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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The crack of 'Why am I awake'

So, this photo is terrible, but it's what I've been working on for the last two weeks.  According to the pattern, it's done but I'm going to add 2 inches in length because I need it to be a little longer.  It fits like a glove and I love the feel of it.  All I need to do is knit a hemmed edge, and the icord neckline.  Once it's done, I'll wash and block it and then I'll get some decent photos and then it's off to the yarn shop for 6 months or so.

I got my grade for my Child Development class and I got a perfect score on my final projects!  YES!!  So I start my new classes on Wednesday and I'll be much less productive as far as knitting goes.

Today, Naomi showed me how to set up a weaving loom and a little about how to actually use the loom.  I'll be weaving a scarf of my very own soon and then I'll know a little more about the process so I can actually be helpful to our weaving customers.  I'm also working on a series of workshops that I'll be teaching soon, along with some morning classes for the customers who can't attend our Wednesday and Thursday nights.  I'll be teaching different techniques like decreases, increases, cables, how to read lace charts, and all of these fun things will be taught while knitting dishcloths!  That way, people will have a finished project (or close to one) by the end of the session and they'll have learned all the different techniques that they'll need to be able to knit other projects, like hand-warmers and socks.  I'll be teaching different heel techniques and thumb gussets in later classes.  This is gonna be so darn fun!

Now... off to put my sweater on one single needle again and then to bed before my antihistamine kicks my behind.  Tomorrow aught to be fun...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

about stuff in general...

This is a photo of Alex from last Wednesday, which was his 'first day of school' (or more like his first of three days of school, but who's counting...)  You notice that he's posing with Thomas.  He asked me to take this photo, and put a great deal of thought into it, lol.

Anyway, before I go into work today I figured I'd give a quick update.  I have my grade back for my final project in my History of Psychology class and I finally got a perfect score!  Every paper I turned in this term has lost a few points for APA format errors, but I nailed this one!  She was impressed with my honor's portion of the project as well.  These projects were seriously challenging!  It took two weeks for me to finish them all (there were four between my two classes).  I should know in a day or so about the other class (which I'm a little concerned about...I think I misunderstood the directions, even thought I asked clarifying questions in class...) and I'll update again.

In knitting news, I'm four balls into the new shop sample project.  I've finished the top section and I'm close to working the linen stitch waist section.  Then it should be pretty simple, just knitting in the round, probably with a little shaping.  These sleeves are seriously too short for me, but maybe they'll lengthen a bit after blocking.  Either way, it'll be fine because kimono's look nice with shorter sleeves.
I also reclaimed two skeins of Cascade 220 in Olive Heather that I used to knit the Incognito cowls for the boys.  They both liked the cowls, but said that they were 'itchy' so they sat there unloved and unused for months.  I decided that I could find something better to do with that yarn (I love Cascade 220) so I ripped it back, wound the yarn around my arm and tied it off, soaked it in wool wash to remove the kinks, let it dry, and now it's waiting to be knit into something else.

Now, off to get ready for a day of playing with yarn :)