I had ProD today and normally I really resent having to sit and listen to someone lecture at me about theoretical things that I can’t apply in my classroom, by today was an excellent day of learning!

It was nice to not have to jump out of bed this morning, though of course I did at my usual time since I can never sleep in when I have the opportunity.

My ProD program didn’t start until 10am so I got done seriously lovely knitting time on the couch first thing this morning.

We then set out on a nature walk. I always want to take my students outside to learn about nature, but never feel like I know enough to do so. Then when I saw this opportunity I thought it might be the perfect chance to rectify this problem.

The walk was taking place at a place I run quite often which includes forest and dyke area as well as being right beside a river so it had a lot of diverse environment for us to look at. The talk concentrated on bird life and we were actually out for about three hours! I learned about the Northern Flicker that eats ants and then immediately grooms itself so as the formic avid from the ant will kill the parasites on the bird. I learned about robins, hawks, pillared woodpecker (we saw a female because it didn’t have a red mustache), the European starling that is not indigenous to BC,but is now present in huge numbers, the toohee which is like a zombie because it has red eyes and it’s a ground eater so it’s usually what I’m seeing on my walk to school when I hear rustling on the ground. I learned that an eagle’s wingspan is 6 feet- the size of one of my brothers. I learned lots more, including the six toilet papers of nature 🤣

It was an awesome ProD because I feel like I learned things that I can actually use when I’m outside with the kids on Monday😀😀😀

Eating:

After the session was over, we stopped for lunch at a small cafe there. I actually had to walk half a block down to a soup place as there was nothing but sweets that I could eat at this cafe. I did end up having a wonderful vegan, gluten free chipotle corn chowder for lunch that was so yummy!

Exercise:

On the way home I stopped at the grocery store and picked up a piece of rotisserie chicken for dinner as we were much later than I was expecting, but I wouldn’t let myself have it until I had gotten out for a run. With writing report cards every day I haven’t ran since Sunday ☹️. I just did a simple run over to the park and it was crazy busy as everyone was trying to get some fresh air before the rain started. I had a pretty quick run which was good since it was short! I may need a specific running goal as I’m not getting much running in:(. If anyone has a good suggestion, please let me know.

Knitting:

When I got home I had to read the message from my financial advisor before I was allowed to start knitting, and yes I do make these bargains with myself a lot.

I’ve had a very productive knitting day! I finished the June Hat which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I had picked it just to use up two small balls of yarn, but I love it!! I decided not to put a Pom Pom on it do that it is reversible.

I want to make this hat several more times in several more colours!

I then used up another small ball of yarn by making this headband. This will just go into the donation basket, but I do think it’s cute.

Finally I have started another hat – the Kitimat- which is another free pattern on Ravelry, and which I think I’m going to love too! It has already used up another small ball so I am one skein away from being at my mid March goal.

Hopefully I’ll be fine this hat tomorrow! I am also thinking that I will keep stash busting and then only let myself buy as many skeins of yarn at the show as I am below my goal number. Maybe this would keep my stash under better control.

I have never been a huge hat knitter, but I am really enjoying it. I think my next project needs to be a three colour cowl or shawl.

Also, what would you make with this single skein?

I have about 165-190 yards.

Well I need to head to bed as I have an early run in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ

23 thoughts on “A Great Learning Day

  1. It’s a miracle when ProD days actually apply to my classroom. There is just not a lot out there for special needs preschoolers 😦

    What a fun day though going on a nature walk! There was a bald eagle perched in a tree right outside my bathroom window one day. I had no idea they were so big! And quite a majestic bird to boot!

    1. It was an awesome day and I am hoping that if I have my kids do laps on the field, they might be calm enough to take on a forest walk!
      Bald eagles are amazing to see!

    1. Ok Kathy I’m going to look at how far it is to your house as I’d love to “meet” you. Thank you for always having awesome ideas!!!!

    1. Thanks!!! I will have a look for a pattern. I’m on a mission to use up all these lone skeins!
      Lol my mom and I had a discussion about you yesterday- she thought you lived in Regina, Saskatchewan because of your name. I had to look up your profile:). I’m very envious you’re so close to Rhinebeck festival!

  2. When you have to have con . ed it can be such a drag! Especially on your day off. Hmmm, what to make with that bulky? I dunno. But you are a very good knitter and I SO enjoy the knit part of the posts!! I would make a book cover or those great leaf book marks!

  3. I’ve been thinking of making the June hat myself, it looks so pretty knit up. That sounds like such an interesting day learning about the birds. I would love to take a class like that.

    1. It was a really cool class. I’ve never been very observant of birds, but it was still very cool!
      I love the June Hat and am thinking of making all of the hats in this series.
      How did the Virtual knit night go?

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