I haven't written much lately because I've been busy. In addition to getting ready for school (one of my classes is new to me this year so there's more prep), my friend and I quilted yesterday afternoon. I haven't taken any pictures yet. My biggest knitting news is that I picked up my socks again and it wasn't hard to find my spot. That was a relief!
So no knitting to show, no quilt tops to show, not much to say... But I do have a little news. I purchased the feltlikeknitting.net domain name so now people can get to my blog that way. It will save me lots of time by not having to type my long URL when I leave blog comments. :)
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Ohio winter - 1973
When Carole suggested 10 Ways to Get Through the Rest of Winter as the Ten on Tuesday topic this week, I thought I'd have trouble coming up with enough items. I'm in the south and it doesn't feel much like winter - yesterday it was in the 50s! But through the day it got colder and snow is predicted by the end of the week. Coming up with ten items might not be hard after all. I will get through the rest of the winter by...
Knitting socks - I really don't like to wear socks but I have to wear them in the winter. The exception - hand knit socks! I love how hand knit socks feel. And I have a pair on the needles that is 75% done. So finish them already, right?! Then I can start on a pair of these.
Finishing my sweater - I started a Minimalist Cardigan long ago and would really like to be able to wear it before the weather turns warm.
Knitting a vest - You've probably all seen the Haiti relief patterns with designers giving a portion of their proceeds to charities helping in Haiti. (Great idea!) I purchased Vestpa and am really looking forward to having a new vest in my wardrobe.
Making soup - I love soup! And this is such a great time of the year to eat it! Do you have any good soup recipes I should try?
Drinking tea - I like hot tea but I don't drink it year round since the weather gets so hot here. So I'll enjoy hot tea while I can!
Lighting a fire - We haven't had a fire in a long time and didn't get around to it at Christmas. If it gets/stays cool, this will be a nice way to spend an evening.
Reading more books - I'm getting quite a long list of books I'd like to read. Winter is a great time for reading!
Planning the garden - Our garden has suffered in the last few years and we need to work on it this spring. This is a good time to plan!
Getting organized - So far I've talked about knitting, eating, reading, planning...all sedate things. But this is also a good time to get moving and get organized. Clean out the closets, get stuff out of the house to give to a charity, etc. Now if I can just make myself do it. :)
Remembering how blessed I am and knitting more hats - On a more somber note... When it's cold, I find myself thinking of the homeless people living under the bridges and overpasses. Being a little chilly inside my house or being tired of yucky weather is just inconvenient to me. But winter is a hazardous time for people without shelter. When I think of people being out in the elements, I cast on for another hat.
Do you have special plans for the rest of the winter?
Saturday was the state robotics tournament. I didn't go, but heard that the team had a good day but were very tired by the end of it. Twelve hours of tournament is a long time for little kids! I will miss seeing the team each week but I'm also glad that I'll be getting my dining room, computer room, Tuesday nights, Friday nights, husband, and daughter back. :)
The youth group at our church had a service project lined up at the local food pantry/thrift store on Saturday morning and I helped with that. It's amazing how many items come in as donations and go right back out as purchases.
On Saturday afternoon I did some lesson planning for two of my classes. It feels really great to have two weeks planned out! Today I hope to work on the other classes so I can be a little ahead and not feel so rushed and unprepared.
After church yesterday we ate at Steak 'n Shake and I tried their new Guacamole Steakburger. So. Good. I wish I had another right now for lunch. Mmm... When we got home I took a little rest on the couch while the rain pounded down.
While watching Pride and Prejudice last night, I finished the knitting on the Everlasting Bagstopper (Rav link). I'm working on the bind-off now and am trying something new. The pattern calls for Lucy Neatby's Modified Conventional Bind-Off. Since I don't own that DVD, I Googled and found a video for the Russian Bind-Off. It's not as stretchy as I'd like, but is better than a conventional bind-off. After a little more investigation, I'm seeing other bind-offs being called the Russian Bind-Off. So I'm not sure what this bind-off really is called. What is your favorite stretchy bind-off?
I've decided to knit mittens for this year's Christmas ornaments for my nieces and nephews. The photo above is the first attempt. Cute and I love the yarn color, but it's a bit smaller than I'd like. I've modified it and will show you the final product later this week (after I knit a second one).
Before the movie last night, I cut out a quilt for Haiti. A friend is coming over this week to make quilt tops and I wanted to have a couple ready to go. After seeing this photo, I can tell that the left column needs to have another light fabric in it so I'm going to do some moving around. This quilt will look like this, but much larger.
