I completed another item for the Christmas in July swap: a Celtic knot twine rug. I've long wanted to recreate a twine rug in full scale, along the lines of the Roost beauty that was a) expensive and b) no longer available. I actually started spiraling twine to make a Roost knockoff, but I abandoned it due to technical difficulties. To complete the mini rug, I followed a pattern from the International Guild of Knot Tyers. I love knowing that such a thing as a knot tyer guild exists. The pattern is deceptively difficult to follow. I used pins to hold the overlaps, and I used a yarn needle to make the job easier. Still, there are places where I went under when I was supposed to go over and vice versa. On my second attempt, I'm going to fix these mistakes by correcting them on the second iteration of the pattern, and then undoing the entire first pass, and redoing the pattern correctly. It went quicker the second time, although the do-overs will stall my progress. If you're going to try this, may I suggest a pillow underneath the pinned cardboard? Otherwise, it will look as if you were attacked by a maniac cat.
Balconies are mostly attached
The miniature version of the French Quarter is coming along nicely. We attached the strawberry basket balconies, and we made a lantern out of cardboard, a planter, transparencies and a dowel. Students are drawing scenes and ironwork on the bulletin board. The students are now out of control, and it will be impossible to reel them back in once the project is over. Luckily, there is only a week and two days left after the competition.
I have crooked teeth from my parents and a wacky arm from a stroke. My daughter describes me as funny and smart, while she describes the other Linda from Mommy and Me as pretty and nice. So, I'm not pretty nor nice. I love the French people, French language (I'm fluent), French food, culture, architecture... In short, all of France! I'll read anything in front of me. I know more about middle school math than, well, anyone, INCLUDING my middle school math teacher husband (let's see if he reads this). I'm not happy if I'm not painting something.