Saturday, December 30, 2006

wow it worked!

I just had to come back and post about how amazed I am that I can blog here now! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! Usually it'd take forever for stuff to load. To celebrate I'm going to go knit. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that today is my fiance's bday. :) He got a gift from my sister (not to mention a bday card that plays the Star Wars theme song!) and a gift from my parents. His meal at the Steinbeck House was my early bday treat...and apparently our lunch yesterday @ the apple farm was his other bday present from me!

being adventurous!

Greetings from my parents' chilly house! :) It's about 10 degrees warmer outside than it is in my bedroom. It has felt like eons since I last blogged. I've been meaning to blog but just haven't had a spare moment to do so! We will be going back to LA in a few days and that is when I'm going to overload you with all the pics I took while I was here in my parents' house! I didn't bring my usb cord for my camera because I didn't think I'd need to upload anything. Little did I know my fiance was going to fix the web accelerator on the computer. :) It's not dsl but it's sure as heck faster than regular old dial-up! :) I'm behind on blogs so I don't really know how everyone's Christmases went. I do hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas (if you are a celebrator of Christmas). New Year's is just days away and it's hard to believe that it's going to be 2007 soon. I'm ready for it though! I have to thank my KR gift exchange for the wonderful goodies she sent me!! I now own one book of the Vogue Stitchionaries (the cable one!!). Not only did I pick up a couple of the BW treasuries but now I have a Vogue Stitchionary! :) Thank you so, so, much Nikke! :) I love the sock needle protectors, my needle gauge, etc. She sent me a lottery ticket and I won $3! :) I have yet to claim my money though. I don't know if I'm going to get 3 more lottery tickets or just collect the money! Christmas was nice and laid back. My fiance got lots of clothes. My sister got board games which I'm sure we'll be playing with her once we get back home. My lil niece got lots of stuff but has yet to wear any of the handknit items given to her. She better wear that sweater soon before she grows out of it!! My mom got me the knitting calendar (which I picked out!) and there are a lot of patterns in it! Since we've been here, I've been wanting to make some mittens. I want to make some convertible mittens like the ones Carole made! I can't wait to get home and look for a nice pattern! I haven't been doing as much knitting as I'd like. The lighting here isn't very good so I can't knit at night like I do @ home. I've been knitting during car trips though. I think I'm getting close to needing to do the gusset and short row heel for my widdershins that I have picked up again. I restarted a cabled scarf for my sister. I decided to go with a combo stitch that is in the Vogue stitchionary. I can't remember what it's called. I haven't even done one whole pattern yet. It's a 28 row pattern repeat. I hope I have enough yarn! I picked up some sws for myself (yes, you read correctly AR. I got it with a 50% off coupon from Michaels. I also picked up some more beads while I was there. I took back some yarn that I had extra of and said they were a Christmas gift. ;) I still have about $6 left on my return card because I didn't see anything else that I wanted! We've been spending a lot of time with my lil niece! My fiance and I took her for a walk around the neighborhood and the lil munchkin fell asleep before we even left the driveway! :( My fiance woke her up before we got home though by letting the sun shine on her lil face! Ohh, I mentioned that we were going to go to the Steinbeck House for lunch when we got here. The food was absolutely amazing! We had pumpkin soup, a cranberry mold salad, ham with veggies and potatoes baked in sour cream and cheese. Now, I'm super picky with food--won't eat mayonnaise, sour cream, avocadoes, etc and I was quite leery of the potatoes. I couldn't not have them though because they were already made. I tried them, and they were absolutely delicious! Couldn't even taste the sour cream! Our waitress even came by to ask me what I thought of the potatoes! :) The pumpkin soup was amazing! Of course we had dessert too. We got a slice of apple pie which was a lil too sweet and a slice of the chocolate roll which was perfect! I think we're going to try to make it a regular thing for us to go eat there when we're in town. They have a cookbook but we didn't purchase it. Maybe next time. We even thought about how we could have our reception there! It holds 89 people and we don't plan to have too many for the wedding. I should hop off here. My fingers are literally frozen and numb! I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that I have been thinking of you all and I miss reading about what everyone's been up to! I hope everyone has a wonderful new year.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

some knitting, stitch markers, and a gingerbread house!

What a semi-productive day I've had-@ least knitting-wise! I managed to finish my sister's fingerless mitts when it was still Thursday night. They're actually really warm. They are over here. Ohh! now I remember my real reason for blogging before going to bed. I wanted to post pics of my stitch markers. I've been making some here and there and I sat down and made some last night. :) I'm not going to bring any bead-related items to my parents. I doubt that I'll get to any of it. I will be bringing those widdershins that have been waiting to be worked on because I now have size 2 dpns that aren't all bendy and wonky! I've got a few more things to pack up but I think we'll be ready to leave later today @ 10...if we get to bed soon!!
I worked on the angel ones last night before dinner. I just happend to pick those charms up over the weekend and in my shipment from Joann's that came yesterday, I had the Christmas ornamenty beads. :)Also, my sister worked on her gingerbread house. Oh, I didn't take pics of my gingerbread man or my Christmas tree. Oh well. Here are some pics of her house that both my fiance and I had a hand in. I decorated the roof and he did the window coverings. :) This is the front of the house. This is the back of the house. This is one side of the house. See the pretty drapes? ;) Thanks to Sarah and Tiennie for doing that meme. :) I know that the rest of you are working on it so no worries. :) Like I said, there's no rush and you don't even have to do it if you don't feel like it! Okay, good night all! :)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Going away for the holidays!

I will be leaving tomorrow to go to my parents' for the holiday week and I think I'll be back on the 2nd. As some of you know, my parents have dial-up so chances are, I won't be blogging and I won't be reading blogs--but that doesn't mean I won't be thinking about you all wondering what everyone's been up to! I'll try to pop on when the patience is there. Happy Holidays!!

the 'year' in review meme

Now, since I've only been blogging for six months, it'll be brief. :) I've seen this on many a blog and wanted to do my own but of course with all the training I was doing, I barely had time to breathe let alone blog. But, here I am, playing hookey and I can do whatever I want!!! :) Do know this though-that I'm still going to be looking over my training stuff even though I didn't go for training. Talk about obsessed. July: I stumbled upon a cool KAL that I'm totally going to join. August: This would be bootie #1 for my future niece. :) September: But I will probably post something tomorrow. October: Well, I got back late last night from home and guess what? November: I tried posting some of my Halloween pics here yesterday and I couldn't win with blogger. December: So I'm a bad substitute teacher. It's been a great six months and here's to many more. :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Six weird things about me

Okay, AR tagged me for this meme... "THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things about you." People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog."
Six weird things about me
1. I purposely mismatch my socks with my outfits. Over the years, I've kind of looked at it as good luck. When I do match my socks to what I'm wearing, I feel strange and I don't feel like myself. 2. I don't like to drink super ice cold water. In the wintertime, when I go home to my parents' house (it's typically colder in their house than wherever I live!) I don't drink as much water as I normally do because my water gets soooooooooooooo cold there. 3. I don't match my pj top to my pj bottom. This may not seem weird to you all but to my sister it does who is notorious for making sure her pjs match, top and bottom (and everything else she wears!) 4. When it's super hot, I can't have a fan going at full blast and the door propped open because I will start getting an earache (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) if I'm sitting either by the fan or by the door. 5. If a movie that is coming out gets a ton of hype, I will have little to no interest in seeing it..i.e. any of the Harry Potter movies..i.e. any of the new Bond movies. 6. I used to watch a Spanish telenovela when I've never formerly taken a class in Spanish! I understood most of what was going on though. I just might keep watching some just so I still have exposure to Spanish. :) Okay now here are my tag-ee's. :) sarah, liz, hakucho, tammy, windansea, and tiennie. I don't expect you all to do it so I won't hold it against you if you don't. Typically when those emails that ask all those questions (you know the one...what are you doing right now? chocolate/vanilla, who will respond to this? etc!!!) go around, I don't respond to them. I'm not a bad friend. I just don't like those things!!