Time to get back to laundry, lesson planning and some lunch! I hope your Monday is going well and that you'll each have a terrific week. Do you have anything special planned?
Once again I didn't get ready for school as early as I should have and now it's time for bed. Maybe next week I'll get finished earlier in the week and have some free time on Thursday evening?
The Tenza mitts are done! I enjoyed knitting this project. If I use this yarn when I knit it again, I'll use a larger needle than a size 6.
I also finished a plain stockinette hat for 7 Bridges. This thing is huge! (Notice that in the photo it's folded in quarters, not in half.) It fits me so I imagine it will also fit someone else. I was happy to use up the last of a skein of the gray yarn. I like it when it works out like that!
Have a great weekend! What do you plan to knit on?
Just two active WIPs this week: the Palindrome scarf and a stockinette hat.LWR to give to refugees and I'm hoping we can send a special batch to Haiti. I'm also hoping to get the youth group involved. When I get the details figured out, I'll blog about it in case anyone else wants to make a quilt. (The quilts are 60" x 80" and are tied together. So it's a great way to use up scraps and the quilts don't have to be fancy - just functional. There are other restrictions so please check the link above.)
Today's Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 songs I'm embarrassed to like. I didn't think of many right away but one instantly popped into my head.
Let's see what else I can think of...
Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb: Gee, I wish I had kept that album. It's selling for $99.99 new on Amazon. Oh wait, I probably wore it out. Andy Gibb was plastered all over my walls.
That's not ten but I think I'm done. I know there are other songs but they're just not coming to mind right now. Could be because I'm now stuck back in the 70s and 80s!
What about you? What songs are you embarrassed to say you like?!
Good morning, everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready for a great week! Our weekend wasn't too busy and we had some nice family time together. The weather is warming up and the sun is out!
I had lunch with a friend on Saturday. The Thai restaurant was closed so we had Mexican. Still a great choice for a meal!
There was some unexpected knitting time on Saturday while I waited for Emma. I was able to finish the Dean Street hat (photos on Friday).
We had a guest pastor yesterday at church and I really enjoyed his sermon. Before the sermon he spoke about a friend of his who was killed in Haiti. We are so much more global than I realize and many people around here have friends or family in Haiti.
Quick movie review: Watch Up but don't waste your time watching Land of the Lost. Up was a delightful movie that we all enjoyed. Land of the Lost is possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. It was boring and could have been much funnier. I chuckled maybe once or twice. I did get a lot of knitting done during LotL though!
I spent some time on Sunday going through receipts. Ugh! It's my own fault because I don't keep up with them, but I had to go through 6 months worth. We have lots of categories for our budget and enter into the computer what we spend. So even though we couldn't use this data to make decisions in 2009, we can look at our spending habits to budget for 2010. It feels good to have it (almost) done.
It's getting late and I have a lot I'd like to do today (laundry, grocery shopping, knit the thumb for the last Tenza mitt, finally put the Christmas bins in the attic, etc.). I hope it's a terrific day for all of you! What do you have planned?
Edited to add: I forgot to mention something! Over the weekend I improved/learned two knitting skills. I learned how to do Magic Loop properly. (I was really close but not doing it quite right.) And I learned how to knit cables without a needle. Very helpful! But it's still quicker on Palindrome to use a needle. I timed it. :)
Darkside Cowl - I like the project but I'm not sure that I'm much of a cowl person. I do like that it doesn't get in the way while I'm outside with the dog. This is one project my daughter won't borrow because she doesn't care much for it. But she made a good model!
Sorry for no links! I'm writing this at midnight Thursday evening and I really need to get to bed. It took me longer than I hoped to prepare for school and I have to get up early in the morning. No fun! I hope you all have a great weekend!
While I do have knitting WIPs, I don't have much time to photograph them. Plus two are repeats - the Tenza mitts and the Palindrome scarf. I just have to knit one thumb on the mitts then I'll be done. And last night I cast on for a Dean Street Hat (Ravelry link). It's coming along very well but will look more exciting as an FO. :)
What's been taking more of my time is getting ready for school. The homeschool enrichment classes that I teach begin on Friday. This semester I'm teaching four LEGO classes (two about simple machines and two where the kids build models then experiment to learn about things like friction, force, etc.) and a biology class.
On a different note... I'm so concerned for the people in Haiti. One minute they're going about their day and the next minute life has radically changed for so many. And how do you get help when there is so much chaos and there is nobody to help you? We can all pray and donate money but I wish we could do more.