Monday, June 9, 2008
The day started out at 7am at the train station with high adreniline as one child after another arrived and asked, "I forgot my waiver, can I still go?" One by one they called parents who came back to sign forms as each minute brought the train closer to us - we couldn't miss this train - it would throw the whole schedule off. Once on the train with all but one student who would meet us in San Francisco, I could breathe easier. Sleepy teenagers who aren't sugared up yet are pretty docile.
In San Francisco we waited, and waited, and waited and missed our bus and waited some more - the student who was suposed to meet us at 8:45 finally arrived at 9:15 - the time we were already supposed to be at the ferry dock - AHHHHHH!
We got off the bus at 9:40 - five minutes before the ferry was supposed to leave and I still had to pick up the tickets! I jumped off the bus and told the chaperones to RUN!!! with the kids to the ferry - if we missed this one we would be late for the kayaking class and might not even get to go! As the kids jammed down the street and I headed for the ticket booth, all I could think was, "I'm glad I don't teach first grade!"
The people in line were kind enough to let me go ahead of them and I asked the ticket lady to call over to the ferry. Each of the 22 tickets, of course, printed slowly, one - at - a - time! Then I ran faster than ever over to the ferry dock. The students cheered! The rest of the day was fantastic because I decided that on their last field trip it was okay that they threw wet sand at each other, and that some of the girls went hiking instead of kayaking, and that they all ate too much sugar and caffeine. They had a blast, and at the end of the day, they were so happy and tired, that the train ride home was peaceful too.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Here's the new and improved (ie realistic!) summer list:
wedding washcloths (set of 4) - one almost done
fabric table runner and napkins
knitted table runners - as many as I can make before July 1st!
Boys' room curtains
washcloth for Zaahir
tunics for me
Living room curtains and slipcovers will have to wait until ....next summer?
Oh how I envy women who work at home! - Counting the days 'til summer vacation!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
What a mess, right? But I wound the brown skein and started knitting wedding washcloths last night. The stitches are so beautiful and smooth. I see a nice long table runner in skinny cotton in my future.
Now the FAT - not ME, I've been exercising! I mean the "seafoam" fat quarters I got from purlsoho.com. I started planning some napkins and a table runner, and I have seen many examples with two layers of fabric. But I am thinking that the napkins will be hard to iron if the 2 fabrics are not tacked together. I might make them one layer with bias binding. I would love some tips from anyone with experience in this area.
Now for a FO:This is the neckwarmer I sent my mom - the yarn is really pretty and warm but light - perfect for the "Summer in San Francisco"!
Love you Mom!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
On Saturday I received a beautiful swap package from Cathy. Along with coffee and yarn, she sent a cute mug, some candles, a mini picture album, a coffee scoop, a cross-stitch bookmark project, and a kaleidescope for my son - he loves it!
But the piece de resistance are the sock blockers made by her husband! so cool - I am a sucker for anything handmade out of wood.
I am inspired now to try knitting socks!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thankfully we survived and I returned them all to their parents safe and sound. This morning they were drowsy, but excited about what they had learned about the capitol, about each other, and themselves. Nothing like a field trip to build community! That's what I love about being a teacher - helping students make real-world connections and experiencing history rather than just reading about it.
Where can we go next year? I'm already dreaming about a D.C. trip... or maybe Mecca? I wish I were Miss Frizzle with a Magic School Bus!
Stay inside when it's raining? You all might think I'm an irresponsible parent (or crazy!), but I think spring rains are an invitation to put on your boots and go puddle hopping! Follow that up with a warm bubble bath and a cup of hot cocoa and you've got the perfect rainy day.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I dream about this situation daily. How I would love to spend more time with my kids chasing butterflies and bunnies and digging in the dirt. I would plant herbs, especially thyme, basil, mint, and parsley. I would plant green onions and potatoes, kale and more kale and more kale, red peppers and cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes and broccoli. I would set up a "Maya" garden with corn, beans climbing up the corn stalks, and squash plants covering the ground. I would plant lemon, pear and apple trees, plums and loquats and apricots, peaches, oranges and grapefruit. There is a lovely grapefruit in the apartment complex where I live, and the blossoms are so fragrant right now. Finally, I would surround the space with jasmine, morning glories, poppies and nastursiums. AND, I'd like a few sheep, goats and chickens too. One day, insha'Allah...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
I spent most of the week spring cleaning and cooking with my Mother-in-law. But we did make it to the park several times and yesterday spent the afternoon at the beach. My boys love the ocean, even with cold water and spring wind!