I can breathe. finally.

Well, my final was yesterday and I think I actually did well on it...we'll see though because I tend to leave feeling as though I did well and then I find out that I didn't do as well as I had hoped! I'm just glad to be done with that class. Would you believe my teacher announced that she decided halfway through this semester that this was going to be her last one @ our school? How I wish she had decided this last year so I wouldn't even have had to suffer. Oh well. We all wondered why her name was nowhere to be found in the spring schedule. There isn't anything that I want to take though. She has kind of soured me towards the idea of becoming a director--@ least within the near future! My focus has changed and has returned to teaching. The Kelter Center trainings have been killing me. I told AR that I am going to try to skip tomorrow because I honestly have not had a day to just be. Where I can sleep in, get up, check my email, read blogs, knit, watch some tv, and just relax. I need some calm before the storm and I'm feeling overloaded with all this new information I've been taking in that my new boss is expecting me to be able to regurgitate right back to her and I mean fast! I don't learn that way. I need to be able to let stuff marinate for a while so I can think on it. I don't get that. So I'm going to take a mental break but cry diarrhea. :O I'll still be working while I'm home though going over the stuff she wants me to learn. I just don't feel confident enough to perform (just in front of a supervisor!) just yet. I finished two cloths in the last couple of days. I started working (again!) on a pair of fingerless mitts for my sister in that pink yarn I have yet to use! I also need to figure out a pattern for the scarf I want to make her. Guess I'll be able to do that tomorrow. :) I have to pack tomorrow too for my trip back home. I can't wait to see my little niece! :) My fiance and I are also going to dine @ the Steinbeck House. I've never eaten there (and I was born and raised in Salinas!). We are leaving early for Salinas just so we can do lunch there because it will be closed for the season on Saturday. I made reservations @ the beginning of this month and just need to call in with what time we plan on showing up. :) I wish we had been able to go there last week because the food sounded better! Oh well. Okay, back to my work I go. :P Just wanted to check in. Hope everyone's keeping warm and is almost done (if not completely done!) with all their holiday shopping!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

it's done and my hw

This is a bad shot of my hw that I have for my training that I've been going to most of this week. I didn't do a good job showing you how thick that binder is!! I also came on here to let you all know that the 5 hour sweater is now done. :) Oh yeah, and I've posted what the mystery project was on my other blog too. :) The mystery project was gifted to AR and she has since received her goodies so I can post a pic now!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I'm back--for now!

Ohhh, have I missed being able to blog and having knitterly news to blog about! Today, I got out of my training early because the other gal was way too sick to go on. Plus, she should've stayed home anyway but she's a trooper! I didn't knit a stitch yesterday and my nerves were feelin' it today! I brought theat 5-hour sweater which I am close to finishing to work on during our lunch break today!
So here's the sweater a few days ago. I swear it would've been finished by now had I not need to train for my new job! And this is what it looks like now.
I still have to seam up the one arm and block it but it's almost done!! I'm sure the knitting part will be completed before the end of the night. :) Yay!!! I ordered some new size 2 dpns because the ones I have are way too bendy. I haven't touched my first toe-ups because of that! Apparently, I'm supposed to teach my brother's gf how to knit on circulars and with dpns. She's made a blanket. I don't particularly think she has any interest to learn to knit other stuff if all she has in her repertoire is a blanket. I kind of don't want to bring too much knitting paraphernalia while we're home because I have a ton of preparations to do for this new job. I already possibly have 3 clients. The way my director wants it to go is she figures I can work with these 3 new clients 2 days a week (an hr. a piece) and then I can come into the center MWF!!!!!!!!!! Luckily it's after school or I don't know how I'd even cope (when would I get knitting in...how could I hang out with my goldfish..when would I get dinner done...etc!). Here are a couple of pics from that movie my fiance participated in last weekend. This is him in the Rumsfeld mask. Here's our pumpkin (the same one pictured with the pumkin I knitted how many months ago?? ). I'm glad to be finally rid of it. We had such plans for it but they never came to fruition. Oh well. I don't really know anything about the movie other than the political bent and that it's a silent one. Oh yeah, and my fiance does have a scene (maybe more than that, I don't know!) where he is maskless. This Saturday is my new work's Christmas party. I have to say that I really like our office team and the other teachers that I've met are all very nice and cool. My director is awesome. It amazes me how simple everything is that I'm learning but it's not how we were all taught and I'm trying to break out of that mold and accept this new one that I'm being given. Okay, onto some laundry and more knitting!!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

update on dishclothfunkal

Okay, this posting is for those of you that are in this group with me! The url for the blog hasn't changed. The rows we're missing are there. I looked at my profile page and tammy's and the links work there. They just don't work in our dashboards. I have emailed Judith. Apparently she posted on Friday that she was switching over and probably by the time we all got on blogger, the switch had happened. Brace yourselves, she is going to change the group name and is in the process of creating a new blog too so of course we'll have to get invites again. Here's the url again: http://dishclothfunkal.blogspot.com/ If anyone needs a gmail invite let me know. I've got tons! I did some knitting this morning on the 5-hour baby sweater but I ended up frogging what I had done because I somehow joined the sweater. :P Ugh. What a pain. I'm taking a break right now. I finished the yoke and have just started working on the first sleeve! I have some fun pictures to post from my fiance's movie shoot but I'll try to post them later tonight. I've got knitting and homework to do (for work!) and tomorrow I won't get to come on here until I get home from class probably. Sigh...

Saturday, December 9, 2006

my first stitch markers ever!

So we went to Michaels and Target last night like I had wanted to and here's what I made when we got back. After I made the first set (which are the clear ones with the red flowers in the center!), I told my fiance that when he came back home today from work and from the movie he's in, all my beads will probably be gone! I wish someone had told me how dangerous of a new hobby this is going to be! I was specifically looking for holiday charms (which I had seen on the website!) but they didn't have them. Oh well. Maybe next time. My fiance apparently is an expert. There was some tutoring going on as he was showing how to do certain things. AR, I was showing him how you twisted the wire on yours and made them look fancy! He did it and I thought..it's gonna be a while before I can do that myself! His mom does beadwork and he can't wait for us to go see her so he can tell her I've learned to make stitch markers! :) In regards to the movie--who knew Hollywood would actually invade my blog one day. He's doing a part in a low budget indie film with a political bent. I'm supposed to be in it as well (as an extra) but I don't want to and I'm actually supposed to meet up with the gal I did my training with last week to go over the stuff we learned but I'm really going to be shopping with my sister! We may get some new goldfish today too. :) Tomorrow, I'm doing more shopping but with my fiance. I don't know how our director really fathomed the idea of the two of us getting together during the holiday crunch. Who wants to do something academic right now?? I can tell you I sure don't! Oh yeah, did you all hear--bloglines is hiring!!!!!!

Friday, December 8, 2006

it's done! :) really, it is!

