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Kyla’s Super Power.

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Kyla has a Super Power.

This year Kyla has pull out for reading, writing and spelling. For the 2 hours that her class works on those subjects, she is in the resource room with her special teacher, Ms. S. We started calling her “Kyla’s special teacher” over the summer because we did not know which resource teacher Kyla would have.

Please know that Kyla’s struggles were not caused by her previous teachers not being good enough. Her teacher last year was amazing. I will never forget the day she said to me “Kyla has not failed, we have failed. We haven’t figured out how she learns, and that is why she is struggling, but we will figure it out.” The problem really is that Kyla doesn’t learn reading, writing and spelling in the way that most kids do. It doesn’t make sense to her that way. Her struggle is not something that a mainstream teacher would be trained to handle. She needs a special program that requires special training.

At the end of last school year, when we finally had everything in order for Kyla to get the help she needed this year, I told Kyla. I told her that in second grade she would have a special teacher for reading, writing and spelling. Kyla knew she was struggling, she knew she wasn’t at the same level as her classmates. I told her when her class was having reading, writing and spelling, she would have class with her special teacher and just a few other kids. I explained that her special teacher would know better ways to help her learn. I told her what I’ve always told her: It was not her fault that she wasn’t learning reading, writing and spelling as fast as the other kids. We knew she was trying so hard, and doing the best she could. I told her that her father and I were so, so, very proud of her for how hard she worked, and for never giving up, even though it was so hard for her. I told her that she was doing everything right, she just learns things differently than a lot of the other kids, and her special teacher would be able to teach her in the way she learns. By the time I was done, Kyla was nearly in tears and was shaking with joy. She was so excited that she was going to have a special teacher who would help her learn.

She has learned. So. Much. She is progressing so fast. At the beginning of the school year she had spelling words that were a bit easier than her other classmates, but within a few weeks, she was bringing home the same spelling words as Vada. We had our parent teacher conferences just over a week ago. Kyla earned an “A” in spelling. This was not because the teacher was giving her hints as she took her test, it was because her teacher had figured out how Kyla learns. I know, because I quiz her with her spelling words the day before a test, and she can spell them. With no help. It is amazing. Ms. S has figure out how Kyla learns, and now Kyla learns!! Eventually Kyla will be back in class with her classmates. It may be several years, but eventually she will get to the point where she can learn with the rest of her peers. For now, she has her oh~so~very~special teacher, Ms. S. (and a report card with all “A”s and “B”s!)

At the conference, Ms. S asked us if Kyla was really as happy as she appears to be, and if she ever gets discouraged. We told her she has her moments, like any 7 year old, but she really is that happy most of the time. She just loves life. I told Ms. S that she is aware that she is not at the same level as most of her classmates. Sometimes she does say things like “I learn slower than the other kids”,  “I can’t read the same books as the other kids”, or “It’s just harder for me.” I told Ms. S that when she says that I remind her that she has her special teacher. Whenever I say that, Kyla just lights up! I remind her that her special teacher is helping her and she is learning so much. I looked at Ms. S and said, “You are her super power.”

She is. She is Kyla’s super power. Before Ms. S, it didn’t matter that Kyla was the hardest working 2nd grader you have ever met, she just wasn’t getting it. It’s like DareDevil. He is blind. No matter how hard he tried, he will never see with his eyes. But he does see. He sees with his ears. His echolocation is his super power. It allows him to see, even if he does not see the same way as most us. Ms. S is Kyla’s super power. She allows Kyla to learn, even if she does not learn the same way as most of us.

Thank you is not enough, but it is all I have. Thank you Ms. S. Thank you for being Kyla’s super power.

Bat-Kyla

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Lavender Blooms Shawl Free Crochet Pattern by Jessie At Home

Lavender Blooms Shawl
Crochet Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

This triangular shawl gets its name from the bloom shaped cluster of stitches used in the pattern, and from the color of the yarn I used. The shawl is made with two colors, which change at the end of every row, but there is no cutting the yarn. A technique common in Japanese crochet is used to make the color changes work.

