Weekending

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It’s been a quiet weekend so I thought I’d join Karen today. Sadly, it went much too fast. On Friday, my son was in Hartford at the State House with other kids who are participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange. He is the only out-bound student (meaning he is going abroad next year) from our district so he has been able to spend a lot of time with the in-bound kids spending their school year in the U.S. He’s been able to forge friendships with kids from Italy, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand. After their trip, I joined them for dinner and the Harlem Globetrotters in Bridgeport while my husband took our daughter and a friend to the middle school dance.

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Saturday was just a lot of running around trying to get things done and so nothing terribly exciting. We did go out to dinner at a new-to-us restaurant in Milford, Connecticut. The food was delicious and they have my favorite meal of cavatelli, sausage and broccoli rabe. I kept half of it for lunch on Monday because it was just too much to eat all at once. We have only a couple of substitute teachers at school so, on days like Thursday and Friday, we often help with lunch periods.

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Often, we only find out right before lunch so it makes having a hot lunch difficult so I ordered a small crockpot for lunches. When it became clear we may be doing a few lunch periods, I thought it was time because I’d been looking at this for months. So tomorrow my leftovers are going in this to warm up all morning. My level teachers and I take turns for lunch periods and I had Friday but just in case…

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As I was wrapping up the Giants socks, I started thinking about wrapping and/or packaging. After being my somewhat constant companions for so long, I thought these socks needed a little extra touch. I found this printable sheet of labels on Pinterest so I could quickly write the care instructions for handknit socks since they are going to a single guy.

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I am back to having only one project going, although I think I may need to throw in another pair of socks for myself.  I haven’t really gotten much work done (meaning, none) on those socks I’d planned knitting this year. I really do love knitting socks, even if I do complain much more than I should.

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For now I’m concentrating on my sugar swirls blanket for a soon to be born baby girl. I’m hoping it will be an easy knit although right now I’ve done two rows of k3tog tbl and it’s been requiring all my focus. Oh, and I got a spiffy new project bag from madderroot, located up in Maine. Llamas and alpacas are kind of a big deal in my house.

My foot has been acting up, after a few days of a horrible migraine, so I’m taking this Sunday evening slow and just knitting and reading. Maybe doing some extra lesson planning after dinner.

How was your weekend?

Yarn Along :: February 9, 2017

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Joining Ginny this week for Yarn Along. I’ve been posting more on Instagram lately. If I were to post only knitting here there would be few and far between going up because I seems to have lost most of my knitting speed.  I think the fact that I have books to go along with these posts is the only thing that save it because it really feels, to me, that I have same sock to show each week.

So true to form, it’s another red and blue sock. I had stopped to work on a baby blanket only to frog that after goofing up the first color change. So I decided to go back to the sock (no. 2!) and get that done. Yesterday was a sick day for me but I was too sick to even knit much. I’d hoped to knit 400 stitches because that seemed like such a massive number on a sock. In truth, it was six and a quarter rows. And I only made it through about 200 before I needed to lay down again.  Today is a snow day ~ our first here in Connecticut ~ and I’m determined to get down to the heel flap.

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Yarns: Malabrigo Sock in Ravelry Red and Azule
Needles: Size 2 DPN

I just started this book, which I think is Young Adult fiction that I had purchased for Maia. So far it’s good although I’m only a few pages in. I needed a break from War & Peace which is definitely not going as quickly, easily, or as enjoyably as Anna Karenina did. I am gathering up every book I own that I never got around to reading and slowly making my way through all of them, then dedicating myself to only reading books from the library. I love books, the gathering and handling of them, but they quickly overrun our home.

Weekend WIP

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I know, I know…the same sad sock. I added on the red for the toes so I have high hopes that this will be done tomorrow. I’ve made it a point to log in some devoted knitting time and it has paid off. I set my watch alarm for an hour and another half hour yesterday. It was a bit of a rough weekend with both myself and my husband sick with what I’m utterly convinced is strep throat. C’est la vie! <—–I’m revisiting my high school French while my son works on his German for his year abroad. My favorite phrase thus far is: “Le requin is eating a dolphin.” I cannot fathom a single instance where I will need to announce that the shark is eating a dolphin!