So I finished the penguin hat. I have to say, it's bigger than my niece's whole head right now! Oh well. She can grow into it. I'm gonna hand wash it and I hope that it softens up. We are gonna try to go to Michael's tonight and Target for some Christmas shopping and I've decided I want to learn how to make my own stitch markers (the reason for the Michael's trip)!

lots of baking, some knitting, and blogger beta anyone?

First I should tackle the comments because some of you I couldn't just email back a response to your comment and not only am I bad with keeping up with blogs I didn't have on bloglines but I'm also bad @ checking back to see if someone commented back to my comment! Liz, I had no idea about over half of the top fencers being left-handed. How do they have an advantage? Can you tell I don't know much about fencing? :( Hilary, I hadn't even noticed that I had a theme going! lol. Thanks for pointing that out to me! :) Windansea, Bloglines is starting to change my life now! I'm normally an organized person so it helped to organize another aspect of my life! Oh wow, two of your girls fence? That's awesome!
Okay, now for some baking. :)
In the muffin tins, I have chocolate pecan tartlets! It was the first time I had made them but I will definitely be making these puppies again! I also made a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies just cos I knew I'd be using the oven so why not. The last picture is a pic of everything I baked last night. :) I finally sat down to do some knitting late last night-after we made a run to the store to pick up a new shower head. We realized that it needed to be put to rest. We knew something was up and rather than call our landlord and wait for him to get here say tomorrow, we dealt with it ourselves. I have yet to use our new shower head but my fiance says his shower this morning was great. I so wanted to take another shower last night after we put it in but it was already almost midnight! Here's some knitting: It's been a while since I did some late night knitting. I won't even say how late I stayed up! If you remember correctly, when you saw this last, I had only done the brim of the hat and now it's little penguin face is forming! :) I did a bit of work on the 5 hour sweater. I'm to the point where I'm going to be putting in the place markers. I haven't knitted a stitch of the dishcloth though. Now this brings me to blogger beta, anyone? I found out this morning that I can no longer access the dishcloth fun kal because the moderator has switched to blogger beta. How in the hell am I going to get the next few rows for the dishcloth? Since I do not have a blogger beta account, the moderator is supposed to send me another invite and I have to log in using my gmail account. I've emailed her and haven't received a response. hakucho, tammy, and carole do either of you have the next few rows??? Can you tell that I'm annoyed? I feel kind of like I'm being forced to switch over just so I can get the next few rows of a cloth that I haven't even really worked on. Hmm...maybe this is a sign telling me screw the cloth. :) I'm not ready to make the switch to beta yet. It took me long enough to get my blog looking the way I want it to look and now I have to do it all over again? Ay. Plus I figured I'd wait it out till I saw in my dashboard that I could make the switch. In my idealistic mind, I'm thinking by that point, I should be able to just completely transfer and I won't have any problems. I can dream, can't I?? Ohh, I just remembered that starting next week, I won't be on as much as I typically am because my training with the Kelter Center will begin. I'll be out of the blogger loop (@ least during the daytime!) this coming Monday-Thursday and the following week just Monday and Tuesday...but then I'm going home and those of you that have been keeping up with me for a while know that home=dial-up. Sigh....Happy Friday everyone!!!!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2006

I heart bloglines and some knitting

hakucho talked about how slow her knitting has been lately in her blog. Anyone else feeling that way? I know that I'm right there with her! Maybe that's why I decided to cast on for three different projects yesterday so I could feel more productive. If you could only see the kitchen table right now! This would be the beginnings of the yoke for my niece's 5 hour sweater. I 'tried it on' last night and I said, "It feels a bit tight." My fiance's response was, "Of course it is, it's not for you!!"I'm not sure what size baby this cardi will fit. I guess I'll find out once I give it to my niece! This would be the very beginnings of her penguin hat. That also is going to be a bit bit as the pattern doesn't say what size baby head it will fit. Oh well. I'm almost to the pattern rows. I've just gotta do 3 more rows of ribbing. :) Here's my cloth for the dishcloth fun kal. lol. I actually was up to row 9 when I realized I casted on too many stitches so I frogged and could only stand to do one row. I think next time, I won't try to cast on three projects at once-particularly ones that all call for knitting the first I dunno, 6 rows before getting down to some real knitting! In case you're wondering what is that big round green thing on my kitchen table amidst all the knitting, patterns, and xmas cards, it's a pommelo. I love them. I'm waiting for them to ripen. They're better than grapefruits because they're actually sweet! Liz posted a link to a song in the comments portion of my left-handed post.I thought it was funny so I wanted to share it with you all in case you didn't click on the link yourself! CPS just commented about how her hubby won't read my blog because he (also left-handed!) tells others that they're handicapped right-handers! Now, I am a lover of right-handed people. Heck, 98% of the people I know are right-handed! But when I find out that someone is left-handed like me, I think..someone like me!! Someone who had to struggle in school like I did. Someone who possibly was told "You need to write with this hand, not that one" like I was. :( You right-handers have it easy! Now why I heart bloglines. I am really, really bad at keeping up with blogs that I haven't subscribed to via bloglines. Some of you may have noticed that I haven't commented in forever well that's cos I can't keep up with all the ones I read, until today!!!!!!!!! I wish I had thought of this sooner. Guess that's what happens when you've got time on your hands. So I went through and did a search of all the blogs I like reading that I don't already have on bloglines to see if I could add them on bloglines and thankfully, everyone's got a feed!!!!!!! I was making up for lost time too. Who knew that literally everyone has a feed there. I sure didn't. The things you learn....

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Left-handers 'think' more quickly

taken from BBC News!! Left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport, say Australian researchers. Connections between the left and right hand sides or hemispheres of the brain are faster in left-handed people, a study in Neuropsychology shows. The fast transfer of information in the brain makes left-handers more efficient when dealing with multiple stimuli. Experts said left-handers tended to use both sides of the brain more easily. Study leader Dr Nick Cherbuin from the Australian National University measured transfer time between the two sides of the brain by measuring reaction times to white dots flashed to the left and right of a fixed cross. This seems to go with evidence that left-handers use both sides of the brain for language Dr Steve Williams He then compared this with how good participants were at carrying out a task to spot matching letters in the left and right visual fields, which would require them to use both sides of the brain at the same time. Tests in 80 right-handed volunteers showed there was a strong correlation between how quickly information was transferred across the left and right hemispheres and how quickly people spotted matching letters. But when the tests were repeated in 20 left-handed volunteers, the researchers found that the more left handed people were the better they were at processing information across the two sides of the brain. Extreme left-handed individuals were 43milliseconds faster at spotting matching letters across the right and left visual fields than right-handed people. More efficient Dr Cherbuin, research fellow at the University concluded: "These findings confirm our prediction of increasing efficiency of hemispheric interactions with increasing left-handedness." But he added that it wasn't a clear-cut pattern as there were subtle differences between strongly and mildly left-handed or right-handed individuals. Dr Cherbuin explained that people tended to use both hemispheres for tasks which are very fast or very hard and which require interpretation of a lot of information, such as computer games or driving in heavy traffic or playing sport. Chartered psychologist, Dr Steve Williams said left-handed people tended to be better at using both sides of the brain. "It's certainly very interesting. It's always been said that left-handers are different from right-handers in that they are less consistent with their left-handedness. "This seems to go with evidence that left-handers use both sides of the brain for language - that they are more bicerebral. They get faster at it because they're having to use both sides of the brain more." "In football, being able to shoot with either foot is a huge asset (each foot like each hand is under opposite-side control) and I've heard that left-handers tend to have better backhands in tennis," he added.

where to start..

