Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Woman on a Mission

I have been knitting like mad to get my daybreak completed so that I can take a break from knitting and get caught up on some letter writing. I'm caught up on nearly everything else but that! Never mind all the upcoming holiday stuff like cards/presents. lol. Not quite sure what we're doing for those but I do need to scrounge up some money for postage for cards at least!
I am up to the border on my daybreak but the following pictures don't show that. I think I was up to about 13 stripes for each color when I took these pictures yesterday.
Here's a close-up of the striping.
A better shot of one of the 'wings.'
Just another close-up!
I got to the border very late last night (I even screwed up the start of the second row of it and had to rip back!) while I was watching a movie called Lovely, Still which was really good but also very sad. All the while I have been trying to come up with a clever name for my daybreak but nothing is fitting. The blue reminds me of denim and the pink sort of makes me think of bubble gum so for a bit I thought bazooka might've been a good name. Still on the fence. She might make it to the end without a special name at all. Oh well. Life will go on still.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Aftermath

My first Thanksgiving was wonderful! I used to claim to be someone who didn't partake in typical Thanksgiving fare but I actually went the whole nine yards..from turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes (I like them but won't eat them all the time),  all the way down to stuffing (and I really am not a fan of that stuff)! The company was great as well and we ended up staying really really late. We were supposed to meet up with my best friend and her family at some point but we totally lost track of time. My boss grew up in LA and the hubs having been born and raised there was sort of doing a stroll down memory lane with her. It didn't help that she had one of those huge coffee table books of Los Angeles. He had to look through the whole thing!
Everyone had great stories to share about their childhood, their parents, or even their grandparents except for me. Isn't that sad? I told the hubs (once we got home) that I don't have great stories to tell from when I was a kid. I didn't have cool adventures or get to spend much time with extended family so I was a little sad. My childhood felt very different compared to the stories I was hearing from my boss, her husband, and my husband and I couldn't relate.
Aside from that, I was just glad to be with people who enjoy Thanksgiving and even like having company over!
My sister had a great time in NY and also got to partake in a typical Thanksgiving. Maybe this is part of what was missing from our lives growing up? She also got to see the sights of the city. Though she didn't make it to the Thanksgiving Day Parade! Oh well. Maybe next year. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My First Thanksgiving

Can you believe this will be my first 'real' Thanksgiving in my 35 years of life?
Growing up, we had food on Thanksgiving but it wasn't what I'd see on tv-big families getting together, having turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, really appreciating being with the people they were with and actually having a good time. Our Thanksgivings always fell short when it came down to the true meaning of the day-being grateful for all that one has. Maybe it was unspoken but it surely wasn't taught and it definitely wasn't ever expressed. Isn't that sad?
All my Thanksgivings up until now have been spent with the people that I lived with. As I grew older, it sort of became an obligation to have to spend Thanksgiving with them. Last year, I was actually happy to be spending Thanksgiving there because we were allowed a more active role in the meal preparation. Were they grateful for the new dishes we were trying to incorporate as future traditions? No. They didn't even try the new dishes. My sister, my husband, my SIL, my brother, and I all slaved on various dishes but were they appreciated by the elders of the house? No. In fact, we had to eat our own leftovers.  In fact, all we heard was complaining. Guess where that has left them? To spend the holiday alone this year. Instead of a full house, it will just be the three of them this year and probably from now on. Do I feel bad about that? Not in the least.
In fact, I'm quite excited to get to experience my first 'real' Thanksgiving. We will be spending it with people whose company we genuinely enjoy that inspire us on a daily basis. They have gone out of their way to welcome us into the school community as well as into their everyday lives. I am grateful for both of them on a daily basis. We might even get to see my best friend and her family for a bit as well if time permits.
I am happy to say that on this turkey day of 2010, I am chock full of happiness and gratitude.  We are in a good place (aside from all the outside forces) finally and life can only get better.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you're in the States). I am grateful to have you all a part of my life.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

whole lotta knitting goin' on

Please forgive the utter silence that has been my blog over the last couple of weeks. I have been busy preparing for the Harvest Feast which came and went last Friday and then I needed to get my butt in gear and finish both girly and lil' bit o' everythang because once I finish those two, I will be one shawl away from 10 completed shawls in 2010. Talk about a major accomplishment for me. I didn't set out trying to meet this goal but in the back of my mind, I did want to be able to say at the end of the year that I made 10 shawls this year. :)
I unfortunately have no snapshots to share from the Harvest Feast. I brought my camera but the hubs noticed it wouldn't turn on! Then I remembered I had charged the batter but had yet to pop the sucker back in. Oh well. It was beyond adorable. I partnered up with another teacher whose Harvest theme was trees (and mine was leaves!) and we just had the kids sing two songs. One song about apples on a tree (we shortened it to a mere 5 apples rather than the standard 10) and then we sang a song about autumn leaves to the tune of "London Bridge." The cute part was one of the movements the kids were doing! I at least have a mental picture of one of my lil ones doing the motions for 'roll around.' lol. 
Next year, I will hold onto all the art that the kids created (rather than just send it home) because I didn't know we were supposed to display stuff! Oh well. Rookie mistake. So all I have to show are these leaves, I had the kids make. We had gone on a leaf walk and when we came back, they crushed the leaves with their hands and glued them onto these paper leaves. We waited until they dried before they cut them out.
Please excuse the busy background. We had just returned from the Harvest Feast and my bed was the first place I thought of to take these pictures!
Now for the knitting shots you're waiting for. I present to you, girly (who if you ask me is absolutely stunning). She cleans up quite nicely!
I honestly didn't think she'd turn out this well. I can't wait to show her off!! I will work on getting a modeled shot during this long weekend. If I can't pull it off, you all will have to wait until my sister gets back in town which will be in December!
And now, here is lil bit o' everythang.
And here is the newbie, the grand finale of 2010, daybreak.

