Well, by the time I finished writing my previous post, I had pretty much decided that I was going to rip out Ursina, and so I did. And then my mind went to thinking about what other sorts of things I could knit with a little over 1000 yards of DK-weight yarn that comfortably knits… Continue reading Vita de Vie…times three?
We're now halfway through week 3 of the semester, and my classes are going pretty well. The reality of being one of the few people still masking (even when the University has raised the risk tier to "Medium" meaning that masks are "strongly encouraged" rather than just "optional") is a hard and exhausting thing, and… Continue reading Crop failure.
Ok, so it's still solidly summer in terms of weather and the fact that the Equinox isn't for several more weeks. But tomorrow is my first day of classes for Fall Semester 2022, and so to me, it's "Academic New Year" season (which is the more salient "new year" than actual "New Years Day" for… Continue reading Hello, Fall ’22.
I've been feeling a little bit like I'm missing a shell lately, too - I've never been good at tuning things out, and have always cared too much about everything, and let's just say these last few years, and especially the last few months, have had a LOT of everything. My daughter asked me the… Continue reading A shell-less turtle
When I was asked to be the "fiber arts teacher" for my volunteer placement with the summer learning program this summer, I was a little apprehensive - I mean, I know a LOT about knitting, but that's just one "fiber art", and I knew I'd need to come up with activities that were doable by… Continue reading Teaching what you don’t know
Like most academics, the arrival of August signals the impending start of a new year of teaching. Classes don't start here until the 31st, but still, we're now in the same month as the start of classes, and that comes with a bit of trepidation, even more so now in this allegedly "post-"pandemic time (during… Continue reading Hello, August.
I finished yet another pair of DRK Everyday socks today! https://flic.kr/p/2nBikYK Pattern: DRK Everyday Socks, by Andrea MowryYarn: Lichen & Lace 80/20 Sock in "Beach Glass"Needles: Size 1 40" circular (magic loop)Time to knit: A couple of weeks, on and off I did my usual mods: knitting a size up from what my size "should"… Continue reading Socks and sameness
Today I took what I learned from experimenting with Kool-Aid dyeing with my daughter and her friend and taught the 1st and 2nd graders in the summer learning program class I'm working with how to dye yarn! Before my time with the kids, I tied a different color scrap of yarn onto each of a… Continue reading more Kool-Aid dyeing fun!
Last week I got to meet the group of first and second graders that I'll be visiting a few more times this summer for fiber-art fun. They seemed to really enjoy getting to feel the raw wool and play with different fibers and try out knitting a few stitches last week. I won't be joining… Continue reading making with kids and reknitting brioche
So far, the re-knit of the Waterbearer Cardigan is going pretty smoothly. I've reached the "butterfly" stage with no mishaps! (And, as you can tell from the above photo, I've not lost my enthusiasm for "briochestashes".) https://flic.kr/p/2nxxN82 This time around, I'm being really diligent about tracking my place in the pattern. You'll notice that I… Continue reading Mid-July.
Well, the day after I posted about bunny's pajamas, I succumbed to the non-COVID (we tested a whole lot of times) respiratory crud my kid brought home from school, except that what was sniffles for her was...a lot more than that for me. It utterly flattened me. I was basically not functional for about 5… Continue reading I don’t know what title to give this post.
Happy Summer Solstice, everyone! I hope this summer will be as restorative as possible. https://flic.kr/p/2nsZiYv On that front, since knitting small nonsense seems to be bringing me much-needed joy, I made some very unseasonable but also adorable pajamas for Bunny Odile. The pattern for the pajamas is included in the Bunny Odile pattern (along with… Continue reading Bunny has pajamas!
I've been saying that I planned to do a fair amount of sewing this summer, and then just...not doing it. But the last few days, I've trimmed and traced patterns and cut out fabric for a few sewing projects, and yesterday, I spent the day making the first of them: PANTS! (It is surprisingly hard… Continue reading I made PANTS!!
I finished Piggy today, and my daughter is a very happy recipient! I'm told that this Piggy uses she/her pronouns and is named "Olive" :) https://flic.kr/p/2nrofTr Pattern: Oliver Pig, by Susan B. Anderson (but this one is "Olive")Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted in "Strawflower" for Pig; scraps of Patons Classic Merino in brick red… Continue reading Piggy is complete!
This past weekend was so very full, and I did a lot of crafting leading into it. The music director at our UU church, Thommy, who had been with us for a decade, is leaving to join his spouse and pursue new things, and one of the things he requested for his final "Music Sunday"… Continue reading toys, ties, and goodbyes