I don't even know where to begin!! It feels like it's been forever since I have posted. I've just been preoccupied with life stuff. As you all know, I subbed yesterday @ the school in the Palisades and those 2nd graders are monsters! I don't know if it was having a sub or what but they were unreal! This class definitely knows how privileged they are and apparently flaunt it. The teacher I worked with yesterday was telling me how they'll even try to bargain with them (the teachers) to get out of stuff. The kids will say, "If I give you this...will you give me that?" She said the class is insane naturally. She and the lead teacher don't know what to do and have just accepted the fact that this is how their class is. They call out, sing out, and seem to lack both discipline and respect. The teacher was talking over them! I actually felt more like a teacher in this classroom though because she gave me stuff to do! I also had to help make sure they were on task (because she couldn't do it alone!) They were so distracted!! I don't even know how many times I had to ask some of them to stop talking and listen to their teacher! Ugh. There are 16 kids in the class and I'd say at least 5 of them were out and out brats. They can't even follow simple directions like raise your hand when you want to speak, or please stop singing or even please do not play around with these because I am going to want them back when we're done with the activity. They can't even sit still for very long!! Talk about pure torture. I had to be with them from 12:45pm until 2pm. Their lucky teacher got time away from them. I'm hoping to not hear from the school for a while. I need a break. If they call again for the 2nd grade class, I might have to think twice about it. Carole, do you do middle school or high school? I couldn't imagine having to deal with 193 children a day! I finished two objects and a pic of one of them is posted here. I plan to cast on for @ least three different projects today. I hope I can do it. I need to get started on the dishcloth fun cloth. I wanted to wait until there were at least 20 rows posted though so I wouldn't get too anxious!I also need to cast on for the 5-hour baby sweater. I really like it in the variegated so I went out and tried to find some nice variegated baby yarn but there wasn't much of a selection. I picked up some lion brand stuff-can't remember the name of it but I liked the colors. I'll try to post pics of whatever I've accomplished tomorrow! I also need to cast on for this super cute penguin hat I saw in a mini-mag I picked up @ the grocery store. :) I'm going to wait until I get to the face part and then worry about enlarging the chart! Now I do have some pics to post but they're not of knitting. I thought they'd be fun though. My sister had a Christmas party to attend this past Saturday evening and had no idea how to do her hair. She knew how she pictured it to look but didn't know how to make it look the way she wanted. So in comes my fiance. I figured he'd know how to show her how to use a curling iron because she's not very curling iron savvy and here are some pics of them playing beauty shop. I was online reading blogs last Friday night!This was the 'practice run' but she ended up not having time @ all to do her hair because she had to leave right from work to get to her friend's and that was the night of the UCLA/USC game. So she had traffic with a capital T. She did enjoy it though and he did too!

Monday, December 4, 2006

chilly monday morning

So I'm a bad substitute teacher. I have been called (counting today!) three times by the private school in the Palisades and I've said no twice already. The first time, because the day after we were leaving for Thanksgiving and I wanted to pack and just rest. The second time, I started training with the Kelter Center (last Monday) and this morning they called. My fiance picked up, saw that it was an "Out of Area" number and he hung up. lol. Great. I knew it was the school because they are the only ones who'll call me at so early. The first two times were around 7. Today he called after 8. They needed me today-I have my paper to finish for tonight, reading to do, and I still need to go by the school where I interviewed the director to pick up a pamphlet! They also need me tomorrow though. Hm. So I will be going in tomorrow and I'll be helping out in the 2nd grade class. Today I would've been in the 1st grade. I'm so bummed. Oh well. I'm sure there will be other opportunities. In regards to knitting, I've been working on a secret project. I've frogged it at least three times but I'm now at the point where the pattern is coming easy. I started a swatch for my sister's cabled scarf but I'm having issues and just might have to post on KR for some guidance. I'm trying to combine two different cable stitches into one panel and it's not coming out right. I've only done a couple of rows but something is not right. I'm not sure how many stitches I need to decrease when combining different cables. I have a center cable that is enclosed by two other cable stitches. I'll work on it some more Wednesday. I was perusing windansea's blog the other day when I saw her super cute 5 hour baby sweater! I really liked her version so I went out to pick up some yarn to make one for my niece. I found a pattern that is bigger too. :) I have yet to cast on but am ready to! I have yet to start on any of the dishcloths for my kal's so don't anyone tell me what they are unless I ask you to!! I may start the monthly dishcloth kal today so I don't just have one project going on. Okay, off to start the rest of my homework day! Happy Monday! ETA: It's only 11:30 (PST) and I've finished and printed up my two papers due. All I have left is to read tonight's chapter (which is short!) and pick up that pamphlet and all my homework is done. Yahoo!!!!!! I can knit soon! :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ P.S. I noticed that mostly everyone who has taken the Stress test that I got from AR are more stressed than I am but that's because I don't have children of my own! So when I do start having children, someone will have to remind me to take this test again so I can see how quickly times have changed and so I can remember my not-so stressed out life that I used to have! lol.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

calm, cool, and collected

AR posted this on her blog so I thought I'd take it too. I knew I wasn't a stress case. I think if I had taken this before I became a woman of leisure, it'd be way higher!
Your Stress Level is: 40%
You are slightly prone to stress, but generally you keep it under control. You know how to relax and take things as they come, even when your worlds seems to be falling apart. Occasionally, you do let yourself get stressed out, but you snap out of it pretty quickly.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I'm back and I've got pictures!

Whew..what is it about this time of year that all of sudden people just get so busy. I know it's the holidays..whose idea was it to put these two big holidays one month after the other?? I spent my Thanksgiving @ my parents' house. I did some knitting but mostly just hung out and took care of my lil niece here and there. :) I did some snooping and saw that my brother has a pic of her wearing one of the knitted items I made! :)
My brother said she's grown so much she doesn't fit in it anymore. They're lucky they even had hats that little. I had forgotten that the patterns I used were for preemies so they came in handy. I don't think she ever wore the lavendar one. Oh well. Here's what she looks like these days!My little yellow duck!
I didn't have my camera with me but my sister did and she got a new camera phone so this pic is from that. She's going to have to learn how to convert the pics because they were HUGE!!! My brother has the same camera as she does and he needs to learn how to convert the pics too!! lol. I finished two things today that I worked on while we were in Salinas. My sister picked out some yarn @ Michael's too for a cabled scarf for herself. I'm still trying to figure out what pattern I want to use. I decided to frog the fingerless mittens. They had been sitting on my living room floor for the past month. I didn't like the needles I was using (balene dpn's) with tlc cotton plus yarn. The pattern was made for a man and when I tried on the cuff part, it was always too big so I have to find another pattern for her. Lucky for her, I have a few saved on my computer and it's just a matter of selecting the right pattern! I want to knit some stuff for my niece too! I found a pattern for a really cute penguin hat and there was a cute sweater too. We shall see. I went for a training yesterday. It was to see if I would be interested in participating in that program as well and it didn't seem too bad. I just don't know if I'll be any good @ it. This program is affiliated with the same place where my part-time job that I wasn't sure if I had or not. Apparently I'm going to be a sub for when any of the PACE teachers are out. You can go here if you want to find out more about the organization and what I'll be doing. In two weeks, I'll start training for the remediation teachers. I'll focus primarily on literacy and language arts. Yay! The actual job will start in January, although I couldn't tell you what day or anything. I actually have hw that I need to attend to before the day is over! :P I have something to read and I have 4 activities that I need to master. When I got back from my parents' house, I had a package from AR. Here's what was inside it: I just noticed that she had a pink theme going. :) Thanks again, AR! :) I'll be sending a lil' something your way soon too! Okay, I can now officially check "blog" off my Tuesday to-do list. There are still quite a few things on that list so I am off to do some work.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Just wanted to say...

