Tuesday, June 26, 2012


the stash back to its home. This makes me realize that I REALLY may not buy any more yarn. I have lots of gorgeous recycled yarn that I've been sorting by weight. And tons of commercial yarn, so it's a moratorium. Actually I haven't bought any in over a year (of course I've knit next to nothing) but not even more sweaters to frog (unless they're cheap and 100% cashmere, preferable DK or heavier) Well, even that would be hard because I haven't been to the thrift store since forever either. I'll post a picture when I'm finished but DH bought these shelves and filled 40% with clear rubbermaid storage bins which are filling up quickly (with recycled yarns :))

the stash started like this

then the basement looked like this

and the new picture has yet to be taken, but it'll be a beauty.

And hopefully, the room I'm painting will be complete soon. I want to leave it steampunk but DH wants to box out the pipes.

I forgot to mention the little friend that came to visit us the other day His cardinal parents were flying around encouraging him to take the leap. The neighbor's dog scared him to death. He is so sweet.

off to weed the garden a bit then move more stash.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Thank god it's summer!

It's all about baseball. DS1 is on his league's all-star baseball team. They have a game Tuesday night. They lost their first so depending on the outcome it could be their last or they could play again on Thursday. I'm hoping for the latter. He's done remarkably well this season and I'm insanely proud of him. He was Snoopy in his school's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown musical as well so we had a hoppin' spring.

DS2 played baseball as well so we were at the field almost every night after school and play practice!

I am headed back to the elementary school to teach and couldn't be happier. I need to get started on making awesome lesson plans. The new books are in my car.

My kids have kept me insanely busy with their schedules, but I guess that's what keeps me young.

My latest project that just finished blocking and drying today is a birthday gift for a friend that I hope to see this weekend.

Pattern: Citron

Designer:Hilary Smith Callas

Yarn: my own handspun targhee cross 2 ply (from a raw fleece)

Weight: fingering

Color: swimming pool blues (kettle dyed with BerryBlast Kool Aid and medium and dark blue Wiltons gel)

Needle: US6

Yardage: less than 600

I hope she likes it. It's only my 3rd project that I've made using handspun. The 2nd was this gift for DH for Christmas, which he wears but I'm not completely happy with:

Also not the most clear picture. That was with 3 ply BFL undyed except for the trim which was romney dyed with coffee.

I haven't knit or spun much in the past 2 years being at the JHS... Hoping that will change with the school change this year.

Well my list of summer projects is growing. And we'll have company for 7 weeks or so, so rather than type more I should get cracking.