Adventures in Unschooling

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My sister taught me how to knit so that I could make those lovely felted bowls I keep seeing everywhere. I also saw patterns for felted purses etc. that looked really cool.

Anyways, so today I started looking at some online knitting sites and found one that had a video on circular knitting (using the four needles) and I self-taught myself to do the knits.

Here is my finished bowl before felting:

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And here is my felted bowl:

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Now I realize that the bowl is small, I just wanted to try a sample first, and I also realize that the bowl is not fully felted. I hand felted it and got lazy and left it semi-felted.

The next one I will let my washing machine do. Ha ha ha.

What nice weather we have. I am seeing gophers and geese and I have even seen a butterfly! I think we are done with this winter at last.

Today was so nice. We all went for a walk. You could actually see water dripping off of snow chunks. Anyways, the kids played at the small playground in my neighbourhood and then we went for a walk around the neighbourhood. We have a pond a couple of blocks over and the boys watched the geese that congregate near it.

Then we quickly went home to get some bread and went back to feed the geese. They seemed pretty grateful since their regular food supply is in rather short abundance right now.

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OK, I know that everyone has seen seagulls but I am adding these to my family nature journal.

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Here are today’s addition to our nature table.

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The little pine cones look like they come from a black spruce but it is such a young tree that I can’t tell for sure.

The biggest cone is from a Lodgepole Pine.

The bark is from a birch. I would guess a Paper Birch but I can’t tell for sure right now.

dsc04786I am so thrilled that the weather is getting so much nicer that I don’t even mind the fact that it is so wet and muddy out there.

Last night Trey tried his hand at embroidery.

I played around a little bit on it before he went to it.

I had promised the kids a nature walk since the temperature was acceptable but the sun never showed and the wind was cold.

They were really excited so we bundled up and headed outdoors for some rock collecting. I was thrilled to see some signs of spring. This winter has seemed to be never-ending and I know there are others who feel this way too.

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dsc04694I really like this picture. The boys look like they are skipping in unison but in reality they are just running and I caught them at just the right moment.

dsc04693 As you can see we have plenty of snow left. Winter is my least favorite of all the seasons by a long shot. I hate being cold.

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And, like I mentioned in my last post (probably the one that got deleted) we finally have space to set up a small nature table since Hammy passed on.

Here are some pics of the nature table.

dsc04700dsc04702You can see that there isn’t much on it right now as we just put it up. I am hoping for a really good nature walk where we can collect more pine cones. I am also looking forward to learning how to make some felted bowls for these little treasures.

That clay bowl is the one I made back a long time ago. I hadn’t posted pics before because I hadn’t glazed it yet but oh well…maybe another day.