We are leaving tomorrow night so I thought I'd post this now. :) I most likely won't be posting or able to read many blogs or comment on them while I'm gone. We'll be back Sunday so I'll be back on here Monday! Hope everyone has a great turkey day!

Monday, November 20, 2006

I did it again...

Now yesterday, I showed off how pretty my dishcloth for the monthly dishcloth group was coming along and my fiance says to me, "I could tell you how to finish that, you know.." And my response was, "I could figure it out too but I have to wait to see how many more bobbles we need to put in!" So I finished it just now. How horrible am I??????? It was pretty easy. To see it in it's finished state, go here. I haven't put it up yet but it should be up by the time everyone reads this post! I'm going to get started on another one. I absolutely love, love, love this cloth. I think it is the most beautiful one I've made! I'm going to try that fifty cent yarn I picked up about a week ago because poinsettias aren't just red anymore. Oooh, I'm going to have fun with this pattern! :) Here's an aside..I just got a call from the Kelter Center (where I wasn't sure if I really had a job there or not because I have yet to sign anything!!) and the director was just calling to touch base with me and let me know what was going on with the trainings (remember the 100 hours I have to do for FREE??). Her goal is to start next Sunday. Oh gosh..I just realized that I have a freakin' paper due the next day. GREAT. Talk about timing. Guess I'll have to have that paper done way before Sunday then. I saw an ad on Craig's List for a 4th grade position at the elementary school in Pacific Palisades (which is adjacent to where I was last week!) and I was too chicken to apply. I came back on the computer to apply (I got my courage up and managed to go over the chapters for my test!) but before I was going to apply, I wanted to check out more about the school. They don't have their own website but they were listed on Great Schools and would you believe it says they have 36 children in their 4th grade class????????????????????? No thanks.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

look, how pretty!

I started the kal for the monthly dishcloth group I'm in last night and I love it. I figured out what it was last night (I did all 30 rows last night while 'studying!'). Today's rows proved me right. I can't wait to complete it! I'm definitely going to make another one of these and probably soon! I finished the airplane cloth last night too. :) Okay, better study!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

guess what!

Okay, I have just spent the last few hours working on updating my other blog. It is now complete and up-to-date. In fact, it's more up-to-date than my knitting book that I have here @ home! The wonders of technology! No pictures in this post but I'm sure there'll be some in the next one. I am almost through with the airplane cloth. I've got 12 more rows to do. I'm going to start on the monthly dishcloth kal. I thought I knew what it was but I was mistaken. I'm definitely not going to work on the Christmas bell for the dishcloth fun kal. I'm just not in the mood to make a bell. I've been thinking about casting on for my besotted headband too. Can you tell I'm a great procrastinator? Don't think I haven't forgotten about my midterm this coming Monday that I've barely had a chance to study for! :P Now that I've updated my other blog and am now posting on this one, there's really not much else left for me to do other than study! :P Ohh, I do have to tell you about yesterday though! Every Friday at the school I was subbing at, they do something called "Kuyam." It is a whole school assembly, held outdoors and there's a band which I learned is composed of parents! I absolutely loved Kuyam. If I were a Kindergartener and my parents were going to send me to that school for my entire elementary education, I don't know how I'd cope @ a middle school that didn't have this! The band played and it's also a time to talk about community projects that students/classes have going on. Well, during Kuyam, I was looking around and guess what I saw...I saw two baskets of roving on a picnic table behind some women. Leave it to a knitter to find something kniting-related to admire! Not only am I a procrastinator but I've also become attention-challenged over the years and I could not help but look over @ the roving and the women near it every chance I got! I was trying to see feel a moment to get up and find out who it all belonged to but that moment never came. :( I was itching just to get up and touch it all!!!!!!!! Kuyam ended, I had to go to class with the 4th graders. I thoroughly enjoyed being with them yesterday. I think I had more fun with them than I did with the Kindergarteners from the day before. I did see the Kindergarteners though and they were happy to see me! :) Anyway, I have to continue my roving story. The kids were going to do flower arranging with a parent and the Science teacher. Both myself, and their teacher went with them. Their 'main' teacher was out of the class doing quarterly reading assessments so the asst. teacher took over and I subbed as her asst. So the both of us went with the class during Science. Now, this woman had remarked that she needed time to prep, etc. but she stayed with us. She totally could've just left them with me, the Science teacher, and the parent, but she hung out and stressed herself out thinking about the prep she needed to do. She was nervous just leaving me alone with them for a minute when she ran out to go pick up a print-out she had made!!!!!!!!! Okay, I'm making this longer than it needs to be! so they're going to do flower arranging and I ask the science teacher what exactly she needs me to do and she says she just needs me to make sure they don't hurt themselves. Now, I asked her what she needed from me because the roving was still on the picnic bench but this time, there was a group of women and they were needle felting. Here I was, suffering if you ask me, when I could've been needle felting too!!!!!!!! Lol. After the Science teacher said I just needed to keep my eye out for any problems with the kids, I asked if I could just go up (as I motioned towards the ladies with roving!) really quick to see what those ladies were doing. She said it was fine and that's exactly what I did! I wish I had had my camera with me yesterday but I'll just have to describe what they were doing. They were needle felting gourds! I explained to the woman that I had been eyeing the roving since Kuyam and I so desperately wanted to know what was going to happen to all the roving but I had to go to class. She asked if I had ever needle felted before and I told her I hadn't but that I had seen it done. A lot of the moms were first timers and I was so full of jealousy because I couldn't take a seat and join them. I had to watch the 4th graders. Well, it turns out that the one in charge of the needle felting was a parent to one of the 4th graders I got to spend time with because @ the end of the day, the daughter was responsible for bringing the basket of leftover roving home! I picked her brain about her mother's knitting activities and where she gets her roving! lol. Is that bad?? I regret not taking some home! Oh well. And that was my day. I hope that they call me to go back there. I'm hoping maybe not again until after next year but we'll see. Apparently, since I'm an 'independent contractor,' they don't take out any taxes from what they pay me and I don't want to have to owe money. That's going to suck!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

no knitting in this post...wait a minute! here we go...

I haven't knit a stitch all day. And I'm pooped. I don't remember being this tired when I worked M-F and taught my own class. Guess that's what happens when it's been almost 5 months since you've been in a classroom! I was with Kindergarteners today as opposed to 4th graders which was fine. I was actually glad to be with Kindergarten although I came home with a headache and AR said it may have been induced by some 5 and 6 year olds! I had a good day though. I told the teacher I wasn't sure what exactly I was supposed to do since I'm not used to 2 teachers in a room. She said I did great. I spoke with the asst. dean and I guess I'm going to be placed on their sub list. Lord. I kinda hope they won't need me that much. I miss my sleep!!! I know, it's money-that could come in useful from time to time! I just don't want to get burnt out. Then I've got this school up north calling and emailing about a 1st/2nd grade position that starts in January. Um, no thank you. I'm currently committed to SoCal-aside from all the complaining I do (just not here!) about how it makes no sense for it to be 80 degrees and November! I've thought about knitting today @ least. I was sad that I didn't get to work on my airplane cloth. I'm a third of the way done. I don't plan on touching anything knitting-related tonight. I'm going to shower and then I'm going to watch "Grey's Anatomy" and then I think I'll be off to bed. I'm that tired. I thought about my besotted headband too. Oh, by the way thank you to everyone for all the nice comments on how beautiful the scarf came out. :) Okay, I couldn't resist. I had to post some kind of knitting-related pic! Sorry it's a bad one. I was too lazy to get up and go into the kitchen where I usually do my pictures! You are looking @ the tail of the airplane and the very beginnings of the wings. You can't really see the color-which sucks because I like it. It's faded denim in peaches n' cream. My fiancé picked it out. Okay...shower and grey's..gotta make it to grey's..

