Sunday, December 23, 2007
I looked at a couple of patterns on Ravelry and then just combined parts of several different patterns together to make his hat. He picked out the yarn and told me what kind of beanie he wanted, so it wasn't too much of a surprise.
I gave him the socks that I showed in the "P.S." blog posting, but they were too small :( Maybe I will give them to my mom. She has tiny feet. I also gave Eddie the Planet Earth box set because he is fascinated by that kind of stuff.
I was very spoiled this Christmas! I received diamond earrings and new running shoes. The diamonds earrings that I got are the one in my ear lobe (not the cartilage):
(I know, I know...I have extremely thick earlobes. Ha! When I first got my ears pierced they told me to leave the earrings in for 8-10 weeks instead of the usual 6 weeks. Lol!)
This evening I finished the stocking for my mom. I really wanted to give it to her last night, but that's ok. I finished it in time for her to hang it tomorrow for Santa :) I blocked it this morning and put it in front of the heater to dry. It was still slightly damp when I seamed it together.
And the two stockings together:
SO CUTE!! Love it!!
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I love everything about this hat! The color of the yarn, the softness of the yarn, the pattern, the cables, the way it fits, EVERYTHING!!! It's my new favorite hat. Now I just need to go where it's colder so I can wear it.
My friend mentioned that she would love a hat for Christmas. Although I wasn't planning on making her anything for Christmas, I love this hat so much that I decided she must have one too! I used some yarn that I hat at home (Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick). I had to not do as many rows in the pattern because the hat was too long. I'm not so great with taking the time to check for gauge :/ Anyway, it turned out pretty good:
The one thing that I decided that I don't love is the way my face looks from that angle! But that's what I get for trying to model a hat, taking my own picture and trying to keep my face out of it! It's challenging to get something decent, let alone good.
Another procrastination that I started to avoid Christmas knitting (a.k.a. the intarsia on my mom's stocking that is kicking my butt!) was a baby blanket. Eddie bought the yarn since it is his friends who are having the baby. He thought that I should knit a blanket and so he went to the LYS with me to pick out some yarn. He's actually been talking about this particular yarn and baby blanket for awhile. It is the SOFTEST YARN ever! The only bummer is that it is hand wash (probably not what a first time mother needs), but the softness factor won and he bought the yarn. Here is the beginning of the blanket:
The color is not so great in this picture, but the main part of the blanket is Lilac.
As far as the Christmas knitting goes I still have 2 hats, 2/3's of a stocking, a little bit more on a pair of socks and was thinking about a second pair of stocks (but time may not permit it). It's crunch time and I've really got to buckle down!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Then on Tuesday I couldn't sub because I had a final, so I wouldn't be free all day. I actually missed that call and wasn't able to deny it. Last night I mentally prepared myself for subbing today. I looked up a bunch of activities online for students to do in case there weren't any lesson plans. I was still nervous, but felt more prepared. As an added bonus, Wednesdays are a minimum day. I would still have to stay at the school until 3pm, but the kids leave at 12:40pm. I would just hide out in the classroom and read a book until 3pm.
I got up early this morning and awaited my call. I didn't get one by 6:30am so I figured I would get one around 8:30am (since that is the time they came the previous two days). I decided to read my book until then. 8:30 came and went,and by 9am I figured that I wouldn't be getting a call.
I'm not sure if there weren't any jobs for me today or that they didn't call me because I missed the last two calls that they gave me. I'm a little frustrated because I felt somewhat more ready today. The minimum day would have been a good starter day, but now if I sub tomorrow I have to survive a whole day, then go take another final, then a get together with all the students in my cohort and then meeting a friend for coffee. This will be a full day and I'm really not sure that I'm up for it. Argh!
On the bright side, I now have time today to read my book (P.S. I Love You) that I want to finish before the movie comes out and do some KNITTING!! I'm even going to go to a yarn shop today that I haven't been to in awhile. It will still be a good day. Just not the one I had planned on.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I finished the stocking for my dad, which turned out awesome, don't you think??