I will admit to getting a bit tired of this sock so I moved over to Maia’s sweater for a bit while we watched the Sherlock Season 4 finale (so stressful!). The cables in that, which I will share when it’s a bit further along, were much better at keeping my interest.

 

Box O Sox KAL

My Instagram feed is filled with boxes of socks tagged with #boxosoxKAL so I had to investigate what this was. A box of 12 socks? I’m in! I immediately started imaginging family members opening boxes filled with socks! Well…let’s not get ahead of ourselves. My Giants/Hanukkah socks haven’t progressed much since knitting the other night.

Well, as it turns out, this particular KAL began in January of 2016 so I missed out on that, but I just found the 2017 thread on the Yarngasm Podcast page on Ravelry! And, yes, I am STILL working on those Giants socks but I do have lots of socks planned for moi. You can click on each image to visit to pattern page on Ravelry.

January

Eternal Spring Socks by verybusymonkey
Eternal Spring Socks by verybusymonkey

February

Turkish Bed Socks by Chruchmouse Yarns and Teas
Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

March

Elementary Watson Socks by Sherry Menton
Elementary Watson Socks by Sherry Menton

April

Rowan Moon Socks by Louise Tilbrook
Rowan Moon Socks by Louise Tilbrook

May

Cachoeira by Kristi Geraci
Cachoeira by Kristi Geraci

June

Rye by Tincan Knits
Rye by Tincan Knits

July

Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson

August

Petty Harbour by Reyna Curtis
Petty Harbour by Reyna Curtis

September

Owlie Socks by Julie Elswick Suchomel
Owlie Socks by Julie Elswick Suchomel

October

Amelie by Alana Dakos
Amelie by Alana Dakos

November

Gaudete by Stephanie van der Linden
Gaudete by Stephanie van der Linden

December

Lacunae by Anne Hanson
Lacunae by Anne Hanson

Phew! That’s a list. I’m going to have to ramp up my attempts at two at a time socks.  But how amazing to have a dozen hand knit socks for me! Most of my sock knitting is gifted.

Last Yarn Along of 2016

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I started my 2017 Resolutions early.  I am your classic introvert who would probably never leave the house if she could get away with that. Last week I joined two (yes, I said two) groups through meetup.com. One is a book club that I won’t be able to attend until the end of January because of our yearly trek to Madison Square Garden, but the other I managed to go to last night. I found a knitting group that meets at a local Starbucks every week. Apparently they were the other half of the gromp I used to be in that kind of fizzled and regroups…but I never quite made it to those meetings again.

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If you have been following the saga of my New York Giants/Hanukkah socks on Instagram, you probably know that these have been working for a really long time. In fact I started them just before my house then went to Nigeria at the end of November. Being an elementary school teacher at Christmas time is not for the faint of heart and it took up most of  most of my mental energy.  Clearly these are not going to be given before Hanukkah is over, but I am trying my hardest to get them finished. When I went to the knitting group last night I was about a third of the way through the heel flap, and when I left I was working on the gusset. Go me!

These are tried-and-true socks from Susan B Anderson’s How I Make My Socks on her blog. The yarn is Malabrigo, which I love with all of my heart. Just kidding, but not quite.

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My other goal, although not quite a resolution, is to read War and Peace over Christmas break. I’m on page 4 and we go back on January 2 so I probably am not going to make that goal. But I’m going to plug away at it because Anna Karenina turned out to be an amazing novel.  Let’s just hope that the group chooses an easy read for the January meeting.

Weekend

It was a busy one! I’m sorry to see Monday arrive for a few reasons, but mostly because we haven’t had a lot of down time.  My husband and son headed into New York Saturday for Rotary Day at the United Nations, while my daughter and I filled the neverending shopping needs of public school students.  (Have I mentioned I miss uniforms?!?!)  We also managed to see Dr. Strange so not a total loss.

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Working to eradicate polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
Working to eradicate polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

While they were enjoying their day at the UN, I managed to finish the Monkey Socks, lose them to Maia, and swipe them out of her room while she wasn’t paying attention. I offered to knit another pair (we both LOVE Lambstrings yarn) but she felt she could share with me.  Um, we’ll see.

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This is shaping up to be another crazy week! Hopefully school will be quiet so I can focus on my own children.  Could happen, right?

