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    Once Upon a Blog…

    Or Friday Eve. I made it through another week. At this time tomorrow I will be 30 days into the 2018-2019 school year. I wish I could say I am hitting my stride but that wouldn’t be true. At times I think I might be, and then a day like today proves me wrong. But rather than dwell on what didn’t go right, I’m here to record what did go right. Suddenly fall colors are everywhere. I’ve noticed on my commute that the leaves are starting to change color. I’m anxiously awaiting that moment when the colors are at their peak and it takes my breath away. I love the…

  • Knitting,  Travel,  Weekend

    Weekending – First Weekend of Fall

    You, guys, I am beyond thrilled that it is finally fall. Summer is all well and good (I am a teacher, after all) but enough with the hot weather and air conditioning. I’m sitting on my sofa right now with the windows open and a wool blanket on my lap – heaven! This weekend was one of the busiest of the year and I’m just now sitting down for a break. Friday kicked off with Model UN for the kids and my rushing home to get them. Followed by a whirlwind trip home for a band uniform and back to school. Our home game on Friday night, though, was a…

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    Weekend Knits

    Another busy weekend as the school year winds down. It was 8th grade picnic for our family, class night for my school, a cookout with friends and family, and a dinner for the exchange students in our Rotary district. It was a lovely, busy weekend in which I took no pictures.  I need to work on that. I did finish my Will O’the Wisp socks (Ravelry pattern here) and it was bittersweet. I love this pattern and enjoyed knitting it to the point that I didn’t want to finish it. That must be a first for me. The yarn is Christmas at Hogwarts from A Homespun House. Molly’s shop is…

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    Wednesday WIP

    For ten years I have been a fairly monogamous knitter. One project on the go at a time is more than enough, thank you very much.  So when I found myself with three projects on the needs (a cable sweater for Maia, a pair of socks for me, and a baby sweater), I really began to dislike knitting. Really. I felt guilt about basically all of the projects but the socks. Maia’s sweater was finished and it gorgeous, baby sweaters are tricky little devils so we’ll be starting a toddler sweater in short order, and socks are just terribly undemanding knitting projects. And those socks are my current WIP. I have…

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    Weekend FO

    My first adult size sweater was a disaster – unless you have unnaturally long arms. That original sweater has become a bit of a family legend and I’ve lost track of how many different projects that were ultimately made from the yarn after I frogged it. So it wasn’t much of a surprise that my husband has given me some gentle teasing as I work on my daughter’s sweater. Even I was a bit nervous that I was knitting a sweater that was too small until it blocked out beautifully and just perfect. Pattern: Coastal Pullover by Hannah Fettig (ravelry link here) Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Sabiduria Needles: US 6…

  • Knitting,  Travel,  Weekend

    Long Weekending

    We’ve just arrived home after a long weekend spent in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Instead of bring our own children, we brought two exchange students (both from France) and it was so much fun to take in the sights through their eyes. I’m a bit sad to have left, but it is always nice to return home. We spent a day in Salem, the girls went shopping in Boston with Greyson while I relaxed at the Inn knitting and reading. All in all, it was a perfect trip. I desperately needed a few days away to not think about school. And I did give it barely a thought.  Now to keep that…

  • Knitting,  Weekend

    Weekend

    Maybe it ought to be week starting? It’s been a busy one in these parts with “just one more house project.” Our very tan dining room got a shot of color when we relocated the living room rug. There is still a LOT of tan but it’s gett better. We got a new table in the entry way. Hopefully it stays this uncluttered.  I won’t bet money on that. A nice quiet evening knitting and watching the Olympics was in order. We then moved to watching the original Amityville Horror. I giggled through all of it while Greyson reminisced about how terrified he was watching this as a kid. Sunday…

  • Knitting,  Weekend

    Déjà Vu

    According to my Facebook feed, my former Catholic school was closed one year and 364 days before my current school was closed. Hmmm…am I bad luck? It’s been a quiet and mopey weekend for me while my husband and daughter are in Virginia. I’m not really in the mood for another week of school but here it is. Lesson plans are done so let’s focus on some more positive things, shall we? I finished my mother’s Christmas socks. Really it’s sad that they took so long but I’m blaming moving right after Christmas. I used my go-to sock pattern: Susan B Anderson’s How I Make My Socks. I pondered, while…

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    Winding Down 2017

    Can it be that 2017 is nearly over? It’s been quite the year for our family – my daughter made it to her teenage years, my son left for his sophomore year of high school in Germany, I had a nasty ankle break and surgery, we sold our house in a week (!), and are living in a sea of boxes getting ready to move next week. My daughter rounded out 2017 if a host of awards from school. She works very hard in school and it shows – honors with distinction. When our small Catholic school closed two years ago, I worried how she would do in public school…

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