Thursday, June 30, 2011
Like they say, somebody's junk, is someone else's treasure....It's too much trouble for me to sell on ebay....I just want to get rid of the stuff....if you want it and want to reimburse for postage, fine, but not totally necessary...
If more than one person wants it...I'll random generate it....so here goes the first "free thing Thursday."
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Today I’m actually going to post to both…and on an actual Wednesday!
I also pulled the Crazy Aunt Purl book, as I think I need to read something a little lighter at times….the Martin series is very heavy and dark…
I am working on my Knitmore Vanilla sock and also “A Breath of Fresh Air” scarf..from the Loopy Ewe monthly kit……the big striped thing in the back is what I am crocheting at the moment. It is my mindless project. I bought a bunch of Patons SWS Soy on sale a long time ago….I am just crocheting it up and hope to felt it to make a project bag…….
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Giving Geeks challenge this month was to make or give something to an organization to help with newborns of families that may need support.
I made 10 hats…some are larger, some smaller…and I am off to donate them today to the hospital in the next city. It’s the city I teach in and is the poorest city in our state. There are larger cities, but they have bigger tax bases.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Today I started my summer goal of trying to work out the majority of the week…I was dying 6 minutes in!
I chose to ride the bike and not walk and I chose the cardio function…..and I was dripping sweat by 6 minutes and ready to quit….I quit at 17 minutes, but I rode over six miles….
Then I went grocery shopping….nothing stops the buying of the crap food than having just worked out…..except for my one addiction…
I know it’s empty calories and not good for me, but I have tried to give it up. I don’t drink as much of it in the summer, but I do still drink it…..
And no I don’t drink diet, 1) it taste nasty to me and 2) the fake sugar they use does not agree with my insides…
The good thing is I did weigh myself this morning and I have not gained any weight…I thought I had, in fact I am down a pound or two since the last time I weighed myself many months ago…so my goal is to lose at least a dress size, if not 2 by the time I go back to school….I’m not good at doing this, as I tend to sabotage myself,,,,but I’m at that point…I’ve got to do it for my health…
Sunday, June 26, 2011
A couple weeks ago, I was wishing to spend some time with babies and lately I have gotten my wish in abundance! Today was the latest…
It was his birthday
That’s my friend K, with her 1 year old K…He loved the turtle I got him…it’s one of those big Pillow Pets. I also gave him these:
Hopefully they will fit…we think so, but he’s got some chubby feet!
I also got to play with this handsome 6 month old
Whose name rhymes with K’s, but starts with a J!
And this little cutie, who is 8 months old
She is here with the birthday boy…their moms are best friends and there is some scheming going on for the future of these two!!!!
It was a great day, full of lots of little ones (many more besides these three, but I had permission to post their pictures) cake and ice cream. What more could you ask for???
Saturday, June 25, 2011
These are my best friends from high school. We got together this year again. Last year, there were only six of us, this year there were 12 of us. We all hung around together in high school. Many of us had come from different middle schools. Some of us have stayed in touch more than others, but hopefully we’ll keep more in touch…One of us had just had a baby, she is three months old….There were many other children there too…..
Not sure if this is going to become a yearly thing, but it was a nice way to spend the day….and one of us is heading for an adventure and moving her family to New Zealand for a year! Color me JEALOUS!!!!!
And, of course, one of us is flashing the camera! Love you R!!!!!!!
We had people come from Washington state, Florida, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut…..and the weather held out for it…Great Day!!!
Friday, June 24, 2011
What have I been doing this past week? Finishing packing up classroom..and waiting, waiting, waiting for the last day of school!
Now I have also been doing a lot of reading, which has kind of taken over my life…remember this last week?
I finished the second book, which is over 900 pages….and have just started on the third book, which is over 1000 pages….I did the naughty and scanned some of it and really don’t like where this one is heading!!!!! But I will finish this one and hopefully read the next one before the end of summer…
I also finished the diving helmet that I planned with this yarn
Here is Wil-key modeling it. It was for the scientific challenge…you had to represent lightening. A diving helmet was used as a lightening rod in Torment of Tantalus.
I also made a baby hat for a co-worker….well I had made her one, but she said she had been looking online for one…and the one I made would fit the baby in the fall…so I made a smaller one. He is expected in July. It is made with Manos de Uruguay cotton stria…love this yarn and horde it, as I heard they are not going to make it anymore…
The new one
The original one
I’ve been reading a lot about sock knitting…..well here is the sad sock facts from me….I have two different patterns started..the first
It is a kit from Tsarina of Tsocks. Not sure I like the yarn anymore…and it’s been a long time since I worked on it…so I’m not sure where I am….I may just frogged the whole thing, although the Hubs says to keep it to show how I started…
I am using OnLIne, which I LOVE and have bought more of and a pattern from The Knitmore Girls…it just seems to take forever! But I will power through…
whoops forgot - the random number thingy picked number 3!!! Which is Kiwiyarns! Congrats on the shells...I'll email you ....
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Spent the day here
with lots of these
Good friends and little kids…..
I collected some of these
What’s your favorite way to spend a summer day?
