I go back to work on Monday and therefore, my head has been chock full of ideas. I'm looking forward to meeting my students, hoping to inspire and stretch them to do their very best, hoping I can do my very best to make good things happen for us all. I have been writing down as many of the ideas I can think of so I don't forget them, searching the Internet for ways to incorporate cell phones into my lessons, reading up on new and old strategies to teach writing, and thinking about how I want to set up my physical space. So much to do and despite having enjoyed my summer immensely, I'm really excited about getting the new year started!
I think this is the reason I'm having trouble with knitting anything that requires attention to detail. I've started three different cowls, only to lose track of simple stitch patterns. I finally changed yarn and tried a fourth new-to-me pattern and I think I'm doing okay with it. I'm using some madelinetosh vintage in Warm Denim from the stash and a pattern called Atomic that is reversible. It will probably go in the gift pile and I hope to start a second one to work on while I sit in all the meetings next week. Still haven't cast on for the sweater, but decided on Tidal, as the suggested yarn is very similar to the Malabrigo Silk that I have on hand.
I did some hand knit washing yesterday, including blocking the Zuzu's Petals cowl I finished. I need to go back and finish the hat for Steve I put down a week or two after messing up the cable, but I'm not sure now is the time. He's asked me about it pretty regularly, so I should get on it, although the cool weather is still a ways off.
I used Classic Elite's Liberty Wool for this and I loved the way it striped.
Here's a picture of Gracie enjoying her scratcher. Although she doesn't show affection much, she is very attached to us. She likes hanging out with us, whether she is sitting beside me on the couch or curled up in her basket. It's so cute the way she will follow me from room to room.
I'm so glad I adopted this sweet, beautiful cat.