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Started something new

I finished the darrell waltrip cloth on my way to see where exactly this school I'm going to be at tomorrow is. I had imagined that it was in the middle of nowhere in a secluded area but boy was I wrong! It's actually surrounded by neighboring schools and an avenue of cute shops. It doesn't even look like a school! The school next door is awesome. It's called Village School for Arts and Athletics and there was an astro turf yard in front! I have started working on the airplane washcloth for my fiancé. I started on it while we were driving around Pacific Palisades and trying to make our way back home. We swung by Wildfiber because we were in the area and I picked up some more of those lil cards where you can mark off which needles you already own. So AR, I've got two with your name on them. I had my fiancé go to the counter and grab a few while I perused the yarn. :) To see my waltrip cloth, you know where to go.

It's done!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you read correctly. It's done. What's done? Why, my besotted is done-early in fact! I don't know how I managed it. I guess sitting and waiting @ the Volkswagen dealership for 3 plus hours (for an oil change mind you!) did it! I somehow managed to get 8 inches knitted up while we were there watching Tyra and Montel Williams! I completed it last night. Here is my fiancé modeling it this morning. The second shot is so you can see the detail. He wanted me to add tassels to it but I told him it'd be too long and the tassels would get caught btwn his legs becaue the tassels on my IHS do that to me! Oh and yes, CPS, it's the yarn doing all of that fancy patterning. I wouldn't even know how to do that on my own! I am almost done with the infamous darrell waltrip cloth. I'm thinking of casting on for a besotted headband. I haven't seen a pattern out there but I've seen a pattern for an Irishing Hiking headband and I'm going to use that as my model. There's a new kal up at the dishcloth fun kal blog. It's a Christmas bell. I don't have any Christmas green and the pattern says that it could be used for a wedding shower gift. I know two people getting married next year but I don't think either one would like one of these! So I'm still debating on whether or not I'm going to do this one. I have yet to sit a kal out. Tomorrow, the new kal will be up for my other dishcloth group! Firefly is hosting a knit for charity called Project Gracious Parcels 2006. I'm going to be participating in that. I've got some stash I could use possibly. She just told me it's going to be on-going so even better! :) There's a gift exchange @ KR. I can't wait! It's going to go past Christmas Day so that makes it all the better. What else is going on? Tomorrow is my first day as a substitute teacher! I've been talking to AR this morning and I'm going to miss that tomorrow and the next day. I'm going to be so behind with blogs, emails, etc. It's too bad we can't get paid to blog/email back and forth! Oh goodness, and then next week, we're going home for Thanksgiving so I'll be even more behind with everything! Ay yi yi. We are leaving late Tuesday evening so I'll @ least have Tuesday. I've got another midterm this coming Monday but this time I'm going to try to devote more time to studying. How when I'm actually going to be working tomorrow and Friday, I couldn't even tell you! I started to study last night though and will try to get more studying in before I go to bed tonight. I think I'm going to bring both knitting and my textbook so I can study while I'm at the school tomorrow. I think I get an hour lunchbreak. It only takes me 5-10 min. to eat. What in the world will I do with the rest of that time?? So I figured I'd knit and study. I thought about bringing my laptop but I think they'd have a hard time tearing me away from it. I have to say though-I watched the last half hour of "Dancing with the Stars" because I knew it was the last night and the winner would be selected tonight plus my fiancé had watched some snippets of it one night. Anyway, I was cracking up during the freestyle dances. I thought it was hilarious that they both took it back old school and did "U Can't Touch This" as well as "It Takes Two!" I wonder who'll win. I know they've never had a tie. I think it'd be nice if they did. I watched the first season (not all of it but the last few episodes because of my mother) and being the General Hospital watcher that I am, it's funny to me to see Sam (I don't remember her real name!), the first winner of "Dancing with the Stars" on a daily basis. Did you all see Joey McIntyre in the audience? haha. He was the reason I wanted to see the first season. I managed to see the episode where he got kicked off but @ least I saw him, right?Anyway, hope everyone has a happy Wednesday.

Monday, November 13, 2006

wow!

Well, first of all, I have only twelve inches left of my besotted. It'd be nice to try to get more than 3 inches in for the next few days so I get it done sooner but we'll see. I think next, I am going to attempt a besotted headband to keep my ears warm and then I'll try a hat to match the scarf. :) I can finally post the dishcloth that I finished a few days ago because the kal is done. :) So it's here Yesterday, I started another dishcloth washcloth. I want to make myself a facecloth so we'll see. I think I'm about halfway done with it! Gotta love dishcloths!! I am using fiesta in peaches n' creme yarn. It is the infamous darrell waltrip cloth. I really liked how the rainbow one came out and I let my fiance choose the yarn for this washcloth. Lucky me he chose one like the one pictured in the pattern. :) It's an easy pattern once you get the hang of it. I also found some other patterns that I want to try. There are a couple of patterns I found for him but I can't say here what they are because I know he reads this from time to time! They are washcloths. One I'm going to show him though. There's a chart and I'm sure I can adapt it into a washcloth of some kind. We've figured out a use for the washcloths I've given him! He can use them to wipe stuff up in his car. He's of course worried about using them for that purpose and I told him they're really intended to do dishes! Okay, the wow part. I was thinking about how I hadn't heard about the possible sub position yet like about an hour ago. I figured it was a holiday weekend, maybe the guy went out of town or what have you. Then, I read my horoscope which said something about my career and then a couple minutes later, I got an email from the guy I was supposed to hear back from regarding subbing @ the school in Pacific Palisades and he said that A (my former lead teacher 3 years ago!) holds me in the highest regard and how my resume is going to be kept in the forefront should any positions open up there and how they'd like me to come in for an interview later down the line. Then he mentions subbing there and how they have a teacher who will not be coming in this Thursday and Friday and if I could come in and sub!!!!!! Heck yeah, I can! :) That's yarn money!!!!!!!! teehee. I haven't called yet though. I didn't want to jump the gun. The email was sent out at 10:20 am and my fiance said to call the guy already at 10:27am. I don't want to seem desperate! I'll get in touch with him @ least before the end of the day. :) How exciting...but then that means I won't get to sleep in and I'll actually have to go to bed early the nights before. Plus, I'll be behind in my daily computer routine! Oh well, yarn money, right? ;)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Guess what I now own!!!!

