Calorimetry FO!

I'm really loving vacation for the amount of time it allows me to knit! Well, there is that and there is also that I have deliberately chosen quick projects. In the time it took to not really watch Miami Vice (what an awful movie. lots of staring. not lots of action.) I was able to whip up Calorimetry and I've even worn it out in public too!

My dog is such a good sport.

Seriously though, I got the button on there and here it is on an actual person:

I used yarn that I had received in a swap / secret pal package. It's a great purple / green mix of "Handspun handpainted pure wool yarn" from handpaintedyarn.com Color HH01 Uno. I could make another one too, it really does not use much yarn, and in two hours - voila! done!

It's almost hard to believe that it is New Year's Eve! I think I'll do my resolutions / to-do in '07 list tomorrow.
This weekend I met up with my brothers in New York and we had Ethiopian food! - really interesting and delicious! We also went to see an improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade". Always a good time with them.

Tonight we're staying in (actually my favorite type of get together!) and having friends over - enjoy and stay safe!!



Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter.
Pattern: Fetching from knitty.com
Yarn: GGH Cashmere (1 + maybe 1/3 of a second ball?)
Time: 2 days - had I kept better track I could estimate the hours - quick knit!
Recipient: Me!!!


Me Me Me

I love the fact that vacation allows me more time to knit, but I want to count these items as the first FOs of 2007! I've completed a pair of Fetching, from knitty with some of the cashmere yarn from Dan. I've also made up Calorimetry, also from knitty - it just needs a button! Photos to come.

Make Me's Pledge
I promise to knit for myself in 2007. I promise to make at least two items for myself for every one item I make for a friend. I promise to use more luxury yarns on myself than on others. I promise to laugh wildly every time someone says, "oh that's nice! Can you knit one for me?" I promise to feign illness whenever I see someone coming toward me with a sweater pattern and 20 pounds of Red Heart yarn. When Christmas time comes I will not panic and will give those who clamor for handknit gifts, yarn, needles, pattern and a coupon for free knitting lessons. In the year 2007 I promise to model more handknitted items than ever before. I will be glad to be known as "That Crazy Knit Chick."


Santa Dachshund

Santa 3
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter.
Merry Christmas!

Jackson & Tree

Jackson & Tree
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter.
We looked over and noticed the pup sat himself under the Christmas tree quite nicely... Good Boy!

It's a good day for yarn

I got to open a gift early from Dan...

Dude! That's cashmere!! I am so so so excited!! And, there's a gift certificate to my favorite yarn store, Yarns Down Under. I'm thinking that I want to make a scarf and fingerless gloves for me.
I had been looking at Dee-Luxe or the Woven Cable Scarf or maybe even the irish hiking scarf.... ideas?? Help!

I finished up the knitting project gifts for those who (I hope) will appreciate it:

A scarf for my brother (Harlot's pattern), a scarf for my cousin, and flower facecloths for my cousin and aunt. I had planned to make a few more items, but they didn't pan out and / or I changed my mind about the recipient actually liking getting something handmade...

The mail came and brought goodies from The Loopy Ewe:
Carbon Dioxide - Interlacements Tiny Toes sock yarn.

Berry Sweet Georgia Yarn & Rainforest Fleece Artist Yarn

She also included a little sample card and a DPN inventory card - excellent. Everything was packed so lovely - will use them again!

And, Scout's Indie Swag Club arrived too!
Glampyre "Rock the Stars" sock pattern, gorgeous yarn:

And the cutest snowmen stitchmarkers from Goodtobegirl.com

We went out with my folks last night to see The Santaland Diaries - excellent! It's going to be a busy weekend - party tonight, working then going to RI on Sunday, going to Long Island on Monday - but that is part of the fun!


Planning Ahead

On my computer I have a folder for bookmarked sites titled "2006ideas" - it's stuff I marked as a reminder of things that I wanted to knit. With Christmas vacation here (YAY!!) I have the best of intentions to work my way through the stash - get it organized / matched up with patterns / maybe even get it into that Excel spreadsheet - so I'm ready for the "Knit Through Your Stash" and the "Lime & Violet Sock Marathon"... Maybe when I get the spreadsheet together I'll print out the patterns and attach them... I don't know. This also doesn't include much of the archives of knitty or magknits
In no particular order - I'd like to knit (online patterns):

