The Classical Cat Corner

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. --Austin Phelps

Saturday, February 25, 2006

I won't make it....I just don't think I can....

Thanks everyone for their support and cheering on my Olympic sock. Just today (about 3 hours ago), I noticed that my heel flap looked different than the other one....WAY different than the other I frogged ALL the way back to before the heel flap....and now I have some places in the yarn, that are all twisted up. I've got to pick up all those stitches and see if I can make some sense of where to start and keep going.

Oh, well.....I tried.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Down to the wire....

I don't know if I'll finish my sock! :( I have until Sunday night when the Olympic torch goes out and I will be working on it furiously today and tomorrow. I'm taking the boys to the park this afternoon so I hope to get lots accomplished. We have Awana Olympics in the morning for a few hours so I'll be working there and I have a conference at church and I'm hoping I'll be able to knit then too. That will be 3 hours of no knitting if I don't!

My new sock for my new class that started Tues only has about 4 rows completed on it and I have MUCH to do before Tues night! EEK!!!!

I'll be posting pictures of both socks really soon....cheer me on!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Knitting Podcasts

I've developed a new addiction (and for some reason I'm really chatty tonight!)....KNITTING PODCASTS. I remarked to Popeye one night that we need to catch up with technology and get an iPod one day. He said we could get a free mp3 player because OfficeDepot would give us one if we ordered so much in office we did! I LOVE it!!!!! It only holds 119M but that is over 3 hours of downloads. What I've learned to do is download the podcasts to my hard drive and then copy onto my mp3. Then all it takes is a plug and a click for me to retrive the next few downloads and I'm ready to go again! I hope to one day have an iPod with more memory, but for now, this works fine.

Anyway, back to podcasts.....Cast-on is one of my favorites so far. I don't really agree with Brenda Dayne's political thoughts or lifestyle, but I do enjoy her knitting and talking about I listen. Her voice is smooth and really nice to listen to. She has music on her podcasts too that is podfree (new artists that are good but not signed with record labels..yet). You can even listen to these just on your computer. That is how I started before Popeye was so sweet to me!

Another podcast that I enjoy is About Time with Whit Larson. Well, I might as well tell you the others too, right? I have only listened to About Time, Cast on, Knitting News, KnitCast and Pointy Sticks. I haven't even caught up on all the episodes, but I intend to! I'm almost finished listening to Cast-on's older episodes with a new one coming out tomorrow morning!

I just love knitting now and can't think of ever putting it down!

A homeschooling post! GASP!

Well, well...I think I'll actually post about homeschooling! SUR-prise, SUR-prise! as Gomer says.

I have found what works for us. I may have to take the "Classical" off of my Blog title though! But my heart does just love the classical style of education. We've settled on Robinson Curriculum. We really haven't even started reading any of the books, but Sweet Pea 1 is learning some of the vocabulary for the first book he'll read in another week or so. Actually sometime last year he read a few books from the RC and we both really enjoyed them. He read them alone and then I read them again aloud so that Sweet Pea 2 could hear and enjoy.

We have our system going with our lessons and life is much more pleasant around here now. SP1 is working on all math facts. He knows I would guess around 85-90% of the facts over all operations. He knows his subtraction and addition superbly, so we are working on speed for those. He knows most of his muliplication and division but those 7s, 8, and 9s are rather hard for him and are the ones he doesn't know without skip counting. So each day we work on math (Singapore math)and/or math facts. He reads for 30 min. each day (this week we went up to 45). I haven't had him start on the Robinson books yet, but that will be coming soon. Today he read from the encyclopedia. Yesterday, he read from Child's Story of America. Before that he read Apologia Elementary Zoology I. He is a sponge when he reads so I don't fret about not having "formal" science or history. He does copywork each day and has been copying his Awana verses that he would recite the following Wednesday. He has almost finished his book for the year so yesterday and today he copied from the encyclopedia anything of his choice. Today, he chose gasoline. Yesterday, he chose oil. The day before it was cats. We took a trip to the library today and guess what book he chose? One on small gasoline engines! I'm not going to stop that reading!

