Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 24

Good afternoon!  It's my first WIP Wednesday of the summer......Our last day was Monday, but yesterday I attended the high school graduation to cheer on my former students...


What's great about teaching in the same school for 18 years?  The relationships you build with families. The second picture is of the class salutatorian (and a former student), Manny and his brother, whom I had this year!  The third picture is of Kristen (graduate) and her sister Ally (on the right) and Brianna (on the left)...I had Ally and Brianna in second and third grade....and a couple years later had Kristen.  Brianna is now studying to be a teacher and has asked my advice a couple of times.   Brianna and Ally saw me sitting alone, so came to get me and I sat with Ally and Kristen's family. 

Then I went and volunteered at the all night grad party.  This is JJ (who I missed at graduation)  I had JJ for a year and his sister for two years.  JJ had a lot of difficulty in school and I am super proud that he graduated and on time!!!!

I have the best job in the world!!!

So today I start my summer (although Ally and Kristen's grandfather recently died and I will be attending those services later in the week)

I pulled out all of my WIPs from the side of my bed......
And I am going through them and organizing, in order of priority what I will work on this summer....I am also going to do the Beekeeper KAL...and I have a couple baby sweaters to make....

So what are your plans for the summer?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 24

Hello, hello lovies!!!!  It is my last Sunday of the school year...tomorrow is our last day!!!!  Whoop, whoop! And an early dismissal to boot!!!!!  My room is pretty much packed up.  I know a couple of kids won't show, especially with the expected weather.....really hot and humid....I've also been felled with a last minute sinus infection. I was really sick yesterday...cough, cough, sneeze, sneeze, sneeze, nap, nap, nap.....

and today I am at odds with what to do with myself....yes, I could knit or crochet, however I'm on the end of my medicine cycle...my infusion is on Tuesday...so I'm very achey....no desire to knit or crochet....but am doing some organizing....

All these goals still stand, as haven't done much this month:

June goals:
- finish or close to finish the Kiss Me, I'm Irish
- figure out and work the Fish Kiss Lips heel on Keep Swimming
- possible start moving yarn totes up to attic room, after logging what's in each tote
- swatch for the Waves Tank, then knit
- pull out The Meandering Top and see where I'm at (it's been hibernating)

- cast on for the Tegna top, the Vintersol sweater and the Rainbow Cardi  

I have put some rows on a few things, mainly the Sockhead hat for my friend Danae....it's up to 3 inches of ribbing...one more inch to go....really sick of ribbing...
There was a glitch and I had to shut down for a bit.....I think I need a new modem....sigh.....

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17
 
Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...
Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18
Farewell Sockhead - 5/13/18
Hope for Falla - 5/4/18 

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches. 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18

Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18

 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen


Bags:

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 23

Good morning!  I'm posting again in the morning!  The last Wednesday of the school year!!!
Yeah, that would be my lesson plans....lesson plans - keep kids busy while packing room!

I have thrown a couple rows on some things this week and before I went to sleep, I took some pictures...

Sockhead for my friend, it's at 3 inches, 1 more inch to go...
Northampton Socks...going to be shorties, so it's on to the heel......
Sunny Skies socks....I was midway through the yellow stripe last night, so added another blue stripe...The yarn is a self stripe by Cuppycake Yarnz.....

How about you? 






Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 22

Good morning!  I'm actually doing this in the morning, so it's going to be quick!

I did work a bit on a couple of projects, but mostly on the HOPE hat for my friend...It is now done and was given to her yesterday....

Ta-Da!


I modified the F*CK Cancer hat pattern by Kimberly Golinskiy. The yarn is FiberStash in It Never Ends and Lime

So what have you worked on this week?  I hope I haven't lost everyone again!





Sunday, June 3, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 22


Wow, haven't done one of these since April!
June 3 - 9 goals:
It's the last two weeks of the school year...that is my goal!

So haven't completed any of the previous goals either, but have added some projects...

June goals:
- finish or close to finish the Kiss Me, I'm Irish
- figure out and work the Fish Kiss Lips heel on Keep Swimming
- possible start moving yarn totes up to attic room, after logging what's in each tote
- swatch for the Waves Tank, then knit
- pull out The Meandering Top and see where I'm at (it's been hibernating)

- cast on for the Tegna top, the Vintersol sweater and the Rainbow Cardi  

So here is my list,  I have added four projects, two pairs of socks and two hats for friends.
My fiend, Danae asked for a slouchy hat...so Sockhead is on the needles.  The yarn is from Peggy Jane and is called Farewell, as a tribute to her Mom, who dies of early onset Alzheimer's.  Danae's mom also died from complications of that disease.

