Thursday, January 31, 2008

bad blogger

Yeah, if bad blogger were to be listed in the dictionary, at least one of the pictures would be of me! :( Much too much life going on over here and not enough time taken to record all of the life that's going on! There's been knitting, there have been yarn deliveries, lots of work-related reading, a class field trip, a bday party, an observation to prepare for, preparations for our masquerade festival @ school, etc. Where to begin?? Ahh, I'll start with some yarn candy. :)
This would be burnt cranberry from the Sundara Seasons Club. Can I tell you I'm soooooo glad I selected winter as my season of choice??
This would be my second installment of the zen string club. It is january girl. At first glance, I didn't think it was really my color but after some time, I could totally see this yarn in a pair of mittens/gloves down the line. We'll see. Or maybe even some baby knitting.
Sarah, of Perfect Day Yarns, had mentioned Keegan Lane Yarns to me (and has blogged about them as well) so I thought I'd check them out. This is bittersweet. I really, really love this colorway. I think these are currently the colors I'm into.
Okay...try to breathe. I know this colorway is gorgeous beyond words (at least in my eyes!) but I didn't buy it for me. It's for my downstream hot cocoa swap partner. I really hope she loves this yarn as much as I loved looking at it and holding it. The colorway is Chuckanut Drive brought to you by HazelKnits. Wendee of HazelKnits is so super nice! She had another skein of this for awhile but someone snatched it up. You can pick some up over at woolgirl though. :o I know, I'm an enabler. I managed to snag a skein for myself. :O
When shopping for secret swaps, I find it inevitable that I'm going to do a bit of shopping for myself. So pretty much everything that I had in my favorites listing in my etsy, went into a shopping cart. Including this which is Warm By the Fire brought to you by Emily Parson of Sophie's Toes.
And finally, we have some maroon handspun from yummyyarn. Did I go a little crazy? ummmmmmmm, yeah! Yarn is beginning to take over the apartment but guess what! My sister has announced that she would like to move out and get a place of her own. My fiance and I are all for it. (Is that wrong??) He was staying in his own place for a bit but lovingly turned the rights over to his downtown loft to his beloved daddy (or else he was going to be moving away, rarely to be seen again!). No ETM (Estimated Time of Move) just yet. I think she said possibly March. When she moves, that'll free up an entire bedroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've already been thinking in my mind what all is going to go in there. For sure it'll be turned into an office of sorts for my fiance. He also would like to put a futon in there for overnight guests. I might move my 'shelf' (which by the way looks very different from when I first showed you all!) to free up some space in the living room. All of his clothes will be moved into her closet freeing up my closet space for maybe more yarn. I know--like I need anymore excuses to get more yarn! Updates to come when the move finally happens.
I didn't only buy yarn. I found out that Knitting Lace Triangles had been realized and ordered one in a flash. It arrived in a flash too. It is a must have.
Now for some actual knitting content. I only have pictures of my shawl..and these pictures are 'old' as I am up to chart C. These are shots of the beginnings of chart B and a close-up of the design that was popping up. It's going okay. Although I have put it aside to finish up my thrifty critter (which is for my downstream hot cocoa swap partner). I haven't taken any pictures of anything else I've been working on but once it's done, I'll get some finished shots. I just ordered some blocking wires from joann's (half price--with a coupon!) and hopefully by the time those arrive, I'll be ready to block my first shawl!
Let's see...on the work-front, today I was observed by our Curriculum Director and she said I was amazing and she can see that the kids have really learned a lot. She observed me during ABC Centers. She also told my partner that I was wonderful. We haven't gotten to sit down and go over what she saw, what I could work on, etc. yet but in a nutshell, she said I did great. Yay! I wasn't really too worried about that but I woke up with a sore throat this morning and thought that it was going to get worse as the day progressed but it didn't!
My school is going to be visited by an accreditation team early next week. This team is going to decide whether or not my school deserves to be an accredited independent school. My school went through the self-study last school year and the beginning part of this school year was spent working on the accreditation report which was submitted at the beginning of December. As a member of the staff, I had to read said report--which, mind you is nearly 300 pages long!! The first weekend I had it, I read 263 pages. I haven't looked @ it since but now I'll have to spend part of this weekend finishing up the last 36 pages. We will be getting observed and we might even be approached for questions--hence the reason behind having us all read that blasted report. I'm not worried about it. I just hope I remember enough from what I read!
We took the kids on our first 'real' field trip and I have to tell you, never have I experienced so much drama revolving around a field trip particularly to the La Brea Tar Pits. Out of a class of 18 students, I think at least 4 or 5 stayed home (I can't remember the exact number anymore!). There were two main reasons for keeping the kids at home--fear of what is actually @ the museum and fear of whose car the children would end up in! In the end, we had 6 drivers and some of them only had 2 kids in their car. They wanted to just combine kids into one car and they weren't allowed. A couple moms wanted to just drive their own kids to the museum. Ugh. We're now done with field trips for this class--excluding our hiking trips which are part of the Science Curriculum.
I got invited to another student birthday party. This one was so much fun. There was a pretzel cart, a snow-cone cart, a lady who had a spin-art table, a bouncy house, a lady who did airbrushed tattoos, and Barbie was there and she made balloon animals! Since there were so many different activities in the backyard, the kids could just go from one activity to the next while their parents just hung out and chilled. The parents in my class are so much more relaxed in a social setting. Let me tell you. Here's a picture of the tattoo I got. The woman didn't have anything yarn related. lol.
As for Masquerade, it is by far the biggest festival of all the festivals held @ my school. So big that they're splitting it up into two different sessions--K-3, and 4-6. Our theme for Kindergarten is the Stone Age so our kids have to take on the character of a particular Stone Age animal. Who knew there were monkeys, bluebirds, and ladybugs during the Stone Age. Teehee. Apparently they were all around at that time! The kids choose the character for their particular time period and the fabric for their costumes. They help come up with their lines as well. We also have a song. It's a big production. 1st grade does Gods & Goddesses. 2nd grade does Native Americans/Mayans/Aztecs. 3rd grade does Medieval Times. 4th grade does the Renaissance. 5th grade does Significant Americans, and 6th grade does Ancient Civilizations. It's going to be exciting. I can't wait to see everyone's performances. Are you tired yet?
Okay, I am off to finish knitting up that little critter so it can get mailed off tomorrow. I know, I'm crazy..but it's the deadline!!!!!
Thank you to hakucho and Robyn for the You Make My Day award. I apologize for not making your days more often with my lack of blogging lately. I will post my nominations this weekend!


