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Archive for July 22nd, 2008

Colorful but Small Sea Creatures

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

In looking for other things, I found a reference to this amazing article on Colourlovers about nudibranchs. These creatures are small relatives of the snail, without shells but with amazing colors and shapes. They live in salt water.

The photos are wonderful alone, but they also analyze each photo by making a grouping of colors found in the photo. I think it’s exciting in many ways. Maybe you’ll go check it out?

Prepare to be Amazed

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

You all thought my young knitter A. was talented when I showed you her bag last week. Prepare to be delighted and amazed. She has finished her first pair of socks.

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Not only did she do a pair of socks, she was creative in solving the design problem of not having enough yarn to make them as thick as she wanted given the yarn available in our classroom. She chose to hold two yarns together as one, and used one color in both socks for a bit of unity. Then for the second strand, she used different colors of yarn for variety and interest.

Not only that! A good long time ago, when Kim still owned the Yarn Garden shop in Charlotte, she gave me a stack of Interweave Knits magazines. At the time my kids in the program were interested in the pictures but none were ready to tackle actual patterns.

So I still had a few of that issue left this year when A. hit my classroom. She and a few other adventurous ones took the magazines home and were inspired. In this particular issue, there was a pair of socks by Ann Budd which used a feather and fan lace as a short cuff design. A. was delighted.

So she made her first lace, on her first socks. Why not? And I’d say she made a lovely choice. Chunky and warm, but definitely feminine as well. And artful! Good job, A.!!!