Thursday, November 30, 2006

Really, I have been too busy to post!

It is the end of the semester, and I have been totally SWAMPED with work. Things are starting to slow down a bit. I have one paper to write and two short stories to revise, then I am all done for the year. My grades are still high, and I hope to get straight As the semester.

Sadly, there has been NO knitting. I have only finished one thing in the past two week. My Irish Hiking Scarf is done (but, I don't feel like hunting down the camera to take a picture). I have actually gone a whole day with out knitting a stitch. I have gone two and three days with not so much as a purl.

I did start a sock on Thanksgiving that is now languishing in my WIP basket. I do have a really wonderful alpaca scarf nearly done for my Aunt Kim's birthday. It is soft, warm, and PURPLE!

I have been putting a lot of thought into my Christmas gift giving knitting. I need things to be down and dirty, fast. I know the new Knitty is coming out, and it will have lots of things to add to my list, but I have several things I want to start making so that I am well prepared.

Lots of Sweet Mary Janes are at the top of my list. I have about 20 balls of Wool of the Andes to help with that.

These and those are also high on my list of things to make this year.

My DD would just die for Pasha. She would die a second time for this!

and I am sure this hat would be great for lots of people on my list. The BOYFRIEND of my DD would enjoy We Call Them Pirates.

I just wish I could find something cool with a guitar or sax on it for my son. Then my list would be complete. Any ideas?

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Crisis over

After this post, you will find that my career as a high school English teacher is secure (despite my tendencies for typos on this blog!)

I am feeling much better (emotionally, I do have a slight cold) since my last post. I have reviewed my bingo sheet, and I am happy to say I have 7 classes to take before I student teach. It would seem that objects in the mirror really are closer than they appear.

I wish I had some FO pictures to share, but alas, I haven't finished any knitting lately. I did finish a very successful (and difficult) short story for class. I wrote it from the point of view of someone with autism. I had it workshoped by the class last night (a humiliating process where the class tells writer what they think a story is about), and it seems I have very little revision to do. Most people not only *got* the story, but they were full of praise for it as well, which is great! Often, workshop means that people pick apart the stories and find lots of fault. I just need to cut a few things and clear up one or two small points.

I should (finally) have my Irish Hiking Scarf finished in the next day or two, and I am working on the Christmas rush of Sweet Mary Janes.

Happy Knitting!

What did you expect?

Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Just bitchin'

I have nothing knitting related to post. I have only been doing a few rows here and there, so there is little progress to report. I am bogged down with school.

I really don't want to be in school. It gets in the way of my life. I am bored by my classes. I many respects, I am "doing over" things I did to get my first BA.

I know that sounds like a bit of a pity party, and it is. I am honest. The thing is, I want to work and get paid well for the work I do (let's face it, my job is work, but I am paid pretty poorly). My life may be one of wanting to have my cake and eat it too.

Honestly, I feel like I could be out doing someone somewhere some good, but I am back in school spinning my wheels. It is depressing. I don't want anything grand. Just a job that uses my skills, educations, and talents with pay that at least honors the fact that I work to pay bills and buy food.

I don't post. I don't work out how to do all the patterns I have in my head. My life is getting in the way of my knitting. I just can't seem to find my way out of the fog of doubt and unease.

So, I'll trudge on and hope that I am doing the right thing.

Thanks for reading. I feel a little better now.

Happier Knitting!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

just a dumb quiz -- i am being lazy

You Are 64% Open Minded

You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded.

Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.

But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.

You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.