Friday, September 28, 2007
Next, of course, is the weather! Living in North Dakota, we experience four very distinct seasons. In the fall, the air has a different feel to it--less humidity, maybe. It's clear and crisp, and scented with the smells of falling leaves and smoke. When I pull up to the curb and school, I can hear the crunch of leaves beneath the tires of my car; and of course beneath my feel when I walk!
There's a "cozy" feeling about autumn.... probably knowing that winter is coming, along with warmer clothes and knitted afghans! Oh, and knitted, felted slippers!!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
How about this? Don'tcha wish you had one of these? A pair, maybe? Well, I do.... Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!Yup, doggie knitter strikes again. We have a "half door" that keeps the beasts in "their" part of the house when we're not home. Guess someone didn't get it completely latched. (Thank you ever so much, sweet son of mine!) Had to be him, as hubby is out of town till tomorrow, and the kid and I are the only ones around, and I had them all tucked in when I left for work. Grrrrrrrrrr...........
Anyway, that was what greeted me when I got home from a long day of taking my fifth graders on a field trip. We walked a lot, and my feet hurt (a lot!), but it was a good time. The Department of Engineering and Mines at the University had an open house, so we went to see all the cool science things they were showing.
I think everyone's favorite, hands down, was the oobleck. Know what that is? The name comes from a Dr. Seuss book, Bartholemew and the Oobleck. I think that's the name of it. Anyway, it was a mixture of 160 pounds of cornstarch and 25 gallons of water in a very large trough-like container, which had been dug into the ground. If you stuck your hand into it, you pulled out with big globs of slimy looking stuff plopping off your dangling fingers. It would all slide off, back into the "trough" and only a thin film would remain on your hand.
However, AND THIS IS WAY COOL; as long as you kept moving, you could WALK on it. It was set up so the kids could start at one end of the trough and walk, run, hop, or whatever to the other end. It was maybe five feet from end to end. Their feet didn't even get wet. If you stopped, you would start to sink (they said it was about 18 inches deep), but if you kept going, you were fine. I've never seen anything like it, and it really was fun!
There's a Starbuck's in the University Bookstore, and the kidlets had talked me into taking them there on the way back to school. I am blessed with a bunch of fifth graders that like coffee; how cool is that? We sipped mochas and frappuccinos while browsing through books (also a Barne's and Noble in the store) before we went back to school. Twas a good time indeed. Now tomorrow it's back to language and math...
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The blog friend that I have probably been doing the most "back and forth" commenting with is Dorothy. I enjoy reading about her knitting escapades, but also like hearing about her kidlets as well as the rest of her family. We seem to share some common values.
Well, I'm off to print my pattern and get to work on my bag. I have a fun downstream pal that I'm looking forward to sending it to....
Friday, September 21, 2007
When I opened it, I just had to "try it out", so I threw it on over my jeans and t-shirt and went out to my patio for a cup of coffee. Sat there feelin' special, admiring Grace's talent. It was good.
I'm so glad the weekend is here. Today was just way too long, and my sixth period class was just... just... something!! I had the distinct privilege of teaching about "the excretory system" to a class of 7th and 8th graders. A treat that was, let me tell you.
I knew it could get dicey, but I was prepared: Sober face... serious tone of voice... matter-of-fact attitude. But come on people-- how do you talk to kids that age about poop, pee and farts in a dignified manner?? (Of course the book uses words like "feces", "urine", and "flatulence", which is even more uproariously hilarious to the kids!!)
I have to give them credit. They tried; they really did. Volunteered to read aloud and the whole nine yards. But tell me, how does a cute 8th grade boy read aloud to his classmates about constipation without cracking up?? It simply CANNOT be done. No way. No how.
One boy propped his book up on his desk to spare me seeing the tears rolling down his cheeks. However, the book was not large enough to hide his shaking shoulders. It was the kids, not the subject matter, that had me in stitches. I knew I should set the example, but there I was with my bird's-eye view of all of them. Each one would start to read with such confidence, and within a sentence or two I'd hear their voice start to quaver.
At first, I was able to hide my laughter from the kids (ya, right!), but after a while it just got to be too much. I finally just gave up and became part of the meyhem. What kind of teacher am I? Should I be fired? Locked up somewhere, perhaps?
I'll never be the same. Permanently scarred I am. And heaven help me, the reproductive system is only a few pages away....
Monday, September 17, 2007
I've also finished the felted bowl. I started it during a "girl's night out" with three friends, and I did take some grief about "knitting a bowl". I think I can safely say, however, that when "she who made fun of me" sees it, she will want one of her very own. She won't get one, though. The other two might, but she will not. That's just the way it has to be!
Anyway, the bowl: It was a quick knit, and felted up perfectly. I used the pattern in One Skein. The bottom tapered in so that it's nice and flat and sits just right. After I'd knit it I put it on my head... twas a roomy hat indeed! It covered my ears, and didn't squish my hair. I just might make one to keep in my car for when I'm caught having to shovel and scrape snow in -60 degree wind chill blizzard winds. Maybe it would stop those little snowflakes that get driven into my ears like little pins.
