Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 18

I have done absolutely nothing, nada, zilch!  I do plan on casting on a pair of socks to work on tomorrow.  We have the annual baseball game that all Grades 3-8 attend.....not sure I'll actually work on the sock, but want to have something just in case....my other pairs are at heels...and I need something mindless....
I went shopping for snacks for the game....students did donate money...I put together bags for them....
Today is Teacher Appreciation Day...our administrators sent an ice cream truck for us!  It is owned by one of my student's fathers.  She was so excited for me to meet him. (He was out of the country for several months and then had gotten hit by a car)
I got to see my first in person Highland Cattle!  I was very excited!  I've loved these from afar for several years!  The farm where they are, used to be owned by my husband's great uncle.  He owned a lot of land.  My husband grew up on the piece of land that is behind this farm that was also owned by Uncle Bill.  He actually took apart one of the structures he built on this land and carted it through the woods to our property, rebuilt it and lived there.  My in-laws use it as the garage.  There are several rooms, but we don't go upstairs as it's been taken over by bats...

So that's it...I'll throw up the link for anyone who may have something to share....some weeks there is no one...sigh....;)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Stash Sock Yarn Swap

So right after I joined in on the Once Upon a Sock posts, there was a stash yarn swap organized.  I love a swap!  It was a secret up/down swap.  So I sent to someone who was not the person sending to me....

I got my parcel awhile ago, but haven't done a proper blog post about it.....and I know she's been waiting...I apologize for the delay....

So my secret swapper turned out to be Paula from Spin a Yarn.  I kind of had an inkling it was me when she posted about stalking her swapee.  I can be sneaky, so when she said we have a lot in common and even have the same yarn, I checked her Ravelry stash page and on the first page saw 3 yarns that we had the same (LOL)....I didn't friend her, because I didn't want her to know I'd looked it up....(I'm also very good at guessing gifts, my husband has taken to disguising them) Yes, I'm also one of those people that doesn't mind spoilers (I'm an IMDB addict)  and will read the end of a book before finishing it.

I laughed with delight when I opened my package and found String Theory Continuum yarn in Mandrake.  I have looked at this yarn at least three times, but always decided to wait!!!  It's made of my favorite colors, green and purple....and called Mandrake, which to me brings to mind Harry Potter and poor Neville (one of my favorite characters)  So this was a hit on many levels!

Then, she sent a bag of Gummi Bears.....yum, yum!!!! And the good ones too!

The kitchener stitch keychain is pretty awesome...I'm not sure who it is by, but I love the lobster claw clasp...I have one from Katrinkles that resides on my sock knitting notebook, so this one is going to reside on my travel pouch of accessories! 

And last, but so not least, knitting jewelry!!!!!  A stitchmarker bracelet from Heidi and Lana.....It's perfect AND the best thing is it fits!   I have super tiny wrists and bracelets fall off all the time....I love it!!!!!

The little sheep can also come off and be used as a stitchmarker/place holder.....

So the whole package was deeply appreciated and loved...Thank you Paula....and yes how did you find my Ravelry?  You mentioned something in one of your comments.....as my Ravelry name is not connected to my instagram name (which is how I found you!)

Thank you, thank you!!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Once Upon A Sock: May Edition

This was my picture from the April edition, so where are we?

I finished the Zombie Valentine socks April 8...
Yarn:  Brazen Stitchery My Zombie Valentine
Contrast yarn: Two Sisters in Red
Needle: Kollage square 9" US 1/2.25mm
Socks started: June 21, 2017 (Vanilla pattern)
I finished the Hudson Bay socks on April 12, 2018
Yarn: Fishknits Yarn on the Strong Heart base, color is Canadiana
Needle: Knitpicks 5" DPNs, size US 1, 2.25 mm (wood needles)
Socks started: June 21, 2017 - the cuff was actually started before this, but I just put down that date as starting point

I followed Susan B. Anderson's directions for this yarn and pattern.

Did I mention my obsession with self stripe yarn?  This is just a small sampling.  I actually have a tub mostly filled with it..
This arrived today, waiting on another
I especially enjoy a Gobstopper ball....This is the box I bought for the Box of Sox Kal this year.  I haven't gotten very far in it as I wanted to finish up some WIPs.  So the first socks that will count for my Box of Sox is my Kiss Me, I'm Irish ones (Vanilla Latte pattern)
They are at 6" right now. I do enjoy about 7" on the leg.  I have to decide what I'm going to do for the heel...contrast or not?  Speaking of that, I have also been collecting some mini skeins for contrast heels/toes.

The other one I've been working on is the Games socks (Vanilla Latte pattern)
I'll finish the red and white stripe and then work on the heel.  I have the green as a contrast for these socks...the mini came with the Gobstopper ball.....The only thing about the Gobstopper balls is you can only do one sock at a time

No love was given to my Just Keep Swimming socks...I am on the heel, and I still want to do the Fish Lips, but haven't taken the time to sit down and figure it out yet....I will..it's on the list
I didn't give any love to the other four pair on the needles.  My Kai-Mei (the only non-stripe sock) has a dropped stitch that I have to go back and figure out.  The other three just didn't see any loving..what are you going to do?

I am looking to work on some patterns that showcase the stripey more that the Vanilla Latte or a ribbed sock.  Although ribbed socks fit me the best....and I maybe should work on some of my non self stripe yarn and patterns.....