Scarves & Shawls
Lace Scarf
Grape Hyacinth
Skinny Scarf (This is an UFO)
Lacy V Scarf
Party Lace
My So Called Scarf
Vegan Fox (Sub. yarns)
Candle Flame
Crazy Aunt Purl's Magic Scarf
Kiri (pdf)
Snowflake Illusion
Seaweed & Shells

Socks of Doom
Sell Your Sole
Lacy Scallop Socks
Cable Twist Socks
Sock Tips
Lombard Street
Aran Socks
Alhambra (pdf)
Dublin Bay (pdf)
Jaywalker(I tried this twice and had to rip both times... still like them though)
Diamond Fixation
2CircularsPattern - these I will make again - they work up so fast!
Boogie's Mega Sock Link List

Lucy in the Sky
Custom Fit Raglan
Bulky Green Cables
Green Gable (actually, this is an UFO...)
Alexi Cardigan / Scarf

Fake Isle

Halloween Bag
Mitered Square Bag (this is an UFO)
1201 (pumpkin bastket)
Dog Cloth (shorter legs / longer body so it's more dachshund like)
Felted Fortune Cookies
Fish (blanket?)
Tilting Afghan / wall hanging
Garterlac Dishcloth
Tape Tote
People & Places
Log Cabin Baby Blanket Love the blues!

Whitewater Fingerless Gloves
Newfoundland Mittens
Noro Mittens


Good ideas

Chunkster Challenge (Maybe it's time I read "Harry Potter")

TBR Challenge (to be read) I will be able to do this one, I'm sure! Gotta get a list together - 12 + extra credit.


New Blogger (and Retail therapy)

Wow, so blogger has changed itself a bit. First IE gives me an update that totally changes the webpage (I miss the toolbar File, View, Edit, etc) but I'm getting used to it. Now, this. I think I like it so far. I find the font much more appealing.

Be good to yourself this holiday. I did (after being good to others via Yarn Harlot asked us to. By the way, I would totally wear a tee shirt that said "Be nice, I'm a knitter, we're a big team" sort of thing.)
Support another good cause: Violet's Pink Ribbon.
There's a new sock club: Knitting Sunshine
Shopping with benefits (Sock yarn doesn't count for the knit your stash!) Loopy Ewe.

**Edited to add - Must, must, must go to Crafty Alien (on etsy) and buy the patterns!!!! Or kits!!! Or notecards!!! So cute!!!!!
**I also bought a copy of "Knitting" magazine that had a mouse pattern - was thinking of making that for my mom. Now these. And over the summer I won a kit off ebay to knit a dachshund. Perhaps the beginning of 2007 will be about animals and socks.

*Edited: Crap - I just posted a bunch of knitted amigurumi links then hit something and now they're gone. Reminder to self: Knitted Garden Gnomes (etsy), Panda Pirate (etsy), crochet me online magazing, roxycraft.com


Cool Stuff

First, I received gift tags today from ShopDoxie.com - I love all dogs, but the dachshunds have a special place in my heart. The tags are so cool - funny and sturdy!! Good quality - they came all nicely packaged and a "Dog Says Hi" button too! I will be shopping there again soon!!

Second, I'm in love with this video:

here's the wiki info
U2 band members are in there - I spotted the Edge and Bono in the crowd scenes.

Elf Yourself

My mom sent me this and I totally copied... well, I used Jackson as a model - spread some elfish cheer!


It's Coming on Christmas...*

Life is busy, as expected. It's a crowded month - birthdays and holidays and knitting projects to finish. School is a zoo. I'm behind on the grading and there's knitting that needs to be done...

Last night, Dan & I met up with friends from high school - our Christmas gift to each other was to meet up in New York and go see Company - which was pretty good! It was fun to be in New York again, if only for a short time. We're actually going back on the 29th to visit my brother.

There was a package waiting for me when I came home last night - Kimberly of wovenspun.com sent me a great package for the Swap-bot Coffee & Yarn Swap. She sent two Kona coffees (yummy! We do miss this since our honeymoon!) and some of her hand-dyed yarn - a fingering weight in a "Summer Haze" colorway - so cheery - I can't wait to make some socks with this in the upcoming dreary New England January / February months!

I think I consider this sort of idea every year (Knit from your stash 2007) - but I like the sock exclusion rule. Still considering.

Timet to do something, but I'm pooped. Blog reading is something, right?

*Lyric from "River" by Joni Mitchell - I'm really digging Sarah McLachlan's version of it - great album!