Size:
Any size you want. The sample is 46” tip to tip and 24” down the center

Yarn:
Two colors of any lace/fingering, sock, sport, or DK yarn that is not too fuzzy or nubby. The sample was made with a fingering weight yarn.
Yardage will vary depending on your yarn and finished size.

Hook:
Use a hook a few sizes larger than recommended for your yarn to achieve a more lacey look. The sample was made with a US 8/H/5.00 mm.

Gauge:
Not so important. Work about 10 rows and take a good look, if you want your stitches to be more lacey, use a bigger hook. If they look too lacey/loose, use a smaller hook.

Other Supplies:
Yarn needle

Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
sc ~ single crochet
hdc ~ half double crochet
dc ~ double crochet
tr ~ treble crochet

Special Stitches:
cl ~ Double Crochet Cluster: Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same st, yo, pull through st, (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all remaining loops
blm ~ Bloom: (cl, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) all in the same st

Getting Started:
At the end of the rows you need to pull the loop that is on your hook up so that it is long, and remove your hook, then the next row is worked by putting your hook back into the loop from the other color. Be sure to read and follow what the pattern says.
I have made a video showing the first several rows to show how this method works.

Pattern:

Row 1: With color A, ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2, blm in the next ch, skip 2, sc in last ch, pull up loop and drop.

Row 2: Attach color B to first sc made in row 1, ch 5 (counts as first tr, ch 2), dc in same st, ch 2, hdc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, tr, ch 2, dc) in center cl of blm, ch 2, hdc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, tr) in sc, pull up loop and drop.

Row 3: Turn, pick up color A, tighten loop, ch 3, sl st in last tr from previous row, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) in same st, sc in dc, blm in hdc, sc in dc, blm in tr, sc in dc, blm in hdc, sc in dc, blm in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of previous row, pull up loop and drop.

Row 4: Pick up color B, tighten loop, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 2 from previous row, ch 6 (counts as first tr, ch 3), sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, tr in last cl of bloom, pull up loop and drop.

Row 5: Turn, pick up color A, tighten loop, ch 3, sl st in last tr from previous row, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) in same st, sc in sc, [blm in dc, sc in sc] 2 times, blm in next sc, sc in next sc, [blm in dc, sc in sc] 2 times, sk 2 ch, blm in next ch, pull up loop and drop.

Row 6: Pick up color B, tighten loop, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 2 from previous row, ch 6 (counts as first tr, ch 3), [sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3] 2 times, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, [ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm] 2 times, ch 3, tr in last cl of bloom, pull up loop and drop.

Row 7: Turn, pick up color A, tighten loop, ch 3, sl st in last tr from previous row, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) in same st, sc in sc, * blm in dc, sc in sc repeat from * to point of wrap, blm in next sc (this is the sc at the point of the wrap), sc in next sc, **blm in dc, sc in sc, repeat from ** through last sc, sk 2 ch, blm in next ch, pull up loop and drop.

Row 8: Pick up color B, tighten loop, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 2 from previous row, ch 6 (counts as first tr, ch 3), sc in center cl of blm, * ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, * repeat from * through last blm of first side of wrap, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, **dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, repeat from ** to the end of the row, tr in last cl of bloom, pull up loop and drop.

Repeat rows 7 & 8: to desired size, ending with row 7.

Weave in ends and block to open up the lace.

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Crochet Bag Pattern Round Up from Jessie At Home

It’s so much fun to be able to change the look of an outfit by changing the bag you carry with it. It’s also wonderful to have just the right bag to bring whatever you need with you. So I have put together a collection of crochet bags of all shapes and sizes for whatever occasion or use you may need!

Here are the names and links of each pattern, along with a little something that each designer has to say about them.