On the way home today, I was like, "Maybe I can whip up a pair of shorty socks for May 4"  (You know May the Fourth Be With You Day).....Yeah, I realized that wasn't going to happen....I had the yarn (I do have other SW inspired yarn)
It's 100% superwash merino, no nylon...it should still work, right? I do have Star Wars socks I was gifted at Christmas...so now it's do I wear my Star Wars family shirt or my Come to the Dark Side, we have cookies shirt, or the "dressier" Star Wars shirt I have, decisions, decisions....a couple former students have already asked me if I'm wearing a Star Wars shirt on Friday....

Sorry, geeked out there for a minute.....

So if you'd like to join us, Paula at Spin A Yarn has the link-up....please join us...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 17

Good evening!  Again, haven't really worked on anything...still no mojo.....or it could be this...
I still have 6.5 weeks left of school and boy am I already done. I'm not really sure why, as it has never happened this early before, but boy am I done.....but every day, I go back in and spend the day with those 21 (18 today) fantastic third graders who need me to still be invested in them....and the hugs are worth it...

Because every day is different....whether we are standing in the cold because of a fire drill set off by some dust on the alarm..
or taking one of the state tests and not actually teaching at all today.....I will be doing some teaching tomorrow, but none on Thursday...Thursday is JA (Junior Achievement) Day....I'll be helping out the business person...who is actually the father of two former students and I've known him for years....Friday, we have a math state test...and then we'll see what the rest of the day brings.....

So I'm not sure it it's my mojo not being around or general apathy about everything right now....I have big plans, but just don't follow through on them....so what do you do when this happens to you?

Share what you have been doing this week?  I'll also have a post up for Thursday, to link up with the Once Upon A Sock: May Edition....

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 17

So updating my goals from the past couple of weeks: Yeah, I didn't do any of those things.  I pretty much had no mojo this past week...there was a lot going on at work and it was a stressful week (I'm feeling overwhelmed and just over this school year right now)....and I wasn't feeling the best (my allergies have kicked in)...several days, I just came home and slept....I didn't go to knit night on Thursday because I just couldn't "people" anymore. I did get my infusion on Tuesday, so I shouldn't have too much pain for the next couple of weeks...

This week, we start one of our state tests....the next three weeks are absolutely crazy at school!  I am not going to add any new goals, until I get some of these cleaned up.

On Saturday, I went to the Connecticut Sheep and Wool, I'll do a post later in the week...
On Sunday, I did work on some stash stuff....I updated my Ravelry Stash and some of my projects...I like to do that when my mojo is gone, it makes me want to work on things...

I did carry my Kiss Me, I'm Irish socks around with me, but only put a couple of rows on them...they are almost to the heels...so have to decide on the heels I want...

April 8-14 goals:
This week, my goals are:
- to finish the Zombie Valentines
- finish or close to finish the Kiss Me, I'm Irish
- Finish the first sock on Hudson Bay
- figure out and work the Fish Kiss Lips heel on Keep Swimming
- wind the yarn for the two sweaters planned
- possible start moving yarn totes up to attic room, after logging what's in each tote

April 15-21 goals:
- work on Kiss Me, I'm Irish and get to heels (at least)
- do that FLK heel on my Keep Swimming socks
- swatch for the Waves Tank
- pull out The Meandering Top and see where I'm at (it's been hibernating)

April 22-29 goals:
- complete the previous lists
- swatch for the Tegna top, the Vintersol sweater and the Rainbow Cardi  

So here is my list, although nothing has changed...

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17

Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...
Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket

Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches. 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18

Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen


Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

So that is it for now....oh I did see Avengers: Infinity War on Friday....so AWESOME!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 16

Good evening or morning.....I really have nothing today.....I have not worked on anything...I have acquired yarn, but haven't done any crafting....I've thought about it, even carried a project around...but just haven't actually worked on anything....

Just because:
Today was my infusion, so hopefully I'll be more or less pain-free for the next eight weeks....

So what have you worked on this past week?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday, What Am I Reading?

Good morning!  So I gave up on a book this week...the second Sadie Hartwell book, A Knit Before Dying. It was a slog to get through and I just couldn't anymore....I got about halfway through before giving up....and we had already renewed it from the library a couple of times...maybe I'll get back to it at some point...

Do you ever give up on books? I don't do it too often, but I will....

This is the new book I am reading with my high group.  The main characters are two fourth grade girls, Drita, a refugee from Kosovo and Maxie, an African-American girl who lost her mother in a car accident.  It's a great book showcasing friendship, even if you think someone is so different from you that you have nothing in common.  Maxie reminds me of some of the students I have had and one girl that I do have this year.  I have had many immigrant students, but none that I knew were actual refugees.  It was a very interesting read. It is told in both of their voices, alternating their point-of-view chapters.

Also, VERY EXCITING!!!  I met Patricia Polacco!!!!!  It was a little over an hour drive for me, but so worth it!  She brought me to tears.  She talked about her love for teachers and how she will always have our backs.  She talked about her Mr. Falker and she credits him with saving her life! It was just fabulous! If you have not read her books, I highly recommend her...my favorites are Pink and SayAn Orange for FrankieThundercake, and one of her holiday books, A Tree of Dancing Goats. Most people know The Keeping Quilt, which I think was her first big seller, but she has so many wonderful books, it really is hard to chose favorites.  I bought a couple for some friends, and then I bought a copy of Bully for her to sign for me.

Not the original, which is now in a museum.
It was such a great day!

We got an email from Barnes and Noble saying we had a credit for our nook and we had to use it by a certain date...so I bought John Scalzi's Lock In  I've only read a couple of his books, Old Man's War and Redshirts. I loved them both...he just came out with a sequel to this one, so I figured I'd get it...
So I'll be reading that this week...

If you'd like to join in...here are the people hosting:
Kathryn at The Book Date
Jen at Teachmentortexts
Kellee of Unleashingreaders