Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Can you see how it puffs out from the stockinette section? I am stressing like a crazy woman over this sweater, probably because it's for my mom. She keeps telling me to relax, but I'm genetically unable to do so.
I also have to get back on the Weight Watcher's wagon, since I gained 2.5 pounds this week. The thing that concerns me is that this is the exact time the wheels came off (extending the metaphor) last year. The good news is that I have walked on the beach the past two days and plan to do so a few more times before Monday, so that should help. Plus, I'm giving or throwing away all the leftover goodies today, so I don't continue to eat them. Macaroni and cheese, I'm talking to you!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I know I repeat this scene often, but it's always changing. Just look at the afternoon light on the dune grasses. Amazing.
Now I am letting the baked sweet potatoes cool before I turn them into pies, and I'm cooking rice for a broccoli-rice-cheese casserole. That, plus leftover vegetable soup and yeast rolls (store-bought) will be our dinner tonight. I'm going to go sit down and knit for a bit, so I can finish the neckline of the sweater. I chose the lace-ribbed edging and I really like it. It adds a little femininity to a basic pullover. That will leave just the sleeves, which means I may finish a bit ahead of schedule!! I can't believe it.
Now to relate to the title of this post, the gifted class I'm taking requires me to write a number of papers, which was no surprise. I also have to turn in a portfolio that includes a variety of things like journal entries, chapter notes, class reflections, and strategies we may find while doing our research. What I'm excited about is that the instructor is also requiring us to create something and relate it to gifted education. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use yarn and/or knitting for my "something" and this past weekend I decided on the project. I am knitting this basket. I'm using colors at random and will felt it afterward I'm done. I'm going to relate all the different colors and yarn types to students and their gifts and differences, and the knitting and felting process to what goes on in the classroom. I plan to relate the usefulness of the basket to the idea of social capital, or how all of the components are able to contribute to society. Just throwing this out there, thinking out loud as it were. If you have anything to add or suggest, please let me know so I can incorporate it into my paper. Thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Monday, November 22, 2010
This sweater has really surprised me. I had no idea I could actually knit one in one month! Thanks go out to the internet knitting community for the inspiration, and my family for the encouragement. This changes everything!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Still thinking a lot about creativity. I saw a colorful banner in a store downtown Thursday afternoon and remembered that PurlBee had this great tutorial awhile back. I think I'd like to do something similar for my classroom. Or this idea would be cool too. I wonder if I could use thrifted fabric and get the same vibrant result? Or maybe I should just use construction paper for a similar look? Even better, I'll get the kids to make it!
Melissa got home last night, finished a paper, and dashed back out again. Such is the way of the college student.
Really making good progress on the sweater, thanks to the above mentioned field trips and team day knitting. I think I may go ahead and do both sleeves before finishing the length of the body so I know I have enough yarn. My mom has really long arms and never gets the sleeves of things to fit well, so I want to be sure to have them long enough for her. (or not, as I still have six hundred yards left. I can't imagine a sleeve being more than two hundred yards apiece, right?)
I was up at five a.m. this morning working on an assignment for the class I have today. Now that I'm done and it's only 6:30 a.m., I think I'll treat myself to a little knitting.
Oh, I had my first weight gain this week, but it was only .2 lbs. My total weight loss from August 9 is 34.6 lbs, so I'm happy. Guess those curly fries and cookie last weekend caught up with me. But that's okay.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I've also told the girls (Mere, Melissa, and Stef) that I plan on having "art camp" when they are all here at Christmas. We're going to craft and create to our heart's content! Doesn't it sound like fun?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
What's going on in your mind?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
It's a gorgeous day today and I'm off work due to Veteran's Day! I'm planning to use some of the free time to work on my UVA course work. Plus some laundry. Plus knitting. Plus finish Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Another one of my professional goals this year was to get back into reading young adult fiction, so as to promote reading amongst my students. When my daughters were little, and when I taught English, I read young adult lit constantly, but since I've been teaching science for so long, I've really drifted away from it. Anyway, I've thoroughly enjoyed the series and have done a couple of booktalks with my students about it, which is always fun.
I'm also getting myself together to head out on another trip, this time to visit Melissa for the weekend, and a quick visit with Stef on my way back home. Looking forward to seeing both of them for some girls-only time!
**Later in the day
I'm not surprised I managed to procrastinate enough that I didn't do any of my course work today after all, and unfortunately, not much knitting, unless you count the hour from 1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. before I officially got up for the day. I did however do a lot of laundry, read some, did the daily crossword puzzle, cleaned some floors, met a friend for lunch, met my husband for a mini-shopping run, did some grocery shopping of my own, talked to my mother, sister, and two of the four girls, and fixed dinner. So not too bad of a day, right?
I love Sufjan Stevens, and it turns out he's a knitter too! (You have to read through the second page for it.)
Free knitting patterns are always nice, especially as the holidays approach. I'm doing it differently this year in that I'm knitting my mom a sweater and therefore, I'm probably not going to make lots of other gift knits. Although Steve does get a new hat; I've already decided on the yarn, Rowan felted tweed in a lovely charcoal grey/blue color. Still mulling over which pattern to use though.
Tomorrow is Friday! Have a happy one!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
This has been a tiring week. As much as I'm enjoying this school year, I feel like I'm working really hard just to keep up right now. Add the course work for the gifted class I'm taking, and I'm looking at a one day weekend. Tonight after having four bells of science lab, I worked at school until 6 p.m., then came home and spent two hours going over material for tomorrow's class. I'm ready to do a little knitting, but I'll probably fall asleep soon after I begin.
Hope you have a fun weekend planned. (Wow, what a whiny blogger I am.)
Monday, November 1, 2010