Well, we are home again today. My psoriasis is so bad that I don’t want to go to church. I know – it sounds lame – but it is so painful and looks so bad. And, guess what? Though it’s a chronic problem – it turns out stress can cause a flareup – oh joy!! So today and following days I’m going to concentrate on having a more peaceful home.

I know I’ve been quiet online…but I’ve been keeping busy. Lots of work….LOST is back…knitting, of course (more on that next) and I even started a webpage for our Cub Scout Pack. J1 enrolled in Boy Scouts too – so we are getting more involved. DH took on the Asst Cubmaster position for J2’s pack — next year, Lord willing, we’ll have two boys in that pack. And, we found out yesterday that a good friend of J1’s might transfer to his Troop – we hope so!


  • Mom’s Sweater – Still need to block it. Problem is room! But I think I’ll ask her if I can use some space at her house. She’s anxious to have it so it might work out.
  • Socks – I’m knitting some socks for my niece, Annika. They are some funky greens that she liks. Toe-up, magic loop – just need to finish the legs.
  • 5 Hour Baby Sweater – started my third. First two were as in the pattern..for a newborn (8-10 pounds). But I wanted to try bigger. So, talked to my friend Ruth and we figured well, just double it but it seems HUGE! I’ll keep you updated!
  • Lace – Tried to start a shawl, but kept messing up – guess I need a quieter environment – maybe later.

Today, Lets Knit2gether put out a new video podcast. This time on beaded knitting – I see great gift potential here! Check it out!

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I received the following questions in my comment section…please see answers below.

silver maple leaf Says:
hmmm, do you know of any podcasts that teach any other languages. my son really wants to learn the languages some of his online friends peak, like Japanese, Norwegian, and German.

No, sorry I don’t know. But a quick google search will, I am confident, find what you want for your son. Also check out Rosetta Stone – in the homeschool community people RAVE about it!

Lynn Says:
Where are you getting all the podcasts from? Do they cost money? I got an MP3 player for Christmas but havenโ€™t even figured out how to use it yet.

Thanks to my brother – he educated me on the way of the mp3 player! ๐Ÿ™‚ I downloaded iTunes which I use to subscribe and download free podcasts. Then I copy them to my mp3 player and enjoy! What type of mp3 player did you get, Lynn?

Well, I’m still love, love, loving my MP3 player! I love that I can knit to good books or podcasts or the radio or my favorite music. And, even work is more enjoyable with my MP3 player! Don’t get me wrong I still TOTALLY I love my job but sometimes it goes better with a little music in the background.

So, of course, my favorites podcasts are still knitting related…but I found a new podcast in January that I’m really enjoying. Check out Coffee Break Spanish. I’m not quite sure why I was even given the option to learn a language beyond Spanish since I grew up in California – but I was and I chose wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding – I love knowing some French and would like to know more. But I hate that I live in a culture where so many speak a language that I can’t even introduce myself in! But now I can!! And, I’m amazed how much I already know just because I live here and hear so much of it!