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hot Cocoa Swap Topic of the Week #2

Now that we're in the thick of 'Winter'... has your knitting changed to match the season? Are you moving on from dishcloths, and tank tops to afghans, hats and mittens? Has your yarn changed from silk or cotton to wool, superwash or heavier cottons? Honestly? No, my knitting hasn't changed to match the season. I think that has to do with me working on a few projects all at once though. I suppose we're in the thick of "Winter" but honestly--it's been 70 degrees here and we're already thinking spring is nearly here. I'm working on socks, my first lace shawl, and some baby items. I'm working with wool, a wool/silk blend, and cotton for the baby stuff. I can say that when summer hits though, there isn't too much knitting going on because it's so hot!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Hot Cocoa Swap Scavenger Hunt

1. Who's favorite animal is an Otter? Anne K. 2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa. Angela T. 3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States. Alex E., Bianca B., & Jenn S. 4. Name a fan of Harry Potter. Devin H. 5. Name someone who crochets. Holly W. 6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions. Ana-Sofia F. 7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere ;-) ) Angela A-H (jan. 7) 8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? Carly S. 9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a 'quick knit' Cindy F. 10.Name someone who's looking forward to gardening this spring. Geraldine P. 11.Who's favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I'm right there with you... well at the table next to yours!) Kris L 12.Name someone who's favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat. Amanda D. 13. Name someone who's favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Becky M. 14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette 15. Name someone who DOESN'T get the winter blahs Ashley C.

Hot Cocoa Swap Questionnaire

Okay, I better get on it so I'm not a response to one of the scavenger hunt questions!! Cocoa: 1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk? Water? from home made recipe or store bought?, In a tea cup, or big mug? It depends really. My favorite kind of cocoa though is Mexican Hot Chocolate made with the chocolate tablets which gets blended with warm milk. I like to drink it in big mugs. Growing up I'd drink using water. Now I know better. ;) 2. Marshmallows or whipped cream? Ooh, I'd say whipped cream. Though occasionally I'll have it with marshmallows. Yarn/Knitting/Crochet 1. What is your favorite type of yarn? In what colors? I love variegated yarn though I need to buy more solid colored yarn. I like wool blends..not a fan of alpaca (I find it itchy). My current favorite colors are winter colors-dark reds/greens/blues/grays and autumn colors. Colors full of richness--bluish-violets, burgundies, etc. Check my yarn stash! :) 2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)? I knit. 3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new? My favorite type are bamboo though I've been knitting a lot with the knitpicks circs and with my denise needles. I'd like to try some rosewoods--or some of the new knitpicks dpns 4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions? I don't. I need more stitch holders (small and medium ones). I could use another tape measure possibly. 5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)? Um...nothing really. 6. What is your favorite 'quick knit/crochet' pattern (quick gratification) Hmm..hats or fingerless mitts. Miscellaneous 1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter? Sleep/stay warm! 2. What is your favorite animal? ostriches 3. Do you get the 'winter blahs'? Nope 4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs? Knitting/reading/going for walks all bundled up in my knitted items! 5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring? Seeing the flowers blooming again 6. What are your favorite treat? dark chocolate/cupcakes 7. What is your favorite board game? hmm...I don't really have a favorite board game! 8. Do you have any children (furry or human)? no 9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about? Nope, no allergies.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

And the winners are......

