Archive for January, 2010

An exhausting week…where was the snow day when I needed it?

January 30, 2010

My job is full of drama. Kids in crisis, defensive adults, angry adults, it wears me out. I want to just sleep but things are piling up around here so I’d better not.

I am still knitting dishclothes. Usually I start one in the evening and finish it the next, if I am not too tired. I had a meeting that went until 5:30 one night. Tuesday nights I have a class at Washburn. By Thursday night, I am hoping for a nap when I come home but that didn’t happen this week.

We missed the big snow they got south of us. There was only a handfull here and there. I was glad not to have to drive in it but wouldn’t have felt sad if we’d had a day off.

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Sunny Wednesday

January 27, 2010

The sun was out a good part of the day today. I, unfortunately, didn’t get out of the building at work until 5:30. Now they are talking about possible snow on Thursday.

I had class last night at Washburn. It is somewhat interesting. I was glad when I got out at 7:40 instead of 8:00 p.m. So far I haven’t had homework but there are some big projects coming up.

I bought some more Lily cotton yesterday. I am still obsessing about knitting dishclothes. I have also knit two baby hats but want to knit some more. The projects go quickly so I can get onto trying new patterns and colors.

My markers have come in from Dick Blick and Cheap Joe’s.  I know now to look for the sketch markers as I like the soft tip on them the best. Now that they’ve come I need to do some drawing.

I have a clean refrigerator!

January 23, 2010

It is sparkling clean inside and Jim is vaccuuming the dust out from underneath! I have wanted to get this done for a while now. It won’t be an embarassment to have someone open the door any more.

I started another dishcloth in between times too. It is over half done now. I love the rose color. I started one with hearts on it but it wasn’t going well so I gave up and ripped it out to start the new one.

It was around 56 today. Odd weather for January.

Rainy Saturday afternoon

January 23, 2010

January is such a long month. We have had so many grey, foggy days. Yesterday, one of the paras told me the sun was out but from where I was working I could still only see the clouds. I did get to see it for a bit when I left after 4 p.m. It didn’t last long as it got windy and rained last night.

Today it is in the fifties but very windy and other course, grey. I think there is supposed to rain some more or possibly snow.

I knit two baby hats this week. One of our friend’s daughter and her husband are having a baby this summer. It made up quickly so I should knit some more to put in my gift drawer. It makes me think though that it would be even quicker if I dug out my knitting machine and made them on that. I have an idea of where it would be best to set it up but need to take the time to do it.

There was so much drama at work this week. All the kids seem to be going through something. I think we would all benefit from sun and time off.

Fog bookends

January 17, 2010

This was some of the freezing frost from last week. I imagine we will see more as we are to have more dense fog tonight.

There was very dense fog this morning that made it difficult to drive into Topeka. After my nap today, I was awakened to a clear blue sky. The forecast is for more fog and freezing temperatures tonight though.

This squirrel has made numerous trips to our back deck. He likes to lie in the food sometimes 🙂

I finished two dishclothes today. I imagine it is time to switch what I am doing before I do too much damage to my hands.

Foggy Saturday

January 16, 2010

It started out foggy again today. There were several days of freezing fog but this morning it was fairly warm for winter. We went into town to run a few errands. I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some cotton yarn, Valentine supplies for at school and some Copic markers. It was then off to Sam’s Club for a prescription. Afterwards, we had a late lunch at Carlos O’Kelly’s. We stopped off at Harbor Freight looking for a converter but had no luck. Then it was off home. It was noticably foggier by the time we headed home. It is supposed to be freezing fog again tomorrow. Hopefully the sun will come back soon.

I have been contemplating how best to contribute to the Haitian disaster. I sent in some money to Church World Services and some to the Red Cross. I think the ELCA will be having a drive soon but I don’t know the details yet. It is so heartbreaking to see the devastation. It does remind us what is really important and how many things that take up our time are inconsequential.

Chugging away, knitting dishclothes

January 16, 2010

I am knitting dishclothes most nights. I should finish my rugs but somehow that isn’t on the front burner at the moment.

I am branching out though. I bought my mom some Copic markers for Christmas. My nieces also like them so I thought I would give them a try. They are so much fun to draw with. So, I ordered some more from Dick Blick. Then after I talked to my mom, I found they were even cheaper at Cheap Joe’s at the moment 😦 Oh, well. Maybe I can order a few more before the sale is up.

Freezing Fog

January 12, 2010

Interestingly enough, there was freezing fog this morning. It iced the trees and made the air all whitish grey today. We are supposed to have some tomorrow morning too. It seems a small price to pay for the warmer temperatures that are supposed to be coming our way.

The picture is kind of funky. To get it to upload in a reasonable amount of time, I have to greatly reduce the quality. One time I tried to upload the pictures from my camera to Facebook and it took over 18 minutes leaving it at the 10 megapixels.

Back to work tomorrow

January 10, 2010

Snow days are over now and it back to work on Monday. There have been some bitterly cold days but they are starting to abate and it is supposed to be in the 30s and possibly in the 40s this week. After going to church and having brunch with Heather and Scott at Denny’s, we went to Walmart for a few things. The snow piles were melting and I manage the road will be slick in places tomorrow but it was nice to see the melting anyway.

Also on the positive side, Heather and Scott have hot water again. Which ever pipe it was that frozen up for over a week has thawed today. Heather is battling sinus infection at the moment so having something return to normal will help.

I got no rug hooking done this weekend. Both days flew by. I did a little hand knitting at night and have several dishclothes and a pot holder now on display on Ravelry.

Hope your week goes great.

Knit, knit, knit

January 8, 2010

What better thing to do on a snow/cold day than sit in front of the pellet stove and knit, unless of course it would be to rug hook 🙂 I had planned to spend part of Christmas vacation learning how to make the circular sock knitter work but since that didn’t happen, I decided to do that again today. I knit three tubes that I plan on making into scarves. The next step is to learn how to make the heels and toes so I can make a sock. I ordered a CD from Barry Travis on how to do that so I hope to figure that out in the next month.

Tomorrow I think I will dedicate to rughooking. The wind chills are supposed to be dangerous through tomorrow so who wants to go out anyway.

This is the dishcloth I finished last night. I am trying a variety of different patterns I found on Ravelry.

The one of the left is a different pattern I finished earlier this week. It is hard to tell but it is a different pattern but the same yarn.