I was so proud of myself. This was my first project with intarsia. So here's the funny/ironic conversation I had with my boyfriend.
Me: Look at how great it is!!!
BF: It looks great babe.
Me: No seriously! Isn't it awesome!?!?! I mean it totally looks STORE BOUGHT!
Ok, so isn't the point of making a knitted gift the fact that it isn't store bought. And sometimes we buy things from the store and they are a piece of crap! I really don't know why I thought that this would make my stocking oh so much better. What I should have said was, "Doesn't it look like a PROFESSIONAL HAND KNITTER WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE made this?" I think that would better show the amount of pride that I found in this project, especially after all the frogging it went through.
I have started the matching one for my mom:
It will pretty much be the same except that it will have Mrs. Claus instead of Santa Claus on it. Matching! How cute is that? I'm still debating if I want (have time) to make stockings for my sister and me. If I do, then the whole family will have a set. We shall see how the rest of the Christmas shopping/knitting goes.
My boyfriend has asked me to knit him a pair of socks. So far I have made him two pairs and he's begging for more (so spoiled!). I started the socks (nothing fancy of course):
I was just going to finish them up and give them to him. Then I decided that he will have to wait until Christmas. There is no way that he gets "freebies" that will take up some of my Christmas knitting time. He will have to be patient. The socks are so "snuggly" (which is the name of the yarn) that I am tempted to keep them for myself :) But 'tis the season of giving...
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I am so proud of myself!! This project had a little fair aisle and intarsia! Besides a class I took where we did a little practice with intarsia, this is my first project where I had to use this technique. There was plenty of frogging along the way, but I did it! Eddie was watching me knit this stocking with about 6 bobbins of yarn hanging from it. He usually likes to poke me or tickle me. I told him that this needed my full concentration and he shouldn't even think about messing around with me. He looked over and said he could tell that I had plenty going on and he wasn't even gonna think about disrupting me at that point.
It was a struggle, but I'm looking forward to starting the stocking for my mom and finishing this one up (oh how I hate seaming!). I may do stockings for my sister and me so that we have a complete set for the family, but we'll see how I feel about it after I finish the other two.
I still want to knit something for my cousin's baby for Christmas. I have a lace scarf for my sister that needs blocking (although I'm not certain on how to do this for a lace scarf). I want to make an illusion scarf for my friend. I'm not sure I'll have time for any other Christmas knitting.
P.S. Another tiny thing... :)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I have patterns for mini sweaters and hats also. I was thinking that they could be Christmas ornaments or I could decorate a wreath with them. Or maybe I'll just keep them in my purse and pull them out every time I need some cheering up.
Also this weekend I finished a pair of socks, which is oh so gratifying! Especially when you have finished both socks :)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Fortunately I can report that I stuck with it and finally got my grove back. I was so upset yesterday and was complaining about how many times I had to frog the dang thing that my boyfriend said, "Maybe you should try working on something else. This project doesn't seem to be making you very happy." He means well, but he's not a knitter so he just doesn't understand. I knew I just had to persevere to win the battle. :)
Here's the progress of the shawl after getting back on track:
And since I haven't been great about posting pictures, here's one of me teaching :)
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Then today during math we had a bird fly into our classroom. That's right! A real live BIRD!!! What are the chances (pretty good if I'm the substitute I guess). Anyway, the kids went absolutely bonkers (which I can't really blame them because how often does that really happen??). We tried to use the same technique that we use to encourage the bees to leave, but it didn't work at all. I tried to settle the kids down by telling them to ignore the bird. No such luck. So I had all of the kids put their heads down on their desks. Then I told them that if they were SO interested in the bird that they couldn't stop talking about it or looking at it, then they would have to write a research report on birds. That pretty much got the kids back on task. The principal came into the room and called for someone to get the bird out. Before someone came to save the day, the bird flew out of the room on its own.