Didn't knit at all, and the curtains didn't get made, but my kitchen sure is clean! And I donated three garbage bags full of stuff to Goodwill.
It was so nice to reconnect with my family :)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
1. first dishcloth - done - I have made 2 more since then.
2. Zaahir's sweater - hibernating
3. Ahmad's sweater - frogged
4. Boys room curtains - to finish by April 20th
5. Kitchen curtains - to finish by April 20th
6. potholders - to finish by April 20th
7. Preemie hats for donations (so far my group has completed 3 with a goal of 10) - to finish by end of May
8. Fingerless mitts for me (from swap yarn) - next fall
9. Fingerless mitts from Last Minuted Knitted Gifts for a special someone whose name cannot yet be revealed (from some cool burgundy tweed yarn) - next fall
10. Organic cotton bolero jackets for new babies from One Skein - 1 done, another started - deadline for 2nd = April 18th
11. Living room curtains - no fabric yet
12. Stuffed toys from Last Minuted Knitted Gifts (my students are really excited about this project, so I'll be working on the rabbit over spring break. - to finish by April 23rd)
I also finished snake scarf, club banner, and doll dress.
Swap partner presents - two projects - to finish before May 5th.
presents for cousins - to finish before end of May.
In June I'll go back to the sweaters for Zaahir and Ahmad. I am thinking that I want to make a sweater vest for Ahmad with an argyle deatail and a scottie dog.
I loved browsing at Crystal's page - she made the cutest daffodil apron! My last 3 posts show my current projects - in sewing, knitting, and legos!
Since some of us are beginning to see glimpse of Spring, while others are still getting snow, have you changed what projects you are working on? Have you put away the hats, scarfs and mittens, and brought out the cute tank top sweater projects and lacy wraps? Have you changed yarn to something lighter and cooler, not so heavy and bulky? In my Ravelry notebook, I have changed the "in progress" winter projects to "hibernating", because really, I know I won't even look at them again until summer, or maybe even fall. Since I am in California, it's already nice and warm, so I'm not really motivated to work on sweaters - with the exception of a baby sweater that I've promised a friend. My next group of projects will all be for gifts - for my swap partner, and for my cousin who is getting married this summer. So I'm looking at household stuff like lace insets for pillow cases, and table runners, etc.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
He has a beautiful smile on his face, but I have this thing about putting my kids pics on the net - it gives me the heebie-jeebies. By the way, the yarn is Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in "crayon".
Almost done with the "alternating rainbows" dishcloth - I used the simple garter lace pattern, by Nanette Blanchard and alternated every two rows using two coloways of ombre dishcloth cotton - one in purples, greens and blues and one in lavender, yellow, and white. I have about 5 rows left - hope to finish tonight so I can send it off to a secret pal tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I also made laundry soap and dishwasher soap from this book which has all knids of goodies in it! I hope they work because I would really like to stop polluting the environment with chemical cleaners! Besides, I worked out the prices and it would be so much cheaper to make these myself, and they only took minutes! The book also has cool recipes for craft materials and for yummy baked goods. I'll post a complete review next week insha'Allah.
Perfect for paper clips!
By the end of March (yikes!) I will try to finish:
Knitting Club flag
Baby bolero #2
Dishcloth for a special secret pal
Fingerless mitts for another special secret pal
I've got until next Monday because then I will have to start on the coffee swap goodies!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
1. What is your preference? ground - no grinder
2. What kind of coffees do you enjoy? A rich, bold roast - caffeinated-PLEASE!
3. If you were headed out right now to buy some coffee for the house, what would you be picking up? Arabic coffee - I am the only one in the house who drinks "American" coffee on a daily basis, in which case I'd buy a pound of organic fair trade from my local coffee house, Dana Street Roasting Company - or Peet's.
