fisherman's pullover

Stuff We Like :: 11.20.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

Cross your fingers for me that by the time you’re reading this I’ll be getting permission to actually stand up—for the first time in 12 weeks! I love my family and my life, but being able to get to the bathroom on my own is totally what I’m thankful for this year.

around the web ::

If you know me, you might think that this history of yarn in video games was written just for me.

Have you ever wondered what to call all those different Lego pieces? You’re not the only one.

There was an actual light saber duel at the Fencing World Championships. 

I love these photos of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island.

 

at home/school/life ::

in the magazine: It’s the perfect gift for you or your favorite homeschooler: Get a subscription to home/school/life for just $12 through Nov. 30 with the code “thankyou.” Because we’re thankful for you!

on the blog :Lisa redefines her notion of having it all.

on pinterest: I think I’m definitely going to be making a couple of these Totoro plushies this year.

 

reading list ::

We’ve been listening to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (hilarious) and The Mysterious Benedict Society (again) while working on our holiday crafting.

I borrowed a page from Bryn’s book and am working my way through the Flavia de Luce mystery novels. They’re pretty delightful. I am just tucking into book four in the series.

Are you a Laurie Colwin fan? I picked up a copy of Home Cooking for my Kindle (on sale for $1.99 right now —love that!), which I read years ago and loved and now can’t believe I have gone so many years without rereading.

 

at home ::

Knitting update: Boxy finished. I’m halfway through my Ecken + Kanten, which is, as I suspected a totally fun knit. (I am striping it with color changes every two rows, so it seems like it's going really fast.) Fisherman's pullover cast on, but it’s kind of sitting in its bag right now. I am feeling ambitious and accomplished right now, so I am thinking of making a pair of Vancouver Specials for everyone—that overconfidence could change at any moment since I have both short rows and picking up stitches ahead of me.

Jason and I have been watching Jane the Virgin, which may be my favorite new show. Rogelio is definitely my favorite new character—#rogeliomybrogelio. (If you like sweet and snarky television, it’s worth checking out.)

We are planning an exciting week of board games and movies to celebrate Thanksgiving next week. I’ve been bummed about not cooking this year, but we’ve ordered a pretty impressive feast—and I’m starting to get behind the idea of not having to do all those dishes. I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving, too!


Stuff We Like :: 10.16.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

I love when the first story for the next issue comes in the same week the current issue goes out to subscribers. It makes me feel so productive!

around the web

This American Life presents the state of U.S. education in “The Problem We All Live With.” Definitely worth a listen.

Strunk & White: Grammar Police. This is a series that needs to happen.

Fascinating read: What happens when Amazon dies?

 

at home/school/life

in the magazine: Our fall issue is out!

on pinterest: Painted rocks with owls! Hello, Monday art project.

on the blog: I loved Shelli’s post on how to set—and achieve—academic goals in your homeschool.

 

reading list

I am a pretty vocal proponent of rereading, but every once in a while, I wonder what I’m missing out on by reading something again instead of reading something new. Then I reread something like East of Eden, and I know I am not missing anything.

Mo Willems is a sure bet in our house, so it’s no surprise my son is digging The Story of Diva and Flea. My daughter has been digging A School for Unusual Girls, which is about a spy school for rambunctious young ladies, set in the early 1800s.

I love everything Ruth Reichl writes, and My Kitchen Year is no exception. (My favorite is still Garlic and Sapphires, though.)

 

at home

Why yes, I have watched the Wonderfalls series twice in a row all by myself.It’s the perfect antidote to feeling sorry for myself.

I have started my December sweaters for the kids—I like to try to knit each of them a sweater every year. I’m making another Fisherman’s Pullover for my son (one of my all-time favorite knitting patterns) and a Boxy for my teenage daughter, mostly so she will quit "borrowing" mine.

I'm trying to find my way back to a workable fitness routine for the next six weeks of my recovery, and chair yoga has been a pretty good start.


Stuff We Like :: 6.19.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

It’s a busy week here at home/school/life as we prep for our web relaunch, work on the summer issue (I just signed off on our summer reading guide!), welcome our awesome new intern Erin, and try to log as many pool hours as possible.

Around the Web

Obviously, this list of Myers Briggs book recommendations is spot on since it gave me Jane Austen.

There is no way I am not going to get a little excited about a new Anne of Green Gables movie, but Martin Sheen is not my Matthew Cuthbert.

Why hover boards aren’t going to happen: Way to break everybody’s futuristic-dreaming little hearts, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I teared up a little reading this story about inclusiveness and kids with special needs. I’m going to do this better.

 

On home/school/life

On the blog: Starting next week, we’ll be featuring new content every single day for the next four weeks to celebrate the relaunch of our website. And y’all, there is some good stuff in the lineup—be sure to check it out!

On Pinterest: I love this idea for prettying up all those inevitable cords.

On the blog: Tracy tackles the question that never fails to stump a homeschooler: “Are you enjoying your summer break?”

 

At Home

Jason and I are listening to the audiobook of Wolf Hall.I love how the narrator reads Wolsey like a dissipated Winnie-the-Pooh — it feels so appropriate!

My daughter signed up for this anime drawing classthrough Craftsy — the instructor has been awesomely available and responsive. (Thanks to Stephanie for the recommendation!)

This Firefly t-shirt has found its way into Jason’s Father’s Day gift pile. (Shh, don’t tell him!)

 

Notable Sales

The KnitPicks summer yarn sale is going on now, with lots of yarns up to 40% off. I’m eyeing this dreamy gray fingering yarn for a second Boxy. (I love my first one, the worsted version that I knit last winter.) I’m also going to grab some superwash bulky for baby knitting, but I can’t decide between this avocado green color or a sunny but not-too-bright yellow. I’ll definitely be using it to knit this Fisherman’s Pullover, though. (I think it might be my favorite boys' sweater pattern.)

Get 20% off select items at Oak Meadow's Summer Solstice Sale this weekend (June 19-22). If you don't have Crafts for the Early Grades (such a great resource!) or a copy of The Heart of Learning, this is a great opportunity to scoop them up at a discounted price.