Friday, November 30, 2007

some cool links!

Remember these?
And how I couldn't link the pattern because it was no longer available online? I think I figured out why. Have you seen these? I had seen these fingerless mitts which are very similar to the chavi ones and I'm guessing that's why. I just wanted to share the link. I've been stumbling upon lots of cool, free patterns lately. I also found the tuscany sock pattern. Have you seen this one yet? So many patterns out there!
Sigh. It has been quite a long day. Today marked the end of Book Week. Typically, my school has a weekly whole school assembly held outdoors every Friday morning to kick off our day. I awoke at 5ish in the morning to the pitter patter of rain. I had been warned that rainy days at our school are horrific. This being because we do a lot of activities outdoors. The kids have lunch outdoors, they have recess outdoors, they have pe outdoors. We have kuyam outdoors. This was especially bothersome today because the culmination of Book Week was a literacy festival where an author was going to come speak. The author still came and she did her talk in two parts-part 1 with the upper school, part 2 with the lower school. Oh, the author that came was Paula Yoo. I gave you her myspace page so you could see what she looked like. She was great! I really liked her. Great speaker and the kids got a lot out of her. She talked about the writing process and what goes into getting a book published by a publishing company. One of the moms at school donated Paula's book,
SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY" She has another book coming out titled, Good Enough. I'm not quite sure what it's about but I'd be interested in checking out just from listening to her speak. It's a Young Adult novel.
So the poor kids were stuck inside all day long. And you know how I said today was the last day of Book Week? Well, the literacy committee had planned for the whole school to have a get a cozy with books session with pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. outside. Are you seeing a trend yet?? We just did it in our own class-and the 6th graders came down (as if we didn't have enough space issues!). That went okay for the most part-a lot of the members of the literacy committee were Kindergarten moms so they were down in our classroom helping out. Oh, they provided hot chocolate, homemade muffins, and fruit.
And on top of all of this, I was trying to organize something (via email) for Monday for my partner teacher because her birthday is Sunday. Well guess what. I forgot she has jury duty on Monday!! Can it get any worse?? I'm laughing as I type all of this mind you. So I've made the executive decision that we'll just have to do what we wanted to do on Tuesday..maybe. Things are still very up in the air.
Here's my knitting content--during today's teacher appreciation lunch which was held in the art room (when typically it's held outside!) my curriculum director had her son pose for me. She apparently knitted him some slippers! She's a first time knitter! She made them over the Thanksgiving holiday. They were pretty good. She said, 'I learned on the internet!' She has now entered dangerous territory for knitters. She has started working on a second pair. :)
Tomorrow, I promise pics of what I'm currently working on and some yarn I got from pdy (who by the way is offering free shipping until the 6th of December. Evil, I tell you. ;)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

my wish came true!

My final package from my sp11 arrived just before I got home this afternoon. :) Thank you, Robyn for spoiling me this round! :) I have been very fortunate to not only have an excellent hostess but also wonderful upstream pals. I hope my downstream pals have been happy with me! Here's what was in my last package from Robyn:There is yet another sock pattern (with a secret heart!), sock yarn to go with the pattern. Love the color--though I might use the yarn for something else, we'll see. A cute snowman tin that was filled with cider (I had no idea Motts made cider packets!!) and hot chocolate packets, a teacher ornament, a coconut lime verbena lotion set, and some super cool stripey toe socks. Thanks, Robyn!!!!!!!




Monday, November 19, 2007

What Are You Thankful For?

There are so many things I am thankful for this year. 2007 has been a good year for me. I think what I am currently most thankful for is landing a position at my 'dream' school. It took me the first month and a half to get through the, "Is this really happening feeling??" and now I know and feel that I deserve my Kindergarten co-teaching position and I've accepted it as my reality. I am also thankful for the group of kids I get to spend my days with. They are such an amazing group and I don't think there will be any other group like this one. They are so loving, caring, and supportive of one another. Who can say they see that on a daily basis? I can. :) Did I mention that they're only 5 and 6 in age??
I am also thankful that I have food, shelter, and the fact that I am safe and wasn't directly affected by the fires we had here last month. I am thankful that those that were affected by the fires are still with us today.
I am also thankful that I have love, family, and friends in my life. I don't know how I would have gotten to this point in my life where I am thankful for each and every aspect of my life without any of those things particularly love. I have found someone with whom I want to spend the rest of my days with-someone who gets me, and appreciates all my quirks (and potentially ocd-ness!), someone whose dreams I hope will all come true one day.
I am thankful that I am alive and I look forward to each day that I wake up to.
What are you thankful for?

a spoiler!!

Well, I finished the socks for my niece yesterday. I wish someone had told me about sock knitting for lil ones before I entered the world of sock knitting for adults! I hope that they fit. I've halted on the sock knitting for her until I can get my hands on her lil tootsies. I've also halted knitting on the hat I started because I want to make sure the thing will fit her!
I am leaving tomorrow night (at some point!) to go to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. I've got packages that are on the way this week so rather than worry about my packages getting taken or even wet should it happen to rain while I'm away, I put the mail on hold starting on Wednesday. I kinda hope that my final package from my sp comes tomorrow since she sent me an email saying it was on the way but if not, I can wait.
I found out last night that we get to leave work early if we finish half of our progress reports early enough. Nobody thinks they'll be done at 11am. For a good five minutes I thought it was possible until I attempted to get started on the ones I took. Ha. I'll be lucky if I can get three done. Thank goodness we have up until 4 pm tomorrow to be done with half of our class's. Ideally it'd be nice if we were done with all of them but we'll see. It took me about an hour just to get one lil paragraph completed. Sigh..it just might be an all-nighter should I continue to procrastinate! I've gotten a bit caught up on blogs though!


