Jul 12, 2010

Leave of Absence

Ashley's Scarf on Flickr!My kids are all here for the summer now, so I took a Leave of Absence (LOA) from school. The added stress of having to cram three young kids into an already full house has really been getting to me. Hence I have been knitting up a storm. However, I am pretty excited! Knitters, we now have a new recruit! A friend of mine from school (for now we'll call her A, until I know how she feels about being on my blog) actually asked me to teach her to knit!! At first, I was a bit hesitant because my last few attempts at teaching didn't go so well. That was quickly overwhelmed by the idea of sharing my love of knitting with another. Fortunately, she also has some experience with crocheting and basic knitting. As in, she didn't know how to purl. :) This past Saturday I invited her over and we practiced the long-tail CO, knitting, and purling! A is a surprisingly fast learner and also very adventurous, my kind of knitter!! Now she is addicted and wants to find a knitting store, learn to knit in the round and has joined us on Ravelry. I am so proud!! Here is a picture of her practice scarf. She's afraid that the knitters will laugh her out, but I assured her we had all been there. That's her pink scarf.

Shadkitty's Boneyard on Flickr!

Currently I am working on two projects myself. And plotting a third. The third is a secret type project. Although one or two of you may know about it. Boneyard is 0711100137-01 finished, after that I began work on the Purl Ridge Scarf. Another westknits design. I am really excited by the pattern booklet he is putting out in the fall. Now if only I had an attractive man to adorn with my beautiful handknits.... Also, in the midst of this I started another murloc. This one is a baby and is being made for A. She did my hair for me at school. It's pretty much amazing and required 3-4 hours of work! So I totally owed it to her. Unfortunately I seem to have lost one of my size US 3 dpns!! Guess it's time to look in the couch cushions. Murkie is pretty awesome so far, it has purple/black/pink tailfin and spines. I found this little bit of variegated yarn in my "yard sale" bag. Which is mostly acrylics. I believe it is 0711102147-00some yarn gifted to me by a friend who dyed it herself. Anyways, it was perfect! Murkie is a total BAMF (for those of you who have no idea what that means, it's probably best you don't know). So, that's that. Currently I'm toying with the idea of taking a picture of the swatches for my secret project. The best part is I've been doing some serious stashbusting. The economy is hard on many of us. That's secretly why knitters stash. We're like squirrels! Maybe we don't need this yarn now. But it could come in handy later!!

And now I leave you with a shot of my new 'do.


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