After felting: A stout 5-3/4 inches in diameter, by 3-3/8 inches tall. I WILL be making more of these! If you're wondering about the yarn, I used Classic Elite Paintbox.
Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Since I ordered them with making dishcloths in mind, they have just become part of the "discloth knitting process" for me.
Is there one you are dying to try? Oh my goodness... that would have to be the gorgeous new Harmony needles from KnitPicks! Not specifically for dishcloths, but just for knitting in general. I want them all.... DPN's, circs, whatever there is!!
Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? I've tried some others that are more "high end", but I tend to gravitate back to Peaches & Creme or Sugar & Cream.
What is so special about it? They're a good weight--have a little heft to em, are nice to knit with, come in unlimited colors, and most certainly the price is right. I'd like to try some of the Lion Brand Organic Cotton, but haven't been able to find it here yet.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Being I was in school, I had to maintain a modecum of decorum, and I can assure you that no screams were heard throughout the building. However, I'm glad my students were at the library and no one could see me, because I shot back from my computer, and sat there in my chair stamping my feet up and down like a tantrumming (yes, that's a word--it's a technical term!) toddler. "I won!, I won!, I can't believe I won!".
I think I heard a little voice say: "Ya, you won alright, but you're also psycho nuts, lady". Here's a picture of the shawl. Isn't it just lovely? I lifted this picture right off Grace's blog. (I hope that's okay, Grace!?!)
When my kiddos returned, I showed the girls my new shawl, and they're anxious for me to bring it to school so they can see it. The guys... well, they weren't quite as interested. No extra credit for them, I tell ya!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Other than something large, I pretty much make what I want, when I want. However, I really have the itch to make a couple of shawls.... could that have something to do with the season???
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Very nice, but also I forshadowing of things to come. I do live in North Dakota, you know, and we be tough folk that know what winter is all about!! Real Winter. Not that sissy kind of winter that some people whine and complain about. No siree. But I don't want to think about that now, so I won't. There's a lot of beautiful fall weather to enjoy first!!
I cast on another sock today. The first one (about 3/4 done) just wasn't cutting it for me, so it's in my "articles to be frogged" pile. Now I'm using a yarn with a little more 'tooth' to it, and hope my sock will have a little more gumption, as well. Donna gave me some much appreciated tips on our Let's Learn Socks KAL, so now I'm gonna give it another whirl!!
There are lots of projects I'm itching to cast on right now. What's that about?? There are a number of things I NEED to put the finishing touches on, but I'm not getting all excited about that. I know.... I won't allow myself to cast on a new project until I finish up another. That'll work, right? Ya, right!
Besides the sock, I also started a shawl. And, I'm making a felted bowl. "FELTED BOWL" That even LOOKS stupid in print, but nonetheless, I am knitting one. Hopefully it will turn into an item that will be the envy of everyone who sees the forthcoming picture of it on this very blog. Or, it could be fodder for numbers of comments laced with hilarity and ridicule. Either way, it's all good.
One thing I do need to start is the bag for my FFBE pal. I'm still debating about what to make for her. I think I've decided on the pattern, but not sure of the yarn yet. And, I need to finish up what I'm putting together for my K1T2 Pal. I've got yarn and patterns for two other wraps as well, that I'd love to get started on. *sigh* So many projects.... So little time....
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
"I think so, Flex. Can we go, Mom? Please. Can we??"
Sunday, September 2, 2007
2. Have you made dischloths before? Yes. Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both? Both.
3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? I've tried several, but I keep coming back to Peaches & Creme or Sugar & Cream. What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ? I'm open to trying anything new.
4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? I use both - it depends on the project. For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles? I like wood, but I've started using some addi turbos, and I really like them as well. I have a pair of size 7 Lantern Moon needles that I enjoy using for dishcloths.
5. What are your favorite colors? I like rich, saturated colors: Deep wines and blues, teals. I lean more toward "mixed" colors rather than pure. Any colors you don't like much? Brights, neons, and pastels.
6. What do you like best about Autumn? The colors and the clear, crisp air.
7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks! Pumpkin first, followed by pecan.
8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day? Couldn't wait!
9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap) Nope, don't like it at all anymore. Though I do pass out treats to the kidlets!
10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose? Milk Duds, Pear & Pink Grapefruit Jelly Belly's, and white chocolate.
11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;) All of the above!! I have one husband, three sons, and two Boxers named Flex and Jayda.
12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why? Hmmm.... Maybe a 100% cotton worsted weight. It can be very soft and gentle, yet it's sturdy enough to get through messy times. And it cleans up well with hot water!! (Does that make me a dishrag???)
13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths? Dishcloths.
14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays) Most definately Thanksgiving. I have a small extended family, and that's one of the two times each year when my brother and his family are here with us. That's always fun!
15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about? None.