Musing Monday – #teacherpoets

So, just in case you hadn’t noticed, I have been working a lot lately. Wrapping up a school year, training for a half marathon, and helping out with confirmation classes at my church have all kept me very busy for the last month or so. When Christopher Lehman posted about a poetry writing workshop for teachers as a way to refresh from Spring testing season, I was all for it. I can’t participate live, as my Saturday mornings are spoken for, but I am keeping up with the YouTube version during the week. Today, I watched Session 1, in which we took a big topic and narrowed it down to a more manageable slice of life to write a poem about. I wrote a rotten first draft of a poem for my husband. I will share when it is a little further along…

Work In Progress – Silk Throw Pillows

My friend P grew up all over the world due to her father’s job. When she found these oriental silks in her closet, she remembered that they actually came from Asia many years ago and thought it was time for them to see the light of day. The pink silk is to be made into pillow covers for sister, and the brown is for me! I just happen to have some brown polyester pillow covers on my couch that have seen better days. I think that I can remove the zippers from the old covers and reuse them on the new ones. This will be my sewing project over the long Easter weekend.  Happy sewing!

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Swap!

School has been taking up all of my time lately, so when Louise announced the 100g swap on her Caithness Craft Collective podcast it seemed like a nice treat. I had a nice time putting together a package for my swap partner, Sarah. I sent her some Yarn Love Elizabeth Bennet sock yarn in the Indigo Bunting colorway. I didn’t take a photo before I sent it, but you can see hers here. She has never been to Louisiana, so I included some local color, too. I really had so much fun getting her package together that I kind of forgot that I would get a package from her, too!

She sent Cascade Heritage Handpaints in color 9960 (blues, browns, grays) that is almost the exact color of a Miss Babs skein that I have had my eye on. She also sent some local magazines, a cool tree bark pencil, some postcards, and a lovely note. I have had fun messaging her on Ravelry and feel like I have made another online, knitting friend. Happy knitting.

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Work in Progress – Loasa Lateritia Cowl

The current work in progress that is getting most of my knitting attention is the Loasa Lateritia Cowl by Hunter Hammersen from her book, The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet. This cowl is for a co-worker who is working in my classroom for half of each school day. She is great with the students and a good friend, too.  The yarn is from String Theory Yarns. It is their Seri 100% silk base in the Iris colorway. Once the cowl is done, I will have enough yarn left for a Bonny from Tin Can Knits for myself. Win-win! Happy knitting. 029

Finished Friday – Hogwart’s Express

Who can knit owls? I can, that’s who! The Hogwart’s Express is done, except for weaving in ends and a gentle blocking of the tips. The owls were fun to knit, and the whole piece went quickly. Everything else that I was working on was boring me, so this project helped to get me excited about knitting again. Now, I have to start a scarf for my teacher’s helper, but it looks pretty quick and easy. Happy knitting!

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Thankful Thursday – Spring!

After a weird winter with snow three times we are finally seeing some warmer temperatures and fields full of wildflowers. My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in the Spring, our son’s birthday is in the Spring, and the days get longer in the Spring.

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WIP Wednesday – Jaywalker Socks

Hi! Work has been my priority for the past few weeks, but we are in the home stretch now toward summer. I have started the Jaywalker socks by Grumperina using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. Unfortunately I cannot remember the colorway name, but it reminds me of a sunset. A very cheerful sunset!  Happy knitting. 010 011

Finished Friday – Scrappy Socks

These are socks for my son made from left over yarn from two other pair of socks. The green yarn is Hazel Knits sock yarn and the striped yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts mill ends. They two went together really well and I had enough to make a pair of socks with yarn left over for mending. I used my new favorite heel treatment, the afterthought heel, which makes the sock look weird when folded, but fits my foot better than a gusset heel. I don’t think my son has a preference either way. He only cares about loud colors!  Happy knitting. greek 009 greek 010