Monday, November 12, 2007

Mrs. McDowell and the Goat

Two weeks ago my preschool class took a trip to a local farm to visit the animals and talk to Mr. Waller about the things he plants and has to do to run a farm. I had been up late the night before trying to finish the hat I am wearing in the photo and I was glad I did because it was a cold blustery fall day. I was taking lots of pictures that day for our bulletin board and luckily one of the mothers in the class snapped this one of me and emailed it to me. It is such a peaceful picture, it is hard to believe that this is in the midst of a preschool field trip where I spent all the rest of my time with hawk eyes on 23 little ones. I like to think it looks so peaceful because I am in my element on a farm!

As a little house keeping, this again is the greenery hat. This time in RY Cashsoft Aran. Still size 7 needles. Love it! This one only took me 3-4 days. I think there are a couple of better photos of it in my Halloween section.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

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Make believe crowns

Recently I knit up some really cute crowns for a very special young lady who is in my preschool class. She had a very fun "Scared Pony and Tyrannasaurous" birthday party at the NC State Fair. I wish I had let myself take the time to get some better photos of the crowns because they were so cute, but you can't win them all. At least her mom (who is the greatest) sent me these pictures of the crowns in use.

The crowns were a free pattern online and were knit with Rowan hand knit cotton dk on size 4 needles.


For Halloween I was Super Knitter, the supper hero of knitting. It was hard to decide what to be this year seeing as I had to wear it to work where I am a Montessori preschool teacher. So my costume had to be both kid interesting/appropriate but I also had to work all day in it. Oh, and no full face masks, scares the kids. It ended up being a great costume because it was a great segue to talk about where our clothes come from and how they are made! Everything can be turned into a lesson! Also fun to show off my new hat and other things that I have knit.

This is a photo of our pumpkin installation this year. First off my husband did a very silly thing. He was so excited about carving his pumpkin that he started carving it before he had even gotten the seeds and guts out. When he finally got around to cleaning out the inside I don't think he did a very good job because even by the next morning the squirrels had been gnawing at the eyes and mouth making his pumpkin look a little rabid while they completely left my pumpkin alone. So, running with the theme, Gabe quickly added stick arms and made his pumpkin look like it was eating my pumpkin's brains. Ah, young love! To make things even stranger, my stepmother sent me a picture of my dad's pumpkin and it looked just like my husbands in the style of turning the pumpkin on its side and using the stem as the nose. Creepy!