1) How to make a bag out of 3 Granny Squares ~ Designed by Jessie At Home
I seem to have a surplus of Granny Squares hanging about my work room. I’m not really sure where they all come from. So, I have started turning them into bags of various sizes and styles. They make great gifts! Especially the little ones turned into little bags for kiddos.

2) Amazing Grace Tote ~ Designed by Beatrice Ryan Designs
This fun tote can be used for the market, beach or as your everyday bag!! Along with all of the other Amazing Grace Free Patterns, This tote is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

3) Ruffled Project Bag ~ Designed by Jessie At Home
Sometimes you need to bring your yarnie projects along with you! This bag lets you do that in style. The fun ruffles and flowers add a fun flair. It is big enough to carry a work in progress, but not so big it is unwieldy.

4) Spiral Seashell Bag ~ Designed by Stitches N Scraps
This great bag is perfect for a day at the beach or a casual night out, with just enough room for a few essentials. It could even make a good project bag!

5) To Market We Go, The Belmont Bag ~ Designed by KatiDCreations
I have ventured into foreign territory….hand bags. After competing the Belmont Sun Hat I decided that [what] my daughter really needed to go with the hat was a hand bag.

6) Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag ~ Designed by Marie Segares
This messenger bag is a great introduction to Tunisian crochet. Learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch while increasing, decreasing, and changing colors. The asymmetrical striping pattern will keep even a more experienced Tunisian crocheter engaged!

7) Cascading Tote ~ Designed by Crystalized Designs
Show off your love of crochet and color with the a Cascading Tote, available in two sizes! These totes, designed with taking crochet everywhere in mind, is also great as a beach bag, overnight bag, for toys, or so much more!

8) Tunisian Crescent Bag ~ Designed by Kim Guzman
Make this unique designer bag in Tunisian crochet. This bag is made in three different Tunisian crochet stitches, in the short row technique, for its unique look. After crocheting, the bag is felted, giving it extra strength.

9) Big Striped Bag ~ Designed by Posh Pooch Designs
This bag measures 12 x12 x 18 Large enough to carry 2 Chihuahuas! or your shopping at the farmers market.

10) Crochet Heart Coin Purse ~ Designed by I’m Hooked
These little coin purses would make a great gift for any little girls in your life.

~OR~

If you would like to get your pattern and yarn all together, here is a kit that you can purchase from Craftsy.

French Market Tote Kit

Don’t forget to check out some of the other great Round Ups that have happened in Blogland over the last week!

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Building Houses

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The girls and I spent Saturday morning with the Girl Scout troop making gingerbread houses.

Lots-of-construction

First they got to make little turkey cookies. Here is Kyla thinking hard about the perfect placement for the candy corn feathers. I would love to show you the finished cookies, but they seem to have been devoured by hungry little carnivores.

Kyla-making-her-house

After the turkeys, houses were built. Here is Paris making a fun little masterpiece.

Paris-is-making-a-masterpiece

All the girls worked very hard and we so very well behaved. They shared wonderfully, and listened (for the most part) to the adult~types.

Gingerbreading-away

As the morning went on, the houses started to drop. It seems we were in desperate need of an architect. Vada’s house was doing so well, until just a few minutes before it was time to leave, then this happened.

Oh-no-Vada's-house-fell

This awesome picture of Alexia sums it all up. Even though disaster struck nearly every house, the girls just went with it. They had fun, and (mostly) had a good sense of humor about the collapses. Honestly, I was extremely proud of all of them for how well they all dealt with the architectural issues. They are such a great group of girls!

Alexia-has-reached-her-limit

I hope you all are having fun gearing up for the holidays!!

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Ruffled Project Bag Free Crochet Pattern by Jessie At Home

Ruffled Project Bag
Crochet Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

Sometimes you need to bring your yarnie projects along with you! This bag lets you do that in style. The fun ruffles and flowers add a fun flair. It is big enough to carry a work in progress, but not so big it is unwieldy.

