Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The end of an era!

It was a dark, quiet, Halloween evening and suddenly there was a knock at the door...
Our first trick or treaters in 20 years!

Undelivered KAL Socks

These socks are for the Sock the Vote KAL, HOWEVER, my Cuffie Party Yarn was lost in the mail. NO worries… Mel, of Single Handed Knits created a new party: The Undelivered Party and so I was able to actively participate! A second mailing arrived and I'm currently knitting the second pair of socks and should have them completed  before the week is over.

This was my first KAL and I had a great time. I appreciated all the thought and effort Mel has put into this entire project and I'll be participating in others in the future.
Pattern: Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman
Yarn:Barking Dog Opposites Attract
Colorway: Anthony and Cleopatra
Amount: 1 skein
Needle Size: US size 2

I am so tired of having MANY projects on the needles...this is the first project I think I've finished all month. I knit a little on MANY projects. The Cuffie socks will be done this weekend, and the Piper's Journey Shawl and The Tiger's Blue III soon. There are even a few more to be finished before I start anything else but I'm beginning to make a dent in the UFOS!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

This year's yearbook photo

I was pleased with my photo for the annual this school year.....
The day we had photos taken the principal asked if I'd worn my lab coat. Yes, Mr. B. Yes, indeed!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A quick view of the classroom

When I moved into the new science classroom it was a blank slate. I enjoyed putting it together and hope these photos give you a taste of what my new home away from home looks like.

Monday, October 22, 2012

North Dakota or Bust!

 What is the best thing about North Dakota? 

My family...

Thank you for a great visit!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Griz Season 2012

It has been a nightmare of a Griz season. The team has had difficulties on and off the field since preseason. Kudos to the new coach but it's to little to late. There are two games left, including the game all Montana waits for each year - The Griz Bobcat Game.

Highlights so far this season?
Smoke filled canyon Sept 15th
Clearer skies Oct 13th
Better luck next year boys, 
Tickets for!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Pirate's happy with his booty!

The Pirate's Sweater Take III was finished in July. I wanted it to look fresh and new for the beginning of school and planned on mailing it right before the first day. However, with the start of MY school year it quickly became too hectic for me to even get the package in the mail, that is until I received this email....
The sweater was popped in the mail and I received an email this afternoon....
The California Dreamin' Gurl wrote:
"Apparently there was a crowd of "at least 20 kids" gathered around
Cameron this morning as they waited for school to start - all admiring
the new sweater!  First time they had seen him in something (slightly)
different in two years!"

Monday, October 8, 2012

Undelivered Party, and an outstanding KAL

At the beginning of the summer I discovered a new knitting podcast to watch, Single Handed Knits. Mel is an inspiration! She thought up a KAL to coincide with this fall's election and called it Sock The Vote. We are to spend October knitting socks, either top down (the Cuffy Party), bottom up (the Toe'd Party), the Green Party (socks with green in them) or Undecided Party (Spiffy-Iffies).

Unfortunately, there was an unexpected party formed: The Undelivered Party (yarn is still in transit).  Sadly, I became a reluctant member! I am amazed at how everyone in this podcast group have gathered around The Underlivered Party and aligned themselves with the unfortunate ones! I have been gifted a pattern (a lovely cardigan pattern named Waiting Cardi) as well as received many notes from group members living all over the world. For me the comradery is a wonderful and unexpected bonus!

I believe I will receive a replacement package tomorrow and life will return to normal but I must say that tonight, I will bask in the glow of several parties united in the task of knitting socks! Thank you my friend for creating this adventure!

My socks for the Undelivered Party:
Saturday morning: Goodbye to the manicure, hello socks!
Pattern: Socks on a Plane
Yarn: Barking Dog Yarns
Colorway: Opposites Attract, Anthony and Cleopatria
Needle size: US 1.5

Sunday, October 7, 2012

No longer AWOL

It has been a very busy beginning of the school year! So busy in fact I haven't even had time to post even a tiny blog, or finish one knitting project - until this weekend...

I love my new school assignment, I'm a science and math specialist for 3rd - 5th graders but keeping ahead of 450 students is difficult.  When I returned to school at the end of August the classroom was filled with my boxes and items left behind by the former teacher. With a lot of hard work I was able to create a great science classroom. Each day is filled with math games and hands on science activities, the kids love coming and I love having them!

The end of the month brought a birthday and I'm still celebrating. The day before my birthday my long time friend, Kendy, came to town and we had pedicures, shopped, ate out, went to a movie, played a board game and jumped into the hot tub. In the morning it was breakfast, more shopping and then home to spend the day with hubby.  This weekend the gals at work took me out to lunch and we had a great chat - something we've been unable to do because we're all so busy! ( I'm so out of the habit of blogging I forgot to take pictures!) And there is one more lunch to look forward to - Brother Steve to met soon.

Hubby went on a hunting trip the middle of the week and wasn't to be back until tomorrow. However the weather changed on Friday and brought snow. By the time I got home from my lunch with the gals, hubby was here drying his tent out in the garage!

I held firm with the weekend commitment to complete as many knitting projects as possible and so have a few to share.

I've been crocheting a blanket for charity on my lunch breaks. This was a project suggested on a podcast I watch, Wolfe Farms. I hadn't crocheted anything for awhile and so it was a welcome change.
Pattern: Irish Chain (Diagonal) Baby Blanket
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport Ombre
Amount: 761 yards
Crochet hook: G
Pattern: Stashbuster Socks
Yarn: 75% wool, 25% nylon
Colorway: Leftovers from stash in three colors
Needle size: US 1
Pattern: TINY tea leaves cardi
Yarn: Cascade Yarns, Pacific
Colorway: Hydrangeas
Amount: 4 skeins
Needle size: US 7, and 6
Pattern: Ally's Stretch Yoga Socks
Yarn: Paton's Stretch Socks
Colorway: Licorice
Amount: less than a skein
Needle size: US 3

Sadly, I still have four other items on needles. All this from a monogomous knitter! I swear when I get these items done I will knit the way I love to major item and one pair of socks to take with me place to place!

More tomorrow!