Ironically

I made another pair of Sweetheart fingerless gloves in pink this time. I am in LOVE with the pearl bead on the pink heart! I have had some people ask me how I came up with the design for these gloves and I would LOVE to say that it just popped into my heart and then on to the digital paper, but alas, I’m a bit more complicated than that. lol. The inspiration actually came out of a bit of angst towards a particular situation a few months ago. On one of my knitting Facebook pages I belong to, someone posted a picture of these white fingerless gloves. inspirationShe was asking if anyone knew where to get the pattern, and being the wonderful ladies that they are, someone did in fact locate the FREE pattern and posted a link to it in the comments section. But it was in Swedish. Bummer! Sooooo, speaking German as I do, I was actually able to translate enough of the pattern to be able to work it and I told the ladies that I could email what I had translated to them if they needed it. Well, eventually the designer found her way to the Facebook page and literally went mental over the fact that people had posted a link to her FREE pattern without asking her permission and she got further upset that I had translated what little bit I was able to, again, without her permission. Are you serious? It’s not like the pattern cost anything or that anyone had altered it or claimed it as their own. It was a HUGE mess and she eventually pulled the pattern from the internet as some sort of punishment to everyone.

So, what do I do? I get determined to knit the gloves, regardless. lol. I discover that the cable used on the gloves is a traditional Horseshoe cable done upside down. I found the instructions in a knitting dictionary and practiced on some scrap yarn. If you’ve ever knit cables before you’ll find the horseshoe easy-peasy. Once I was comfortable with the stitch pattern, I thought about how I would incorporate it into a pair of gloves. I didn’t want to go all the way around as in the gloves to the left. I’m not that obsessed over cables. I eventually settled on the idea of just doing the one cable up the center of the glove with a ribbing for the rest of the cuff. I like the stretchy cuff and the look of the 1×1 ribbing. Once I knit the glove completely up … I decided I needed something to keep the top edge from rolling under and to make it a bit smaller as it seemed to bunch up around my fingers. That’s when I decided on the crocheted scalloped edge for the top. To fill in the top area of the glove, I went to add a crocheted flower, but because I had knit them in red and Valentines day is coming up, my daughter convinced me to do a heart. After a few minutes on google, I found a simple crocheted heart pattern and asked for permission to include it in my pattern. Granted. (See how easy that was? No fuss. Most designers are happy to share their ideas) Anyway, after the heart was crocheted and sewn in to place, I added a Swarovsky bead from my jewelry making days to help fill in the hole in the center of the heart. And the Sweetheart Fingerless Gloves were born! I guess I can thank the designer of the white gloves for the inspiration because had she not gotten so upset at everyone and made a huge scene, I probably would

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have just went on with my life without ever thinking about it further. lol. But, I’m glad it all worked out in the end. I learned something new and I was able to write out a pattern and offer it for FREE. Recently, someone showed me a picture of these (almost) exact gloves for sale on etsy. I wonder where her inspiration came from? Hopefully, it was less drama filled than my own. lol. 
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Sorting out next years curriculum

I know it’s only February but since I got a late start on schooling last year (middle of september instead of middle of august) I thought I’d get a head start so I felt more prepared when August comes around this time. Tori is currently homeschooling through 7th grade and we’ve made the decision to skip the 8th. This came about when I spent nearly 3 weeks trying to put together an 8th grade curriculum and every time I came across something we wanted to use, I kept saying “but thats a 9th grade subject … you’ll just have to repeat it.” I don’t know how many times that statement rang out until I finally went “WELL DUH! Just DO 9th GRADE.”  Every subject that she was ready to progress to is listed as a 9th grade subject by our public school system. As a homeschool Mom, I am certianly not trying to be like the very public school system we left becasuse of inadiquacies, but I DO want her to have a diploma and not a GED, so I want to make sure she gets the right classes down in her transcripts. Once I came to that determination, my curriculum planning went MUCH more smoothly. Here’s what I have lined up so far:

Algebra 1 – Teaching Textbooks (new) from timberdoodle.com (I used their per-algebra this year and we love it) I’ve also found that I can get a used set from ebay for about $30-50 cheaper.

Grammer – We are doing the Into to Literature for 9th grade from OakMeadow. I really like how much they focus on writing. The books she will be reading include :

A wizard of earthsea
Animal farm
to kill a mockingbird
Our town

I may also add the easy Grammer Plus workbook from timberdoodle.com. We used their easy grammer 7th grade and it was wonderful.

Science – I will be using the Glencoe Physical + Earth Science student and teacher textbook addition. I found BOTH as as set on ebay for $40.

Social Studies – She only needs a 1/5 unit so I will just get some workbooks from our local school supply store. They have a lot of really great resources. I used some of their history and vocabulary books this year.

Fine Arts – She will be taking private guitar lessons at our local University.

Foreign Language – Tori wants to learn Russian and so she will be using Rosetta Stone. I learned to speak German using this program. It’s fantastic!

P.E – We usually go for walks as a family in the evenings but I can also suppliment with a gym membership if that gets boring.

 

And that is our ‘plan’ for the 9th grade. I also love to utilize the teachspayteachers.com website as well as many other resources I’ve gathered along the way. Just feeling like I have a direction makes me feel much better about the coming year. 🙂