:) I posted a topic on KR about what were some suggestions for a good stitchionary to start off with. I got a bunch of responses and they were of course singing the praises of the Barbara Walker Treasuries and the Vogue stitchionaries. I looked them up online and they were a bit much for me to purchase right now-since I'm unemployed! I figured I would just put them on my Christmas list and wait it out. Well, this woman posted an ad on Craig's List about how she was having a huge yarn liquidation sale. Yes, I shouldn't spend money. Yes, I love me everything knitting-related! I called and scheduled an appt. for this afternoon! So not only did I have that second interview to go to but I also had a yarn shop to go peruse. :) This is what I came back with. There was a lot of yarn but from what I saw, there weren't multiple skeins of things. Who wants to purchase just one skein of I dunno...noro cash iro? She had needles but the place was so freakin' dusty. Both my fiance and I have allergies. He wanted to just get out of there but waited patiently. I looked through the yarns. The needles were all boxed up. She had Addi Turbos!!!!!! They were nice..nothing was priced so you had to ask her how much this or that was. It was a pain particularly when she was asked, she would respond with, "They're suggested retail plus an additional 25% off." Thanks a lot lady. I went over to the bookshelf and spied A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and told my fiance that I had to have it! We asked how much it was, she didn't know and would have to look it up. She asked if I had seen the first one and I said no but I had heard that both of them were important to have in one's library. She leaves the room and brings out A Treasury of Knitting Patterns! I had my fiance leaf through it. We got them for a good price-especially since I've looked for them both online and they're listed as $30. Her house (yes, her house! Her yarn shop is in her house!) was filled with yarn. It was a bit of a mess. Nice neighborhood though. I had heard of her shop before but never took the time out to go to it. When we spoke on the phone she said she'd probably be still trying to get rid of yarn for the next 2-3 mos. Well, she wasn't very forthcoming with the stuff. Okay, thank you for all the wonderful comments on besotted! :) It's really coming along. I'm a bit behind for today though. I don't think I got in my 3 inches. I'll have to measure it later. I want to make a besotted beanie. I thought about this last night because I'm more than likely going to have one entire skein left over. I thought about making a beanie with the entire design but I thought that would be too much. So I decided maybe I'd just have a band of the xoxo and the rest stockinette. We'll see. It's still in the works..and since I now own the treasuries, I saw the original inspiration for the besotted-the Oxox pattern. :) Stephanie asked if the yarn went and did that all by itself. The answer is yes! I'm not smart enough in regards to knitting to figure out how to make a yarn do that. I think I'd be a genius if I could though. All I've been knitting is the besotted. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I need to tone down the knitting a bit. Especially since I cut into my thumb last night while I was slicing onions with a sharp knife! My favorite knife was broken by someone the other day so I've been relegated to using a knife that is sharp enough to hurt me! It was strange knitting with a band-aid on. I did some knitting while waiting in Bloomingdale's. Someone in blogland posted about balls of yarn in a Tiffany display and I saw that display at the Tiffany's at the Century City mall! I'm going to have to learn to take a camera everywhere I go. I wanted to post a picture of it for all of blogland! :( My sister's building is connected to the mall so maybe if I ask her she'll remember to snap a pic for us all. :D Now for the non-knitterly stuff. I had my second interview today which consisted of a phonemic awareness test which is a test to test my knowledge of letter sounds, hearing, as well as listening skills. All kids take it. She gave it to me because if a potential teacher there couldn't do well at this test, how would they be able to hear when a student was making a mistake and how would they be able to help correct it. Then we talked salary, how they might want me to do both literacy and math (!), hours which would range from 8-20. It just depended on how quickly I acclimated to the program and stuff. She suggested I come in and observe. She wants me to come in on a Saturday because the other math guy comes then. She also suggested I come afterschool to observe some of the current teachers. She said I'd definitely have kids in January-probably sooner. I did the math in the car (ha!) and the money I'd earn just working 24 hours a month wasn't too bad. If I worked 20 hours, the eyebrows started going up. I was thinking about trying to figure out what my hourly wage was last year (I was on salary) but that was just too much math. I have to provide my references and she said we'd be in touch next week. So....I have a job right?? Or at least I almost have one? Yesterday's interview was cool. The office of the placement agency is located in a house in Encino. I had never been to Encino until yesterday. When I think of Encino, I think of Encino man. lol. We got there way early (an hour!) so we had breakfast. I saw a yarn store!!! We didn't get a chance to check it out though. I always like going into new yarn stores and I do a comparison of all the ones I've been to. From yesterday's interview, I learned that I'd do well in a non-traditional school where I could wear whatever I wanted (thank you!) and the kids would maybe call me by my first name (who cares!). We'll see what happens with the placement agency. They have a job fair in February. I'm applying to the public school districts in January (ish) so I'm bound to find a full-time job someplace for next school year. Oh, the house was really nice. The backyard had a pool, a guest house (where the office was) a fountain, and two giraffe statues made of scrap metal I think. And they had a golden retriever, Charlie. :) Keep your fingers crossed! And I hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Please check this out!

If you love knitting with all your heart, you must go here because there appears to be some football head badmouthing knitting. Who would dare do such a thing?? Leave a comment and let him know that there's an army of us in blogland!

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

my first toe-up!

Wow! It looks so impressive when photographed. :) Despite the intense heat, I started my first pair of toe-up socks. :) I casted on for the toe twice though because I didn't follow the directions well for the rectangular toe. Next I will try the figure 8 cast-on which doesn't look too bad (@ least the more I look @ the pics!). I am using Paton's Kroy Socks Yarn that I found in my closet! :) Boy, did I luck out! I don't like the needles I am using. They are super bendy and right now I could use something rigid. They're super pointy too! My besotted is 42 inches right now. :) I haven't worked on it today yet. I am only 30 inches away from completion (if I stick with 72 in. length!)What do you think? I'm starting to pick up on some cool patterns that are popping up. I tell you, with each passing day, this scarf becomes more and more amazing! And to think I didn't like it in the beginning! I've been seeing more besotteds with variegated yarn and they're all so different! I'm debating on when I'm going to begin my solid color besotted. Last night I thought about how maybe I should take a knitting break after I finish mostly everything I've started. We'll see. I'll keep up with my dishcloths but maybe just stick with those for a bit. I tried to work on the fingerless gloves and I'm having a hard time. I'm thinking it's the needles I'm using. I got a pair of baleen dpns and I don't think they're the right needles for this tlc cotton plus yarn. :P I don't want to frog the damn things again so they're just sitting on my living room floor by the couch! :( I got my budget plan back and who knew I had done so poorly on it! :( Somewhere along the way btwn me getting my teaching credential and teaching in an elementary school for a few years, I became a bad student! Oh well. I didn't do so well on that midterm I didn't feel like studying for either. We've got a midterm and a final left plus one more project. I hope I did okay on the floor plan @ least! In a way I don't care how I do because I feel it will be a reflection of the teaching done. This is the first class I've taken after having my own classroom though so that may be a part of it as well. I really wish I knew where to complain though. This shouldn't go on. People are paying money for this woman to read aloud from our textbook to us. My 5 min. of fame took place yesterday and I think I did very well. The director of the program really liked me from the moment she laid eyes on me. I told my fiance that this woman could become my guru. She's the one that started the whole place which specializes in individualized instruction in mathematics, literacy, and there's this other program where they actually teach students how to focus and stuff. It all sounds amazing and the programs used are ones you only hear about as you're going through your teaching program! She said I'd be hearing back from them soon for my second interview. ETA: I just got a call for my second interview!!!! I'm going on Friday. :) The position wouldn't begin until January which is actually perfect. Then there's the possibility of subbing @ this shi-shi private school in the Palisades, so things are looking up on the job front. :) The yarn is starting to call out to me..and I'm talking about not knitting for a while?? I have an interview tomorrow with this teacher placement agency I applied to. Things are looking up on the job front. :) I knew everything would work itself out eventually but the waiting sucks!

Monday, November 6, 2006

look @ my floor plan!

