I’m a slow knitter, but I almost always knit while enjoying family tv time. I’m also not an experienced knitter so I’m constantly having to look up and learn/re-learn new terms and techniques. These are the reasons why I love knitting (and crocheting, too…all this applies to crocheting).
Thanks to knitting/crocheting, watching tv isn’t a complete waste of time because I’m 1) hanging out with the family, 2) analyzing plot and dialogue for my own writing, and 3) creating something useful ultimately.
Having to learn new terms and techniques works my old brain, and keeps me on my toes.
I’ve finally finished the throw I started last year. Here it is being blocked after washing.
Since I’ve finished that, I needed a new project to work on. So I had to dig out the swift and bobbin winder to ball up some new yarn. It’s kind of a hassle to set these things up, so I always wind a bunch of hanks while I’m at it.
This is the new color of yarn that I’ll be using (sitting on the rather pretty cable knit throw, if I may say so myself).
Want to know what I’m knitting next? Stay tuned!
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I am delighted to be sharing our book, Be A Tree!on Wild Delight, with a post focusing on STEM texts.
Be a Tree! invites you as readers to imagine how you’re like an individual tree, and how together we can cooperate like forest trees do.
Educators and parents can use STEM books not only to teach STEM topics, but we can also use them to teach kids kindness, compassion and empathy for the natural world and its inhabitants, and by extension, humans too. To that end, I would like to propose a new hashtag: #STEMpathy
Be a Tree! explores how we can learn from forest trees—they talk, help and protect each other and share resources through a network of fungi called mycorrhizal (mike-O-rye-zal) fungi in a so-called “wood wide web.” Scientist Suzanne Simard discovered that when douglas fir trees were chopped down, their neighboring paper birch trees suffered too…
My parents’ front yard in Vancouver was so shady that a quarter of it wasn’t grass but moss. It was the softest thing ever, and my sis and I would choose to sit in the shade just to sit on the moss instead of the prickly grass. And don’t get me (or, really, the Spousal Unit and Kid1) started on the useless monoculture that is North American lawns. LOL!
Mosses are fascinating plants. If you want to learn more about them, head to this Encyclopedia Britannica page. If you just want to see some pretty pictures, stay right here and scroll down! 😄
Don’t these look like Mother Nature’s ikebana arrangements?
We are delighted to dedicate our Wednesdays to featuring nonfiction titles, as per usual. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
We are pleased to launch our quarterly reading theme from April to June this year onMigrants, Exiles, Refugees: Stories Of The Dispossessed.Essentially, we are on the look-out for books with the following themes:
Stories of exile and movement from one place to another – either by choice or by circumstance
Narratives on im/migrants, belonging and exclusion
Tales of people who are in transition and displaced from their homes
Stories of seeking refuge and sanctuary and finding forever homes
Some people celebrate with champagne bubbly, I celebrate with this other kind of bubbly:
Sourdough. Tasty and my body doesn’t react weirdly to it like it does to alcohol.
I made a few things with the discard because I’m an immigrant who inherited my mom’s motto of “never waste food” (she lived through WWII as a kid and never forgot about starving until the day she died), and can’t throw out perfectly good starter.
What am I celebrating? Well, I still can’t tell you because, again, publishing. But let’s toast with sourdough, shall we?
I had my own moment of the Sun Ra quote that says, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country among his own people.” Or, as this BoredPanda post hilariously shows…
For me, it wasn’t a bookstore but the local library that I practically lived in for the 15 years I homeschooled.
Despite the fact that there are very books in their children’s collection about notable Asian-Americans, let alone a female scientist, they only had one copy of Queen of Physics…until it won several awards at which time they bought 3 more copies for a grand total of 4. Meanwhile, they have on order 4 copies of a recently released, humorous book about a cow. Because, as we all know, cows are more important than an immigrant scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project and who helped several Americans win Nobel Prizes.
But, I’ll quit whinging about it even though I have several (many) more thoughts on the topic.
Instead, let me share a photo of some of the beautiful seedlings the Spousal Unit started several weeks ago:
Aren’t they cute? These have now been taken down to the unheated greenhouse to toughen them up for planting and he has started another batch of veggies in the utility room.
What about you? Do you have a garden? Have you been under-appreciated by your own town? 😝
Robin Newman has written a new picture book, FUZZYBUTT! illustrated by Susan Batori and published by Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in bookstores, now. SBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.
All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.
Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Cynthia and Mary.
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