Long Weekend

Happy belated thanksgiving to all in the States. We hosted again (2nd year running!) and it went pretty flawlessly. We had both sets of parents, brothers, my grandmother, uncle & partner for a total of 12 - I think that's just right. Everyone brings stuff, and we took care of the turkey / potatoes (my brother mashed 'em perfectly) / stuffing / gravy - and even a lot of that is shortcuts. :) It's all good. I am in much favor (worship?) of Omaha Steaks turkey and Alton Brown's method. Juicy, perfect and delicious combination!

Week before last, Betsy and I went to a sale at Farmhouse Yarns (read more here) - we each stuffed a bag - I got 19 skeins! I'm thinking they'll be good for mittens (I'm in the knit mitt kit swap), scarves, and flower facecloths for holiday gifts with some fun soap (like these Biggs and Featherbelle - I love them!). You can also see in the picture 2 skeins of malabrigo (little lovely) that I couldn't stop touching...

And how excited was I to come home on Wednesday and find an installment from Scout's Indie Swag Club - love the colorway and the notecards from Glamscience.
There's a really great picture here.

And I thought I was successful in my LimeNViolet KAL - I got through the second sock:

Only to find out that I don't know where I lost track of paying attention, because sock #2 is too short for my foot!! It's only good as a dachshund nose warmer. Groan. I don't want to undo it to try and fix it. I'm tossing my hands up on this one.


Break Time

Here's what you do:

1. Open your music library
2. Set settings to "Shuffle"
3. Press play
4. For each entry, type the song that's playing
5. For new entry, press the next/forward button

opening credits: "Stupid Girls" Pink ~ ok, sets the tone

waking up: "I wanna be sedated" The Ramones ~ again, true to life

first day at school: "Your Eyes" (RENT, Broadway cast) ~it's one of those movies

falling in love: "In a big country" Big Country ~this one creeps me out a bit

breaking up: "Skullcrusher Mountain" Jonathan Coulton ~excellent

prom: "Down to Earth" Barenaked Ladies ~proms don't have to make sense, that's why they are fun

life's okay: "Being for the Benefit of Mr.Kite" Beatles ~suitable

mental breakdown: "Some Fantastic" Barenaked Ladies ~mellow breakdown, eh?

driving: "Can't Help Falling in love" UB40 ~good singalong

flashback: "Piece of my heart" Janis Joplin ~it works

getting back together: "Send me on my way" Rusted Root ~not really a "together" song now is it?

wedding: "Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)" Limp Bizkit ~I love it. My bridal party walked in to "Big Pimpin". We walked in to "Rock the Casbah". First song was "Let's get it started" - it fits. one of my favorites.

birth of child: "Goodbye my lover" James Blunt ~so so sad....

final battle: "Another Spin" Barenaked Ladies ~ok

funeral song: "Peace on Earth" U2 ~appropriate

end credits: "If You're Gonna" Natasha Bedingfield ~meh



Photos to come tomorrow, along with links.
Went to a kick-ass yarn sale this weekend with Betsy. I think I ended up with 19 or 21 skeins in my stuff-a-bag. Went to my favorite yarn shop and treated myself to malabrigo that I couldn't stop touching - planning a "my so called scarf". Got a button.
Today dragged. It's report card time. I'm stressed. It's a short week so the kids will be bonkers. I cast off tonight for my LimeNViolet KAL socks. Double groan. You'll just have to wait for the pictures to see what a doofus I am.


WIPs Photos

So, for norovember here's how that felted bag is coming along:

I've been working on these two scarves:

The top one is for a guy (possibly cousin, dad or brother) using Misti Alpaca bulky - it's so wonderfully squishy and warm. The botton is Ellyn Cooper Caribe Isle yarn, in a herringbone lace-ish pattern that came with the yarn purchase.

Here's what I've got on the skinny scarf so far:

I think perhaps that I may have missed part of the pattern, or just knit too tight? As it's a little wonky in the middle as the two bottom photos show - I may just plod on and keep this for me, as I don't relish the idea of ripping out and redoing the 400 stitch cast-on. I'm using the Classic Elite Premiere yarn and it's a little tough on my hands to cast on.

