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Went well

September 7, 2006

I volunteered in Sierra’s class today and it went pretty well.  The teacher did kind of get on me for not helping a kid write his “a.”  He wasn’t writing it correctly and I was waiting for him to finish the letter he was working on when the teacher thought I should grab his hand and do it for him.  They are sitting on the floor and with my bad back I just had a hard time with that.  I even mentioned to the teacher when she assigned me to that station that I couldn’t do a lot on the floor with the kids because of my back.

The kid who was having a problem with the letter “a.”  Doesn’t speak English, either.  He speaks Assryian and so that made it really difficult to try to communicate.  I know some Spanish, but that really didn’t help me in this situation.

I tried to keep an open mind and stay positive.  The teachers did get in a bit of a misunderstanding in the beginning of the class.  I couldn’t be there the whole day, only 2 hours.  I am going to try and go every Thursday.

Even though I am pointing out the negative here, I wasn’t really trying to watch for it.  I was just trying to get a feel for the class as a whole and I think that the teacher did a fine job.

So, what Tony had told me from his experience and what I observed were completely different, from black to white.  Odd, huh?

Another interesting thing is that one of the little girls asked me not to leave.  She told me I was the class helper, their friend and that I had to stay.  I told her I would come back to help next week.

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Soy Wool = yummy

August 30, 2006

I should be in bed so I can get up early for school. I still have the anxiety that I will sabotage myself and sleep through the class. I only have 3 alarms set, is that enough or should I get another one? I think Tony’s cellphone has an alarm I can set. On Sunday night I slept with my cellphone in my hand, it has an alarm and vibrates (yeah, don’t go there…you bad people.)

Look, here is Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes.) It is 70% wool and 30% soy and it is very soft. The colors stripe and sort of remind me of Noro.

This would kill some people (Deneen) 😉 to know I casted on another project, oh when I have a million and one things I am still working on. The colors aren’t exact because of lighting issues. Did I mention how soft this is?

I am going to present this at my job interview as a possible project to teach.

edited to add:  I know I said I wasn’t going to start any new projects…however, it isn’t September yet.  hee hee…

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Finished Hat and Sock Progress

August 18, 2006

I finished another hat. This one turned out wonderful. I am going to mail this to Cordelia. Maybe she won’t read this? I actually did this a week ago or maybe more and hesitated if I should post it on my blog. I have been very lazy with my mailings. Send positive thoughts her way today. 🙂

The hat is crocheted from a pattern about 10 posts before this one, too tired to look right now.  It is in Plymouth Wildflower DK yarn, color green (or whatever fancy name they have for green.)

With the hat is the “dreaded” second sock. It is a jaywalker sock. I am working on this at a snail’s pace.

What have I been doing? Well, since you asked (okay, you really didn’t but humor me…) I have been setting up the new bulletin board Fiber Freaks. I have told you about it, right? It is an online community where knitters AND crocheters can talk about both with each other. We are breaking down the walls here. Knitters and crocheters can socialize. Good stuff!

Actually, it was my discovery at a crochet only board that there were “closet knitters.” They showed there crochet on the bulletin board and their knitting on their blogs. We all know that knitting and crochet have their place and there is a lot of grey (as well as a multitude of other colors) that overlap so it just isn’t all black and white. Okay, you get the point and I am tired and my eyes are blurring…

Tomorrow I am going to go to my yarn activity group with a local club so I should have some progress to show you tomorrow on something! (promise…yeah, yeah…you have heard that before…)

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First Day of Kindergarten

August 9, 2006

Sierra could not wait for this day to come.  She loves school so much it is hard to contain her enthusiasm.  She didn’t cry and almost laughed when I asked her if she was going to.  She was confident, got her name tag from the teacher and was probably the happiest kid in her class.  School went fine for her, her biggest problem was that she apparantly locked herself in the bathroom, but was later saved by a big kid, you know a “six of seven year old.”  When I picked her up from school she accused me of being late when I was right on time, they were all early.  The nice thing about her school is I can volunteer their whenever I want to and it is only a block from my house.

I have a story to tell about a local park I went to today, but will have to tell it later.

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Jaywalkers finished

July 20, 2006

Pattern: Jaywalker, largest size
Needles: size 2

Yarn: Claudia’s Handpainted yarn, color purple haze (which does not photography well.)

The color of these socks are an electric purple and a reddish/orange. There is black in there too and really these socks remind me of lava. I absolutely love this yarn and will be buying more of it one day in the future when I have money again.

I have organized my crafting space and am very happy about it. I put my ball winder to good use and I wound up lots of remnant balls of yarn. I am amazed on how much yarn I have that isn’t a full ball of yarn. These are all from projects that I have finished which didn’t require the whole ball of yarn. I need to think of creative ways to use up this yarn. Maybe I need to try intarsia or something that incorporates various colors of yarn. Also, I have been winding up projects that I started that I won’t finish. Some of these are knitting projects that when I started them I was inexperienced or lacked the right tools so just tried something that I thought would work but didn’t. It is a learning process and I am comfortable with reclaiming the yarn and using it for a project that I am happy with. Also it makes my WIP’s much smaller.
I am not done with my crafting area as I really could use a couple of shelves, but it is a start. My goal right now for this blog and for my knitting/crocheting is to have one finished project per week.