 With this yarn, I am making a hat for my friend Deirdre, who is battling cancer.  I going to write HOPE on it...it's just the band, so no progress pictures yet.
Cloudy Rainbows...no pattern....my vanilla sock at the moment
And I cast these on while waiting for my husband in Northampton, Mass (yes the home of WEBS, although I bought this yarn at Northampton Wool, I had already bought plenty at WEBS!)

So I think that is me all caught up now, or as caught up as I'm going to be....

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17
 

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...
Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket

Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18
Farewell Sockhead - 5/13/18
Hope for Falla - 5/4/18

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches. 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18

Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18

 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen


Bags:

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Stash Acquisition Saturday

Haven't done one of these since April 7!!!! And yes, I'm still busy and not blogging regularly.  One of the symptoms of my disease is fatigue and that has been plaguing me all week.  Also end-of-the-year teacher exhaustion...so just tired, beyond tired, this week...I took a half day on Thursday, as it was all I coule manage keeping myself upright.  But I had to finish administering some benchmark tests.

So my latest acquisition came in the mail this morning from Australia....it was a swap package....I joined a swap from a Facebook group and she and I are just being casual about it....this first swap was suppose to happen in February (LOL)
I received a moebius cowl, a bracelet of stitch markers, a cool pair of scissors and this lovely skein of yarn from Hello Parker Fibre Studio.  The label is handwritten, but I think it is a BFL, no color name.  Definitely my colors though!

Last week, we went to the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool.  To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed this year.  There didn't seem to be too many vendors.  But I did buy some things for my Fibreshare partner and a few other things.
Water by Thea Colman (she has given permission to use her pictures) all money raised is going to Little Miss Flint, an 11 year old that is raising funds for the Flint water crisis.  So when I saw The Periwinkle Sheep was selling yarn for the hat and also donating half the proceeds, I snapped up a skein of their yarn Water
I also found a half skein for heels and a "practice" skein
Although this shows blue, it's a deep purple. It's also 70% merino/30% silk for only $12!!!!
Play at Life had this lovely gradient...again my colors...Called Acid Trail, it's her Skinny Scrumpet yarn which is a 80% merino/10% nylon/10% cashmere combo

We stopped at Webs on the way through.  I wanted to pick up some yarn for baby sweaters and see what they had for 9'/10' needles....


Then just picked up some fun yarn for me (and a skein or two for my Fibreshare partner)
I didn't realize this was a DK until I got home...but still loves it!
I have a white version with colorful flowers.  These flowers all have colorful beads.
I never leave WEBS without some MadTosh! This was in the warehouse..This is Dandelion in the color Conference.....

I also stopped by Northampton Wools and hung out while the Hubs was at the used music store,
Cast on a pair socks with this yarn while I waited for him....
A couple things came in the mail...Two Star Wars inspired yarnz...
And Also With You by The Wool Baron....inspired by May the 4th...(read her explanation)

And finally! Yoda from Must Stash Yarn!!
Okay, going to end this here...too tired to go on.....need a nap.....and this would be a VERY long post if I added all the ones I have bought the past couple of weeks....

In case anyone else wants to play..



Sunday, May 27, 2018

I'm Alive

Hi all, yes, it's been a couple of weeks...
This was my May...and the 21st, I had to attend a Board meeting at 6:00 (lots of changes going on in our district) and on the 24th, I attended the District Wide Student Art Show at 6:30 because I had two students with pieces in the show. And on the 22cd and 23rd, I was home sick with a stomach virus (I was in bed with it the previous Saturday, had to get out of bed on Sunday to attend a confirmation).  It has been an absolutely CRAZY month.....and not only did I not have time to knit or crochet, I didn't have much desire.  I just wanted to sleep. After Field Day on Friday, I came home and took TWO naps! 

But I've also gone to the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool and the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool, with a side trip to WEBS.

So I will catch up with my linkups this week...we have three more weeks of school, but it shouldn't be this crazy...just have to finish correcting things and get my grades in....and then to pack my classroom for the summer.....

I didn't take any pictures at the Mass Sheep and Wool yesterday, but the Hubs took some of the sheep...and some baby goats we met at a roadside stand in Massachusetts.

And cast on a pair of socks while waiting for the Hubs outside of Northampton Wools yesterday
Enjoy the Dance Party from Field Day