Here's a great picture of Jackson that sums up how I feel today (Rar, it's monday)



Last summer, when we got Jackson, we got a lot of toys and puppy things. We especially liked the Petstages brand. Well, I took photos and wrote them a letter and now, over a year later, he's their featured pet! I'm so proud :)

And fedex pulled up today - they also sent us two little toys :)

So, writing a letter brings good things - Fat cat toys will be hearing from me next!


Knit Mitt Kit Swap Questions / Answers

What are your favorite colors? blue, green, purple
Are you a new mitt knitter? Sorta - I've made fingerless gloves, wrist warmers, and broad street (convertable mittens, from knitty.com) - but haven't made mittens yet.

How long have you been knitting mittens? About 4 years now

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I like both - I used to be big with the multicolored, but my tastes seem to be swinging back towards solids

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn? Something warm and soft - keep the wind+wet out!

Where do you usually knit mittens? At home

How do you usually carry/store small projects? I have a series of bags / pouches

What are your favorite mitten patterns? I don't know yet...

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? I suppose if I could do it in the round on two circulars, that would win!

What new techniques would you like to try? Fair Isle (I'm scared of it!) Thrummed.

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens? Bamboo, it's good for the planet!

What are some of your favorite yarns? Blue Sky Alpaca, alpaca alpaca alpaca

What yarn do you totally covet? Lobster Pot yarn

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? The "Touch Me" scarf

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? circular, bamboo

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? Fun, traditional with a twist

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? jelly beans / mike & Ikes

What’s your favorite animal? Dog (I have a dachshund) and rainforest frogs and owls

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts?
That's a hard question. I am all for the warmth, but probably would use fingerless mitts more often

If you were a color what color would you be? a shade of blue-purple-green-grey

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? A sunflower close up - I love the repeating pattern

Do you have a wishlist? Yes, on amazon

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? I am intrigued and challenged by this and look forward to playing along!!


Recent Swaps

As part of the Boo-ty Swap, I sent to Christine and received from Ananga - lookie here:

There's veggie booty snacks (which I've been wanting to try!!), a gorgeous photo album (perfect for the new photos I've been taking with my new camera!), a needlecase (I so so so needed one of these - it's gorgeous!) and seasonally orange yarn (I'm thinking I'll make Jackson a sweater!). So much fun!!

And I also played in Knitty's Spooky SP. I sent to Jessica and received from Ceallach, check it out:

There's Solar Dyed Yarn in "Irish Eyes" (stunning, now I'm pouring over possible patterns!), stamps, halloween doodahs, soaps and a needle case (which I so so so needed - I've got a lot of needles that need homes!) Thank you very much!!

November Calendar

This is for Deb - you know, it's funny - I had just received 2 calendars in the mail for 2007 - one from Kraft Food & Family Magazine and the other from US Holocaust Memorial Museum... but we'll save those for next year, ok? Here's the November page that hangs in Jackson's room. Yes, his room. He stays in there during the day when we're both at work.


Wish List

This is a neat contest from Archie McPhee - you post your wish list and then could win $200 or $100 worth of the stuff you want! So, here's what I yearn for and adore:
1. Pirate bandages
2. Brain gelatin mold
3. Dogs on tv
4. Sushi Rug
5. Pirate Dome Lunchbox
6. Giant Pencil
7. How to Keep Your Husband Apron
8. Sad Weiner gum
9. Super Genius gum
10. Tickles Tapeworm shirt
11. Parasite Pals Lunch Box
12. Sushi shower curtain


Today I dislike my job

I've mentioned before that I'm a teacher. This week, in much due to the sugar rush, there's been more stress than usual. Our school is very small. We really don't have substitutes. I was asked to use my prep periods tomorrow to cover two classes of Music. While I was annoyed at first, it really isn't too bad a thing - I can help and cover. Tonight I got a phone call from the head teacher of my team. There's been a death in her family, so she'll be late / possibly not in tomorrow. The english teacher is also going to be out tomorrow. So that makes me the "senior" in charge. I'm starting to stress in advance. Ugh. And in helping to cover, I'm sure to loose any "free" time - I'll be lucky to sneak in a potty break.

I wish I was in a cubicle, 9-5 kinda job. This be everywhere, help everyone, do it all 24 / 7 isn't really working for me.

Oh, someone left a comment asking why some of my kids don't celebrate Halloween - they are Jehovah's Witness or Zionist(?, maybe 7th Day Adventist?) - they tell me it's the Devil's birthday.


Happy Halloween!

