Monday, August 23, 2010

Work, stitching, knitting

Work is really cutting into my stitching/knitting time which stinks, but I love my new job. My days are so busy that they fly by. I don't particularly like feeling overwhelmed or staying later to catch up, but all things considered, I really can't complain. I really like both the new principal and the new assistant principal, and we all seem to be working really well together. It has been a pretty smooth transition for me and for my family. I had forgotten how much I really enjoy working with middle school kids. They can be challenging at times but most of the time, they are just a lot of fun.

My parents surprised me with an "office warming" gift that was delivered to me at work with the best letter that I will always treasure. This is a Jim Shore piece called 80 Years of Laughter. It's hard to see it in this picture but the partition in the middle is a mirror so it looks like the black and white Mickey is stepping through the mirror into technicolor Mickey. I absolutely love it! A lot of my office decor is Disney so this fits right in (and starts a collection of Jim Shore Disney that I have been wanting to start :) ).

I've been stitching on a couple of things. Mainly Dog Lessons and Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I have fallen woefully behind on my goal of stitching a block a month on CaHRH, but that's okay... It's not a race or a contest. Lol!

As for knitting, I am still really enjoying that as well. I recently finished a Berruti hat that was so much fun to knit. I have been working on a ribbed scarf and a patchwork handbag as well. The patchwork bag isn't much to look at as it is just a bunch of stockingnette squares right now, but you can get an idea of the colors. And check out these little sock shaped needle point protectors! Aren't they adorable! I'm still on a mission to learn sick knitting. My last attempt (see last post) was a complete disaster. I knitted all of the leg, the heel flap and heel turn, but screwed up the gusset. So much so that I could not figure out how to tink it and move on and ended up taking the whole thing apart. I haven't had the heart to start over yet. I think I will wait until my knitting teacher shows me her method of knittitng socks on two circular needles from the toe up. :)

The movie Grease is on tonight. Love that movie! Thinking that I will watch it and stitch tonight after I get Jake to bed.

Have a good one!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just a quick post since it has been over a month!

I am working on a couple of new projects. I am trying to learn how to knit a sock using the magic loop method. This is my second attempt. I'm kind of winging it, using an online video class and a book. Between the two, I'm trying to figure it out. Love knitting! And socks are one of the things I have most wanted to learn.

I've been stitching a little too. I started Lizzie Kate's Dog Lessons for People. This will be for Jake. He loves it and thinks the sayings are hilarious. I've stitched very little for him so I'm excited that he wants this particular design to hang in his room. I bought the design at Dixie Darlin' during a recent Pigeon Forge getaway weekend. They had a model of it stitched on PTP Relic, and it was gorgeous! I bought enough fabric to stitch both this and the Cat Lessons version. (sorry for the crooked photo. I'm posting from my iPhone and can't figure out how to edit it.

In other news, I transferred jobs about two weeks ago. Some of my regular visitors might remember that I was a school counselor working in two elementary schools. A counseling position opened at our middle school this summer and I decided it would be a good move for me. I am thrilled to be at one school every day but it was very sad for me to leave my elementary schools. I miss my little kiddos and the wonderful staff and friends from there. But I am settling into the middle school nicely. I have worked there before and still know quite a few of the teachers. Today was our first day of school and it went really well.

Time to fix supper although I would love to just take a nap!