Friday, August 29, 2014

Boy Friday: Numbers

John's selfie

John is all about numbers right now and time and the spacial relationship time has. For instance, this was our conversation home yesterday after school:

"Mama, what's 48 + 24?"

I'm driving in the car trying to negotiate the one way streets and unfamiliar traffic patterns of the downtown neighborhood where his school is located. "um... yes.... it's..."

"72. 72, mama. We've gone out to the playground at school 3 times in the last 72 hours," says John.

"Wow, that's great, honey." I respond, trying to wait for the traffic to clear on Capitol so I can turn left and get to the interstate.

"Can I have your phone so that I can time us on the way home." He asks?

With one hand on the steering wheel I reached down to the passenger seat beside me and fumble for my phone. I hand it over and we have near silence the rest of the way home as he concentrates on the numbers.

When we get home he announces the time it took us and then all of a sudden starts counting by twos. I lug all of the gear in to the house along with Arthur and his baby gear ... and the counting by 2s has reached the mid 50s by now. I get out his milk and cookies and set them on the counter knowing not to interrupt his concentration. By the time I'm done setting out his milk and cookies he's reached 100 by 2s.

"Wow! That's great, John! Did you go over counting by 2s in school today?" I ask

"No, mom. I did it. We're learning how to write A today. I know how to write A. We haven't even talked about numbers" John says.

I give him a hug and a kiss. "They will, John, they will."

Poor boy! So if any of you out there have any ideas on what I can do for this little "just newly" 5 year old boy and things I can give him to satisfy his love of numbers, let me know - I'm at my wits end trying to feed his number curiosity!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yarn Along

It's been such a long time since I've participated in Ginny's Yarn Along. All summer perhaps. But I have been knitting!

Life is busier but I've found new places and new times to knit. Socks are best for knitting when I'm being the "sand box monitor" (i.e. making sure little brother doesn't take up the whole space and throw sand out of the sand box) and little shawls are great for the pick up line at school.

Reading - ha! Unfortunately I haven't been able to read much this summer except children's books to John and Arthur. But I have been podcast listening! =)

Right now a few of my favorite knitting podcasts are:
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
The Bakery Bears

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Settling into Rythmn

Hello Dear Friends!

How are you? Did you have a wonderful summer? It's been so long since I've been back to this little space to "write" instead of post a podcast! But here I am.

Out of doors the weather is having its one last great "hurrah" of summer but there are so many little signs that summer is drawing to a close and Autumn will soon gild the leaves with splendor.

Sign 1: School is back in session and we have officially become part of the "school" crowd with packing lunches and joining into the drop off and pick up line of cars. And yes, John got is first school cold already. Poor guy!

Sign 2: We celebrated the first of the birthdays in our "season of Birthdays". John turned 5. It seems like a huge milestone in his life. There is something about 5 - no longer a toddler but a real boy! =)

Sign 3: Apple season is upon us! Ooooo, I do love to go pick apples. I remember as a child going with my mom and my sister to apple orchards to pick apples. My first memory is picking "drops". Do any of you have that memory? "Drops" are apples on the ground that have fallen but are still good. At the time (back in the 80s) they were much cheaper than buying apples off the tree. Then we would return home and mom would turn the drops into apple sauce and apple butter. Yum!

So as things change outside and in our little household inside we're trying to find our new rythmn and routine. Arthur is a bit lost without his older brother and I feel a bit empty as the house is sooooo much quieter. But I know that we will soon find our footing and discover new things. And besides... at 12:30 our house changes back into a raucous riot as our little 5 year old comes home from school! =)

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Knitter's Life Episode 7

Hello Knitters!

Summer has ended and we're getting into the routine of a new school and new school adventures here in this neck of the woods.

I want to thank those of you who purchased patterns over the summer months - the proceeds of which went to purchase John's school uniform and boy, doesn't he look dapper in his little duds!!!!

Show Notes:

Mixed locks from Vintage Fibers out of Greencastle Indiana
Shetland roving from Greyside Farm

Tales from a Green Valley - Episode 10 (this episode gave me the idea of making floor pillows for the play room stuffed with washed fleece).

Lily Brook Farm - Scottish Black Face sheep in Maine

Molly's Hat

I'll Remember April Shawl

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Knitter's Life Episode 6

Hello Friends!

I finally managed another Podcast!

We have the winner of the Episode 5 giveaway - itsmesue on Ravelry

We have:


What's In the Bags

What's Out of the Bags


Don't forget to find the "A Knitter's Life" group on Ravelry and join in on the conversation!
And don't forget you can find me daily on Instagram as: aknitterslife

Until Next Time...happy knitting!