I know, I know, we've kept you waiting long enough. We had family visiting so we spent most of Friday and part of yesterday entertaining family. We've finally drawn names so without further ado, here are the winners:Congratulations to you all! Thanks to everyone for playing. It was fun! Just might have to have another contest sometime down the line.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

it's not friday? why does it feel like it is then?

I have to tell you, I miss being able to have the energy to post on an almost daily basis! It'll be back to work come Monday. It's been nice to just sit at home and catch up online. There's been some knitting but just as much as I'd knit if I were working during the day. A good friend of mine (who is celebrating her bday today) is expecting her third son in March. I didn't learn to knit until she was pregnant with her second son. I wanted to make her something amazing but obviously I haven't cast on for anything amazing for a baby. So, I've decided to knit up some bibs, a couple of Mason-Dixon washcloths, a Sheldon and possibly a pair of socks. We'll see. It took me an hour to pick out what colors I'd use for the bibs and the washcloths! The yarn has been ordered for Sheldon. I hope I have enough time to finish everything I plan to make for her.
I also have been itching to cast on for a pair of endpaper mitts. For at least two days, I've been going through the stash trying to see what two colors would go well together. I've settled on these two colors:
Hopefully I've made the right choice. But since I had to order some yarn for sheldon, I ordered a few colors to choose from for future pairs of some endpaper mitts. ;) I also need to make a hat for my fiance's dad because he likes my fiance's new hat (which I have yet to get a shot of because he wears it when he goes to work and leaves it in his car!
Did you know Sundara updated her shop today? It's specifically sock yarn but still. I was tempted but held off. (thank goodness!)
My crockpot recipe contest will close tomorrow at noon. That way, I can announce the winners on Saturday or Sunday and get all the goodies out in the mail come Monday. :) I will be drawing names for those items that were selected by more than one person.
Okay, better get back to my regularly scheduled knitting!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

destashing or a giveaway?

I am attempting to declutter and make some more room both in my apt. and in my garage. I've been going through my stash and found some stuff I could part with. Though I'm on the fence about selling what I have or just giving it away. My gut is telling me I should just give it all away. That is, if anyone wants any of it! Mary Jane's Attic Handpainted Superwash Yarn (60% merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon) 430 yds.
2 skeins of reynold's soft sea wool. Not sure what the colorway is called but it says 0320.
"Fried Green Tomatoes" from white oak studio. Fat Sock (225 yds 100% merino). An exclusive from the ChickFlick Movies tvyarn sock club.
2 skeins of "Love Actually" from white oak studio. tvyarn sock (175 yds 100% merino) Another exclusive from the ChickFlick Movies tvyarn sock club.
A ball of noro silk garden lite # 2013.
a brand new copy of speed knitting from my first Felt Club XL event. (This is an extra copy).

Those of you that are regular readers of my blog know that I just received a crock pot for Christmas. All that I ask are links for some guaranteed delicious crock pot recipes. :) When leaving a comment, please be sure to let me know what you'd be interested in receiving! The contest will close once I've got enough responses. I can't wait to try out some new recipes. ;)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

something I forgot!

As promised, here are progress pics of my spring things shawl. As usual, not sure which ones give you a better idea of what it looks like! You can't really see the detail of the lace pattern but that's because it's still in its beginning stages. I'm on repeat 10 of a possible 13+ of chart A. So far so good. My sister finally sent me the pics she took of our niece with the mittens on and ones with her wearing the swing coat.
Love the face!!
Wrangled by daddy. I think this was before she went berserk.

oh boy

Goodness. I had no idea I was such a busy knitter in 2007! I've been seeing everyone else's mosaics of all they accomplished in 2007 and I got curious as to how many projects I actually finished. There are two projects missing since there's a 36 pic limit. My convertible mittens are missing as well as the my last fo of 2007-a second basic roll brim hat. Oh well. I wonder what I will accomplish this year. I definitely need to conquer lace and a few more sweaters/tops. I also need to revisit the dishcloths because of that mad dishcloth stash of mine! I'm going to see if I can top my 37 fo record too. :)