Here's my "costume"

and a closer look

Hint, it's the tattoo sleeves. It's very low-key, but I'm a teacher and many of my students don't celebrate Halloween. I got many double takes and "um, Miss - are those real???" Ha!

I received two great packages in the mail yesterday - from my knitty Spooky SP and my BOO-ty pal! pictures to come!!



It's never to early to think ahead to next year - thoughts / advice welcome!

I could so have Jackson be his own little "short bus" - felt would work, right?

We like bananas!

But this, this dachshund in aluminum chain mail is too much! Someone commented it that it looked knitted on big needles --- maybe?


Avoiding Work

Good thing about school: wireless internet. And boy do I need it. It's just been such a frustrating day. Repeat to self: they are only kids. But they act so old! It's only an act right? They say and do such stupid things though. Grr. And tonight I have to stay late. My knitting is in the car - I'm hoping to knit a little tonight, as I don't have to actually do anything, just be a presence in support of the kiddos. Gotta get going on the presents!

In the meantime, DROOL....
SunsetYarn's Etsy Shop

Sock-ness Monster Socks!

Colorfullife's Etsy Shop

I want to go home and snuggle with some yarn. Or the dog. Hubby too.



AKA: I have a working camera!

Behold, my first pair of socks for Socktoberfest!

Snakes on a Sock!
It was a fun pattern, and I thought I worked through it quickly, but that might be from the two-circulars - it always seems to go faster with them...

Yesterday I hit up Sit N Knit - what a cute shop! The staff was very friendly too and willing to go downstairs and look for something if it wasn't already out. I've got all the yarn I need now for Christmas presents.

Today Jackson and I went to the "All Breeds HOWL-O-WEEN" parade and then the dacshund rescue Hall-o-weenie Fest. He won 3rd place for his costume and was also a race winner! Yay!

Doesn't he look happy?


Wrong Number

I tried to call Dan on his cell phone from the house phone. This means that I had to actually remember the phone number, instead of scrolling through my "contacts" or hitting the speed dial #. Some strange guy answered the phone and I asked for Dan (in case someone else answered it for him) and was told,

"No, there's no Dan here. You misdialed the number."
"What number were you trying to dial"

Well, obviously I was trying to dial DAN'S number!

I was off by one number. Sheesh.


Name Game MeMe

1. Your rockstar name (pet & current street name): Jackson Carriage Hill

2. Your movie star name (grandfather / grandmother on your mom's side & your favorite candy): Veronica Jellybean

3. Your "Fly Guy / Girl" name (first initial of last name, first three letters of your middle name): H Uph

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal): Blue frog

5.YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born):
U. Pawtucket

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in.)Hubredogui

7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, favorite drink):
The Blue Margarita

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of both your grandfathers): Donald Raymond

9. FUTURISTIC NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite shoes)
Philosophy Grace Clarks

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother/father's middle name) Donnelly Michael


I've got a new camera coming - hoping tomorrow...

I bought Jackson a few new Halloween shirts at Old Navy (great deal!) but, I think they have redesigned their XS dog shirt as they are tight on him and he hasn't changed his shape too much! I'll return them and exchange for the S, hopefully, and then take photos with the previously mentioned camera.

I started knitting a scarf for one of my aunts for a Christmas present, and realized that I did a bunch of it wrong! It's a two row repeat, and I messed up. For crying out loud self, get a cute stitch marker and use it! You have them. That's what they are their for!!

So far, in thinking about my Christmas gift list, this is what I've got to do:
1.Scarf: Herringbone Lace pattern, Ellyn Cooper yarn - Caribe Irisee - yarn's bought / wound up. This is the one with the stupid mistake I didn't pick up on.

2. Skinny Scarf a la Knitty Gritty on DIY for my cousin - yarn's bought (Classic Elite Premier in two shades of lilac/purple and a smokey grey)
2b. Back to School Cloths are also a possibility for my cousin.

3. Felted Bag with Mitered Squares for one or more of the ladies in my family. Need yarn.

4. Grape Hyacinth Lace Scarf maybe for my cousin's girlfriend. Have some nice pinky Noro that would work nicely.
4a. Also for the cousin's girlfriend, considering Fetching

5. Something for my cousin, a cop. Guys are tough. Maybe fingerless gloves? Maybe a nice scarf that has a touch of cashmere in it?

6. Ditto for my dad.

7. Ditto for my baby brother.

note: I haven't yet made anything for my dad or baby brother... i'd like to... I think the b.b. would be happy with a hat / gloves / scarf (maybe). Dad's not really a scarf guy, but would probably wear one that I made.

