A (Very) Brief Update

I’ve been gone from the blog since mid-February. I’m not entirely sure what all of my reasons for that are, but it is what it is. I have been busy with work and a few other things. (I went to Jamaica, for example.) But suffice it to say, I’ve been more than a bit remiss in my blogging.

I’m not entirely sure how to fill in the gaps. My knitting life hasn’t been terribly productive of late. I have been knitting, but I don’t have much to show off at the moment.

The only thing that I can really show off at the moment is my recently published pattern Oliver. Oliver, which I published in late February, is the final piece of my Swan Thieves collection. I’m pretty proud of Oliver, and I really like the pattern. In fact, I like it so much that I knitted it twice. I’m only posting pictures of the second time at the moment, but I might actually get around to showing off the first one (which I actually finished in early January) at some point. Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.24 PM Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.25 PM Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.25 PM #2I’m hoping to resume blogging with more regularity at some point in the not-too-distant future. But for now, I’ll say that I’m busy but happy at the moment.

 

FO: Suncrest Shawl

While the Winter Olympics have been playing out in Sochi, Russia, I have been participating in the Ravellenic Games-the knitting/crocheting/spinning equivalent of the sporting games.

This year, I only competed for one team and only worked on one project. (I’ve done more in other years, but this year, I chose to be realistic.) My project was Tanis Lavalee’s Suncrest Shawl, and I knit it up using a skein of Tanis’s red label silk/wool/cashmere blend from a One of a Kind Update in her Etsy shop back on Boxing Day. The color was (rightfully) named sugarplum. The finished result is divine. It’s soft and beautiful. And I have a feeling this baby is going to get a lot of use in my wardrobe.

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FO: Clear Creek Pullover

Last night, I finished a sweater that I had started thirty days earlier. It was the Clear Creek Pullover from Carol Fellers. The pattern is written for sport weight yarn on size 7 needles, and I modified it for fingering weight yarn (TFA Red Label in Ravine from one of Tanis’s Etsy Updates) on size 6 needles. And I love it.

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A Teacher’s Opinion of Snow Days

Dear Friends, Romans, Facebook friends, Reporters, Countrymen, and Everyone else,
I am well aware that if my school has a snow day tomorrow we will have met the annual limit for the state of Michigan. My students are also well aware of this. They know and I know that if we have more than six snow days this year, then we will either have to add minutes on to other days during the school year or add days on to the school year in June. I know this. The kiddos know this. We don’t want to do this. Please stop rubbing this in our faces.

Here’s the thing. I’m glad that you’re big and strong and when you were a kid you walked uphill both ways even when it was -90 degrees Celsius to get to school. But seriously, go outside. Feel that wind. Look at those roads. Do you really want my eighteen year old students driving on those roads? Do you really want my fourteen year old students standing at bus stops waiting for buses in that wind? See, I don’t want that. I don’t want to go later into June or have extended days. But I also want my kiddos to be safe.

So stop calling us wimps. We’re not thrilled with this and we really won’t be thrilled with it later in the year. I’m not entirely sure that my freshmen are going to finish Romeo and Juliet before April at this rate, and my brilliant third quarter plan for my seniors is in desperate need of revision at this point. But right now, we’re just trying to survive another freaking “arctic storm.” I’ll get the lesson plans sorted out. And hopefully, we will all stay safe and healthy.

(Also, I might miss my kiddos now. But their safety is the most important thing.)

FO: Allegheny

“Miss Hendricks, I like your new dress. It’s purple.”

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“Miss Hendricks, that dress is really pretty. Did you make that?”

IMG_1882“Miss Hendricks, I love your dress. Actually, I just love purple sweater-dresses. I have one too!”  IMG_1885

Those were a few of my students’ reactions to the new dress that I wore to work on Thursday, our first day back after a deliciously long winter break. The dress that was so fabulous? Allegheny by Thea Coleman in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran Weight in Plum. Green label is one of my favorite yarns in this world-although I should admit that I’m kind of a Tanis addict in general. And the yarn worked amazingly well with a great pattern. The pattern is easy to follow and well-written.

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Raveled here.

FO: Marlow, Round Two

When I initially designed Marlow, I created the pattern sample as a gift for someone else. But I knew that I wanted another one for myself. And I also knew that I had the perfect yarn in my stash for what I wanted. So, I grabbed my size 9 needles and two skeins of Madelinetosh Chunky in Betty Draper’s Blues, and I went to work. A short while later, this is what I had.
IMG_1874 IMG_1878I finished it yesterday, and I’m in love with it. This baby is going to get sooo much use this winter.

Raveled here.

Pattern here.

14 Goals for 2014

This is the fourth year that I’ve done this. That in and of itself is a little scary to me. In past years, I’ve linked up to the previous years’ posts, but tonight I’m tired and lazy, so if you want to go read my previous posts from previous years, go search for them on my blog. You’re smart people.

Anyway…on with the show…

  1. I want to have an amazing adventure.
  2. I want to do something involving the alphabet for my twenty-sixth birthday this summer because I’m an English teacher, I like the alphabet, and there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet. (I also want to meet Rick Porcello on my birthday, but I don’t think that will actually happen.)
  3. I want to read Madame Bovary.
  4. I want to read Dark Night of the Soul.
  5. I want to finish reading Wolf Hall. (I really want to do this by June.)
  6. I want to make Katie a sweater for her birthday.
  7. I really want to make myself two pairs of socks.
  8. I want to make at least five things that are on my “Things I want to make” Pinterest board.
  9. I want to make better use of my Pinterest Recipes board.
  10. I want to finish that sewing project that I left at my parents’ house when I move out.
  11. I want to make at least three things out of my Downton Abbey cookbook.
  12. I want to be a better friend, sister, and daughter.
  13. I want to avoid spending money on yarn for any reason whatsoever (other than Katie’s birthday sweater) until my birthday.
  14. I want to smile and laugh more because my seniors tell me that I look sad too much.