I'm an excellent speller and my best friend's sister and father are absolutely horrid at it. They attempt to tell me it is genetic, whereas I say that it is a matter of not caring. I will admit that it does take some time to learn how to spell well, and as these poems point out, it isn't an easy matter. I've seen all of these before at one point or another, but I still get a kick out of them.Spelling Poems
These come from a place called the Simplified Spelling Society, which wants English spelling to be reformed to make it more consistent. I'm not sure that I agree with that aim, but I wonder if that is because spelling comes naturally to me. It was a fun sight for me to read through though and poke a little fun at it. I also wonder if part of it is because the simplfied spellings suggested look terrible (and perhaps uneducated) to me.
(Spelling comes naturally for me, grammar not so much. I was never taught formal grammar until I took foreign languages in junior high and high school. I discovered this the hard way one day when we had a substitute teacher in seventh grade Literature who decided that the day would be best spent diagramming sentences - something that I had never heard of before that day. She thought I was being obstinate and failed me for the day. My regular teacher returned, changed the grade, showed me how to diagram sentences and I've never done it since then. My writing is decent, but grammar terms do confuse me, and I should probably find a decent grammar book and sit down with it one day.)
On the knitting front, I managed to rip back the toe of the sock last night. It took me a while to get all the way back to where I started decreasing because I started decreasing about 3 or 4 rows before where I started. I finally got all the way back to where I wanted, added another row and went back to working on the toe. I think I'll be able to finish that sock tonight and cast on for the second sock. I'll probably alternate the second sock with the beginnings of the Catherine teddy bear for my mom, now that I have the yarn. I still have to buy safety joints for the bear as it is too large to be thread jointed, but no rush on that. I'm a slow knitter, it'll take a while to finish. I'm still working on the Irish Hiking Scarf, but that is almost exclusively being done at KWA (along with sock cuffs and feet), as I don't need as much concentration on it.