first gauge swatches; first sweaters for friends.

Because every stuffed friend needs an acrylic knit muscle shirt for the Philadelphia summer. While Claudia has completed a small blanket in the past, she’d also spent two years working in the round on something that might have been a “skirt” or might not have been… anyway, we decided it was time to get down…

how to win a contest that hasn’t even happened yet (part one)

A few years ago I took Béla over to Drexel University’s engineering school, where students were trying to set the World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg contraption ever. It was fun to see, but it wasn’t really a nail-biter, as the contraption failed in more places than it worked, and needed a lot of…

béla: thinking outside the quadrilateral

Béla woke up on Thursday morning, quite sick. He lay on the couch all day, caught up on a lot of Steven Universe, and started watching The Get-Down. A lab test the next morning confirmed that it was the actual flu; the scary kind. It wasn’t fun. He looked like a broken nutcracker, with bright…

the brotherest day (it was pretty good for claudia, too)

Having seen Béla hang out happily at home playing a game or two, or coloring at Indy Hall, while Claudia attended her Girl Scouts meeting — frankly, Claudia is frequently, and literally, “center stage” at times Béla is not — Tuck offered to take B. to the Franklin Institute to see the Robot Revolution exhibit….

pip’s island and MoMath

We would not even have heard of the children’s interactive theater production “Pip’s Island”, if our pal Michelle — who this year was Claudia’s onstage partner in the fire performance at Parade of Spirits — had not clued us into it. Not only is Michelle a member of Lux Arati, “our” fire dancing family, she…

geomukkah?

We’ve been multitasking more than we would like to be. In addition to Ben’s consulting business and our own two-pronged family business (which supports people on the autism spectrum, on both the employment and product sides), we certainly knew this fall and winter would be an extra hard time to balance the holidays as well…

different things for different kids at different times

That has been our mantra for years… it doesn’t always work. Sometimes it does. Tonight was Claudia’s first Girl Scout troop meeting was tonight. She had a great time! (A mom there sent me this photo:) We don’t know if this scout group will go co-ed, like many do these days. But tonight, anyway, Béla…

geometrymas… four? maori koru pendants

This project just sort of snuck up on us, as I saw it lying on the table in what I assume is the most recent Highlights. Seemed like a very easy, gender-neutral gift idea for some folks; in this case, we chose to make them for the kids’ teachers at Philadelphia School of Rock. Rolling…

celtic knot dice set… just the beginning.

Tucker loves knots. And he really loves Celtic knots. He has been waiting for this Kickstarter reward for some time now! These are really fascinating and the kids were better at figuring them out than I was (again, I think i will be building some new synapses with this homeschooling business). There are booklets and…

geometrymas three: post-it snowflakes

Béla could not wait to get working on these Post-It note snowflakes. In fact, he was a little frantic, because he really wanted to get one done before Claudia got home from dance the first time we tried them, and it went kind of wonky. So we gave it another shot together today. Yes, Claudia…

can you buy three dinners for sixty dollars?

My guess is we will be doing this particular lesson once or twice a week. I’m sure they will soon begin to see the difference in how far over we go at Acme vs. Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s. But we started with Acme. They knew our goal was to stay as close to sixty…