Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fall Weekend

Lia had her photos on display at Final Friday. They were all amazing!! I had a hard time but I picked one that I had to have. I really enjoy Final Fridays at Twist, all my friends are there and there's great food. We stayed out extra late last Final Friday - my friends for school dropped by and we all have some tea at The Vagabond.

Saturday morning I was up early for Race for the Cure. We did the non-timed 5K. We got lots of fun, fabulous SWAG (stuff we all get).

The fall weather is so beautiful. We have been spending tons of time outside. Big D did a great job of landscaping our front garden, ever since we moved in I have wanted shrubs out front and I finally have them.

The kids and I have been practicing our volleyball and football skills, everyday.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Have you ever heard of Socci?

I traveled to Emporia State University to attend a workshop on Socci and GeoMat. Unfortunately, I missed the GeoMat workshop because as I was leaving for lunch I ran into a curb and blew out my tire (don't tell my husband, he already thinks I'm a bad driver.)

After I called AAA and they put the spare on, then I drove to Wal-Mart to get a new tire. I spent an hour and half at the Starbucks across the street. Thank goodness I had my Twist project bag with my Kansas sock to knit.

I did learn a lot at the Socci workshop. The presenter talked about how, in American, when you give people a ball they use their hands but in European countries they use their feet. It's just a cultural difference.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pre-felted Pumpkin

We already have our Halloween decorations up. The kids started asking in August if we could put them out and I finally gave in 2 weekends ago. I love, love, love, Halloween! It's our families favorite holiday.

This is a pre-felted 12:01 pumpkin. Someone in our sock class brought one into Twist and I had to make it. Shelly has so many, many colors of Cascade 220, I had 3 oranges and 5 greens to choose from. It's wonderful having a LYS.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Smile box

Family Fun magazine had a great article about saving and organizing your favorite family recipes. I have compiled a large number of great recipes over the years, which I have loosely organized in 3-ring binders. The article suggested using Smile Box to save and print recipes. I really like the layouts they offer. You do have to download the program and the music and animation are annoying but you can turn them off. Here's an example:

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Click to play | Make your own Smilebox

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kansas Retro Rib

I'm calling this sock "Kansas Retro Rib." The yarn is by J. Knits and the pattern is Retro Rib from Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Shame on me for neglecting my faithful blog readers. My excuse is 3 BIG anatomy tests over 4 days. I'm rather proud of myself, all A's.

Saturday, we had our 2nd installment of the sock class. I was amazed by the progress people had made. One lady had both of her socks completed (pictured) and another 3 or 4 completed one sock. I had so much fun teaching this class. I was glad to have Lia there, I think we make a good team.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A quick post

A quick post this morning, I'm at Panera studying for my Anatomy tests (one on Friday, one on Monday). Panera is a great place to study- coffee, bagels ( I recommend the Mochachip Swirl with hazelnut cream cheese), and free wi-fi. Also I have none of the distractions that I have at home, such as laundry, dishes, etc.
Just so you have a picture to look at, here are some of T's drawings. At night after bedtime the kid's are allowed to lay in bed and read or draw. T mostly draws.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Fall Into Autumn Week 1 Topic Post

Now that in some geographic locations the weather is starting to turn cooler, do you change the type of yarn(s) you knit/crochet with?

I enjoy knitting with wool year around but I find myself knitting more in the cooler weather, in general. In the summer I like to use cottons.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Sock Class and Another Bag

Lia and I taught a beginner sock class at Twist on Saturday morning; I thought it went very well. Our students were great, all were very fast learners and patience with us as this was our first time teaching this class. Thanks so much to Shelly for letting us have the class.
Of course, I couldn't leave Twist without buying something. I have had my eye on this Lexie Barnes bag since the shop opened. Unfortunately for me, someone bought the original one. When I saw that another one had arrived, I had to buy it. I have been carrying my pink and brown Timbuk2 bag since last Christmas which is an incredibly long time for me to have one bag so it was time for a change.

Friday, September 7, 2007

"Fall Into Autumn" Dishcloth Swap

I haven't done a swap in quite some time and I miss getting surprises in the mail so I decided the dishcloth swap was for me.

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I have been knitting for about 6 years. I do not crochet.

2. Have you made dischlothes before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
I have made many dishclothes, I use them myself and give them as gifts.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?
I use lots of peaches and cream. I would love to try Handknit Cotton by Rowan.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
I prefer circular needles and I really like addis and hiya hiya needles

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I love bright colors, fushia, lime green, turquoise.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
Going to the Pumpkin Patch with the kids

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!
Pumpkin and Apple

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
I was always nervous on the first day. I liked to dress up "fancy'" on the first day of school and I picked out the perfect outfits for everyday of the first week.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)
I love, love, love Halloween!!

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
Red Licorice, chocolate (dark), caramel apple suckers

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
I have a Lab dog, 2 kids (9 yr old girl, 6 yr old boy) and a husband

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
Noro Kuryeon, I'm bright and cheery, a little crazy and unpredictable

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
I use them for dishclothes but I would like to have one for a facecloth

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
Halloween, of course. We decorate our whole house complete with 3 large blowups in our front yard.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?
No allergies.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Lizard Ridge

I was able to get almost three blocks from two balls of Kureyon. It's going to tough making this afghan over a year, I want to knit it all right now. But I'm going to do it over time with the group.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

School and Such

We are back into the full swing of school and work.

My classes are going well. I have Anatomy, Swimming, First Aid, Team Sports, Movement, and Intro to P.E. The big challenge is Anatomy- lots of memorization.

T loves 1st grade. Lucky for us, he has my good friend as a teacher. He's really coming out of this shell.

Third grade is a lot more work than we thought it would be. S had homework on the 1st day of school and every though it's a holiday weekend she has homework this weekend. I, personally, think it's too much but I'm going to see how it goes.

D's work is the same as always.