Yesterday, I was very productive. I spent 3 hours cleaning my sewing room. My sewing room is actually half of the basement. Most of the time when I clean it, it’s just superficial – moving one pile from here to there and just dusting surfaces. Not yesterday! I deep cleaned – moving every thing out of the space and scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees. I cleaned the tops, sides, and underneath surfaces. Unfortunately, I only got 1/2 the room done. I will go back this morning and spend another 3 hours on the other half. It looks great and feels great to sew in a clean, uncluttered space!
Not much knitting was done on the socks.
I put some of the Wild and Goosey blocks together.
I have 11 of those done and about another dozen units completed just waiting for the sashing parts.
I went to Gianna’s softball travel team practice for two hours, came home and ate supper, just to turn around and go to a city softball draft for the summer league. We aren’t really a sports family, but we do get into summer softball. I coach the city ball team with another woman. We drafted a good team. We can start practicing April 1. I hope the snow melts by then!
What’s on the to-do list for Day 4? I’m going to finish cleaning the sewing room. It’s going to be in the 50s today so I’m going to detail the car and take Hawk for a walk. Put in a bit of piano practice and sewing and knitting and my day is filled up already. Tonight I’ll be at play practice. There are only three more practices until the play performance. I need to bring my sewing kit tonight to alter some of the costumes.
Sounds like I better stop blogging and start cleaning that sewing room….
I didn’t get much accomplished on Day 2 of my spring break..
1. I did a ton of laundry. I do a ton of laundry every Saturday though.
2. I spent 2 hours downstairs sewing. I have enough bow tie blocks done to put together another row. No pictures were taken yet though. I cut and cut and cut and cut. I’m getting pretty bored with that project already.
3. When cutting up my 2″ scraps for both the rail fence and the bow tie quilts, I noticed my scrap bin of small and wonky pieces was getting way too full. So I paper pieced 6 of these 3″ Wild and Goosey blocks. The bin is still overflowing.
4. Every time I sit down, I knit 4 rows on the socks.
5. I feel like knitting season is coming to a close. These socks and seaming my sweater vest will probably be my last projects of the season. Why? I have been getting the hand-appliqué, hand-quilting bug lately. I got out my Elly Sienkiewicz books and visited Sue Garman’s web pages and I just adore appliqué quilts. I keep thinking that maybe I should do some non-symmetrical blocks because it’s the symmetry that always gets me discouraged. I can’t seem to get that “perfection” I feel is necessary. Maybe I’ll do an entire quilt of vases of flowers. Those are not symmetrical and are beautiful. And time consuming. But I could make them large – 15″ or so – and only make one a month.
6. I started learning a new song for the piano. It’s “Irish Wedding Song” and I really like it so far. 😊
Day 3 has to involve more cleaning. I’m going to tackle my sewing room. I need to put my yarn in storage bins to clean off my long arm table. I need to dust and sweep and generally get that environment friendly enough that I want to spend time down there. Add that task to softball practice and a city ball softball draft, and that’s probably all I’ll get done for Day 3.
Yesterday began my 10 days of spring break! There is still snow on the ground and it’s nowhere near spring-like temperatures outside, but it is officially spring break for me. I immediately began a list of what I need to accomplish this week. There’s housework (cleaning, laundry, etc); stuff I’ve been putting off (appointments for haircut, car detailing, windshield replaced); school work (grading, prepping, etc); knitting and sewing; and exercising. If I get all the things done on my list, I should be thoroughly exhausted and asking to return to work!
After Day 1, my house is cleaned (thanks mostly to my mom!) and there’s a good dent in my laundry. I’m trying to sew for an hour a day every day this week. I won’t get the bow tie quilt top done with just an hour a day, but I will get a nice dent into a few rows. I finished knitting my green scarf and it’s blocking as I type. I started a mindless pair of socks – Hermione’s Everyday Socks.
I always knit two socks at the same time – but separately. Sounds strange but that way I never have “second sock syndrome”. Two socks get completed at nearly the same time. This is a simple pattern knit from the cuff down. That’s not my favorite way to knit socks, but I thought I’d follow the pattern this time instead of changing it to fit my whim. This yarn is so patterned that I won’t see the stitch pattern well, but that’s fine. I don’t want to get caught up in a complex pattern and then can’t put it down to do other stuff this week.
I’ll try to report back each day on what I get done. My hopes are high for a very productive break!
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!