Knitting and volcanoes

baktus progress

baktus progress

I think I’m nearly halfway through the Baktus scarf.  I’m using my regular kitchen scale to weigh the skein as I go, and I’m not sure how accurate it is.  The last thing I want is to run out of yarn before I decrease back down to 4 stitches at the end.  It currently measures 16.5 inches and my skein weighs about 60 grams (I’m mixing my metric and imperial again) so I think I’ll be turning the corner soon.  Love this yarn – garter stitch really works for this yarn, with its colour variations.

Ninja Boy and Lego Nut have been working on grade 8 math the last couple of weeks.  They are doing very well with the ratios, proportions, percentages, decimals and fractions.  So far, so good.  Even though there are three years between them, I see no reason why they can’t both handle the same work.  With one-on-one instruction (or should I say facilitation) the younger one can absorb the information (except when he gets a little emotional, says he can’t do it, and blocks his own ability). I get very frustrated with him when he gives up too easily.

Yesterday, I told them to pick a cross-section from our Usborne Earthquakes and Volcanoes book to draw.  They both decided to do the same picture – one used coloured pencils, the other used markers.  They both look great.

volcanoes - lego nut

volcanoes – lego nut

I liked the way the Lego Nut used lots of colour and then blended it with his fingers.  I have never considered doing that with markers.

volcanoes - ninja boy

volcanoes – ninja boy

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