Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Debbie R & I worked on our two projects all yesterday morning - we were off for non-snow....I had Zephyrus rehearsal last night - in preparation for our concert on Sunday. So, for fun this morning I browsed the new Coldwater Creek catalog & chose three outfits that I'd like to order.
Of course, they're all pants & probably would not even fit over my big bottom....well, it's not as big as it use to be, but I still have a terrible time finding pants to fit.
Then, of course, there would be shoes involved....see how it all adds up to lots of $$$?
...and lastly - knitting. Last night at Zephyrus rehearsal, I knitted on John's socks while my section had some time off - Some time last week, I worked a lot on Lori's shawl....can't remember the occasion...oh yeah - it was the PTA meeting. So, I am knitting - just not enough to finish anything. I see that the Mystery Shawl group just posted the second clue - so I'll go get it & save it until I have a life again...or until my yarn comes in from Sarahsyarns. TTFN
Saturday, February 16, 2008
- First of all, I can't even decide what color of yarn to use.....Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud heathery purple or heathery turquoise..?
- Secondly - the yarn is itty-bitty. I have not touched skinny yarn in a long time. The swatch pattern & first part of the shawl pattern went up on the web today. I've tried knitting the swatch four times and can't get the feel of the skinny stuff & needles.
Everything feels very loosy-goose - not to mention that I have to pay attention to the chart. It's very different from what I've been used to - I think I'll have to just collect the clues & watch the other members post thier photos of completed shawls. sigh. Maybe once I finish writing all my stuff for my classes I'll be able to sit down & knit something beautiful. sigh again.
Today John went to C'ville to hear Alex play in our high school's jazz band festival. I stayed home & worked on my homework. Tonight we're going to a play at the Hamner Theater. They boys are working the light & sound boards.
Time to run & get the carry out for dinner....carry it out & right IN to my kitchen. TTFN.
Monday, February 11, 2008
JK & I had a WONDERFUL dinner at J & K's on Saturday night - delicious chicken seasoned with cumin, coriander, & pepper; rice & a yummy sour cream & roasted pepper sauce; and roasted carrots & parsnips. I bought dessert at Hotcakes in C'ville: rasberry bars, carrot cupcakes, & pear tartlets. MMMMMM.....good!
Sunday afternoon, I played at Holy Cross for Bishop Lee's visit - spent some time knitting Lori's shawl while sitting on the organ bench during the sermon - then I braved the ferocious winds to drive to C'ville (again) for Zephyrus rehearsal.
I've joined a Mystery Shawl KAL on Yahoo - there's also the same group in Ravelry. I ordered three skeins of Shimmer AND three skeins of Alpaca Cloud from Knitpicks. I don't know which one I'll use for the project. I might have been a little too ambitious in joining this group. The pattern uses charts - I don't read charts...and my history with lace knitting is not good. The project might have to wait until this summer when I have more time. Here's another sigh...
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I'm learning to read my graduate school articles and knit at the same time. Here's what I do: for my first read through, I do not knit. I make notes in the margin & concentrate. However, for my second read through, a couple of days later, I'm learning to knit while I read. This works out OK as long as neither the article nor the pattern has too much detail. sigh...
I finished the two essays I had to write. Now I have a reflection due from class on Tuesday night AND tonight I have to go to a school board meeting over in Augusta County, then write up reflections about it. My Nelson Cohort had good news today from one of our professors. We found out that we do not have to read each others' literature reviews! ALLEUIA! I'm going to be busy enough writing up my study & staying on top on 3 other classes - wasn't quite sure how I was going to write reviews for the 10 other people in our group!
Last night after workout, I met Ken & Janice & Larry & Jeniffer at Blue Mountain Brewery. I had some delicious homemade hummus & pita & a Nelson County beer. Then I went over to K & J's for dessert - coffe/chocolate ice cream...it's a good thing I went to workout~
Here's how much I've knitted in the past 24 hours:
- Rows 2-8 of ribbing on both of hubby's socks
- 10 rows on Lori's shawl- about 4 inches on the "so-called" scarf
It's hard to knit in our living room because the lights are too dim. I need a new light. I'd like one of these: OTT-Light from Amazon. I think I could find something similiar at Lowe's for less money. Maybe I'll use the rest of my Christmas money for that!
Time to go & knit a few rows. Tonight at the school board meeting, I'll work on the scarf. The shawl is getting to bulky to carry around.
Here are White Socks & Halloween enjoying the warm February sunshine.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Here where I managed to grab a few rows:
- Finished sock cuffs while waiting for hubby to get ready for the Evelyn Glennie concert
- then this morning I started the cabled pattern on one sock leg
- also this morning, I gave myself time to knit six row on Lori's shawl.
So, just a little knitting has taken place in the past two days.
I really have to finish writing two essays - but this is so much more fun. I also have to practice a little before Zephyrus rehearsal tonight. I think I'll make a deal with myself - no more blogging OR Ravelry until I finish the essays. Poop - and all it's synonyms. Here I go....................
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Knitting and all the Rest is a reflection of what my life is like right now. There's knitting...and then there's all the rest that gets in the way of knitting. First of all, let me say that I am a wife & a mom of three boys. My family DOES NOT get in the way of my knitting....they actually come before my knitting - and this is as it should be. Then there's my job as a teacher at an elementary school. That really doesn't get in the way of my knitting either, as I can take my knitting with me and can be seen knitting during hall duty or at lunch. The whole reality of the job thing is that a job is necessary to support my yarn purchases. I have accepted the necessity of employment. Then there's the church part of my life. This does not get in the way of my knitting either because once again, I take my knitting with me & get a fair amount done while sitting up in the choir loft, listening to the sermon, & waiting to sing the day's anthem. There are actually several other knitters up there with me. We're hidden & use quiet needles & no one ever knows unless one of us drops a needle......oops....then everyone knows what we're doing. Then there's graduate school. While I am getting SO much smarter with each & every passing class, graduate school DOES get in the way of my knitting. Being a 48 year old grad student requires that I work all day at my school & then come home to cart around & feed my hungry boys, THEN read & work on my grad school projects. All of this time spent in higher academia can really cut into my knitting time. BUT, the good thing is that I'm almost finished. My current projects listed in Ravelry might take a while to finish because I'm working very hard on writing up the findings of my Action Research project - all the while taking 4 other classes. I admit that right now I use knitting as a procrastination tool. Hey! Blogging can become a procrastination tool also - BRILLIANT! Another place I can not knit is when I'm in choir rehearsal....I don't think my director would understand my desire to knit a round or two on my socks while he's working with the basses or tenors. Oh well, singing is good for the soul, too!
Thus ends my first blog post. In future posts, I'll reflect more on the rest of happenings in my little part of the world. It's a busy little world that's filled with a little knitting.....and a lot of all the rest.