Fresh start…again.

Still knitting.

Still teaching. It’s still awesome.

Tennis game in remission. I miss it, but there’s just no time to stay good at it. (Let’s pretend I used to be good at it.)

Always planning my Next Big Trip. Next summer is France and Spain…maybe a mission trip to Jamaica?

Back to sewing…even serging (!) This is huge.

Still happily married. 26 years and counting.

Still Mom to two young men, one a college junior, and one about to be a high school senior.

Picked up new job as administrative assistant to aforementioned high school senior in midst of college search (CollegePalooza 2010) for a musical theater program that’s a good fit. Full-time job.

Still have 3 cats.  They still love each other, and spend most of their time curled up together.

Back to singing (outside of church on Sunday). I joined a a wonderful community choir last fall.

Would love to lose 10 pounds, but that is always the case.

Plan to keep up with the blog, although I get that blogs are a little passe. It’s ok…not too many people read it as it was.  I just got tired of seeing my “Winter Vacation” post.

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How I’m spending my Winter Vacation…

…I’m knitting! Finally! Of course, I had to wrap a partially finished sock and yarn for Evan, and a bag of yarn for Ethan with with promise of new socks by Jan. 3, but so far, I’m making good on my Christmas promise:

These are Evan’s new slipper socks, hot off the needles.   I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s pattern “Woodsman’s Thick Socks” with double-stranded Plymouth Encore worsted weight yarn from my stash.  I had made a pair for Ethan several years ago, which Evan has been wearing; needless to say, they are now too small (I came to this conclusion when I saw the boy’s feet in them, complete with the heels in the middle of his arches.  I thought it was probably time to give the kid his own pair that actually fits.) So…these are just fine.  Better yet: They. Are. Done.

Coming soon…a pair for the older boy. (Note: I’m on a deadline–he goes back to school on Sunday.)

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Question: What is both yarn-crazy and reinventing itself…again??

Answer: This blog!!!!  “Bossygirl” has been so patient, waiting all summer and fall for me to get my blogging act together.  All four of my past readers know well that I tend to go dark once school starts, and this fall was no exception.  The good news is that Phoenix Middle School is rounding the corner toward the middle of our third (!) year; the better news is that the Phoenix Knitters are off and knitting like crazy. 🙂  We meet every Monday afternoon in the library…currently, we’re working on an afghan to donate.  We also have had two sessions with Kim Johnson, a professional spinner, who is trying to teach us how to spin with a drop spindle.   Oy. (More on that later).

So…after talking about it for 2 years, I’ve finally gotten a blog up and running for my Global Cultures students (click here to visit).  However, it has quickly become obvious that I need a forum for our Phoenix Knitters as well. Enter “Bossygirl.”  I’ll find out tomorrow at school whether we can access WordPress from our district server (fingers crossed.)  If not, we’ll have to access it outside of the school day.

For Phoenix Knitters: what kind of  knitting information would you like to find, discuss, learn about through this blog?

For the other four readers (if you’re still out there):  Who taught you how to knit? How long have you been knitting?

Nice to be back.

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Ballband Dishcloth Redux.

The orange wasn’t doing it for me, so (surprise, surprise), I frogged it and had a do-over.  So here’s the new and improved Ballband Dishcloth (details on Ravelry under “Bossygirl”). The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in “Cornflower” and “Over The Rainbow”.  Hey, I’m just glad that I had it on and off the needles quickly–I can tell I’m in Summer Knitting Mode.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little color on string can do?

Love this knitting thing.

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A Little Summer Diversion

I  must have the concentration of a gnat.  I am happy to say that Kaffe Fasset sock #1 is done…yay.  However, instead of picking up and casting on #2, I trotted upstairs to my stash and bookshelves and pulled out yarn and directions for another Maxon-Dixon Ballband Dishcloth.  It just seemed to be calling me, like a moth to a flame, like peanut butter to chocolate, like …I don’t know–yarn to needles.  Pretty, sherbet-colored yarn to cool, smooth, bamboo needles.

Ballband dishcloth

(Really?)

Oh well…it makes me a happy little gnat, regardless.

Speaking of happiness…here’s another shot from the Rome trip.  Let me summarize it by saying that I did love the landscapes, the art, the history, the people; but give me cheese, please.

Cheese Shop In Rome

*sigh*

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Ciao!

School was out June 12…and off we flew to Italy and Greece for 1o days.  (When I say “we”, I mean me, two teachers, 18 freshmen, some parents, and my family (DH, 2 teenage boys) and my mom. )  It was truly the trip of a lifetime–and hard to put into words.  We got home about a week ago, and all I can think about is where we can go next…

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Mom and me in front of the Trevi fountain in Rome, fresh off the plane on the morning of Day 1.  Note the gelato (had some every day.  When in Rome…)

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From our hotel room in Delphi, Greece.  Wow.

DSCN1250Some of the gang in front of the Parthenon.  My two are in the hats.

DSCN1215The guys in Greece.  Love ’em.

On the trip, I started a pair of socks as well- Regia this time, a Kaffe Fasset colorway.

Europe Socks

I’m using a pattern by Jessica of Zarzuela Knits and Crochets…I love it.  I’ve had it for a year or two, but I think there may be an updated version on Ravelry.  It’s got two of my favorite characteristics: toe-up and done on a circular needle.  I probably could’ve done a reinforced heel as well, but didn’t have instructions for that abroad.

In the meantime, a knitting update:  Just finished a lime green Lamar scarf (pattern on Ravelry).  Love the pattern and the yarn (Berrocco “Comfort”, in this case chosen for a gal that demands 100% itch-free fiber).

Hobbes was happy to help me by modeling the newly- FO.

Lamar and Hobbes

And, as is my summer tradition…It’s Wimbledon time.  Knitting and good tennis on summer vacation? *sigh*

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Back to school

I do love my job, but getting back into the routine this week was tough.  There were grades to enter, lesson plans to make, places to go in the evening…but at the end of the week, the cold, rainy weather dried up, and spring decided to make a little comeback.  Good thing, too–prom was Friday night.  Here are a couple of shots of Evan and his date, Sara:

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 (Awwwww.)

Some knitting actually happened, too.  Pictures coming soon.

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