What in the heck are these you're probably wondering. This first pic is my final rough draft of my floor plan. I took a pic of it to help me figure out placement and sizes of things on the final draft of it. Here's the somewhat final draft of it. I have to create the indoor hallway as well as the outdoor walkway in the courtyard (where those triangles are in the center. It was easier for me to use post-its than to just draw it out. I did start out drawing it all out but being the visual person I am, I needed to see everything contained within it's own shape. I'm going to label everything darker too so that you can see it. I didn't want to use a big posterboard because that would've taken me much longer to reconfigure! I don't know why we have to present them. I guess it's a form of wasting time for my teacher. My sister has to go to work tonight (she works part-time @ Gap) @ 10 (when our classes are over) so I'm going to have to leave early. Darn it. I'm making a habit of this now! We'll get our midterms back from last week and I'll get my budget plan back. I really don't want to see it. I've got my job interview tomorrow in the evening..and I'm behind 6 inches right now on that besotted. I'm going to try to work on it tonight though. I've been talking to AR about needle preference for socks. I've only used size 3's and the smallest size I have are 2's which I may try very soon. I'm itching to try toe-ups! I was telling my fiance that I need dpns in size 0 and 1 and circulars in those sizes. The one good thing I picked up @ Wildfiber in Santa Monica is this handy guide that allows you to check off which needles you already have. I've got it posted up on my wall in front of the computer! Okay, I just took a shot of it so everyone can get a visual. :) All the x's mean I already have those. Obviously I 've nearly got the straight needle dept. covered! I'm not doing too bad on crochet hooks either and I don't crochet! ;) More knitting tomorrow, I hope! I'm still thinking about taking pics of all my previous finished objects before I started blogging so you never know...that might pop up soon on my other blog. Keep a look out for them! :)

Sunday, November 5, 2006

shame on me!

Okay, I'm going to share a little secret with you all. I figured out what the pattern is for one of my dishcloth kal's. :O I saw the a picture of the dishcloth I'm working on and instantly knew that it was exactly what we're working on. I went so far as to google the pattern and I found it....so needless to say, I'm almost done with it. I'm up to 32 inches with my besotted. I think I'll be able to finish in 13 days if I keep working! Would you believe I still haven't finished one skein yet??? Yesterday, I told my fiance that there are two things I want to learn how to do in regards to knitting-@ least the two things I'm most interested in learning right now. One is how to knit with beads-I've seen it down on knitty gritty and it doesn't look too difficult and I want to learn how to knit socks from the toe-up. I know I've said this before but I actually started looking @ all the different cast-on's last night so I could pick one out to try, got my yarn out but didn't start because they want me to use size 0 dpns and the smallest size I have are 2's! :( It isn't helping that I visit the my first toe ups blog daily! I almost signed up today! I'm going to try out one of the cast-ons first before I join. I don't know which sock pattern I want to do yet either. Maybe toe-ups will be what turns me onto sock knitting, who knows! Also in other knitterly news, I picked up my copy of: and started leafing through it. I hadn't really looked @ it when it came in the mail a while back. It's going to come in handy as I learn how to knit toe-up and do short row heels! I also picked up my copy of: late last night and started to read it. I plan to have my fiance take pics of the way I knit so I can compare it to the pics in the book because maybe I'm not a combined knitter either! Annie Modesitt does talk about how there are so many variations of knitting though so I must do one. She references Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts in her book too which I thought was cool particularly because I had just looked @ a book written by her minutes before I got out my Knitting Heretic. I remembered in the Socks book, there are two diagrams that show how to do something if you hold your yarn in your right hand or your left hand. I don't remember right now what the technique was but it was refreshing to see the diagrams because usually we're just told to perform said technique the opposite of how it's described. Easier said than done. Okay, I'm rambing now. That means I'm procrastinating! In some not-so knitterly news, you'll all be glad to know that I have completed my floor plan that is due tomorrow night. I just have to transfer it onto poster board. I have to think about what I'm going to say about it.

Friday, November 3, 2006

new gallery up

I spent a greater part of yesterday afternoon into last night working on a new blog which now holds pics of all my finished objects, since I started blogging. Being the perfectionist I am, I had considered taking out my knitting journal and photographing everything I've got in there prior to my setting up a blog and put it up in the gallery but I'm not that much of an overachiever anymore!! It was such a pain to do but I guess I'm glad that now I have a gallery. Now I just need to learn to change the header and create a button for myself. :) With all the time spent on the computer yesterday, I did very little knitting. In fact, I owe myself 6 inches off of that besotted now. Blasted. I guess I should've thought about the possibility of my choosing to not feel like knitting during the next 16 days (that's all it should take to finish it if I actually keep up!!). It doesn't help that I lost my favorite cable needle either. The next row I'm on is a cable row too. That's really why I didn't complete my 3 inches for the day! I've got homework to do. I have to finish reading my chapter and I have work on my floor plan. Yes, I have another project due this Monday and we have to present it. I don't care about the presentation. I actually have my floor plan figured out in my head, sort of. I just have to figure out the number of bathrooms for each classroom. We are to design a floor plan for a school serving 44 children. I can't remember the breakdown but it's infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Oh I just want this class to end already. Does it seem like my feelings about this class have gotten worse? They have. I just want it to end. We have one more midterm, a final, and one more project due plus the extra credit which I actually have to get on the ball with now that I remember! Then it will be over. Will I take part 2? I don't know yet. I'll need to know who's teaching it first!

Thursday, November 2, 2006

hmmm...

Okay this is really weird. I am finally able to load my pics! :) I've noticed a pattern which will probably be my new trick if blogger keeps doing this! When I can't post my pics via regular blogger, I go to picasa. I post one pic and a blog there. Then I try to post the rest via regular blogger and it actually works. Go figure. So here are a couple of the houses we saw Halloween night. This one was really cool. They built a facade and did the whole lawn up. They had some cowboys I guess standing around and when they saw the three of us (my sister, myself, and my fiance) they asked what were we dressed up as. My fiance (who was in the front) said something to the effect of he was 'half-beetlejuice' and he had eaten the other half. They told my sister she had a nice costume (herself!) and they told me that too. One of them asked where'd we get such pretty lil costumes and I said, 'From our mother.' :) They thought that was a good response. lol. This house had a haunted house thing going on which we actually went in. I don't particularly like haunted houses cos I tend to go with people who freak out easy which entails me freaking out as well! They tricked us though cos they must've noticed we weren't so freaked out by the stuff they had so they cornered us and had a one person come toward us, another pop out, and the ghost above our heads was trying to behead us! We were just laughing and the people were laughing too. I don't remember where this house was. It was nearby. Now, I did do some knitting. I've been knitting I guess I should say. I don't remember if I said the other day that if I just knitted 3 inches every single day for the next 19 or so days, I'd be done with my besotted. I've been working rather diligently @ it and you can tell that it's growing. I think 3 inches is about all I can stand with it. I can't do anymore (@ least in one sitting) because I start hurting a bit. It was the only thing I had been working on for a couple days until yesterday. I casted on for the dishcloth fun kal for the first part of the month. I don't have any yarn for the monthly dishcloth kal so I'm gonna have to wait on that one and just save the pattern for another time. Oh! I lost my favorite cable needle yesterday. I looked for it in my car (which has all black interior) and I couldn't find it. :( I'm wondering if I left it someplace because we were running around yesterday. I don't think I dropped it but it could've easily slipped and landed in any of the seats I was in. It was a nice magenta color too. I'm going to hold off on getting a new one though. I can just use dpn's or I can even learn to cable w/o the needle.