Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pictures, as promised

Katie and Lilly getting into the knitting rhythm


Nevin and Chad in knitting class!


Vicky and Megan working hard in Grade 12 math


Proof that Eric and Jeremy do work in class!


Not much on the knitting front aside from the teaching to others. Hope to remedy that tonight and tomorrow as the Christmas knitting is already falling behind!

Happy weekend knitting! M

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Convert-Mania

Today, there were many pairs of knitting needles being used in the halls of our high school. It was a sight that warmed my heart! What can I say? These kids never cease to amaze me!

First period this morning I taught knitting to our Practical and Applied Arts class (Home Ec for us old school kids). They loved it. One of my young guys decided he was going to knit his red scarf in his spare period . . . in the hallway. I grin ear to ear.

After that it was a snowball effect. Other students started carrying their knitting projects around so they can knit every chance they get. Two students not even in the class ask if they can learn to knit, too. I begin beaming as I pass my kids in the hall. Watching them knit makes me a little verklempt.

That was the morning and lunch hour. In the afternoon, we have a most excellent Chemistry experiment - another weekly event that makes me well up with pride. I am constantly amazed at my Chem Kids and the care and conscientiousness they show during lab time. This is the first year we've had Chemistry labs in our school in the last six or seven years so we frequently get observers at the window.

After Chemistry, our school was the host to the unit volleyball finals (much like a league final and the next game is the district finals). During the first game, I was marking Physics quizzes that were written in the morning. I had one student get 100% and several others got A's. I was ready to burst with pride by this point.

Once the marking was done, I headed to the gym. Both our senior girls and our senior boys won their matches! I had never seen either team play before and I was so incredibly impressed with their skill level. I cheered so loudly I thought I might lose my voice.

I don't think I could have been prouder of my students today if I were their mothers. It was an amazing feeling to be part of their day and I hope I can just remember this on those days when I would rather strangle them than cheer them. For now, though, I am a happy, happy teacher.

Happy Wednesday everyone, M

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Frosty Morning

This is what we woke up to this morning - a lovely frost covering everything. Beautiful!


I have been carrying socks around all week and getting in a few stitches here and there. Look what I managed to finish.


I even got a few others started. Look at this lovely lacey thing. Who knew I would fall in love with knitting lace socks?!


And here's another ribbed sock pattern, Oak Ribbed, from the Vintage Socks book.

I think that the ribbed socks will look better if done in an unstriped yarn. I'm not unhappy with them, though, because the ribbed pattern makes them interesting enough to keep me knitting on them.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I plan to be cozied up for most of each day - knitting socks of course!

Happy knitting and take good care, M

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Dreaming of Knitting

I may not have been knitting much in the last few weeks but I have been dreaming about knitting. I ordered this to keep me in the knitting frame of mind.


I love the socks in this book and am currently making Madder Ribbed socks in Super Socks Dazzle yarn in colour 718.


Last night, my friend Patricia came over for a craft night. Here's a snap of her doing cross stitch on the couch with my dogs passed out around here.


I made a feast of fresh Moose meat. This was a great accomplishment because I've never cooked Moose meat before. I've eaten plenty of it but it's always been prepared for me. I have to say it was delicious and I did a fine job on the preparation.

And, finally, just because they're so cute and have been such a joy in my life, especially when I was going through all the stress of the last weeks, a lovely pic of the boys.


Happy knitting everyone, M

Friday, October 14, 2005

Hello There

To all my 3.5 readers, I'd like to say good day.

I do apologize for the very long hiatus. It's been a trip over here. I can't give you all the details for legal and professional reasons but I have been rather stressed since the end of August. It has all been resolved very recently. Also, I no longer need to use a walker to get around. Life is looking up.

So now that I have enough energy and strength left at the end of a day to write a few words, I thought I'd get back to it. I haven't been able to do a lot of knitting in weeks past but am also feeling like I have some time and energy for this, too.

Tomorrow, my Grade 12's are having a huge bake sale, garage sale, car wash, silent auction (for a boat), and bingo. All to raise money for their grad. I made two pies last night - one cherry, one apple. Tonight I'm attempting cookies, brownies and a blueberry crumble provided I have the stamina.

I'll try to get some pictures posted in the next few days.

Thanks to everyone who has been sending me messages to check up on me. Also, thanks for tuning back in.

Take good care and happy knitting, M