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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Forest Featherweight

I feel like this time of year always zips by with everything that's going on. Caleb is winding down third grade (which seems to mean that school is much more relaxed and things like moving your desk to wherever you want it and Pajama Day are the primary emphasis). He's worked hard this year and we're both looking forward to Summer break. This means that I have my sidekick with me again over the Summer and while he's been hauled all over Creation and back since he was a baby, there are certain things you don't really want to do with a 9 year old boy - no matter how well behaved (yearly GYN exam anyone?) So I've spent the last few weeks running around like a chicken-with-it's-head-cut-off (which I've never actually seen and don't particularly care to), trying to get last minute things taken care of and as much done as possible before he gets out of school so we can enjoy Summer break, go to the library, and make marshmallows.

The last unit of math they worked on was weights and measures and apparently, Caleb has no concept of these (either Metric or Normal American Whatever It's Called) in his head (I will admit that I can't really think in the Metric system, but isn't that what Google's for?) I decided that baking things might help him get a handle on some measures, and of course cookies, cakes and marshmallows make math so much more fun.

With all the running around, I'm getting along pretty well on my Forest Featherweight Cardi. I'm about 3-4 inches below the underarm area now and according to the pattern, I'm supposed to go 9 inches before starting the edging (I'll try it on to double check that when I get there). I don't know what I'm doing differently, but I feel like I'm actually getting some knitting done lately, whereas earlier in the Spring I didn't feel like I was getting anything done. Progress is nice!

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Anonymous Roz said...

Doing anything that involves measurements makes measurements real for me. In fact, even though I "got" the concept of the metric system, knitting and working at an international news channel have made metric real and usable to me. Sounds as if Caleb's a visual learner!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Kelly B. said...

Your featherweight cardi is looking good! I am at about the same place you are and using a lighter shade of green. I have been surprised at how quickly it is coming along.

11:26 AM  

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