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Thursday, August 23, 2007

First dishcloth done

My friend Jean owns a yahoogroup dedicated to shopping for sales and with coupons. At the same time. Mr. GAIN encourages that. He loves conservation of money. My SIL also belongs to the coupon group, and her quest for saving money also includes moving away from paper towels and napkins in favor of cloth napkins. I have been working along the same line with these dishcloths.

I have not been able to find sturdy washcloths to use in the kitchen for wiping the table and counter. The other frustration is that I can no longer find Brillo Scrub and Toss pads at any of the stores I visit. My goal since I returned from MN is to have seven dishcloths, one for every day. In _Organic Housekeeping_, the author mentions that her household cleaning system has seven dishcloths. I'm trying for the same.

In the past, my family has always used these knitted cloths as a buffer between hot pans and our kitchen table or counter. But I read that they are excellent for cleaning glass and dishes. I see that as entirely possible due to the texture of the fabric. We'll give a test wash or five this weekend.

You can see I finished my first "classic dishcloth." The new one that I am working on is in a pattern called Open Star 2. I really don't see the open star at this point, but we'll see how it works out.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

more knitting

I've been knitting sporadically. Here is a dishcloth/potholder in progress, on top of a finished cloth with the same pattern. It is a classic. Matt and I received the pink one on the bottom for our wedding. I am almost finished with it. My goal is to have seven dishcloths, one for each day of the week. They are much thicker and sturdier than the terry cloth washcloths that I bought a department store. I read that they clean glass very well.

The yarn is plain old worsted weight cotton. If I clipped a Michael's coupon for 40% off any item, I could probably get the yarn for about 60 cents. I may have to look in to that.

I ran out of the variegated yarn that you see here (the beginning of the skein went to Jean's swiffer cover), so I am finishing a little corner of the cloth in light blue. I can tell that the light blue yarn is Lion Kitchen Cotton and the variegated is Sugar 'n' Cream because the thickness of each yarn differs by a tiny bit. I find that interesting because I read about substitutions and mixing yarns frequently.


Teaching meme

Well, Christine tagged me, but my question is, what is a meme and how do you pronounce it? I had to go to urbandictionary and Maybe I shouldn't play this game....

Ok, here goes. I will play.

1. I am a good teacher because…
I myself model learning all the time.

2. If I weren’t a teacher I would be a…
good question! I have little talent in many areas. I suppose I would be working in a lab somewhere in Academia USA.

3. My teaching style is…
kinesthetic. Duh, I am a dancer. What did you expect?

4. My classroom is…
the world. There is no room at our house for a classroom.

5. My lesson plans are…
usually successful. That would be the natural teacher emerging from me, accompanied by my own love of learning and in-tuned-ness to my kids.

6. One of my teaching goals…
is to be very patient. This goal is not always reached.

7. The toughest part of teaching is…
staying disciplined enough to meet my own expectations.

8. The thing I love about teaching is…
I will use Christine's answer, word for word: "I get to learn right along with them. I get to delve into subjects I enjoy and drag the kids along with me. I get to let them drag me into things they like too."

9. A common misconception about teaching is…
that is it hard. Think more along the lines of facilitation, and maybe you will agree.

10. The most important thing I’ve learned since I started teaching is…
each child has his/her own learning style, which may not match your natural teaching style.

Does this mean that I am ready for the school year to start? Absolutely not.

Now, who to tag? Well, I am limited to teachers with a blog. How about Heather, Jean, and Chris?