Ruffled-Project-Bag

Sizes:
12 ½” tall and 25” around

Yarn:
Sullivans Yorganza ~ 2 skeins Tan Script (B), 1 Skein Blue Rose (C) 66g each
Red Heart Super Saver ~ 1 skein Grey Heather (A) 137g

The Sullivans Yorganza yarn can also be replaced with Red Heart Sassy

Hook:
US 9/I/5.50 mm

Gauge:
13 sts x 8 rows in hdc with Super Saver

Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
hdc ~ half double crochet
dc ~ double crochet
st(s) ~ stitch(es)
Yo ~ yarn over

Ruffled-Project-Bag-Free-Crochet-Pattern

Special Stitches:
fhdc ~ foundation half double crochet (optional) ~ Ch 3, yo, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook (this is the first chain you made), yo, pull through ch (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 1 loop (1 ch made), yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook (first fhdc made) *yo, insert hook in both loops of the ch made in last st, pull through ch (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 1 loop (1 ch made), yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook, repeat from * to desired length

rdc ~ ruffle double crochet ~ insert hook in the next hole in yarn B or C, yo with yarn A, insert hook into the next st, yo with A, pull through 2 loops, yo with A, pull through all remaining loops.

Getting Started:
If you look at the Yorganza yarn very closely you can see that there is a front and a back. Be sure to use the yarn from whichever end places the front of the yarn on the outside of your work. In my case I found that to be the inside end of the yarn.

Pattern:
Round 1: With yarn A, fhdc 18
~or~
Ch 19, hdc in the bottom loop of the second ch from hook, and each remaining ch (18 hdc)
**To make a larger bag, start with more sts.

Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc here or throughout), 4 hdc in the side of the last fhdc made, hdc in each of the bottom chains of round 1, 4 hdc in the side of round 1, hdc in each st across, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc made. (44 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, * 2 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, hdc in each of the next 18 sts, repeat from * one more time, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc made. (52 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, * (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) 4 times, hdc in each of the next 18 sts, repeat from * one more time, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc made. (60 sts)

Round 5: Ch 1, * (2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 4 times, hdc in each of the next 18 sts, repeat from * one more time, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc made. (68 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, * (2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 4 times, hdc in each of the next 18 sts, repeat from * one more time, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc made. (76 sts)

Round 7: Ch 1, * (2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 4 times, hdc in each of the next 18 sts, repeat from * one more time, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc made. (84 sts)

Round 8: Turn, with the bottom side facing, sl st in each st around, sl st to first sl st made. (84 sts)

Round 9: Turn, ch 1 (does not count as first dc here or throughout), dc in each sl st made in round 8, join with a sl st to the top of first dc made. (84 sts)

Ruffled-Project-Bag-by-Jessie-At-Home

Round 10: Turn, ch 1, rdc in first st, dc in next st, *rdc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * to end of round, join with a sl st to the top of first rdc made. (84 sts)

Repeat Round 10: to desired height.

Top Round: With just yarn A, ch 1, sc in each st around, flip yarn B in between the last sc made and the starting ch 1 so that it is now inside the bag, sl st to the top of the first sc made, over top of yarn B. Clip A and end off.

Border: For this round, use yarn B as you would a “regular” yarn, ignoring the holes. Insert hook in the first st made of the last round 10 repeat, pull through a loop of yarn B, slip st LOOSLY in every other st of this round, around bag top, clip yarn and pull the end through to the inside of the bag. Weave in end or sew it down with needle and thread.

Ruffled-Project-Bag-Border

Straps: Cut 1 piece of yarn B and 2 pieces of yarn C all 8’ long. Fold the pieces in half and braid them all together. Repeat. Pin straps in place and sew them to the inside of the bag.

Flowers: Find the pattern for the flower here. Make 4 flowers with yarn C and attach them at the bases of each strap.

Ruffled Project Bag Designed by Jessie Rayot

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