Saturday, September 29, 2007

Boston Wins the East!

I realize that many people reading this are not baseball fans, but being a knitter in Boston, it is very easy to root for the hometown team! How else do you get 3 hours of knitting time a night? I am totally thrilled because the Sox clinched the AL East title this year. There are hopefully many more celebrations to come, but today I am wearing my 2004 Champions shirt, and just have a perma-smile on my face. By the way, thanks for everyone's support on my bad day. It was exactly what I needed. Now LET'S GO SOX!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Some days you just want the world to know that you are angry. SO HEY WORLD, I'M ANGRY. That's all.


Monday, September 24, 2007


Just a quick note to say that V. at Spells with....... just bought the yarn store that is around the corner from her, and about .75 miles from me. I am over the moon happy for her - and for me!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Stuck on the sweater

I wish I had some eye candy for you, or even that I had something fabulous to report, but I have just been working on the never ending baby sweater. That makes it sound like I have been working on the thing non-stop, but really, nothing could be further from the truth. I have one more sleeve left to go, and then the finishing, but I am still working on it, exclusively. Unfortunately, I have been avoiding knitting because of it. I think I have only sat down to knit twice in the past week. Really, that isn't like me. I do, however, have an active knitting fantasy life.
Because of Ravelry, I have become reacquainted with my stash and fallen back in love with this:

One skein of 4 ply silk Cashmere (55%silk 45% cashmere 170m) by Hand Maiden in the Jester colorway. I keep thinking about what I want to make with it. I have been thinking about a headband - which may be nice and also Fetching (actually, I may be able to do both.) Any other suggestions are definitely welcome.

The other interesting thing about the stash function on Ravelry, is that I only have about half of my stash in there (or less) and that is WAY more than I see for other people. I have been listening to Stash and Burn and Lime and Violet and I thought my stash was a normal size - NOOOOO its not. I think the psychology term for this would be cognitive dissonance - except for the fact that I don't feel uncomfortable!

The other good thing about Ravelry, is that my stash has now all come out of hiding and has totally taken over my study, which has led my husband to be totally frustrated with the state of the house. This is amazing because his tolerance for mess is WAY higher than mine. (I always say we have a fabulous marriage, but a somewhat dysfunctional life, because we are BOTH messy!) Anyway, I floated the idea that he take the girls down to my mother-in-law's Cape (Cape Cod for those of you not from New England) house for Columbus Day weekend so that I can get a handle on the mess, and he thought it was a fabulous idea - So THANK YOU Ravelry!

Hope all is well in knitting land. Say hi to me on Ravelry. As my students say - "Friend me."


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ravelry hangover

Yes, I have been bitten. I found my camera, and I stayed up until 4:00am last night inputting about half of my stash. I spent today photographing the other half (Half is a relative term. This is the half of the stash that is in its right place - God knows how much more yarn is scattered throughout the house!) I'm really enjoying the message boards and looking at all the talented people's works out there. Some people really create such phenomenal stuff!
Speaking of knitting, I am on my last sleeve of my baby sweater. Is it bad luck to give a baby a sweater that you loathe? I am really hating this thing. I think it is too busy, and of course there is that dye lot issue. I won't tell the parents the heartache with the sweater, I'll just finish it, hand it over and coo over the baby - No one has to know.
Gorgeous weather around here, I hope all New Englanders are enjoying their last taste of summer.

Friday, September 14, 2007


I just got my Ravelry invite last night - YAY - of course you can find me there at Psyched2Knit. However, you won't find much there because I CAN'T FIND MY CAMERA. How frustrating is that?! I have been watching my place in line go down from 6,000 something, and fantasizing all summer about posting all of my projects and stash, and now I have been beaten by my messy house! ARGH!!!!

On a lighter note, I celebrated Rosh Hashanah today. It was just my oldest daughter and I during the day, and we went to the children's service, and planted some mums and cooked. It was really nice spending time with her. She enjoyed everything except for the service. She told me it was boring. I hated to tell her that it was supposed to be - but what can you do?- she was bound to find out sooner or later.

School is going well - I think. I now have a ton of papers to grade, I can't use the technology to goes with my book, and I have a 9th grade history class, that is covering topics that I don't know anything about - Yep, sounds like school has offically begun!


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Dying to go back to school

I dyed some yarn over the summer. The green and the blue are the Cascade Eco Wool dyed with Easter Egg dye, and the skein in the front is wool (miscellaneous Aran wool from the early '90's) dyed with beet juice. The eco wool is really soft, and was fun to dye. I think I am going to dye another skein of it with beet juice, to make a striped sweater. The blue and green together need a little something to break up the sweetness of the two colors.
School started for me yesterday with meetings. It was o.k. as far as first days go. Our principal is pretty good about getting out information without a lot of extra discussion. This is SUCH an improvement over the last guy who spent a year's worth of faculty meetings to discuss the attendance policy. That was SOOO tedious. Today I met with my freshmen. I haven't taught freshmen since I was a student teacher, so this is a nice change for me. My seniors come in tomorrow. I don't know if it ever goes away, but I am nervous! I'm also bummed that summer is over. :( Oh well, now it is time for some good sweater knitting.