Projects!

I’m so excited – I decided on a project, worked on it (and pretty much only it) and it was done before the due date: Father’s Day – even though I won’t see my dad until the end of the week. I made him the Knitpicks Bow Tie

I used Cygnet Wool Rich Four Ply yarn that I got from a swap – Color is “Denim Mix (2137) – used less than one skein. It was an easy pattern once you got going on it, but man – using those US1s messed with me after a while. I tried to tie it myself following online directions but couldn’t get it to work, so I’ll leave that to Dad and hopefully I’ll get a picture with him in the tie. He prides himself on being able to tie a bow-tie. I’m excited for this somewhat goofy project as I haven’t knit anything for him yet. I think he’ll get a kick out of it.

Friday (the almost last day of school) Dan and I went into NY to see my brother perfom at the pit – very cool. They had the audience write down a word for a later improv thing and of course I wrote “knitting”. Of the two papers my brother pulled, one of the two was mine. The other was “Banana Hammock” – so, after acknowledging that he pulled the paper his sister wrote he made a joke about getting a knitted banana hammock for Christmas. (anyone know of a pattern? that would be funny). **Edit to add: I googled “Knit banana hammock” and one of the first things that came up was the thong from knitty HAH!)

I didn’t want to bring in the US1s on the train, so I cast on for Argosy – I think it will be a potential Christmas present – if I can part with it – it’s a great pattern and works up seemingly quick!

Valuable Lessons

It’s the next-to-last day of school. Things have been somewhat calm / low key, the kids are on their loud volumes, but at this point, who cares?

I cast on for Argosy last night – needed a new project for knitting on the train this afternoon. I brought it in to school with me and knit a little bit while the kids played games.

Then I taught them Asshole obviously, the non-drinking version, and we called it “Loser” but the basic ideas were there. Someday they’ll learn how its really played and perhaps they’ll think of me.

NOOOO!

The last week of school is already hard enough. I’ve had two kids go on and on about how they can not wait for the last day to tell me off. Then I heard about hitting a teacher. When I told them it was a felony they wanted to know how much jail time it resulted in, because “They young and have the rest of they life” UGH. And then, because apparently my school can’t do math in, oh, the start of the year, we get this memo today:
“Please be advised that Monday, June 18, 2007 will be a school day (half day). The state requires that we have 180 instructional days and we are short one day. There is no reason why we cannot make Monday our last day here. We just need to work hard Thursday and Friday afternoon to ensure all work gets done, everything gets filed and all materials are properly stored for the break.”

I’m hopeful that not many kids will show, but given their parents and how they wouldn’t want to be bored at home, we’ll probably have a full house.

Insert big ol Lucy face here. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I need some vitameatavegamin.

Virtual Vacation Q & A

(I took today off of work. Good day to dream about vacations!)

1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why?
I want to go to Alaska – have heard it’s just so beautiful and I really want to see a glacier before they all melt away!

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why?
It’s so hard to pick one – I want to see them all for the different cultures and sights – Japan, China, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland (again), England (again), Russia, Egypt…

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
I have driven across much of the eastern U.S., driven into Canada (to Winnipeg from Grand Forks, ND)

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it?
Hawaii was so tropical – we went there for our honeymoon – it was spectacular! I’ve also been to Cancun, Mexico and the Virgin Islands – equally stunning.

5. What was your favorite “travel” vacation? Why?
Hawaii and Ireland with Dan because each was a “big” trip for us… we travel well together 🙂 Also the Virgin Island trip – my grampa had sailed down to the V.I. from Rhode Island, and sailed around the islands for 9 months – we went down to spend a week on his boat – it was awesome!!

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain.
There’s plenty in CT I haven’t seen yet – Mystic is a fun place to go to play tourist…

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker?
A mix of both – love love love the beach and just walking along it. Museums can be great – I like the natural history kinds

8. What’s your favorite type of yarn?
alpaca, blue sky organic cotton yarns

9. What’s your least favorite type of yarn?
fun fur, overly fuzzy / halo-y mohair-ish yarn

10. What items do you like to knit?
it seems like everything except sweaters 🙂 scarves, socks, hats, and currently I’ve got a whole load of baby stuff on my queue

11. What do you pack, knit wise when you go on vacation?
more than I’ll ever get done! Socks are good for travelling – and I like the two circs method so I don’t have to worry about needles getting losts!

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit?
I’m all set to get started with embroidery and crochet – just need to give it a try, same thing with sewing.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise)
nope

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?
I love blues-purples-greens-raspberrys….i tend to stay away from brown and yellows

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)?
Sweet sugary treats – jelly beans, mike and ikes, wonka candies

Camera Play

This weekend somehow went by incredibly fast – especially since on Friday it seemed like there was not much that was going to be going on. Friday was the graduation for the 8th grade at school – it went off pretty well. Now there’s just this week left – and it’s all busy work! Tomorrow I’ll do a lab with the kids I see, I took Tuesday off, Wednesday I’m thinking we’ll do rock salt ice cream, Thursday (half day) maybe the egg drop, Friday (half day) hopefully it’ll just be a movie day….Then Friday night we’re off to New York to see my brother perform his stand-up.

Anyway, this weekend we had friends over and they extended their stay which was a lot of fun. They also brought their bassett hound, so Jackson got to be around another dog which is good for him!

It’s not often that this group is together – cheers! (While I really wanted to enjoy the fruity-rum drinks I did not. Someone has to take photos!)

They played outside and I hung out with the whiny dogs, watching:

The dogs were even more miserable when I walked outside, but I think they were plotting something…

We had a fire (hard to photograph!)

And some fireworks…

Today I went out to an environmental “fair” in town, picked up a lot of information and some lightbulbs. I hope they do this every year – it’s a good idea.

Tonight we’re headed to my parents for dinner, then a neighborhood meeting (a sex offender moved in up the street), and hopefully all that will be done in time for the finale (I can’t believe it) of Sopranos… and then it’s monday again. but I’ve got tuesday off.

More Graffiti


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First of all, sitting 1 hour and 20 minutes in traffic (to go all of 16 miles – 13 of which are highway miles! No accident either. Ugh) is not my ideal way to start a Monday or any other day. Combine that with awful attitudes of preteens, tweens and teens. Combine that with finding more grafitti on my tabletops. I teach 4 through 8 graders. How do they know to write such garbage, and then why do they think it’s funy?