Never a dull moment when Ms. B. is the substitute :)
I can't even relate this to knitting, but it was too good of a story not to share.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I thought I knew the meaning of this word. This last week I discovered the true meaning of it. I have been student teaching for 6 weeks now. Last week, I was stressed about student teaching, being observed and getting work for school done. This week was a whole new thing. While student teaching, you are allowed to substitute for your master teacher. This is highly recommended if you know your master teacher will be gone because if you don't they have to hire a substitute. Since you know the students' schedule better than the sub, you will end up doing all of the work while the sub reads a book and gets paid. Needless to say, I went to the district office and paid for my emergency credential so that I can sub for my class. This last Tuesday was my first day as a sub. I was only to sub in the morning because I had classes in the afternoon. There is a particular child in this class who is TROUBLE. We'll call him "C." About a week earlier C was hiding out in his brother's Kindergarten class and we thought he was absent. When the school called his house his mother said that he did indeed go to school that day. There was a little freak out and then he was found. C was in major trouble and lost all the recesses until he made up the time that he missed by going to his brother's room.
The day that I was substituting, C had to stay in at recess. He asked me if he could take his little brother his lunch. Since I didn't want to have his brother go hungry, I let him go. I told him to come right back. The recess bell rang and C had not returned. After a lot of calling around the school and paging him to go to the office, the secretary called me and asked me to describe what he was wearing that day. WHAT!?! I have 33 students, and I'm supposed to remember what he was wearing down to the color of his shoes??? I did the best I could.
Later the police found him walking down this very steep hill WITH HIS BROTHER (kidnapping much??) walking back towards his house. I was pretty calm and collected throughout the whole ordeal and didn't lose it until I was driving to school. I drove down the same hill where they found C walking and I noticed that there are some places without a sidewalk. I was freaking out about how the two kids could have been hit by a car or kidnapped. After school, I talked with my master teacher and she said that I couldn't have handled the situation any better and the principal said that I did everything exactly right.
C came to school on Wednesday for Halloween. He was absent on Thursday with an excuse. On Friday he was absent again, but no excuse from the parents. C takes the bus to school with his brother. A parent saw two kids walking down the hill and immediately called the principal. Apparently the bus dropped the kids off at the school and C promptly took his brother and walked back towards home. The principal had to go and pick them up and bring them back to school. During some meetings C was asked why he ran away from school. First he said that another girl in class was mean to him (so not the case. The girl doesn't even sit near him in class). Then he said that his teacher has been mean to him since he got in trouble for going to his brother's class last week (such a lie). Then he said it's because I never call on him during class (lie again). This kid is a little B.S.er.
So yesterday the secretary called the classroom while I was alone teaching the kids. C was in the office. She let me know that a man would be coming in to observe the class. I had no idea who he was, but just went on my way teaching my lesson. It turns out that the observer was a retired parole officer that was observing me to see if I was only calling on the same students in class. It just so happened that when he came to observe me we were doing something that involved the students giving responses to my questions. The same students kept raising their hands so I said (as I always do) "I need to see new hands or I'll start calling on people." The report he gave back was that I couldn't be doing it any better. I even asked other kids to answer and called on the ones who raised their hands evenly. I wasn't aware of the fact that he was coming to observe that exact thing.
In the last week I had my first substituting job, had a student run away and was observed by a retired parole officer. Much too much excitement for one week! What does this possibly have to do with knitting?? (Since I always try to bring it back to that). Not even knitting is relieving the stress from all of this. I am definitely trying though. Been doing a lot of knitting instead of the things I "should" be doing. Hopefully that will relieve some of the tension. At least as much as possible when what I really need is to spend a week/month in Hawaii :)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
So I'm going along with the pattern only to realize that each end of the sweater has a different amount of stitches after the stitch markers. They should be exactly the same. Since the pattern only tells you to make the increases or decreases before or after the stitch markers and doesn't give a certain number of stitches to count, I didn't realize my mistake until finishing all of the increases in that section. So...I don't know where I made the initial mistake and I really don't know if fixing it or leaving it will make a major difference. We're talking about two stitches worth of a mistake. Part of me just wants to keep going and see how it turns out and the perfectionist in me wants to frog the whole thing and start from scratch. What's a girl to do??
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
What Should You Knit?
