Two new knitting charts

These are for “Wave Edging” and “Mermaid’s Mesh”.

As before, please use only for non-commercial purposes, and if you reproduce it, include my name.


Candlelight Knitting Chart

Candlelight Chart (<– click here for PDF.)

This is a charted version of the "Candlelight" knitting stitch pattern from Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

As I understand copyright of knitting designs, the stitch pattern itself is in the public domain. However, any written description, chart, or picture of it is copyright. Therefore my chart is copyright, and I would ask that you use it only for non-commercial purposes, and that you not reproduce it without including my name.


I had to laugh today when I saw that someone landed on my page after searching “how to pronounce kirsten nelson”.

I assume it’s the “kirsten” part that they’re wondering about, and I’m also fairly sure that they’re wondering about the actress, not me. I have no idea whether she’s a “KER-sten”, from the German tradition, or a “KEER-sten”, from the Scandinavian.

But for the record, I’m a “KEER-sten”. It is definitely easier being “Miss Nelson” to all my students… now if I could only convince them that I’m a Ms and not a Miss!

Stats Canada site on Social Justice

This site collects data to investigate and analyze social justice issues.

Math brochures for parents and families

I just discovered these online resources for parents/guardians and families. They cover commonly asked questions like “Why are students using calculators?” and “Why does the math that my child brings home look different from the math I remember? ”

New France reference

Miquelon, Dale. New France, 1701-1744: A Supplement to Europe. Toronto: Mcclelland And Stewart, 1987.

Ratio and Proportion online games has a couple of ratio and proportion games (specifically Ratio Stadium and Dirt Bike Proportions). They are multi-player games that look very simple to set up for four students to play against each other. The would be good for just a ten-minute filler; the numbers are very small and meant for younger kids, but it might be a fun way to start class before diving into “If You Hopped Like a Frog”.

A recent round-up of articles and other links

Collaborative Inquiry as Professional Development; from the Indiana Paraeducators Support Project.
Differentiated Instruction; an interview with Carol Ann Tomlinson.
Hippocampus Algebra; good reviews of Algebra I and II (roughly equivalent to our Grades 9 and 10).
Curriki; lots of resources to find, led me to Hippocampus.
Algebraic Problem-solving with Spreadsheets; ideas for a Grade 9 course.
Gender in the Classroom; a Google Books window.
Adding It Up; online book.
Rubric for class participation from Carmel Schettino.
Rubric for Journal Entries from Carmel Schettino.
Gapminder; fabulous data visualization tool.
Women and Math, the Gender Gap Bridged; important research on countries where girls do as well as boys in math (Iceland, Turkey).
E-Stat for Education; tons of Canadian data.
TI Tutorials; good for new students who need to learn to use the graphing calculators we use.
<a href=""How Exercise Promotes Learning; CBC National special feature on a school in Western Canada that increased student success through exercise.



Tonight’s dinner was a “soup” adapted from an Epicurious recipe for Beet and Cabbage Soup.  It read like a Mexican borscht, but turned out like a hot vegetable puree for me.

The veggie mix above is a Cylindra beet, a red onion, 3 stalks of celery, and a quarter of a very small head of cabbage.  After sauteing the veggies in vegetable oil for about ten minutes, I added a container of frozen turkey stock from the freezer, and boiled it all for an hour or so, until the veggies were soft enough to puree in the blender. The only other ingredients were lime juice, stirred in at the end, and tortilla chips to crumble into it.

The garden is in!

We constructed a 4′ by 4′ (sorry, 1.2m by 1.2m – old habits die hard, and gardening was always done with my parents in Imperial measurements) bottomless box today and set it on a former flowerbed, to become the first of our square foot gardens. The official square foot garden method says to fill the box with a mixture of peat moss, coarse vermiculite, and compost; since I’ve read that the current stores of peat moss in the world are holding as much carbon dioxide as the rain forests, it seems like a good idea to skip that and go for a closed-system approach in our backyard garden. We turned over the soil in the box and added the compost from the composter, and planted in
There’s, of course, not much that can be planted now, but we planted a square each of peas, spinach, and beets, and half a square of radishes.

Most of the point of growing vegetables is to be environmentally friendly, so we’re relying on scavenged materials.  The sides of the box are leftover siding material from the shed, and the grid strips are from old lattice I pulled apart.

You can just see the tulips coming up on the left-hand side of the picture – I hope the squirrels don’t eat them until after they bloom, this year.

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