****SPOILER BELOW******


If you don't want a peak...I suggest you stop reading here.


I did manage to receive one package in the mail today and that would be my second installment of the booty club. I don't know yet how I feel about the color. It might just have to grow on me like rum runner did (which ended up being my favorite colorway from the first booty club!). Only one more installment left of the booty club and then I think I'm going to retire from it. I'll be up to my ears in sock clubs come next month! I think there will be three different skeins to anticipate next month including my first installment of some sundara yarn! I also signed up for the zen string club. I'm weak, what can I say. Okay, must. stop. procrastinating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ooh!

I just wanted to share with you all, that I've yet another knitting friend to decide to open up shop! I'm sooooooo super excited for her! Sarah has opened up Perfect Day Yarns. Currently, she hasn't anything up but she will very, very soon I'm told. :) If you'd like to see what some of her colorways look like, check out her blog. By the way, she's having a contest! If you go to the shop blog, you'll see the grand opening post and be able to find out what the contest entails. :)
Can I tell you it's been a super long day? I just popped dinner in the oven and I still need to shower. Plus I still have more work I need to get done. And I've got a headache!! I can't believe there are still three more school days until this week is over! This is not good at all.
Some knitting to share...My high energy baby sock..it's so freakin' cute!!
my fat foot sock. :( I had good intentions!
And this would be my techguy socks as I was nearing the end of it. It's pretty much done now, I just need to weave in the ends. I frogged my chevron sock that I had started and was nearly finished with because I wasn't happy with how it was looking. I'm going to search for another pattern because I am determined to turn my butternut yp colorway into a sock!

Friday, November 9, 2007

hi!

Gosh, has it really been about a week and a half since I last blogged? It feels much longer than that. I miss the days when I could blog every other day if I felt like it. There isn't quite as much knitting going on as I'd like but I will be making up for that during this brief holiday weekend.
I do have to share with you the amazing package I received from my sp!
I absolutely heart pretty much everything I received particularly that fall-themed bag! And the baby knits book! So cool. I also received a sock pattern which is underneath the eggplant colored skeins of soft sea wool, some rubber stamps, yummy chocolate, and some fall-themed cardstock (just what I had been looking for in fact!). Thank you again sp! :)
I have been working on socks. I finished two toddler socks but I have no pics. I'm knitting them without even knowing how big my little niece's foot is. My mom gave me one of her shoes but said she doesn't even fit into it. I requested that she take the circumference and length of my niece's foot the next time she saw her but she wasn't too keen on that idea. Sigh..I'm working on the foot portion of my fiance's techguy sock and I'm closing in on the heel portion of my chevron sock. I'm dying to make a tree jacket of my own and have been on ravelry for the past two nights trying to figure out which yarn I'd like to use and in what colorway. I have settled on using Valley Yarns Colrain but I'm still on the fence regarding the colorway I want to use. My sister says chestnut (which isn't a color I normally wear!) and I do kind of want to step away from the greens and the blues but what if I don't like it in whatever color I end up choosing? Any thoughts? I decided to use the valley yarns because I'm not a fan of alpaca @ all even if it's in a blend because it'll still be itchy to me. :( Having read that a couple of people can't wear it close to the skin, that was enough for me to not want to use it. I thought about using cotton-ease but will I get the same drape? I haven't purchased anything just yet but I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to get something and soon! I have to tell you, when I first saw the tree jacket, I didn't think much of it, until I saw this version. I fell in love. I am also in love with oblique. I spent last night looking at possible yarn subs for that one as well..but 13 skeins? Not quite in my budget just yet.
I took a couple of days off from school this week-Monday and Tuesday. I just needed to. I woke up Monday morning with this feeling that I shouldn't go to work. I don't know why but I went with the feeling and called in. I called in for Tuesday as well just because I didn't want to come back on a day when we had a faculty meeting. It was nice and much needed. I didn't do much knitting but I took care of life stuff-got a flu shot, made a dentist appt, grocery shopped, and I can't remember what else I did. I did do something fun on Tuesday though. I went to an Eco-Fest hosted by the cast and crew of Scrubs! We didn't show up until the final hour of it so I'm sure we missed out on the cast showing up (because it was said that they would make an appearance) and there were also set tours but I think we missed the last one. But, we did get tons of free stuff! Free food (philly cheesesteak sandwiches, loads and loades of drinks, cookies, and the best sno-cones I've ever had!), free samples of stuf, free eco-friendly grocery bags, etc. It was so much fun-even though we were only there for an hour! I forgot my camera so you'll just have to take my word for it. The best part for my fiance was getting to see this. I think they're already in production and will be available starting next year. We got to sit in it and it was so cool inside. I love the screen. If you look closely, there aren't any side mirrors or even a rearview mirror. Instead, it's got cameras! So I leave you with a look into our future!