As a student teacher, you are assigned a supervisor who observes you teaching a lesson in the classroom 4 times during each placement. Today was my first observation and I did an awesome job. I was very nervous (as I tend to do often is these kinds of situations) about my first observation (and probably will be about every one to follow). The kids were well behaved, engaged and totally understood the lesson. I couldn't have asked for a better first observation or a better group of kids. My supervisor said that I was very organized, well-prepared and spoke to the students with respect and in turn got respect back from them. She seemed to be very impressed with my lesson. Oh yeah, and I did I mention that on top of all of that I'm sick?? This is why I ROCK!!
So far, I am really enjoying student teaching and look forward to having my own class someday. Wish me luck on the rest of my observations! I've definitely set the bar high, so hopefully I can keep it!
To celebrate my success of the day, I am going to sit and knit after finish reading for at least one class for school tomorrow. Better yet, I will read and knit at the same time. It makes the reading slightly less dry and the boring stockinette part of the sock go by faster as well :)
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I have a pattern for a felted Halloween treat bag that looks like a spider. I got it in Oregon when I was visiting my cousin. Being that the first week of October is not over, I should really get cracking on this one. It's super cute and fits the holiday, but I just can't seem to get the ball rolling (or unwinding! lol...geez, i'm a dork).
The cousin from OR, Laurie, is pregnant. She has been having some troubles with her blood pressure and blood sugar levels. I just found out yesterday that she had to go to the hospital and the doctor put her on bed rest. The baby will probably be born early (I think they will be inducing labor) and very very tiny. When I was there, we went to the Yarn Garden (LYS) and they had all these tiny hats for premature babies hanging in the window. I believe it was for charity. My cousin was saying that her baby will probably need some of those tiny hats. So this would be another project (and a very small one too) that I could get going on.
Of course I have plenty of other patterns and stash yarn that the possibilities of what to start working on next are endless. Instead of being creative, I just decided to start some toe-up socks on two circulars. It's a variegated yarn and the colors are kinda boring, but the exciting part is that the yarn has little bits of sparkly silver in them. The sparkles may be hard to see, but here's the beginning of the sock:
When in doubt, knit socks!
Does anyone have any ideas or patterns on the internet that would give me something different to do with the leg as opposed to the basic k2, p2 rib? I would like to try something different :)
Sunday, September 30, 2007
What does this have to do with knitting??? I really want to knit and have tons of projects that I want to start working on, but feel a little guilty if I'm knitting instead of reading or doing assignments for school. I totally understand why they recommend not working during this year. Which means I also stress about money! Ah, life! Hopefully I will be able to get some knitting in. In fact, I should require myself to get some knitting in because it is definitely a de-stressor!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Leave it to my mom to take the full advantage of a sale :) They got me 16 balls of this yarn (4 ea of 4 colors). I really don't know what I will do with it all. The only thing that I have ever used this yarn for is dishcloths. I also made one scarf when I first started knitting. I am using the varigated yarn to make the Baby Surprise Jacket. I'm not sure how it will turn out, but I'm hoping for the best. Fortunately I know plenty of people who are having babies. If the first jacket turns out ok, maybe I will use the rest of the yarn to make more Baby Surprise Jackets. If not, people are getting lots of dishcloths for Christmas! LOL!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I was able to give them to him last Sunday when the Bears played the Chiefs. We now know that the socks work because the Bears won 20-10!!! Hopefully the luck lasts throughout the season and the Bears can make it to the Super Bowl again. I'm not a Bears fan (nor a huge football fan in general), but I figure if he can support my obsessive knitting habit then I can support his team :)
P.S. I have only been on Ravelry for two days, but I absolutely love it!! If only I could organize my entire life this way :) I have also finally found something to make with my Amaizing yarn (SWTC). My name on Ravelry is "abarclay." Check it out!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Since I have a little more experience knitting (Laurie was calling me a "professional," which I am far from) Laurie wanted to get in as much knitting time as possible. While there I worked on this scarf:
Using this yarn:
We went to the LYS, The Naked Sheep (http://www.thenakedsheepknitshop.com/) and I loved this shop! They had a pattern for felted clogs that I had been thinking about getting for a long time. I was really debating on whether or not I should get yarn along with the pattern while I was there. I had plenty of yarn back at the house to do some projects, but I really really wanted these clogs! So, naturally, I bought some yarn so I could knit up the clogs right away. I am so glad that I did. I LOVE THESE CLOGS!!! Here is a pic pre-felting:
The pen is there so you can get an idea of a the ginormous size of these clogs before felting :) The finished product will be in a picture below.
