Monday, November 22, 2010

Thansgiving Break Hooray!

Today is the first day of my week long break from teaching. Of course, this means I have a week to do nothing but knit. My Grapevine Lace Scarf is coming along but as with many of my projects I have put it on hold to work on other stuff. I finished a scarf called Openwork Scarf. The pattern is from Knitting to Go.

The biggest thing I'm working on right now is the Presto Chango Sweater. I'm already half done with it and started it yesterday. It's so easy and I think I could spend the rest of the time knitting these over and over again. I'm using Dream in Color Classy for it. This yarn is so soft and smooshy.  Love it!

So, since the rest of the week is mine with a short break for a feast at my mom's house I hope I can get finished with this sweater and maybe even add a hat. I have a ton of people left on my list to knit for and one project done. Oh my!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas Knitting Begins

It's the end of October and it's time to start thinking about knitting for Christmas gifts.  It seems like every year someone wants something knitted- a scarf, a hat, fingerless gloves, etc. I end up just knitting these items and figure out who gets what later on.

Right now I'm knitting a scarf. It's the Grapevine Lace Scarf pattern. I started it yesterday and knitted off and on. Super easy pattern to memorize and not boring due to the increases and decreases along the way. I have an idea who this will be for. Here is an in progress pic.

I wish I could remember what yarn I'm using. Since we moved into our house my yarn became a jumbled mess and I lost tags and labels and it got all mixed up.

I should be getting some more yarn this week for more projects. I just spent some money (I know my husband will be thrilled) for some new yarn from Eat.Sleep.Knit so I can get some more projects done. If I didn't have to work I would be able to get these things done so much quicker. Stupid bills!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Yeah...Moving On

Well that "scarf" I'm working on is officially on hold. I'm probably going to rip it out and do something else with the yarn. Every time I look at it I think "Yeah it's definitely too wide for a scarf. Rose was right." It doesn't help when I showed my husband my progress he says, "Isn't that kind of wide for a scarf??"

Yesterday I was reading the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog and came across the Buncha Squares blanket from 2007. I LOVED the way it looked and garter ridges are so easy to do while watching TV. While waiting to watch the beat down of Penn State by Alabama (Folks, I'm a Penn State fan) and in honor of Penn State I decided to use some leftover blue cotton yarns and start. Here's what I have so far.

The whole block isn't done but that's due to a certain naughty puppy as well.

I guess we'll see how this goes. Maybe I'll be able to work on this some after work this week- just a few minutes here and there. Back to the naughty puppy AKA Roxy.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back to School Exhaustion

Week 1 and Day 2 of Back to School Staff Development.  I had no idea just how early 5:30 comes.  It's not like I went to sleep at midnight.  I fell asleep probably around 10.  That should be plenty of sleep.  However, my body apparently doesn't agree.  I've been so worked up lately with starting this new job that I haven't even been able to focus on the scarf that I'm knitting.  A part of me wants to take it with me to Staff Development and sit there and knit.  If I do then I know that I'll miss out on things I actually need to be learning about this school district.  Yesterday I almost had a panic attack when I went home thinking about everything that I need to do.  If I make it to August 24 without anything mental happening then I'm going to be one happy camper.  I do see wine in my future and it's a good thing that the neighborhood we moved into has a wine store on the corner next to the gas station.  Maybe tonight I'll stop, get a bottle, get out the scarf and do some work to chill out.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Oh What to Do

Since I'm a teacher I start back to work on Monday.  My two months off have been nice.  I've been able to relax, work on stuff around the house, shop, etc.  Today is Friday and in just two days my vacation will be over.  I can't decide what I want to do today.  I have things to do in my classroom at school, my house needs to be cleaned, laundry, knitting, or many other activities I can think of.  My mind is spinning and if I keep going like this I won't get anything done today except maybe get caught up on my television recordings from this week.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Latest and Greatest

Well now that I'm back to blogging I also started knitting again. I took a little break from knitting since in summer in Texas the temperature ranges from 100-105 every day.

My friend Mindy requested a hat she saw when she was visiting Alaska. In order to get ready for the project it was time to bring out the needles and yarn. I found a nice hank of 100% Baby Alpaca yarn (nice and squishy soft) in my stash and balled it up and now I'm knitting up a simple fan and feather pattern scarf.

My friend Rose thinks it's more the width for a shawl but I kind of like it the way it is.

I'm Back!

I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted anything (2 years for those of you who don't know). There's no way to review 2 years in one blog post so I'm not going to. I'm just going to start from here :)

See you soon!