Thursday, June 19, 2008

SP 12 Question of the Week #1 & #2

I didn't get around to answering question #1 because I actually had to think about it! What is your favorite summertime drink?? My favorite summertime drink is strawberry lemonade. I particularly enjoy it as a slush! :) It took me some time to figure out what my favorite drink was because it's been so long since I had it. Though I had it last week (when this question was first posted) and knew I had to blog about it. :) Okay, now for question #2~ In many parts of the US and abroad, school's out. Take a walk down memory lane for Week Two's question: As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday? I looked forward to being able to sleep in and get to watch tv all day. And now as an adult, I still look forward to getting to sleep in and being able to watch tv all day if I so choose! :) I'm so lucky that I'm a teacher and I still get to have summer vacation!

i survived!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today was our last day of school with the kids. I made it. Goodness gracious. Talk about a long, eventful year! We had a whole school 'grad ceremony' and then everyone went off to their prospective parties (each grade has a pool party at someone's house!). I got home about a half hour ago and am SO tired. I'm going to miss this group so much!! Their first grade class won't be the same as this year's group though because a few of the kids are leaving and new ones are coming in. I love working at a school where teachers are so appreciated, admired, and really treated as professionals. There were gifts some unbelievable ones at that! Here I was worrying about not having rent for next month but now that won't be an issue! I signed up to tutor all these kids!!! Well, at least I'll have money for other stuff! I'll be tutoring four of my kids-one of them four days a week (she loves me THAT much!!). It'll be nice to have a surplus of money. There's been hardly any knitting these last few days but now that I have less schoolwork to do, I think I just might be able to finish my wicked! ;) Whether or not I'll be able to wear it yet (it's been disgustingly warm lately) is the question!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

knitting!

Here's what I've been working on (when I can actually get some knitting done!) I finally decided to cast on for my wicked and things are going well! The first time around, I don't think I had enough experience. I'm ready for green gable next! ;) Especially now that I can crochet a bit!
And here's my fifth attempt at a chevron scarf. I think this one will stick. :) I'm itching to get started on some socks too!

Friday, June 6, 2008

blog?? what's that??

It seems as though I have forgotten what it feels like to blog. I apologize for the lack of blogs the last few months. It seems as though my job has taken over my life!! School is nearly over (we have only 8.5 more days of school left. Oh my word. How is it possible that we only have that many days left??? I'm still in the midst of progress report writing. We have Open House next Thursday, Parent/Teacher Conferences the following week, and then school is over. But I still have to come back for our week-long 'in-service' the last week of this month. I owe many a picture so bear with this highly picture heavy post! Here's a shot of all my flowers I received for my birthday. The big one on the left is from my fiance. The one on the right (in the back) is from my sister. The orchids are from two moms in my class. They're still alive. Though I don't know for how much longer! Here's a close-up of one of the sides of my gigantic floral arrangement from my fiance--which he hand delivered to school during my birthday celebration with the kids and the moms who were in attendance were very impressed with him. :) Here are my seedlings that have since hatched. I gave my mom some of my tomatoes and my basil. We are still in need of pots for the rest of them though. We'll see how my summer of tomatoes goes! We've got both cherry tomatoes and roma tomatoes--both are my absolute favorite! I'm regretting that I didn't pick up any squash seedlings because I've become a squash eater..zucchini/spaghetti squash, etc. It's scary!
And here are some wedding shots..here's my niece on the way to her parents' wedding. And here she is asleep on the way to her parents' wedding right before we arrived. :(Poor dear. I had to wake her up. :( She was stuck to us like glue during the ceremony. I got to be one of the witnesses at the wedding. Who knew that meant that I'd get to stand up at the ceremony (at least, I didn't know!)Here's my sister, our sil, our niece, my brother, and me after the ceremony.
Now for the par-tay! Here's the lil monkey having some sparkling cider.
Another sip...
Hmm...this is yummy. I can drink this by myself!
chug, chug, chug!
ahhh, satisfaction!

In some knitting news, I received my ISE6 scarf from the lovely Jackie. She is quite the talent. Knitter. BookMaker. Cardmaker. Artiste Extraodinaire if you ask me! She made the card and the gorgeous book below it. She even provided me with some patchwork squares which I can use for my own cardmaking! Talk about genius. :) Oh, she sent me some lovely knitting needles too!
And the scarf. I absolutely adore it. It smells good too! ;) It's a light gray because I don't have any gray scarves and the design is amazing. I wore it last weekend for my sister's graduation ceremony for completing her Paralegal Certificate.

Sorry I don't have any pictures of me with it on..hopefully soon though. There's been some yarn arriving here as well but I've bombarded you all with enough pictures for now! I've started a couple of new things and I've completed one thing which I'm not happy with at all. But I'll save that for another day.
I'll leave you with this though--I was out sick most of last week with laryngitis and didn't get my voice back until this past Sunday. Even now, my voice isn't 100%. Can we say overworked??? I need to do more knitting!!! :)

SP 12 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love fingering weight yarn. Though if I had to select a worsted weight yarn, it would be either cascade 220 or artyarns supermerino. I love a soft squooshy yarn. I am particularly fond of merino wool blends though not a fan of tencel. I do not like alpaca or alpaca blends, novelty yarns. 2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a needle case for my dpns. my straights are in a drawer caddy thingy. My circs are in a hanging organizer-somewhat like a shoe holder but smaller. 3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting since 2004. A friend of mine taught me the basics (after having been taught by two others--obviously not so well!). I would say I was intermediate. 4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I have an My Amazon.com Wish List . 5. What's your favorite scent? I like the scent of grapefruit, ginger, fresh washed linen, strawberries, cinnamon, etc. I do not like vanilla or lavender. 6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes indeedy. I adore dark chocolate-particularly with nuts (almonds!). I love, love, love reese's peanut butter cups (especially the big cups!). I love orbit gum too. I try all the new exotic flavors. 7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I make cards and stitchmarkers. I garden a bit. I do not spin. 8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like alternative/indie music. Classic rock is also a favorite. 9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? My staples are green and blue. Though I do also love dark pinks/oranges/yellows/reds/browns/grays. 10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I live with my fiance. No pets. 11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves (even in the summer!!), hats, and fingerless mitts. No ponchos. 12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? My favorite items to knit are socks, lace, hats, fingerless mitts, and baby stuff. 13. What are you knitting right now? I am currently working on wicked and my umpteenth attempt at a chevron scarf!! 14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I love them! 15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? It depends on the project. I use both. Hmm...I prefer bamboo but I do love my pony pearl needles..I need more of them!! 16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to both. 17. How old is your oldest UFO? Too freakin' old. I just might need to frog it soon it's so old. 18. What is your favorite holiday? Valentine's Day 19. Is there anything that you collect? I used to collect yarn but have scaled back a bit (if that's possible!!). Now I collect knitting project bags. I like the handmade ones that are sold for small projects. I need to start collecting medium sized ones for my bigger projects! 20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Norah Gaugan Vol. 1 and 2. Wollmeise. Lisa Souza. Flat Feet. Lorna's Laces. Addi Turbos. I subscribe to Knit1 and Interweave. 21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Knitting socks on two circs. 22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I am. I wear a size 6.5-7 shoe. Circumference of my foot is about 8.5 inches. Length is 7 inches. 23. When is your birthday? May 5 24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? Yes, indeedy. It is Ggirl.