Friday, May 30, 2008
Knitting update: I managed to convince myself that I did something wrong on the Baby Surprise Jacket, so I ripped back about six rows & am picking up again. Poop. I hate it when that happens!
Tree guy: He was here & tagged three trees. I can't wait for him to start b/c this is NO FUN without photos. Giving up and posting....
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Cats are funny people. Here's Halloween giving me a goodnight hug - he frequently does this. Just as I'm getting ready to go to sleep and if I'm on my side, he'll climb up and straddle my arm and hug me...well, I think he hugs me! Wonderful kitty, don't you think?
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Bad thing: The hospital had valet parking and while our car was parked about 100 ft from the hospital entrance, and being watched bu a valet - my OLD digital camera was stolen. I'm so bummed out! anow I have NO camera , so this post will have no photos. Tomorrow I'm going out to buy a cheap one until the Canon gets fixed. Photos to come, I'm sure!
Friday, May 23, 2008
another yarn choice for the Ribbon Lace Scarf. This is the third one - I can't seem to find a yarn I like. This is Regia Bamboo and while I love the colors, I think it might be a bit busy for the ribbon lace. What do you think? The previously posted Noro Sock didn't make it very far. In fact, if I can find the receipt, I'll return it. Yuck. I didn't like knitting with it. The Regia Bamboo, on the other hand, is super soft. It might work out - who knows? Apparently not me!
I think that's Halloween - he's such a mamma's boy!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
M-I-L update: the 8:00 p.m. Wednesday up found her sitting up, with help of course, and asking Jake & Diane to find her a "red Popsicle". She's off the respirator, obviously, and so far, so good! I'm going to Ben Franklin this afternoon to get some Noro Sock yarn for the Ribbon Scarf mentioned in the previous post and while I'm there, I'll get my dear m-i-l a little yarn treat to give to her when I see her! Thanks be to God that she's doing well!
....later that day....
I'm just back from Ben Franklin in W'boro. Couldn't find any yarn for m-i-l, so I'll stop in C'ville on the way down to see her or maybe by Knitting Sisters in W'burg. Anyway, here's the Noro I got for the scarf - sure do hate the texture of this yarn, but I'm assured by multiple people that it softens beautifully when it's washed.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Knitting in order to breath...well, that kind of says it all, doesn't it? I remember once, around year #2 in my teaching career, I had a student who - bless him- managed to vex me enough that I excused myself from my lesson - history, I think - and sat down, took out my sock, and started to knit. That was the year I had taught a number of my 5th graders to knit, so they understood. It was knit or throw things - I think I made the right choice. So now, it seems the busier I get, the more I want to knit. Is it procrastination? Maybe - but not totally. My rector once told me, after he asked me to be Junior Warden, that if you want to get something done, you ask a busy person. So my knitting is just starting to work its way into the rhythm of my busy life. I think it's actually helping me get through the demands of the end of the year, grad school, and m-i-l's surgery. Hooray for knitting and as E.Z. would say, knit on with confidence!
Speaking of knitting on - this is the Ribbon Lace Scarf from Knitty.com spring 2008. I want to make it for my graduate school advisor as a thank you present. So here I am, adding another WIP to my list - like I need another one. I'll look in my yarn stash and see if there's anything hiding that might knit up nicely into a scarf - 10 in. x 80 in ...on size 3's...that's a lot of knitting. Maybe some nice Noro sock yarn! I'll check it out this weekend...or maybe this - Claudia Handpaints - hmmm... this could be nice! Photos to come, I'm sure!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
It's dark outside and a little chilly for mid-May...and DH and I are up with son A., getting ready to drive to C'ville to work at a concession stand at U.Va.'s graduation. The money we earn will be applied toward his trip to Europe next spring. Son P., still in bed, is on the waiting list for the trip - really - we can't afford to send one child to Europe, so P is pretty much resigned to not going. When you have children, no one tells you about all the choices and dynamics that constantly interplay. It's makes for some interesting times, let me tell you! So, we'll work outside today from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. No place for knitting or reading - just selling stuff to U.Va. graduates' parents & families.
It's going to rain. Photos to come, I'm sure.