4. Do you drink for caffeine, pleasure, or both? Both
5. Do you enjoy flavored coffees? No.
6. A large, lovely mug or a small, dainty cup? Mug.
7. Describe your perfect cup - an americano with a touch of cream, homemade muffin in the other hand - with family, early morning, on the beach.
8. You're sitting down to enjoy a nice cup in the local coffee shop, knitting bag in hand, iPod all tuned up - or maybe you're there with a few friends for knit night! What treat do you pick up to enjoy with your coffee? A sweet, rich brownie, or something more healthy? I could go either way - I love chocolate with coffee, but my favorite local coffee shop makes a great spinach quiche that is yummy with a strong Americano.
1. Do you knit or crochet? Knit
2. What are your favorite types of yarns to work with? Organic cotton.
3. What do you have on the needles (or hook!) right now? A scarf, two kid sweaters, dishcloth, some fingerless mitts and a doll sweater.
4. What are your favorite colors in yarns? Blues and greens. What about those that you'd never find in your stash? Acrylic orange.
5. What sort of needles or hooks do you enjoy using? Bamboo circulars or DPN's
Any you just detest? Plastic
6. Are there any particular notions you absolute do NOT need? No.
Some of us swap a lot - are you sure that you have enough tape measures to last your lifetime? Enough stitch markers to mark every stitch of a 10 foot wide afghan? I would love stitch markers!
7. You walk into the yarn shop and have exactly and only enough money to purchase 2 skeins of yarn in their 2 for 20 special they have going..The choices are a soft, thick cotton/viscose blend in your favorite colors, slightly variegated..a beautiful sock yarn that's just squishy and sproingy in your hands.. a soft, worsted weight wool like malabrigo.. and a lovely bamboo blend with colors to just die for. Which do you walk out the door with? Bamboo - no doubt.
1. We're starting sign-ups on the first day of Spring - is it already truly Spring-like where you are? Yes.
2. What's your favorite spring flower? Jasmine.
3. What do you most look forward to about springtime? Plum trees in bloom, fresh, clean salty breezes, going to the beach.
4. They've predicted a gorgeous day tomorrow - Sunny and about 65 with a nice breeze - how do you spend your day? Take the family to the beach!
5. The day after, it's going to be cooler and pouring down rain - does that impact your mood? Not at all - rain is my favorite!
How do you spend that day? Take the kids to the museum or make cookies at home.
Odds n Ends
1. Do you collect anything BESIDES yarn and needles? fabric
2. Are you allergic to anything? No.
3. Do you have pets? hermit crab - he's pretty hard to knit for!
4. Is this your first swap, or are you an old pro? This is my third swap.
What are the last 2 swaps you participated in? Winter Wonderland Coffee; Defeat the Doldrums Dishcloth
5. List 3 of your favorite blogs - craft related or not - and tell us why you love them.
http://barakahlifehandmade.typepad.com./ - cool homeade stuff but very professional. Also, she does charity work.
http://www.makingbookswithchildren.blogspot.com/ - I teach language arts and have kids, so we make books all the time.
http://www.purlbee.com/ - I think we all know this one! Can't get enough of Purl Soho - makes me wish I lived in N.Y.
One more - when I am feeling down, I go make snow: http://www.popularfront.com/snowdays
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This pattern really boosted my knitting confidence. I think I'm ready now to get back to Zaahir's sweater. Now that it's almost summer in California! I hope it will be big enough for him to wear it next year!
Snake scarf is almost done!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Here's what it looks like closed - I tried to match the colors and almost got a perfect match. If I make this again I will do the body in a solid and maybe the ribbing in a varigated accent color. On to the sleeves!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The red on the bottom is waste yarn. The lovely green and blue yarn is Universal Yarn - Acrylic/wool in Prairie Fields. I want to buy a whole slough of this stuff because it is so soft and it's machine washable - a plus for moms! And it makes really cool patterns - more later when there is more of it to show.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Doesn't it look like a snake? I casted 18 stitches onto size nine needles and did basic stockinette so the edges would curl and make the scarf more snake-like. The yarn is "Moda Dea Sassy Stripes" and the color is "Crayon".