It was a good day….four more school days until I am officially on summer break, but man it felt like it today!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I actually had the first book for a couple years before reading it. I had read many, many good things about it. Then during the lull of Nerd Wars, they did a read along…O!! M!!! G!!!! It was so good! I told myself I would wait until summer vacation before I got the second one, yup didn’t happen…I’m about halfway through (but have cheated and read some chapters ahead…each chapter is told from a different person’s viewpoint, so you can follow their story alone by reading their chapters)….I will be reading the rest this summer…..and look the yarn and book match!
The yarn? Why that is the yarn for my next and last project of the month for Nerd Wars…I’m still ruminating on the design…but it has to do with lightening!
The just finished project is on the downlow right now, as I’m using it twofold and will be giving it away as a gifty….so I’ll post a pic, one it’s gifted…
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I was lucky enough to join Nerd Wars this round and to get on Team Stargate Command!
I have finished two projects so far…..well three, but the other isn’t totally complete….it could be, but I’m going to add to it…
Now I added to Wil-key, by giving him a flak jacket and hat like Daniel of SG1, so I can get more points……let’s hope they accept it!
Now notice that Wil-key is dressed in a red shirt in homage to Star Trek:TNG…
Saturday, June 11, 2011
It’s been several days…I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say…and it was hot, and the room with the computer does not have a/c….It can be sweltering in here! And I’ve been busy doing end of the year stuff for school…
So here’s an update!
Yesterday last field trip of the year, I came home with this:
and this little fella’ landed on my hat and stayed for about 40 minutes!
We were at High Meadow. It was a fun, relaxing day. The teachers really just got to sit back and enjoy visiting and hanging out…the kids did a ton of activities and just enjoyed being kids for the day….
Latest Finished Objects!
My one skein cowl…it’s an improvised pattern, but I’m thinking of writing it up…it would be my first written pattern….The yarn is from Good Karma Farm in Mamma Mia. I bought it at the Rhode Island Wool and Fiber event. It was great yarn, nice and squishy and dreamy to work with! I actually made this for a contest…you can read about it here. My cowl is in their next post, here.
Baby hat for a lady at work…I’m going to make another one, much smaller in cotton. She is due in July.
much smaller baby hats for the Giving Geek challenge in Nerd Wars…I’m going to try to make a few more before sending them out…
I’ve also been busy with Nerd Wars on Ravelry!…These are some yucky shots, as it is raining here today….
The Stargate…I went with the darker yarn….
The start of my monkey head for another project….
I also swatched The Dipped Infinity Scarf which is my dissertation for Nerd Wars. I’ve ripped out the swatch, as I bought the pattern as a kit and unsure if I have extra yardage, but here is the swatch before I frogged it:
Plus I finished one class correcting, I have one more class to finish and I have to do my grades this weekend….
So that is what I’ve been up to this past week….how about you?
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Yesterday I went to Massachusetts to surprise a former student. her mom had invited me to her high school graduation party…I had her in second grade….
It took her a moment, but she was very surprised and seemed very happy to see me. She’s grown into a wonderful girl.
I felt like a celebrity..my 15 minutes of fame…everyone knew who I was. It’s just so gratifying to know that you have touched a student’s life and have had an impact. As a teacher, it’s what many of us hope to achieve. It was a great day!
I made it up there about an hour early, so where better to hang out than Webs? As I had to go through Northhampton to get to the party!
Did I get yarn? Silly Billies, of course!
I also added to my Madelintosh stash with Tosh Vintage in Baltic, maybe for the gate?
and Tosh Sock in Brick for either the Rick or Sam socks from Cookie A’s Sock Innovation….it’s for Nerd Wars….
Saturday, June 4, 2011
I haven’t been home on a Saturday in weeks! Weeks I tell you! This is so unusual for me, as I am usually a bed potato on the weekends….but I’ve been out and about since May 14…
First I was in New Hampshire at a Sheep and Wool Festival, with a stop at Webs tent sale…
Then I was in Rhode Island for the Wool and Fiber Festival…
Then I was back in Massachusetts for their Sheep and Wool Festival and since we drove through Northampton, we stopped at Webs
And this Saturday, I am heading back to Massachusetts for a graduation party….and you now I need to get off the same exit as Webs, so another stop may be in order…
And I may be back in Northampton tomorrow night to see Natasha Bedingfield…not sure we are going, but possibly…I’m not working on Monday.
Today I am heading to a high school graduation party of a student I had in second grade many years ago…the family has kept in touch all of these years….should be fun….
And then we’ll see…I have nothing planned for next weekend yet…I don’t think, what is the date…oh next weekend is Connecticut Open House Day. I went last year to places around my town, this year maybe I’ll head farther afield….need to peruse the list…
Thursday, June 2, 2011
No, I don't still have TWO bags of correcting to do for the other homeroom, no sirree, I stayed on top of it....hmmm...maybe I can just dump it all into the circular file....
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
On Monday I was cleaning…part of that cleaning was pulling out all the WIP’s on the side of my bed, so that I could vacuum….so I took some updated photos….
I have more, but these are the major ones I’d like to finish up…summer is almost upon me (4 weeks) and I’ll have much more time…..