Well, it didn't rain - at least not much - but it was windy and cold. We considered wrapping up in the extra banquet table clothes that were hanging around! Have you ever tried wrapping up roses in gusting wind? Not so easy! Fortunately, the U.Va. parents were patient. At my stand, we sold over 250 roses.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
A couple of breezy hours later it was all done! Here's me in my first lace shawl! After the unpinning, we celebrated with the season's first gin & tonic - yum!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Ravelry page says that she's been knitting for 66 years! She started knitting before she married my f-i-l and kept on knitting while he was stationed overseas during WWII. She has told me stories about knitting socks for him. She continued knitting while mothering seven children. About 13 years ago, one day she developed a bad pain in her hand. Turns out it was sudden onset rheumatoid arthritis. After that, she couldn't knit anymore, so she gave me all her stuff. About a year or two ago, she started knitting again. It was the combination of several things: 1. her arthritis pain was manageable 2. she got a new dog & 3. we visited Knitting Sisters and she decided to make dog sweaters! Well, of course she had to buy all new stuff! (hooray for her!) This week, she is trying to finish her Kaffe Fassat Regia socks so she can wear them in the hospital. She's on the second sock, so I'm sure she'll be done in time. I hope and pray that her surgery goes well and that she'll recover in comfort - I'm looking forward to sharing more knitting time with her and making lots of doggie sweater for the Heritage Humane Society. Hugs to the best m-i-l ever!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We had "show & tell". Janice showed us the yummy Wollmeise yarn she just bought from a nice person on Ravelry -
I knitted through the movies and finished the last row of the first section of the Shawl with Cables, put it on a holder, and started another section.
Here's what they look like together.
I still like how the Tonalita is knitting up, but the pretty light pink has not made another appearance. I guess I feel asleep while DH was out picking up the boys & shuttling home some of their friends. It's hard to stay up late on Friday nights, especially after dancing pretty much all day with my music classes. Music is a very physically demanding job. My predecessor told me that, but I had to live it to understand - as with everything in life. So, last night I was pooped!
At 12:50 a.m., the doorbell rang....now this is unusual. We live in a pretty rural area - up on a hill - and are bordered by cows, pasture, & woods. If we squint, we can sometimes catch a glimpse of our nearest neighbor...so a doorbell ring at 12:50 causes a bit a of stir. DH went to the door, followed by me, carrying an unused golf club (actually they are all unused right now, but that's another story). DH clicked on the porch light & guess what? There was no one there. We turned on the outside floodlights and headed back to bed, first checking to make sure that our teens were tucked in and accounted for. They were. So after a little discussion and checking off possible suspects, we drifted off to sleep....and the doorbell rang again. This time we heard the little poop running off the porch. This time, all the floodlights were turned on, and this time, I called the Sheriff's Office. They sent a deputy out right away and he searched the area.
The whole thing is most likely kids pulling pranks, but I really hope they don't come back tonight or in the future. I'm planning a little surprise for them if they do!
Here's Halloween this morning. He & White Socks were outside all night. Lousy attack cats. We're going to have to work on their guarding skills!
Because we were up throughout the night, we are treating ourselves to a big breakfast. I can hear DH mixing up the eggs right now. That's my cue to put the turkey bacon in the microwave & get the toast ready...so, I'm out of here - yum - comfort food.
Friday, May 9, 2008
This time of year is crazy anyway with school stuff winding down & all - but throw in a sickness or two, a concert or two, financial arguments with institutions of higher learning, an unexpected job decision, and starting two new classes and you'll have something that feels like an out of control roller coaster. That's what I've been dealing with for the past week and a half.
Here's how some of it has resolved:
- Sickness - I'm better, but still have an inner ear thing going on. As soon as I get a chance, I'll go back to the ENT & ask him to make it better - please
- My m-i-l is scheduled to have open heart surgery next week. We'll drive down to visit her for Mother's Day this weekend. The surgery is a real worry!
- Zephyrus is done for the year. I'm loving Sunday evenings at home!
- Shenandoah straightened out the financial mess, although they say they never received the registration I mailed AND faxed to them....give me a break!
- I have decided to return to regular education - leaving music. I'll teach 5th grade Language Art & Virginia Studies again....maybe a section of math.
- New classes have begun- - here's what they are
- I'm also collecting practicum hours. I have to have 170 by July. I'm organizing summer school sessions for the high school and my elementary school, rewriting a section of our student handbook, and sitting in on discipline issues.
Here's the Shawl with Cables...I'm done with the first panel!I wish the Tonalita had a little more of the light pink color. I thought it would reappear, but it has not yet. Anyway, it's knitting up nicely!Time to head off to school. It's rainy Friday, so the kids are sure to be nuts! Wish us all luck!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
On to the next ZZZ project....I think it will be the De Colores jacket made of Noro Silk Garden. I only have a few more strips to do & then lots of seaming...yuck, I hate seaming.
Apparently I also hate writing up graduate projects because I haven't done anything lately towards finishing mine. Someone better come over here & hide my knitting needles & block Ravelry on my computer! I'm hopeless!