Here's a fun piece of knitting trivia - I was teaching a Pakistani kid in my 8th grade class how to knit, and he says that his mother calls casted-on stitches "houses".
3 skeins of cotton - one organic (hurray!), and one skein of a cotton blend in my favorite color green .
Friday, February 29, 2008
In March I hope to finish:
A preemie hat
a sweater for Molly
Zaahir's snake scarf
improv mitts - These might get put off til later since the weather is already getting warmer!
Happy (almost) spring!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Take a look:
I wanted to make some fingerless mitts, and to play around with color work before committing to a big project. So I just used what I had around. But now I have to get some more yarn before I can do the second one because my students absconded the rest of the teal wool!
So I can’t check anything off my list yet. Arghhhh! But I’m having fun.
Friday, January 11, 2008
There are three reasons why I NEED a dishcloth swap.
#1 to motivate me to finish the dishcloths I've started.
#2 I would really like to have a dishcloth made by someone else to brighten up dishwashing sessions.
#3 Because I need some content for my post since I have no other knitting content this week!
So here's my questionaire:
1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? Knit
2. What types of needles do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Straight or circular bamboo
3. What types of cotton do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Peaches and Cream
Is there any that you've been wanting to try? Organic
4. What color(s) are your kitchen and bath decorated in (if any)? coral and blue green and white respectively.
5. What are your favorite colors for yarns? I like em all!
Do you like Winter, or do you count the days until it ends? Winter is my favorite season!
7. What's your favorite way to brighten your day when you're down in the dumps? Take my sons to the park
8. What is your favorite treat to indulge in when you're down in the dumps? Hot Chocolate
9. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Cocoa? All
10. If you could take a vacation starting tomorrow and go anywhere for one week and money were no object, where would you go and what would you do? I would go on a Scandinavian Knitting Adventure
11. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should be aware of? Nope.
Monday, January 7, 2008
1. first dishcloth (almost argyle)
2. Zaahir's sweater
3. Ahmad's sweater
4. Boys room curtains
5. Kitchen curtains
7. Preemie hats for donations
8. Fingerless mitts for me (from swap yarn)
9. Fingerless mitts from Last Minuted Knitted Gifts for a special someone whose name cannot yet be revealed (from some cool burgundy tweed yarn)
10. Organic cotton bolero jackets for new babies from One Skein
11. Living room curtains
12. Stuffed toys from Last Minuted Knitted Gifts (Yes, I am a Purl.Soho groupie)
Lest I get too lofty, I am going to stop there. We'll see where I am by the end of January.
Current projects: I am excited to be working on some much needed potholders (okay, excited might be a stretch, but the fabric IS really cool!); and I have also cut curtains for the boys' bedroom from some purl.soho fabric. I also ordered some more, plus the winter issue of Selvedge with a Scandinavian theme - can't wait! Finally, Zaahir's sweater is still on the needles, as are the preemie hats that my knitting club is working on.
This weekend I got an inspiration for my knitting club - they are a wiggly bunch of 6th-9th graders who can barely focus for demos. So I thought we could start a sampler scarf and do a few rows of a new stitch every week for the first half hour, then work on our current projects for the next half hour - we'll see how it goes!
Speaking of current projects, My Winter wonderland coffee swap partner (femiknits.wordpress.com)sent some awesome yarn which I can't wait to transform into fingerless mitts! Here are some pics of what she sent:
Yummy biscotti (good thing I took the picture before opening the bag!) Hot chocolate with amaretto (Super yum!) and 2 pounds of coffee!!!
Plus a lovely snowflake mug...
and saving the yummiest for last
100% merino yarn in pretty blues and greens! Thank you, Thank you for making my first swap super cool!