8. A set of Fuzzy Feet for a family of my friends: Mom, Dad, kiddo...

9. Other "stuffs" as needed.

10. Oooh, almost forgot. I've got my "HOPE" and "DONALD" yarn and started the scarf for my grandmother, but it's too stripey. I need a pattern for sockweight yarn that blends them together... ideas??
10b. This project would be for Nana, who is going through chemo. She may loose her hair again. Last year I made her a Shedir and she liked it - I think I should make her a box of silly hats: the hallowig, the chicken viking hat, the princess leia hat, and the new knitty surprise!

This weekend I won't be going to Rhinebeck - bummed, but maybe next year. Instead, I'll hit the mall and then check out Sit-n-Knit and CreativeFibers....



There went the weekend.
We were up in Maine for a wedding - way out in Baaaah Haaaa-Baaa. It was gorgeous and the event went off perfectly! However, I misplaced my camera (boohoo) - maybe someone will find it.

On the way up, I finished my Snakes on a Sock! yay! And I started these in the LimeNViolet Lisa Souza yarn

In the spirit of Socktoberfest, here's a bit of my sock history:
When did you first start making socks? I taught myself maybe 4 years ago. I'm not sure why really, but I bet it's because I liked the variegated colorways. I followed an online tutorial that had close-ups of what happened. I remember holding the dpns very close to my eyes (those stitches seemed so tiny!)

What was your first pair? How have they "held up"? My first pair were a slouch kinda pattern using a sockotta yarn. They have held up pretty well, but Jackson took to them last year and now they have a hole bitten in them. They are a little big and the toes are grafted so the seam doesn't go across the line of toes, but rather from the front to the back of the foot.

What would you have done differently? I don't know...maybe pay a little more attention to the finishing of the toe.

What yarns have you enjoyed? Lorna's Laces, Koigu, Sockotta, and Spunky Eclectic! I have some of Claudia's Handpainted and Cherry Tree Hill waiting in the wings. And I did join Scout's Swag club.

What's the preferred method? Two circulars. Love it, and it seems to take less time than dpns. I think I would like to try magic loop.

What's your preferred heel? I really like the flap.

How many pairs have you made? 6 pairs, and counting.


Needle Check

I originally planned to give myself a break at school today and make a post about "what's on my needles" but as today has gone on I think I may need to invest in some retail therapy...that could be dangerous.

So, on my needles:
1. Banff - I've got the back done and started a sleeve last night.
2. the zebra from vogue scarves two - just have to finish the leg, weave in ends, add eyes, fringe, ears.
3. Snakes on a Sock - one sock is done, the second sock I'm ready to do the heel flap.
4. I started the sushi wallet a while ago but didn't read the directions completely and needed to use an additional needle. So, it's just sitting in the bag.

I'll probably cast on for these really cute pumpkins because I can't resist.


I'm quite excited about the yarn I'll be getting from Ruby Sapphire in the Hope and Bekka colorways. I am going to have a "Donald" colorway made up and use that with the Hope to make a scarf I saw in scarf style for my grandmother for christmas.



(I'm still without my camera, so links will have to do.)

Yesterday when I got home there was a great package waiting for me from Lynne - she's been very aware of the fact that red / pink are not my favorite colors, however I love everything she sent (and I'm keeping it all!)

There's candy - Skittles, Laffy Taffy, Red Fish!! -- my dentist will thank you!
There's ya--rn! in red and white. - I have not yet had the luxury of working with Any debbie bliss, so I'm very excitied for that. And I've started a "cotton / dishcloth" yarn collection and I do not yet have red/white!
There's lip gloss - how did you know that I am miserable without lip gloss? The more the better!
There's an apron that she made! (scroll down to Sept19!) - I love this the best I think! Wow - love the fabric and the pocket!
There's the Holiday Knits book - perfect! I'm planning to make the scarf in there ASAP~!
There's also a great big mug with red / pink flowers filled with different teas! Raspberries and Cranberry - yum!
And (can you believe it, there's more!)
There's a notes / small file holder, and dpn point protector, and a tape measure.

Everything was wrapped in pink tissue paper and there were even pink packing peanuts!
Thank you soo much! This was a lot of fun - your package will be leaving my house on Monday!

When that happens, along with Lewis and Clark setting off on their journey, I'll be caught up!