I know some people have more but I think this is something I can manage.

Current WIP:

Clapotis w/ sari silk yarn. (I looked at this and I wound the sari silk into balls and man it is dirty. I am not ready to start working on this. This could be something I don’t look at until after the first of the year, I don’t know.)

Socks – basic ribbed sock pattern

Sweat Pea Shawl – crochet project, near complete but am blah about the yarn choice. It isn’t yarn for me, but maybe someone else will like it.

Angelica Tunic – I have one sleeve to complete and then I need to pull out the bind off of the body and add a few more inches as I think it is too short and needs a longer body for my body type. I have kind of stalled on this as I realized that varigated yarn does not look good on a big body. I should have chosen a color that was a solid color. I plan on finishing this within the next few weeks, whether I like it or not.

Sierra is sick, cough, sore throat, 101 fever. It sucks and has kind of messed up my day today. I know that is selfish but in the past year I have had to cancel more stuff because of her or Madeleine getting sick. It is frusterating. Building better immune systems, right? I think I need to make her wash her hands more often.

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The story of a Bag

June 21, 2006

This is a little story about a bag, a version of Dawn's Well Traveled bag.  First, I crocheted the bag using Dawn's pattern, however I did it all in HDC.  The reason is because I was crocheting the bag in one single color, so I did not need a thin stripe and since I was felting it I knew it wouldn't matter if it was single or half double.  

So, I finished crocheting it with the yarn that Deneen gave me and that I had dyed with Kool-Aid and food coloring.  I got this lovely colored bag.  I absolutely loved the colors.  
Then, came a HUGE PROBLEM!  I felted the bag and the colors faded to pastels, and icky pastels.  I couldn't handle it.  I stared at the bag and just could not deal.  So, in a fit of rage I got out the dye pot and threw the bag in there with the only dye I had, red colored Kool-Aid.  This happened so quickly, I did not take a picture, but I guarantee it was a fugly sight.

Out of the dye pot came this pukey raspberrry colored thing.  You could still see the icky throwup orange underneath the red color.  It sickened me.  No other colors.  I had no other dyes.  What was I going to do?

Then, my head thought of that purple color, you know, that color that stains everything when your child has thrush.  Gentian Violet.  Now, I have wondered in the back of my head if you could dye yarn with it.  This isn't a new thought for me, and I was desperate.  

So, I took the raspberry fug and put it back into the pot with the hotest tap water I could get (enough to cover the bag) and added way too much Gentian Violet that I had mixed with another packet of strawberry Kool-Aid.  My though was the KA had the citric acid.  I was out of vinegar.  

One thing about Gentian violet is that it is alcohol based.  So, I was kind of afraid of heating my dye pot.  My fear was too much heat could cause a fire, yet I really do not know this for sure.  Knowing my luck it would happen and then Raspberry fug would be scorched. 
I let it sit in the dye for about 30 minutes, it got kind of milky, but it never exhausted.  I have a few theories why it didn't exhaust.  The first is that I didn't have the stove turned on.  The second is that I think I used way too much Gentian Violet.  I think it doesn't take very much to get a nice rich purple.  The third is maybe I didn't wait long enough.  I don't know.  

I rinsed the bag in the sink with dish soap and hot water.  I then threw the bag in the washing machine on hot water and added some synthrapol.  

Here is the final results of dyeing the bag.  I am very happy with the purple that I got.  You can still see some undertones of the red color, but I think that is a nice part of the bag.  Pardon the lint on the bag, it isn't a finished product as I need to clean the lint off, line it, add purse clasps, add grommet holes, and add a purple leather strap.  All of that dyeing and washing really felted the bag.  The dimensions of the pattern after felting is  7”x9”x4”.  My bag's dimensions are 7"x7"x4".  At one time the bag was longer and I think it was 9".  Oops…

This purse will be auctioned off at my mother's club, to raise money for the local children's crisis center.   (Thanks Dawn for giving me permission to use your pattern for this.)

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To Washington

May 22, 2006

We are leaving to Washington, although we will probably stay in Portland tonight at Tony's sister's house. Tuesday we will be off to Washington. We plan to stay there until Friday or Saturday and then drive on back and hopefully spend the weekend at home sleeping.

If you live in Washington and want to meet up (Kel?) Send me an email with your details, like phone number.

For those in the loop, my mom is doing good. She is home now and that is wonderful news and is what is making my trip to Washington possible. I wouldn't be going if I thought for one moment that she needed me or wasn't okay.

Well, got to go packing the car before Tony crabs at me and we argue…not a cool way to start off a vacation. (ps…he slept and I didn't…wah!) (I get to sleep in the car…wah….so more…) (I don't even own sunglasses…) Who thinks the trip North in the car with a 5 year old and 2 year old is going to be pure torture? (raises hand…) Yikes!

Okay, so that is enough complaining I just had to get it out of my system. (For all of you who go to Hawaii for vacations without the kids, I envy you.)