Category Archives: Family

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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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…


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…)

Italy and Greece 082Florence, from the Ponte Vecchio.


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:

































Some knitting actually happened, too.  Pictures coming soon.


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