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Monday, April 14, 2014

My yarn crawl haul

Oh people.  You have no idea what I did at the yarn crawl this year, lol.  I've had a gray sweater on the brain ever since Kim knit one out of some amazing yarn that I can't even remember, but I've been obsessing over it ever since.  I've purchased so many gray shirts and t's, and really it would have been less expensive to finally give in and just buy the yarn already.  So I did.

I found six skeins of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted in silver at Love to Knit, and I slapped my plastic down for it faster than you could blink.  My only regret is that I didn't buy a seventh, because there were just so many beautiful patterns in my que that 1200 yds would cover, but I've got super-long arms and the sleeves won't fit without that extra length.  I should have known better.  That being said, I did decide that I could either knit a super simple top-down cardigan (which I've done before and it fit), or I could knit Rocky Coast.  I should have enough yardage to cover the long sleeves.  Or I could knit this.  I would need a few skeins of another color for the stripes but that's not a problem, and there were some really stunning versions done in gray. 

I also picked up lots of cool stuff from the Play At Life booth, which is where I usually do all of my damage during the crawl, lol.  I got three of her gradient kits and another maki to make summer armwarmers.  At work I use them for scratch guards.  And I got two skeins of sport weight self-striping sock yarn from Quaere in 10-Stripe Rainbow.  I. Can't. Wait.

That being said, good friends just had a baby today and I was caught unaware.  I really forgot how far along the pregnancy was, so now I'm really happy (and justified) that I bought that bunny kit on the crawl as well, lol. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Finally starting to swim

It's cheese with my name on it!
 Hi everybody!!  Oh how I've missed you all.  It turns out that adding full-time employment back into the mix has been a bit much for me and I've been doing my level best to keep up with all-the-things.  Most days I don't even knit!  I KNOW!!

Since we last spoke, I had a birthday and fought several times with Alex's school.  I've been trained on all of the students in my classroom except for one (which is coming soon), and today we finally enacted the safety/restraint training that we recently switched to so I was more able to help out in the room on a few occasions.  And while it certainly has been tough to work with some of the boys without being able to engage physically if it should come to that, it's been a blessing in disguise because I've learned enough about their triggers and personalities that I've learned how to avoid an aggressive episode.  It's better to avoid an incidence of aggression and self-injurious behavior than to have to engage a student who is having one.

In knitting news, I've not done much to brag about but I did finish a pretty little sample for my favorite Yarnie, Chrystee of Play At Life Yarns.  I used one of her Maki and one of her semi-solids to knit another knee high.  I've knit this sock with this exact yarn combo several times now and I love it each time.  I'm looking forward to finishing my latest knee highs with her Dark Rainbow and Blackstrap.  Look for those soon.

School (grad school that is) is going well for me.  I'm on break from my latest class and I'm still carrying a 4.0 GPA.  My job provides the supervision hours that I need to qualify for the BACB exam, which is great...but I had no idea that I would be required to do homework for that.  Now I have homework from work AND homework from school.  It's all really really overwhelming, especially with my rediculious schedule.  I'm very much looking forward to summer when seminary will be out and I can sleep.

And to wrap things up, the Mr has started to make homemade candles.  He loves it and he's really starting to get the hang of it.  Naturally there was a learning curve.  You can see him here trying to get a candle out of a mold, lol.  Turns out that there's a window of time in which you're supposed to do that and if you go past, good luck getting it out.

Eventually he will be opening an etsy shop and giving small business ownership a go.  I'm really excited for him, and for the suddenly endless supply of candles I have to burn.  Most of the first batch weren't good enough to sell, but they're good enough to scent my home :)  Our apartment has never smelled so good.

this is what happens when you don't have a proper seal.

Friday, January 24, 2014

This year so far

 This year (so far) I've embraced lots and lots of change and thankfully most of it has been good.  I'm all set to start work on the 10th and I will be provided an opportunity to work with several different groups of students so that I can get all of my experience hours in.  I'm feeling pretty good about it, but trying to get used to the fact that i won't have near as much time to knit, lol. 

I have also been blessed to have two of my cousins (on my dad's side) reach out and contact me via Facebook.  It's amazing how much one of my cousins and I look a like!  The family resemblance is striking.  We have been chatting today, trying to break the ice and get to know each other, and I look forward to doing more of that.

Dante tells me that his bus issues have largely resolved themselves and he is no longer required to sit in the front.  I think the meeting we had with the school, the bus company rep and the driver, and the rep from the school district did the trick.  I also think Dante knows now that we will back him up when he is being treated unfairly, but that he still needs to show respect for his elders and that we will be limited in what we can do if he gives in to teenage impulses.  I'm glad that things are finally settling down on that front.

Alex is starting to do pretty good in school again.  It was a really rough go there but he's had several good days in a row and has started getting his work done in class again.  I'm really proud of the efforts he's making and I'm glad to see that his teacher is really trying to work with him to accommodate his needs.  I know we got off on the wrong foot with her but I can see that she truly is trying, and he likes her so she can't be a mean woman or he wouldn't hug her every day.  SMD is a tough thing to get a handle on and most teachers haven't experienced it (or at least didn't know they were) so it takes some time for things to come together.  The fact that this is starting to settle down shows me that 1) his teacher is starting to understand his needs, or at least how to meet some of them, and 2) my intervention is working.  One way of testing an intervention is to start it, then stop, then start again.  If the behavior improves, then gets worse, then improves again, you can say that the intervention worked.  I didn't want to have to go through this with Alex, but I think I can safely prove now that my suggested accommodations work for him.

Meanwhile, I've been baking bread like it was my job, and I'm loving it.  I switched yeast brands after talking to a friend and I've had success after success.  We finished all the store-bought bread last week and I baked a new loaf last night.  I sent Alex to school with a sandwich made from home made bread; we'll see if he actually ate it, lol. 

I've got some sour dough starter in the fridge and a batch proofing on the counter as I type this.  The first batch turned out pretty good but it got too dark on the outside and I don't think it was fully cooked through to the center.  I'm gonna try again tomorrow :)

And finally, I came up with a list of ideas to use to help raise some money for the YW Camp this year.  I'm pretty excited about a few of them and I hope we can try them out.  I also had a long-time blog friend come through for me with fabric for a YW activity; thank you very much Cathy!!  Our budget is laughable, so this will help us out immensely :)