We do grammar two or three times per week. I like the Growing with Grammar program quite a bit. It is very much like Rod & Staff without so much work. It will provide a good foundation in writing by starting with the basics. We also do Writing Trails in American history but we haven't been so structured with getting that in lately. I will soon though. I want to do one of those assignments every other week. It is really good for teaching dictionary skills, using a thesaurus, and working on key work outlines and rewriting their own story.

Latin...well, let's just say that I've decided to sit that on the shelf at least until Fall....maybe longer. I really believe in the educational value of it, but I have to get SP1 more mature and not bucking the "sysem" aka ME so much. So far, so good, but I don't want to rock the boat with that just yet.

We do have our Bible curriculum and we cover that a day or so during the week, but with Awana, he learns a lot too, so I don't sweat that. Cursive handwriting is coming along well. SP1 actually has a nice cursive handwriting but I only require that he keep the skill fresh by writing one line per day. He is fine with it, and so am I.

Well, I think that covers it for him. (Besides piano practice, which is still a bone of contention with us sometimes....he just gets frustrated too easily.)

With SP1 doing his own work, that leaves quality time for SP2 to learn and grow. I'm very pleased with his progress since we started this way of learning in January. He does his own copywork each day on his own, we're working on his math facts, learning to read and almost finished up with his first level of RightStart Math. He'll be getting ice cream next week for finishing his book!!!

Both boys are enjoying listening to Series of Unfortunate Events on books on tape. They tell me things and we discuss it. They get so excited to listen to these stories. I'm not in the "reading aloud" mood but they still get to enjoy books being read to them for awhile, while I regroup and can take up the banner again!

A little update....

Just a little update to let you know how the Knitting Olympics knitting is going. So far, so good.

Sock #1 is now finished and you can see the picture of it below. Sock #2 is about 1/4 of the way complete. I'm not worried about finishing it in time UNTIL I throw in the factor that I start a NEW sock class on Tuesday night and I'll have homework that will need to be completed before the NEXT Tuesday night. One good thing about this Local Yarn Store (LYS) though...the lady that teaches quite a few of the knitting classes is usually always there working or teaching on Tuesday nights. Even if I don't finish the first sock in the 4 weeks of class, she'll be there for me to come to.

Have I mentioned this LYS before? I don't think I have. It is GREAT! A very nice sized store with a BIG table for all the knitters to sit around and just knit. This table has seating for 10 people. There is also a small sitting area for 3-4 people near the table. I have really enjoyed my Tuesday nights going to knit with the ladies that come by. There are several "regulars" that come each week.

The yarn that this store carries is FABULOUS! Some is very pricey and some is around the same cost as what I can find online (Knitpicks excluded). I just love to go and touch all the yarn and dream about all the projects I want to knit someday!

Oh! I got my yarn winder today! I found a really good deal on one at It was $29.99 with free shipping. I can't wait to get to my stash and have all these nice little cakes of yarn sitting in my baskets. Yarn winders really are pretty expensive. Most of them have been around $40-60 so I was glad when I found this one (with good reviews) at Joanns. I rearranged my stash the other day. I'll have to post a picture tomorrow. Popeye is sleeping now, and I don't think he would appreciate me turning on the lights! ;)

This is supposed to be a homeschooling blog.....or is it? Hmmm...Oh, well; it is MY blog so I'm officially declaring this blog to be about homeschooling, knitting, cats and just whatever I want to talk about!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every

eventuality covered and every opportunity

just has to be taken. Every fiber is

wonderful, and every day is a new beginning.

You are good at so many things, it's amazing,

but you can easily lose your place and forget

to show up. They have row counters for

people like you!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The end is near

The end of my 1st sock, that is! I'm so excited!!!! I will finish it up tonight and guess what my challenge will be for the Knitting Olympics? Yep, you're complete the 2nd sock. That isn't stretching my abilities TOO much, BUT I'll also be taking another sock class in 2 weeks so I'll be knitting on the 2nd sock and a NEW 1st sock.....that should make the challenge harder for me. Doing the knitting so far isn't the hardest thing for is finding the TIME to get as much knitting done as I'd like.