To my Tea Swap partner - thanks for the email! Hi!!


Fall TV LineUp

It's a small world. Ugly Betty is a show I was going to give at least one night of attention to this fall season. But now, I most definetly will. There's an article in the local paper about two actresses from my town. I went to high school with (and costume-crewed a lot of the shows with)Becki. Interesting.

Her brother, Matt, with whom I also attended high school and crewed on the shows, has been on one of my favorite shows, but not one of the highly anticipated returns: Gilmore Girls.

I'm watching Survivo, Lost, Amazing Race and Sopranos


Pictures will come later

I have received some fabulous packages...
YarnAboardII Explorers Lewis & Clark arrived via Jill - there's a great sock guide (a mreasurement guide for feet of all sizes! I don't have one of those and was thinking I should!), Lovely Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, and stitch markers (from someplace that I don't have the link to right now... they are just stunning!), and a little bag she made - love love love it! Now I have to get it in the mail for the next person.

Favorite Color Swap from CJ and oh my word she rocks!!!! You could not imagine a better blue-green-purple assortment of goodies! Candy (Jolly ranchers and Spree and mike & Ikes my favorites!), napkins that match my kitchen, CDs of some Dave Matthews that was missing from my collection and "Country" which I plan to listen to this weekend, blue-green-purple post its, sharpie marker, purple crate / basket, green box (it's going to hold my dpns!) and in a totally Lime-n-Violet would be so proud of me for prancing around the kitchen snuggling up to the yarn - Habu Cashmere Yarn in an absolutely lucious green... AND (I told you she rocked) 2 beautiful facecloths that are mine all mine, not for the hubby shaving his face :) I was completely spoiled beyond belief!

And last but not least, my One Skein Secret Pal sent an adorable little purple felted bag with cute buttons on it - Thanks Becky I love it! I had a lot of fun doing this secret pal exchange and look forward to reading more in your blog!

School is absolutely swamping my life right now.

I'm trying to decide if I dare venture to Scout's swag club.

I'm thinking about driving up and back when it's Saturday time for Rhinebeck - anybody want to carpool from Newe Haven area?


Patternworks Catalog (Rant)

How nice to come home to fun mail (catalogs) - I love catalog shopping. Even just to put ideas in my head that I can later find at the outlets or TJMaxx / Marshalls. Patternworks arrived today - as I started flipping through it I was confused, thinking "Doesn't Knitpicks sell only their own yarn now?" Then I realized this wasn't the knitpicks catalog.

Anyway, I'm annoyed. Page 4? The Polo Sweater? Boxy and off the shoulders is modernizing? Isn't it 80s? Page 12, Magnum Yarn. Only 3 balls of yarn to make the Cardigan (which I actually think it cute). The yarn is $25. I can't justify $75 for a sweater that's only 3 balls of yarn. Ick. I didn't make it all the way through the catalog. Instead, I went to visit LimeNViolet to get the Snakes on a Sock pattern - I think I'm going to make them out of my "Pink is the new Black" yarn from Spunky Eclectic. Yes, that's what I'm going to do, and I'll start on it tonight / tomorrow on the way to the Mets game!



I haven't even been in school a full week yet and I'm behind (and still with out my camera - can't figure out why suddenly the laptop refuses to "see" the camera).

I received a wonderful package for the colorswap of neutrals from Heatherly - white tea bath/body stuff, tea cup / saucer, ribbon yarn, wool yarn, and other goodies.

I finished these socks in this yarn - it's a little snug getting it on, but overall I'm pleased.

I've got to pack up and send out for the the favorite colorswap and oneskein swap.

School started out on a good foot, but I found out I didn't pass my portfolio and I'm pissed. I've got a background in Chemistry. Getting my masters and passing my thesis was hard, teaching - not so much! This is ridiculous.



Still working on the camera/photos issues...

Started putting back my classroom together, in bits and pieces. Gosh I can't believe that it's time again! Soooo soon!

I finished knitting a scarf (but no photos obviously.)

I finished Cute. I enjoyed it.

I was indulging myself in some chocolate because I wanted to (don't want to be cranky). And while I have sent this in packages to people before I hadn't actually tried it till now - it's so yummy! And it comes with a little "trading card" - this one had something kinda like this: a Weevil Beetle - "This striking white weevil posed for us at the side of a trail leading to a remote village in Sulawesi. Weevils are also called snout beetles; characterized by an elongated region in front of their eyes. Larvae of these beetles are usually shaped like the letter "C" and are pale to white in color and lack legs. Maybe you have heard the expression, "weevils wobble but they won't fall down."

