I can't remember what made Monday such a perfect day from beginning to end, but I remember thinking during the day that I wish every day could be like this.
It was a perfectly sunny day, and the girls came over to my house after not seeing me for two whole days. I had cleaned up their play area, and they loved finding things they had forgotten and just played together most of the day. Lots of pet kitty playing going on. I got even more of my cleaning and sorting done, as evidenced by the boxes and bins by the door.
Focus is on yarn at the moment. It looks like I once was interested in making socks and did turn out a few pairs. I found about 10 sets of the striped yarn balls, so I'll have to ask Sherry what pattern she uses, since she actually does finish hers.
It looks like I need a little work on my technique, although I did try on the finished sock, and it looks better on than just lying there. I have another skein, so maybe I'll try to finish the mate. I really do like the other pattern, and I have enough yarn for two socks, so filing that away for when I have some spare time. For sure.
I guess I had reasons for buying all these, but they're long forgotten. I put a bunch in the donation box for other people to worry about, and I'll do some research and see what can be made from some of these yarns.
This suede yarn is pretty, but what do you make with it? Looks like a scarf in the picture, but I can't imagine.
I have a whole drawer of cotton yarn for making dishrags and wash cloths for the girls. Mine are getting threadbare, and so are the Steller Way ones, so maybe I'll use some of these. I used to get some done in doctors' offices waiting for Mama when we lived in Montgomery.
The girls like when I make them their own bathcloths. Here's a perfect one for Kate.
These little paws might be a hindrance with all these interesting things to chase.
Besides knitting, I've ventured back into some of the machine embroidery that I've neglected. I think just finding a path to my machine was key in that. I did some yesterday and today, and it was so enjoyable.
I decided to make a Fourth of July shirt for the girls since it's one of their favorite days. There's a parade that morning and then the community fireworks that night after celebrating all evening with friends who live near the park and have a front row seat.
I saw this little flag-waving dancer and got the design. I tested it on an old bib I had around, and it turned out really sweet. I also didn't want to risk making shirts they wouldn't wear, so I showed it to them, and they loved, loved, loved it.
I finished hers and will work on Katherine's tomorrow. She will like it if Gray likes it and doesn't care what color the skirt is. If it's not a kitty, she's pretty noncommital about it. We did look at some patterns, and they want so many! Look for a unicorn. No Pegasus. Or just a horse. An angel kitty. Awwww. I want that one. I want that one! I can't compete with all the reverse sequins and the glittery shirts nowadays, but I think it will be special for them to choose their designs and their colors.
Graysen is taking off on her reading, and you don't have to encourage her at all. She reads to Katherine a lot, and I do miss it, but then they'll settle down with a stack of 20 books for us to read together, and I'm in my element.
Here with her Mrs. Boyles serious face. I always have to be Jojo, the student with some behavior issues, and I hear, "Remember not to blurt, Jojo," if I forget to raise my hand.
The funny thing about this book is that Katherine knows it by heart, every word, and it's hard for her not to "read" along. She's already recognizing words, so she might learn to read before kindergarten. If she cares enough. She's more into taking care of baby kittens.
She's practicing writing her address here. Katherine is not very interested but will say STELLAR WAY if prompted and then Sno-kwa-ma for her city. They'd much rather look at where Snoqualmie is on a map of the United State and then the world.
Second children sort of teach themselves. I remember taking Graysen to her first day of pre-K, and the teacher asking them to write their names. I thought, "I don't even know if she can write her name," but luckily they just traced it laboriously for a while. Kate has an easy name, so she's all prepared to write it in September.
We're taking advantage of the Summer Reading Program at the library, and they've pretty much filled in their first-half page. I took Graysen to the kick-off event Friday evening. It was just for ages 5 and older, so we went by ourselves. She's a funny girl. As we got near the building, she let me know she was just a little bit anxious, and I told her if it was not fun, we could just go check out some more books, and she was fine with that.
But when we got inside and she relaxed a little, it was hard to get her to leave. There were little centers with hands-on displays, and she loved it.
We did go to another library program in Fall City this morning, but it was a little difficult. There was a very lively and funny guy from Chile who came bursting into the room with his guitalele and started singing and interacting with the children. It was too noisy and too much for Graysen who hesitated about joining in, and therefore Katherine took her lead and was shy too. I enjoyed the program and learned Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Estrallita Donde Estas) and realized the ll is pronouced like a j. There were songs about counting and monkeys and sharks and jumping up and down, and they got into it a little bit but were not sorry when they could go check out yet more books. We'll have to find a quieter way to learn Spanish, since we promised Gaby and Dina we would work on it.
Surely that's all that's happened for a week or so. I'm keeping the girls at their house for a few days and working on their room and doing some chores around the house and earning their keep.