ending with a beginning

I didn’t do a good job of knitting instead of mindlessly swiping today. I spent the morning helping in the sewing class at my sons’ elementary school for the LED cuff day. I was a “guest teacher”. Being in an elementary school classroom even just for a couple of hours reminded me of some of the benefits of older kids. For example, they don’t generally want to be in your personal space like a kindergartener does. It was fun to see the other parents but I am definitely looking forward and not back.

After the kids were in bed I decided to watch This Is Us and knit, finally. I ordered some yarn recently for the Little Hats, Big Hearts project. They are collecting baby sized red hats for American Heart Month. I picked the very apt Baby Hearts Hat¬†and, thanks to how tiny baby heads are, I’m already almost to the decreases.

baby heart hat

I got three balls of this yarn and it seems like I will get two out of each ball, so I guess I am knitting six hats!

So that is NaBloPoMo for this year. I missed a couple of days and posted very short entries on others. I enjoyed the exercise of trying to find something to say each day. I would like to say that I’ll be blogging more regularly after this, but I think we all know that is not true. See you next November, at least!

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beach and knitting

I managed to drag my kids out away from the computer for at least part of one of the days of this vacation. We went to my favorite off-leash dog beach. Look how beautiful it is there!

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Also, my dog loves it. He even let his feet get wet this time. Usually he avoids being wet at all costs.

dog beach

We all had fun. The kids and I watched the dog run around and play with other dogs and dig and roll around in the sand. Dogs are pretty entertaining when they are off leash and having fun.

Just because this is a knitting blog and I have posted a picture of it in a while, here is my poncho in progress. It’s getting longer, at least!

the poncho grows

thor and more poncho progress

I took my 15yo son and some of his friends to see Thor Ragnarok this afternoon, since they had the day off from school. I enjoyed it a lot and agree with one of my son’s friends who said it was better than the first two Thor movies. I am officially a big fan of Tessa Thompson. She looked familiar so I looked her up and she was also in Dear White People (the movie, not the series) which was really good. The series is good too, but she wasn’t in that. She was also in Creed, so maybe I should get around to watching it, finally. I have never seen any of the Rocky movies but this seems like a good one to start.

In knitting news, I am making progress on my poncho. See?

more poncho

 

seeking inspiration

I didn’t knit today! I also didn’t hike or take a cute picture of my dog. So what should I post about?

I went looking for blog prompts to see what I could write about instead but there haven’t been NaBloPoMo prompts since 2015, unless my search was holding out on me. I went back and looked at my old posts from this date and didn’t find any inspiration there. I did realize that I have been doing NaBloPoMo, with varying degrees of completion, since 2009. That year I posted a picture of a shawl I knit for a friend to wear during her chemo. She passed away a year or so after that. Her passing inspired me to knit chemo caps, scarves, and slippers for Bay Area Cancer Connections. Other friends from my knitting group and I used up her old yarn as much as we could for those donations. I have been inspired to donate to them a couple of times since then. I recently knitted some scarves for a girl scout scarf drive but I could never find where they should be sent so maybe I will take these scarves over there and knit more hats.

Okay, so I didn’t find blogging inspiration today but I think I found some donation knitting inspiration, which is even better.

hiking with my dog and poncho progress

I hiked this morning with my adorable dog and a friend. Said friend recently upgraded her iPhone. She didn’t even get the X and her phone is giving me serious camera envy. She took this amazing shot of my dog looking majestic. I am leaving this one giant, so you can fully appreciate his majesty.

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Isn’t he amazing?

My friend also found a tick walking on him on the ride home and bravely held it in between her fingers until I could pull off the freeway and we could dispose of it. What a good friend.

In knitting news, I have made some progress on the bottom border of my poncho.

poncho border

I’m pleased with it so far and it has been fun to knit. Talk to me later when it’s feet of stockinette. At least that will be good TV knitting.

starting

Since I finished my Deceit Curl yesterday, I decided to start something new. The Curl still blocking, by the way, I will get you a picture tomorrow, I hope! The thing I started is a poncho named Claire. So far it doesn’t look like much.

Claire Beginning
Ravelry Project Page

The yarn is a Rowan cotton that was on sale this summer, so this is not a winter garment, I don’t think. I wasn’t sure at first about knitting this poncho but I asked on Facebook and everyone there said I should knit it. People on Facebook don’t lie, right?

You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned my Textiles class or doing any prepping. That is because last year was my younger son’s fifth grade year at our elementary school where I lead, co-lead, or just helped in that class. My older son started there in 2007, so I was in that class for 10 years. I think that is the longest I have ever done anything. It’s a bit weird to not be cutting out hats and pin cushion fabric this year. From afar, it seems like things are going well without me, so that’s good! I hope it continues on in my absence. Life goes on!

blocking

I finished my Curls shawl/scarf! It is not as big as I was hoping but it’s knit, ends woven in and is currently blocking.

blocking deceitI guess now that I’m done knitting this, I need to figure out what to do with my sweater sleeve issue. Darn, I was hoping to continue to stick my head in the sand about that one.