Huh. Educational, earth friendly chocolate. I like it!


Better than Nothing

So, I'm having difficulty with my camera so I can't upload / show you any photos of my trip to Washington, DC or some of the awesome swaps I have received. And I got a call yesterday from the principal - I'm due at school today for a 9:00 meeting. Teachers start back next week, the kids on the 28th... Summer's done!


Lloyd Dobler

I thought this was a great post.

le sigh.

Lloyd is great. John Cusack is great. ( He was supposed to be John Bender? huh. He turned down Crash? wow.))

That's all.



Gardening woes.

I've been waiting...and waiting...and waiting... for the emergence of seedlings, leaves, flowers, and fruits in some cases and now I'm waiting for the tomatoes to turn color. I noticed from afar today that one or two of them started to turn orange-ish! Yay for that!

After our walk with Jackson, we went over to my little garden to check it out. And I noticed bits of brown hexagonal shaped turds.... Then I saw lots (okay, one, then I saw two, then I saw another, and another - maybe 5 total) of these "little" buggers:


A little googling turns up that they are Tomato Hornworms. Does this make me a really gardner?

Does it make me less of a science person to be simultaneously disgusted and impressed by them? Their camouflage is amazing! (also, check out What's That Bug? for more interesting caterpillars! We got rid of them all (hopefully) before I could think that I should have gotten the camera!

This site also has some interesting information - they exist in a parasitic relationship with wasps!

I had been hoping that maybe I would find out that they were




I received a great box from my one skein pal:

Thank you soooooo much! I adore the Flair pens - I use them all the time in school because the colors are great! The button assortment has now sent my button box to overflowing status! And rub-ons! I haven't seen these since I was a kid! Love them! Last, but certainly not least, the yarn! Araucania Pehuen - beautiful berries! Thank you very much!!

And then, I also received a great July Colorswap from Kim, thewoolenrabbit!
Check out the nifty purple box! Go US Post Office!

So many purple goodies - starting with Moose Smooch and a Moose magnet!

Lavender soap!


Gorgeous yarn (so soft!!) and a beautiful pattern for a lacy scarf!

Lemon Ginger tea witih the cutest heart tea strainer! Can't wait to try this!

And bath goodies!

Kim was a great swap buddy! Thank you again!


Children's Books

There have been several posts 'round the blogs about books you read when you were younger - brings back some great memories. And then this morning I started googling....I have a very dear place in my heart forever for the following:
Charlotte's Web
Made me believe that spiders are special and the the animals can talk! I read this book over and over and over and over again! Did you know there's a new movie in the works?! The trailer almost makes me teary! Julia Roberts as Charlotte is perfect!

I also read and reread the Little House on the Prairie set - my set has yellow covers, and I think there's only 7 books, not 9. Either way. I think those are the books with the pages that are so soft to the touch and yellowed.

This book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself was my first introduction to World War II books. (This lead to my reading and rereading of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl) I loved all the Judy Blume books I read! Need to reread them.

I also was big into Trixie Belden. Not by choice initially though. My Mom thought Nancy Drew was too advanced for me. I was always a good reader and read above level... so I read all the Trixie Belden books that the library had and then was allowed to read the Nancy Drew series.

Other fond favorites from my childhood: Bread and Jam for Frances, If you give Mouse a Cookie, Bridge to Terabithia, The Borrowers, any of the Roald Dahl books, Shel Silverstein's books, Where the Wild Things Are,Amelia Bedelia, Goodnight Moon (who didn't have this book? It's the first book I remember!), my dad used to read me stories from theBrothers Grimm. Gosh there are just so many wonderful books!

Now that I'm a teacher, I have some new favorites -
Miss Nelson is Missing (if only for the evil Miss Viola Swamp! I constantly think: Viola Swamp is not amused when the kids act up!).
I use Diary of a Worm in my science class - the kids (7th graders) really get a kick out of it! (Look, finger puppets!) And I do use Diary of a Spider as well, but prefer the worm. I am also highly amused by Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - worth a look though - you'll be laughing very hard!!

Good site for some children's book illustrations: Kidstamps.com

(As I write this, 9 to 5 is on tv - what a great movie!)
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