Thursday, August 30, 2007


No, I'm not kidding.
Stop laughing.
Please stop laughing?
Its only for 7 weeks....

My department chair severely broke her ankle last month and is out until October 22nd. I somehow got hornswaggled into taking her calculus class until she gets back. I'm going to go read the Calculus book now. If any of you people who are infinitely more qualified to teach this than I am have any suggestions...

On a knitting note, I gave my department chair the 'Barbi camouflage' socks, but because of her cast she could only wear one, so I made her a little toe cover for the cast foot out of the leftover yarn.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Ambition and Distraction

The Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle went on. “We had the best of educations . . . Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.”

Here is my view for the day:
Lesson planning for Algebra 2. My teachers edition, my old lesson plan book, and my new (bigger and better) lesson plan book.

But look...
I've just finished a panda cotton sock in "Barbi camouflage" for my department chair, and I've started the 2nd one, I should work on that so its done for her next week....

Ooooh, and here's some Maizy that I think I'll use for Peg's socks. I need to start these so they're finished next week too....

And I started a baby blanket in Bunny Hop, I got some green to soften all the crazy rainbow, but I'm not thrilled with the pattern. I'm going to go back and rethink it...

And I can't forget 'bout all this... This was all purchased with the incredible enabling skills of my friend Ms. Loopy. Well... I think I may have enabled myself with that fiber... Its Camel and Silk! Must borrow spinning wheel soon....

Wait. Wasn't there something else I was supposed to be doing today?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Somewhere there is a picture...

I didn't want to post until I had a picture.
So I took one.
Then the battery on the camera died.
Then I proceeded to not replace the battery.
So here is a picture-less post.
The picture was of all the yarn I bought when K's car needed a new transmission. Now, it wouldn't normally be that a dead car = yarn but somehow thats what ended up happening. I took K to work and then met up with Ms. Loopy (who I met at the yarnharlot signing in June...) and proceeded to do an impromptu 5 shop yarn crawl of the peninsula. Granted, all I bought was sock yarn, but it was definitely a case of fumes twisting my perception of reality... actually I think it was bamboo fumes, not wool fumes this time. I will post the picture as soon as I get off my lazy summer ass and replace the batteries in the camera.

Other than that my knitting hasn't been doing much. I got a little discouraged after the mystery stole, which I was feeling so happy about, turned out to be an asymmetrical pattern. I can't deal with that. Its hard enough to find an occasion to wear a stole, but to wear an asymmetrical one? Nope. No can do. So I'm waiting for an acceptable symmetrical alternative to crop up, or I'll just figure it out myself. Or I just have a really nice pointy doily. Bleah.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Summertime, and the knittin' is easy....

1 pair of socks done! And somehow I only have 2 pairs unfinished (unless I've blocked some out of my mind...) So I'm starting on these....

I'll be making 2 pairs of socks, these are 2 balls made with 2 skeins each of Lorna's Lace Sock in Bee Stripe, wound so that I can knit them with a double strand (thicker, but faster). The colors of the high school I teach at are Black and Gold so these will be for my department chair and my mentor teacher. The yarn is designed to make a really clear stripe but since our mascot is a Panther not a Bee I think holding the two together will soften or eliminate the striping... we'll see.

I also finished this

Its a wrist rest made out of the left over bamboo yarn. I stuffed it with wool and so far it seems to be holding up well, we tend to abuse our wrist rests....

I need to do laundry again, I'm debating whether to take the easy way out and just knit socks our whether to take the Mystery Stole and try to catch up. I'm already behind and I'll have to do an extra 80 rows to lengthen it since I'm knitting it on small needles. Hmmm... since I have a history of making knitting mistakes while doing laundry, I think I'll just take the socks :)

Oh wait.. now I remember I do have 3 pairs already on the needles. Damn. I thought I might have finished some while sleeping. Apparently not. Oh well. I'm still plugging along...