Hey, it turns out this week is Spring Break around here. I didn't really know until DH told me. As homeschoolers, the calendar (and the alarm clock) means little to us. My kids sure knew though, and they are aghast that I am still making them do schoolwork. I have a feeling that our summer break will begin early and go late, so I definitely want them to finish their math and science in the next few weeks. I did consent to letting them ditch the other subjects for the week, so they can finish early. And maybe I'll give them (and me) a day or two off.
We got the results back from the standardized testing. It took only a few days after I mailed them off to get the scores! We have used Seton Home School for our CAT tests and they have great service, even for moms who mail off the packet while the test score sheet is still in the copy machine. Not that I know anyone who would do that. Both kids had all score either average or above average, so I'm delighted. Both did better in math that I had expected. If they'd done poorly I might have blamed the test or the moon phases or something, but since they did well, I'm patting myself and them on the back.
I finally took some photos of me with the Zenzi Clapotis scarf. I'm not particularly delighted with any of the pictures, but I can't blame the scarf.
I do love that my new camera has a remote, which you can see me holding in most of the pics. No more photos of my butt as I walk back to my spot while the shutter clicks. I can sense your thankfulness.
I don't wear turtleneck sweaters because I think they make my head look like a potato sitting on my shoulders. A scarf worn like this isn't much of an improvement.
I like wrapping the scarf like this, though:
Here's my pin-up pose while I try to display how long the scarf is. Also, it was getting windy.
Worn unwrapped, it's pretty long. I didn't mean to make it this long.
Note to self: You know those umpteen zillion types of lip color cluttering up the bathroom? Wear some.
This is really the best of all the photos anyway.
Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Needles: US Size 5, 3.75mm
Yarn: Wollmeise 100% superwash sock, colorway Zenzi
Modifications: Knit as a scarf, rather than a shawl. I think I did only 4 repeats of the increase sections, but I can't remember. I had 8 grams of yarn left, so it's a good thing I ended when I did. This pattern is much more fun to knit as a scarf, because the rows go more quickly and you get to do the fun thing - dropping the stitches on purpose - more often.
Wollmeise yarn is immensely popular in no small part because of the amazing, rich colors. I think Zenzi is one of the most underrated colors of her yarns. The browns and black are like expensive chocolate and strong espresso, with a touch of cream. The scarf is soft and I kept it around my neck after taking the photos until I started to overheat. I am so looking forward to wearing it in the cold European winters. And Zenzi is the name of the type of brown & white cows in the German countryside, so I'll blend right in.