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New knitting pattern available!

Looky here:

Plus, the coupon code CLAIRE will get you $2 off the pattern. PLUS you can get this pattern for free when you buy anything in my ravelry store. hooray!

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Sweet crochet and beads
Seven skeins of lace weight yarn
What was I thinking?

knitting-related class at serial knitters!

I’ll be teaching a class next weekend at Serial Knitters in Kirkland. Learn to use a super cool app called KnitCompanion. Any questions? Call the shop to register. (425) 242-0086


I wrote a poem today!

Two Ways of Looking at a Pillow

~a poem in two parts~

Part I

At night I sit with pillows propped

and know my tasks should soon be stopped.

But books lure sweetly, “One more word!”

and warning voices won’t be heard.


“Tomorrow you will want to cry!”

“Smart heads upon their pillows lie!” 

Despite this knowledge, with book I sit,

and clutching my needles, continue to knit.


Part II

The pillows I viewed last night with rejection

this morning receive undiluted affection.

Blankets billow and cuddle and soothe;

my body I will not remove.


The tasks of the day loom large in my brain

yet under this pillow I’ll steadfastly remain.

Why in the morning does it tempt and demand,

while a pillow at night is dismissed out of hand?




I wrote this today at a Responsive Classroom workshop, inspired by the poem Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson. Hooray for Academic Choice! Gosh, I love to write. I’d forgotten.

Portraits of the Teacher

Today third graders wrote self-reflections after a lesson was derailed by inadequate attention and failure to meet my standards of decorum. (It’s all part of the process!) A few included some awesome drawings, including portraits of the teacher. Enjoy.


Mysterious Requests

Anyone have a good quality knitting machine I could borrow for a project? I also need your yarn leftovers in any quantity. Also anyone have a grandfather clock or similar that you want to repurpose? More details to follow as this project evolves…

Ed tech + Jewish ed = ?

What happens when educational technology meets Jewish education? I’ll find out on my epic journey beginning tomorrow. Look out Teaneck, here I come. Looky here.

Third Blog is the Charm (cross-posted on FB)

This blog goes out to my Sewing/Fabric friends:

Hello! I’m planning a project to make “book bags” for my third graders, with the help of some parents. These would do the job of protecting books as they travel back and forth to school each day and housing reading logs and post-it notes. They need to fit picture and/or chapter books. I don’t think handles are essential.

I am in need of the following:

- fabric
- bias binding
- strategies for doing this project

Do you have any stash to contribute or ideas to help me do this properly? Right now we are using zip-lock bags and I anticipate they won’t last long. Wouldn’t personalized bags be cute?

Some Ideas:
Some schools buy these type:
Or these:

Thank you for your suggestions!

The Legacy Of Lloyd (a work in progress)

In honor of my dad’s birthday, which was yesterday, I bring you a re-post of “The Legacy Of Lloyd”. This is a compilation of my dad’s wisdom. I think some additions have been made since its last posting. If you Lloyd Fans think of any that I have forgotten, please let me know so I can update the Master Document.

Happy Birthday, Dad. You bring wisdom to all you encounter, and your breakfasts are filled with so much love.

The Legacy of Lloyd

(A Work In Progress)

1.      Always ask for the person’s name.

2.      Always pay your credit card bills in full – otherwise it’s just crazy.

3.      Avoid big doors when parking in the lot.

4.      Be alert, you may have to rescue things from the trash.

5.      Being nice to people pays off.

6.      Bring something for the kids.  Like candy.

7.      Carry your insurance card in your wallet.  Unfortunately, one day you’ll need it… that’s why there’s insurance.

8.      Concentrate on the road, don’t be preoccupied with where you are going.

9.      Don’t fill up on bread.

10.  Don’t use felt tip marker on the outside of an envelope (especially if rain is in the forecast).

11.  Erase completely.

12.  Everything has its own place.

13.  Folding boats and paper balloons is great fun.

14.  Go out to the driveway and wave goodbye.

15.  How to balance a check book.

16.  How to drive.

17.  How to hold a prayer book.

18.  How to play sports.

19.  How to use a highlighter.

20.  How and when to use a ruler.

21.  If it is worth doing something at all, it is worth doing it right.

22.  If someone you love wants something, bring it to them.  That makes them happy.

23.  If you are going on vacation, put your lights on timers and hide the jewelry.

24.  If you say you’re going to do something, do it.

25.  It doesn’t hurt to ask.

26.  It doesn’t matter how you dance, as long as you have fun.

27.  It feels great when someone brings you a little present.

28.  It’s always nice to have a good pen.

29.  Leave plenty of time to get to the airport.

30.  Make a copy of whatever you send… it’s important to keep a record.

31.  Make neat piles of things.

32.  No reason to answer the phone if it might be an… undesirable caller.

33.  Park on the end, if you can.

34.  Pay the toll for your family members behind you.

35.  Pin your socks together!

36.  Plan ahead.

37.  Plan to sit on the side of the bus where the sun won’t hit you.

38.  Put some of your money in savings.  Even just a little bit.

39.  Put your stamp on straight

40.  Sandwiches made by someone else taste better.

41.  Save the cartons!

42.  Save your receipts.

43.  Say thank you whenever someone does something for you, even if they had to do it.

44.  Separate your photo doubles before showing them to others.

45.  Slow down before the turn.

46.  Stack from the back, to avoid re-stacking.

47.  Take good care of your stuff and then it will last forever… but, if you lend it to your kids, forget it.

48.  Tape things off radio and TV for future enjoyment.

49.  Tennis is a good social sport.

50.  There is no reason to get a new dishwasher if you can fix the old one and it works just fine.

51.  Treat other people’s children the way you want others to treat your children.

52.  Use a letter opener.

53.  Use a sharp pencil.

54.  Use coupons.

55.  Use different color markers to encode things.

56.  When people like you, they are nice to your children.

57.  You can park in any spot as long as you go slowly.

58.  You can write the color of your suit/socks on the hanger to avoid confusion and possible embarrassment.

59.  Don’t use your car as a table.

60.  If you want to get mail, you have to send mail.

61.  Even a single dollar is a special present because it shows someone is thinking of you.

62.  Put your car keys right next to the stuff you don’t want to forget.  For example, put your car keys in the fridge with the special lunch you packed.

63.  Get your stuff ready to go the night before so in the morning you are all set.

64.  Do it now, because later you will forget.

65.  Post-it notes are helpful when you want to remember things.

66.  Write down the important details so you remember them.

66.  Your family is the most important thing there is.


Knit-Along with me at Serial Knitters Yarn Shop

Hello Friends,

This fall I’ll be leading a knitalong at Serial Knitters yarn shop. The dates are three Sundays: October 27, November 3 and November 17. Time: 1-3pm.

All you need to do to register is purchase your yarn at Serial Knitters and let them know you want to be in the class.  Plus, you’ll get a 10% discount on your yarn for taking the class.  Hooray!  You’ll also need to purchase the pattern, available here

Need inspiration? Click here to take a look at some of the gorgeous projects on Ravelry. Click here for my project, which you can also see hanging in the store: 

Serial Knitters Yarn Shop on Rose Hill in Kirkland, WA
8427 122nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

 Come and say hello on Ravelry, here.  I’ll be posting additional instructions and tips on that thread on the Serial Knitters forum. You’ll get three, live, in-person help sessions with me and extra virtual hand-holding as you progress through the piece – just for the price of the yarn. Wow, what a bargain!

Bring your friends, the more the merrier.