I've got a bit of a ways to go but I think I should be finished with it before the year is up. Then I have knitting to do for others..mittens, hats, etc.
I have also completed two books while I've been away! I finished Heart of the Matter which I ended up liking once I got past the first 300 pages (I had the large type version which had 538 pages total!). The other night I finished The Carrie Diaries which I also ended up liking once I got more into it. The ending left me wanting more! So I'm hoping the author is working on another book to follow up this one. Late last night I began reading This Must be The Place but fell asleep so I didn't read much of it.
Tomorrow, the hubs and I will be feasting with my boss and her husband (who I teach with). We have been given the job of making hors d'ouevres (since the hubs insists on bringing something edible) so who knows what we will end up making.
We are back in the throes of medical/financial issues. Let's just say we paid what we owed when we first began dealing with this garbage last month and then they decided to bill us again (for the same amount we already paid) so we're out $221. Not sure if we'll be able to go take care of this today (I always forget the hubs has class on Wednesday afternoons!) so hopefully on Friday we can get this resolved. Sigh.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

rainy sunday

I've been knitting like mad to get my andrea's shawl finished. I started the striping the other night and found myself rather unhappy with the contrasting color I had pre-selected.
Isn't she pretty??
As I continued to knit, I thought how I should've used the contrasting color as the main color instead but I did not want to have to rip back ALL that work (remember all the suffering I had to endure just to get this far??)
It was late at night so I had to use flash which totally washed out the sundara making it darker than it really was. The contrasting color is more of a yellowy green. So back to the drawing board I went late Friday night. I decided that the contrasting color needed to be a warmer shade and the one I was working with was too cool. I took a look into my leftover yarn bin and hit the jackpot. Here's how my andrea began to look yesterday morning after some stash diving. :)
The yellow stripes are actual a sample of cashprose from Perfect Day Yarns that Sarah sent eons ago. I don't know what the colorway is but after I did these two stripes, I really wished that I had had some more.
The next set of stripes (brown) are from some leftover sundara sock in sand castles which I used for the hubs' breaker break socks.
The pièce de résistance of striping is from my leftover chuckanut drive from HazelKnits. I am absolutely loving how this leftover skein looks against the main color. :) I was sort of doing a mathematical increase but I just couldn't stop with the chuckanut. Not sure what I'm going to use next after I use it all up. It's going to be a toss-up between my leftover sweet potato
or my leftover rhubarb
Decisions, decisions.
I knitted a teeny bit on my girly last night.
I have a feeling I may wrap up my andrea shawl-which I'm now calling a lil bit o' everythang because I'm decreasing with every right side row while with girly, I'm increasing. We'll see.
I talked to my sister last night and found out that she is in dire need of some hats, mittens/gloves, etc. I've got a little box of stuff that I've been meaning to send her way but I just haven't taken the time to get it all set. Yesterday, the hubs and I went through some more stuff and I think I'm going to mail her out my super cupcake set and I'm going to try to whip up some mittens. Oh, and I get to make her a ski mask!!!! lol. I also learned that the knitted socks I gave to her some time ago (cos they were fitting me too big) are getting a lot of usage because she uses them to sleep in. :) I'm going to have to whip up her own pair of socks while she's here. I'm thinking come next winter, she's going to be a bit more discriminatory about what she wears in regards to hats/mittens/etc. so I have it easy right now.
I have a short week of school this week. We have Thursday and Friday off! :) I'm going to spend both days catching up on reading/letters/knitting/tidying up around here! Oh, and I'm going to be sleeping!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

some peace

WELL, Andrea and I are finally getting along. I realized after ripping back for the umpteenth time that I had some stitch markers in the wrong spots so maybe that's why I had some trouble. Also for some reason, I kept moving stitch markers over if the stitch marker came in the middle of a pattern repeat. Don't ask me why. I just did. I am now up to row...11 I think and soon I will be up to the striping part! I can't wait.
Now I am a knitter who loves a good chart but for some reason the Andrea's Shawl cart and I weren't a good mix. So for this shawl, I am using the written directions and am having a much easier time than when I was relying on the chart and my INability to read it. lol. Here she is thus far: