower Picker has been pretending to knit with two pencils… no yarn – she’s just rubbing two pencils together at the tips. :-{

So, I decided that would be our handicraft for the next few weeks.
Today, Flower Picker learned the knit stitch!

FP - knitFP knitting

Truth be told, I was a bit sad that she learned the knit stitch easier than I did.? But, I’m very proud of her!? She’s planning to knit a scarf for one of her dolls – and has already started planning for the next project!? She so takes after me!

Face and Number One Son get to learn over the next few days.? Because knitting frustrates me so much, I figured it would be a good idea to teach them one-on-one.? Of course, now I have that itch to knit again, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog!

School’s been chugging right along for us. Today, we finished the book, “The Adventures of Grandfather Frog”.? It was an exciting milestone.? Tomorrow, we finish “The Bird-woman of the Lewis & Clark Expedition”. We covered quite a bit of geography with this book, and it’s been interesting.? The most interesting part we came across was how the men of the expedition ate dogs because there was no other meat available. That left us with mouths gaped open. :-O

We’ve enjoyed Mary Cassatt, and I’m a bit sad that we’re going to finish that study already.
Mother Combing Hair - FaceMother Comging Hair - Face2Mother Combing Hair - Flower PickerMother Combing Hair - #1 Son
I bought a few coloring books with famous paintings in them. We were playing around with different media.? We tried Water colors (no comment), and ended up using pastel chalks. Yeah, I love that my Scrapbooking supplies can get dusted off, in the name of education! We all enjoyed the chalks, and will use them again.

We finished Art Study this week by watching a movie about her. It was neat seeing all of her paintings popping up in the backgrounds.? It wasn’t accurate, but it was entertaining.

Our next artist will be, fittingly I think, Edgar Degas.

Oh, and we FINALLY found real-life, genuine, authentic cattails!

Real Cattails2!Real Cattails!

I drove out to a friend’s house, who happens to live RIGHT across the street from a pond.? And, although there are two ponds in her neighborhood, the only place that cattails were visible were RIGHT in FRONT of her house!

The following week’s challenge, Golden rods, was a CINCH!? They’re all over my backyard AND directly across the street – YAY!
Golden rod
Of course, not long after we brought in specimens, studied the ‘villages’ that are the goldenrod (awesome creation, I must say!), glued them into our nature journals, did we learn that these oh-so-beautiful weeds are responsible for a large number of allergies in the fall!? AND… my family has four allergy sufferers!!! Guess who they are?! Here’s a hint: They all participated in the hunt for goldenrod! (achoo!)

This week’s challenge was with oaks and acorns. Again, I feel like Barbara’s looking out for us – after our cattail catastrophe, she’s been finding things RIGHT in my yard!? We have a large oak in front of our house! We studied the bark – never did that before, bark from oak

and collected a few of the acorns from the ground. It’s been raining here like Noah’s day lately, so it was fun trying to get out in between raindrops!

Although, I’m sure I’ve left off quite a bit, I just wanted to catch y’all up on the happenings since I last posted.


7 thoughts on “We're turning into Knit Wits!!!

  1. You are so funny, you always make me smile when I read your posts. achoo I saw them from far away because I have one allergy, asthma boy. Loved your cattails. You all did great on your nature studies. I know it’s been raining there cause I was close by at a friends house down a couple hours from your house.

    I need to get out my needles and get back into doing crochet. I’ve been wanting to make something but not sure if my hands will hold out. We’ll see! Great job on your fun. Now who is encouraging who? *wink*

  2. I am so glad that I can make your nature study a little easier the last few weeks after the cattail disaster. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am a knitter too…working on a scarf at the moment. I dabble at crochet and have about fifty granny squares that I need to do something with.

    Thanks for sharing your OH Challenges and I think you are doing a great job.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  3. Wait. I recognize those cattails. But I don’t remember my friend knocking on my door. Waaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!

  4. Go ahead…make your excuses. LOL

    By the way, I’m checking out that P.E. site today. Depending on how it’s set up, maybe it’s something we could combine efforts on?

  5. I’m so glad you’re knitting. It’s become one of my absolute favorite past times. One of our magazines had a sister on the back of it knitting socks and that was all the motivation I needed, so for the past 2 years that’s what I’ve been doing. When I homeschooled my children (many years ago) I taught our DD to crochet and now at 30yo she’s made afghans and dishrags and I couldn’t be prouder.

    Your sis,
    Marilyn in NM

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