Weekend

Well this has been quite the weekend.  I co-chaperoned a sleepover of 11 girls in a hotel, went to a housewarming party, and came down for some sort of ick.  It’s been a lot of sleeping, once the sleepover was over Saturday morning.

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Last weekend, my husband and son drove into the city for the day. They even stopped at one of my favorite yarn shops and brought home a shopping bag filled with Malabrigo. A sweater for my daughter and a couple of pairs of socks await.

img_3188My socks are coming along.  I was completely overwhelmed with school last week (as thought that’s something new) and didn’t do much knitting during the week, but I did make up for it over the last two days. A few more gusset rows and it’s back to lace knitting.  I fell in love with this Lambstrings yarn so I broke down and ordered more, even though more yarn is the last thing I need.

 

Yarn Along :: October 13, 2016

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I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things this week.  Head over if you’d like to see some more knitting projects and reading.

I’ve made it to Wednesday after a day off and two grueling days of school.  My little second graders are in the midst of cognitive testing which is a new thing for them.  It’s an annual test for this grade level in our Archdiocese and they’re doing really well but our schedule is a little off kilter.  These guys crave routine.  Well, their teacher does, too.

I cast on these socks a little over two weeks ago, I think, but they’d taken a back seat to sickness.  I picked them back up a few days ago and have been making good progress.  I love the yarn; it is so squishy that I can tell I’m going to love these socks.

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Pattern: Monkey Socks (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Lambstrings Ewetopia Sock
Needles: Size 2 DPNs

I also finished A Desperate Fortune (yay!) although I admist to skimming two chapters of modern day that were a total snooze.  I liked it, I suppose.  I went back and forth over what to read next until I walked into Barnes & Noble last weekend during Educator Week.  Yep, 25% off EVERYTHING so I splurged on a hardcover book.  The Couple Next Door is very good so far, a bit cringy and it’s sucked me in totally.  I’m budgeting knitting time so I have enough time to read before bed.  I suppose that’s the mark of a good book for me.

Weekend

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This weekend was a rainy and cold one here in Connecticut. Our plans for the Big E were derailed and we spent most of the weekend at home. Maia found a soft fuzzy blanket “with pompoms” after dinner on Saturday and she’s been under it since. 
image I spent a lot of time buried under the covers battling this virus that seems to have settled in for a long stay. After thinking I was on the mend, I’m now in bed with sharp throat pain. Strep is going around school so I think a trip to the doctor…again…is in order. All of the down time has given me lots of time for knitting and reading, though.  We have a diocesan teacher conference on Tuesday and I think knitting is coming with me. 

Yarn Along :: September 29, 2016

Woohoo! September is almost behind us.  This has been the longest first month of school since I was teaching literature at an urban adult ed facility.  That was a serious learning curve.  My new class of second graders is really young so I’m needing to refocus my efforts.  I’ve also been sick for nearly a week now which isn’t helping my mood.  And we lost our Spanish/Music teacher so I have a 20 minute break (lunch) for three straight days. Did I mention I didn’t feel well?

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Joining Ginny this week

My niece’s Azul Pullover is done and waiting for me to sew on the buttons. (I should really do that.  It would only take ten minutes at the most.) I cast on for two different sock patterns about twice each.  I’m on CO three for Monkey socks and am determined to keep my brain focused on it.  That yo2 bit confused me.  Cold medicine is not a knitter’s friend it seems.

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Yep, same picture as last time but if I showed you what it looks like now, after cast on no. 2, it would look the same. Keepin’ it real.

I’ve been reading A Desperate Fortune about the Jacobites in France, kind of interwoven with a modern day woman with Aspergers.  I like the storyline with Mary Dundas set in the 1730’s but I’m having a hard time with the budding romance of the modern translator.  I’m still plugging along with it although I’ve been sorely tempted to abandon it.  It’s just not that interesting.  I just don’t like abandoning books. *sigh*

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I downloaded Katrina Kenison’s Gift of an Ordinary Day and I think I may abandon this in favor of that.  I’m in a strange place with two older kids, not really missing having little kids, but adjusting to this sense that my own children are journeying towards their own lives.  Which is the point, of course, and I realize that. But it’s also a bit melancholy.  Although I do love having teenagers ~ it’s no where near as terrifying as I’d thought it would be.  I’m hoping Katrina’s book is just as powerful for me as Mitten Strings for God was when they were little.