Yarn-along: of spring knitting and science

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ Ginny at small things

Yarn-along: February 5, 2014

Yarn-along: February 5, 2014

Good morning … a drizzly, icy morning but “supposed” to be warming to 53 (still rainy and dreary) by this afternoon. We’ll see … some school systems are closed today but mine went so it looks like we might actually get a whole week of schooling in at St. Athanasius Academy! Woohoo!

So what are y’all knitting and reading?

On my knitting needles, I’ve got two projects going …

progress on my KAL poncho

progress on my KAL poncho

  1. finishing the commissioned custom-cable sweater for a dear friend (you can see it peeking out from behind the science books. I’ve got the body and sleeves done and now I’m working on the yoke and then the hood and then it’s done. I’m hoping she likes it … it’s a pretty intricate design but so worth it if she does.
  2. with all this nasty, cold, dreary weather, my thoughts have turned to springtime and the longer days and sun and everything coming back to life. I’m hosting a knit-a-long in my Ravelry group … a knit-a-long that is a shawl that many of the participants are making in wool or wool blends. Me? I’m working it in Wolle’s Yarn Creations … a fingering weight cotton that is bright and cheery and very spring-like. The yarn goes from deep pink to bright yellow to a nice spring green … perfect for the KAL. Instead of a shawl, I’m making a poncho with the same pattern … just changing it up a bit … and will post the design when I’m done; I’m thinking it’s going to be beautiful, thanks to this amazing yarn.

On my reading table? Today, I’ve got some great, fun science books. If you know me, you know that I’m not a science person at all; which works since dh has a PhD in zoology so he handles the heavy science with the kids. Me? I just do the fun experiments, field trips and nature stuff (altho, I’m not very good at the nature stuff … ). So when I find fun activity books that cover science topics, I snatch ’em up. Here are the three we’ll be using this spring:

  • Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids — a fun biography of this genius with activities and experiments to help explain his discoveries. I like how the author includes short bios of others who impacted Einstein’s work (including Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, and Dutch physicist Hendrick Lorentz). This book will make a great spine for unit study on Einstein and his times.
  • The Hot Air Balloon Book is a fun book about how to make eight different styles of hot air balloons. The author gives nice clear instructions and illustrations to show how to make these balloons using items from around the house. He also describes different ways of heating the air: from tea-candles to solar power. This will be so fun once it’s warm enough outside to launch ’em! I see a whole sky filled with these … and all made by my two still being homeschooled. Fun, huh?
  • The Racecar Book is HotRod’s favorite of these new science books. Directions are given for making cars out of mousetraps, powering them with rubberbands, bottle-rocket launchers and others. Included in this great book are edible cars … fantastic for party ideas for a room full of boys! The instructions are very clear and doable while the plethora of photos guide the student, step-by-step thru making the different models. The physics behind motion and propulsion are woven throughout the book … I love when the kids don’t realize they’re learning. Excellent, excellent book!

So what are you knitting and reading … wanna come play … sig block

10 Responses to “Yarn-along: of spring knitting and science”
  1. Donna says:

    I just love that gradient yarn. Beautiful Spring colors perfect to be knitting with at this time of year! It will make an awesome poncho. I haven’t knit on of those since my college age daughter was little.

  2. Mary G says:

    Thanks, Donna ….

    My poncho designs do quite well nowadays as folks don’t like the fussiness of shawls. I enjoy making them (especially the fact that you always have the RS out and can quickly see if you missed a yo or dec!

    Mary G.

  3. Christina says:

    I cannot think of anything more uplifting than Wolle’s, this will be absolutely beautiful

  4. CathieJ says:

    I love the colorful yarn! That will be quite a pretty shawl.

  5. Evelyn says:

    Oooo that colour changing yarn is gorgeous!

  6. Mary G says:


    The color-changing cotton is fun to knit with also … Wolle (Elisabeth) has a Ravelry group where she announces new colorways and links to patterns, etc.

    Mary G.

  7. Mary G says:


    Isn’t it a fun colorway … especially in the depths of winter as we have had!

    Mary G.

  8. Mary G says:

    Christina …

    I’m with you Elisabeth Drumm’s yarn (the lady behind Wolle’s) is such fun to knit with it’s vibrant colors.

    Mary G.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    how fun! the knitting and the books…so nice to find great books for kids!!! You have such a beautiful blessed life! may God always protect you all! 🙂 have a beautiful rest of your week!

  10. Mary G says:

    Thanks so much Elizabeth … finding books to spark the kids’ interest is always a GREAT thing …

    Mary G.

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