Every time I photograph this scarf, it comes out a different shade of green. It’s an easy knit. You start with the hard part, the lace. After that is complete there is a series of short rows in garter stitch. I thought there might be a mistake in the pattern because it says turn – not wrap and turn. But I followed the instructions and there aren’t any holes or problems.
I volunteered to help with the last week of play rehearsals for Gianna’s school. It’s 5:30-7:30 every night. I just stand in the back hallway shushing the kids constantly and trying to prompt them when it’s their turn to go on.
School is hectic as ever as we head into midterms. I spent a large amount of time yesterday grading. My students had a “catch up lab day” because we had yet another snow storm and in one class only 4 students showed up. How can I lecture to 4 and expect the others to get it through osmosis? This snow can stop falling and the temperatures can start rising any day now.
Freaking insurance! I have to carry two policies – my own from the college and my husband’s. The whole family is on Dan’s insurance but they required that I also pick up my work’s policy if it is offered. It’s a royal pain in the rear. Because the insurance companies can’t share information, I have to have identical sets of labs done for my “wellness” check-up each year. This year, my bruise from blood drawing wasn’t even healed from the first insurance check-up and I had to go to the second one!
So… Okay… I can live with that little I convenience. Today, I get a letter in the mail from Dan’s insurance. Due to my lab results, I have to go on a mandatory high blood pressure plan. This plan requires medication, yearly doc visits, taking my blood pressure at home,etc. I must comply in order to keep our current rates.
The problem? I don’t have high blood pressure! My results from this insurance company’s labs? 108/63! I’ve never had high blood pressure. So somewhere along the way, my results got screwed up. Now I get to spend the whole day tomorrow calling the number provided to get out of this. I think it will be a long ordeal because the company that provides the “plan” is not the same company that drew the blood. Both are hired out from the insurance company! Of course, the phone number is only manned during working hours when I…..WORK! So, excuse me students while I play this background music for you on my speaker phone so I can get this mess straightened out during my lecture and lab. I’m sure by the end of the whole process, my blood will be boiling enough to warrant their claim.
Knitting: the scarf I knitted up this weekend.
See why I described it as “earthy”? But it’s nice. I wore it today.
The new scarf has made some progress.
Gianna took both of the pictures above. I don’t know if she was dancing while photographing or what but they are both pretty blurry. I like to knit lace because every row is different and it keeps me going. I want to see what’s next in line to do.
I unraveled this sweater a while back.
Then I plied it on my spinning wheel. And now I’m knitting it into this Arroyo scarf.
This will keep me busy all week, I believe.
I’m still alive but getting stressed out because I have too many irons in the fire. (Note: spellcheck changed irons to morons. That might work too!)
Music is taking center stage in the kids’ lives right now. Gianna has been frantically prepping for a music contest that was held this past Saturday. She played (and was judged) on a variation of Canon in D on the piano. She nailed it and received a first for her piece. Her band then played three numbers. Two of the three I enjoyed a lot. The other – I didn’t care for. But let me say that her band has improved so much over the past two years. Her grade school has gone through a rough patch with band directors and has had 4 in 5 years. But I like this guy. I don’t know if he’s good or not, but he is poring his heart into it and the kids are improving tremendously. One cool thing: her band could not be judged this weekend because they have two violins and a piano (Gianna) in it. I guess you can’t have strings in a concert band. But he has them in there because otherwise those three kids would not be in band. Why not grow their love for music? I like that. The band was still able to play but for comments only. That’s what he wanted – feedback to improve.
DJ is preparing to go to Disney with his band. He spent a good amount of time Saturday learning to march. They’ve never done that before. Then today, he spent 2 hours practicing with the pit orchestra for the school musical “The Sound of Music”. About an hour into it, he called me and said he was in over his head and thought he should bow out. The rest of the musicians are professionals. But during the second half, a good – really good – trumpet player took DJ under his wing and gave him pointers and tips. It renewed his confidence and he’s going to stick it out with lots of practice and lessons.
What about knitting and quilting? Not much of that going on. I finished the socks.
I started and finished a cowl with chunky yarn. It was a very short project. It’s blocking now and I’ll try to get pictures tomorrow or the next day. I hated the yarn – Casablanca by Cascades. I usually love their yarn but I didn’t like anything about this stuff. Used the whole skein with only 2 yards left at most.
What will this week bring us? Better weather I hope! And some down time for relaxing a bit more!
Last week was super hectic and this one mirrors it. Bad news: I am not going to get my vest done by the end of the Olympics. I wasn’t able to sit down and seam it together all week last week. I could have pushed it this weekend, but there was very little relaxing that took place in the past two days, and I need some good time slots to concentrate on seaming and nothing but seaming!
I did knit some on my socks.
One sock has everything except the afterthought heel done and the other has about 3″ to go before it is caught up to the first one. I’m able to sneak in a row here or there because this pattern is easy and the sock is small so it can go on the run with me.
I sewed for an hour this morning and although I don’t feel like I’m getting much done, the design wall is changing a bit each week.
I probably should have cropped out that mess on my quilting table but it want to get this post in before dinner and quick is better than perfect.
Next week one of the kids has Scholastic Bowl every night. I have a meeting one night and a class another night. I think I’m actually free only on Tuesday night! And that’s only because Gianna isn’t going to softball practice but is instead going to play practice. I don’t have to participate in play practice so I get a breather.
Gianna and her science fair partner made it to regionals. We were very proud of her. This weekend she is also in a piano competition and a band competition. See? Another hectic week ahead full of sock knitting in the car and while I wait for events to occur! Not much else but work to fill the gaps this week.
I’ll post when I can.
How do kids whose mothers aren’t quilters get their science fair boards perfectly centered? Those square rulers in various sizes come in handy. Along with pins to initially line things up.
Never wonder why my daughter is OCD. She comes from a long line of OCD relatives.
I am so happy to report that all my vest pieces are now finished! I had no trouble blocking the back to the correct size. I worried so much about what I could do to fix the back if it was too small. I need to trust the process! I finished it before supper last night but even after blocking all night, it is not dry. I put the overhead ceiling fan on this morning and I hope to be seaming the pieces tonight.
What’s a girl to do during Downton Abbey with no knitting? Start a sock, of course. I could have knitted on the diagonal scarf but quickly opted to try a new sock pattern out. Here it is.
I love it. It’s called Broken Seed Stitch. I’m using two different yarns. However, (and there’s always a however), I decided the last two pairs of socks have been rather snug. Mathematically, I can increase the stitches and still have a snug sock with 64 instead of 60 stitches. (BTW, you have to increase by 4 so you have an even number on each needle for the pattern repeat and heel construction). I cast on my usually 24 stitches and then increased to 64. But…. I think they are too big. I have re-measured my foot circumference and it’s 8.375 with the tape measure pulled snugly. At 9 stitches per inch, that comes out to be 75 stitches. Subtract 10% or 8 stitches for snugness, and mathematically 67 stitches should fit nicely. So why do 64 stitches feel loose? Rip out to 60 stitches or keep going?
The sole looks good – even with a few mistakes in the beginning.
Maybe I should sew while I mull this over. I don’t want to start the second sock until I’m sure that the number of stitches is correct.