Laurie had been working on a baby sweater and was feeling a little discouraged about it. So she added on some red to the bottom of it and it made a world of difference. Laurie decided to try different kinds of stitch patterns while making baby blocks. She wanted a project where the end results would come a lot quicker! I really liked the way the blocks turned out.
I had been looking at some stitch markers on ebay that were absolutely adorable. Since my cousin enjoys using Sculpey clay and had some on hand, we decided to make some of our own stitch markers. My first four were insects, which ended up being WAY to big, so they became magnets instead. My cousin made me a set of purple stitch markers and I love them. I was also able to get a good start on the Bears socks for Eddie. Here's a picture of us with all of our projects from the week:
Laurie decided to make her own pair of clogs. She started her clogs the night before I had to leave for AZ. Since she wasn't able to get to the last part of the clog before I left, we sat down before I went through security and I showed her how to do a three needle bind off so she would know how to do it when she got to that part. I think that we knit every minute we possibly could, literally right up until I went through security. It was great being able to knit with someone else. I usually knit alone, or while I'm with other people who don't knit. I don't know what it is, but there is definitely a difference when you're with fellow knitters.
Next, I went to AZ. While there, I finished Eddie's socks. I also watched the Bears game on Sunday (he wasn't able to watch it on TV in CA) and they ended up losing. I told him it's because he didn't have his lucky socks. Hopefully the Bears will win the next game when he can wear the socks :) I will have to post a picture of them later.
I taught my step mom how to knit while I was there. She started a garter stitch scarf. My dad has a dog (a boxer) who is almost two years old and definitely likes getting into mischief. I had some yarn in my suitcase. The suitcase was closed, but not zipped. The dog decided that my yarn should be in the living room and this is what she did to it:
The picture is a little difficult to see, but basically she took a new, NEAT ball of yarn and knotted it all up. I couldn't be too mad because she is adorable! While in AZ, I started a pair of ankle socks for myself. I can definitely say that the 115 degree weather did not encourage me to do too much knitting.
Wow this is a long blog! I should probably just keep it up to date more frequently :)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I'm not sure who I will give them to, but they were a lot of fun. I was able to finish them in a day. This is not the case with the adult size socks. So the gratification on these was great and almost instant! My one complaint is that they don't match perfectly. I did the one with the pink toe first and was so excited at how the colors worked out perfectly with the heal being all purple and the pink toe. I assumed that if I started in the same place on the yarn with the next sock that it would turn out the same. Of course the variegated yarn gods were against me and there is not a pink toe and there is a purple stripe that is not on the first sock, but I'm not anal enough to fix it, only enough for it to bother me for a couple hours and then say "screw it."
I plan on making more (who they are for, I don't know), but I really need to start Eddie's (BF) Bear's socks. Football season starts soon and I haven't even started. Never knit your BF a sweater, but I'm sure socks are fine :) He definitely deserves them!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Anyway, we drove back to where we started and finally got to Yarnology. It was a small shop, but I was so happy to find it. I wanted to do something lace. The shopowner was very helpful.
This is what I bought:
and this is what I started making:
I also bought a kit to make a cabled scarf. I will post pictures if I ever start it :)
So we were actually only at the yarn shop for about 45 minutes. My bf was shocked. He thought it would take at least an hour and a half (like it usually does when I'm limited to one hour). I think I was just really excited to go back to the hotel and start my lace project :) I got to knit it from our balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting and do it all the time. While finishing a piece is the plan, you still love the process, and can't imagine a day going by without giving some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn ends and you begin.http://marniemaclean.com
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