SAL Update

I am continuing to work on a project that is more than fifteen years old. It sat for at least twelve of those years with not a stitch, but since joining this SAL, I am making slow, but steady progress.

The pattern is by Paula Vaughn and while I love it, it no longer matches my home decor style. This lack of purpose definitely slowed me down for a while, however, my mom had the awesome idea of using it on a project bag when I am done. I find myself stitching a bit faster once this was decided.

Then I chose my next project and that finds me hoping to finish this one as soon as possible. A friend of mine doesn’t think I can get it done by the end of the year so I am doing my best to prove her wrong. I’m just that kind of stubborn person!🤣. It would really help if I didn’t knit and read so much though!

Here is where I was last time:

And here is where I am this time:

Shucks my progress doesn’t look very impressive in picture form:(. Oh well, I will continue to work on it little by little. I know I’ll get more done today as I want to finish my audiobook🤣

Please make sure you check out the other people in the group’s projects. They are all truly spectacular and with such variety that there is sure to be something that strikes your fancy.


Avis, Claire, Gun, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Best Laid Plans

I don’t like when my best laid plans go awry! I had to have a procedure on Wednesday morning which caused me to be off work for the rest of the week. I had all these plans to get a massive amount of knitting done, but unfortunately, I learned that knitting moves your entire body:(. I have gotten a bit done, but nowhere near as much as I had hoped for!

I have finished one of my Halloween socks that I am knitting a stripe a day from Area51 Fibres and using the Heel Toe Do Si Doe pattern. I just started the second sock this morning and got the cuff done on it.

I am also up to date on the test knit I am working on for Char Knits right now. This is the Second Chance Shawl and is meant to be done with an advent calendar. Since I will only be getting my first yarn advent calendar this year, I found some cool grey with rainbows to stripe in. The knit is going well though the ten rows a day are starting to take much more time now that the shawl is over 300 stitches. I just worry that it might get too big for me.

I have also been working on Shawlography. This is the first Steven West design I have knitted and the first mystery knit a long I have done. I got the first clue done in the nick of time and so am trying to be more proactive with this clue. I have to admit I am actually procrastinating by writing this blog post because I’m at a part that I don’t really understand. I’m not giving up but I am having a break and a cup of tea and then will try again. I love how he does a video that guides you through each and every row! I’m going to have to watch closely for this one!

Reading wise I did a whole series this week by Evelyn Adams. It was really good because it had just a touch of thriller or mystery to them. Enough to be interesting but not enough to truly scare me:)

I have actually just started a new audiobook on Libby. It is The Husband List by Janet Evanovich. I am super enjoying it too!

Well, I will get back to shawlography now.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

Last Tuesday was a theme night so I didn’t bother talking about it.

I went to work today and had four kids away. I hope it’s just holiday!

We got through some Thanksgiving writing which was cool to hear what the kids had done.

In math we did a couple of math games and also worked on our math printing booklet.

This afternoon we had a longer silent reading so I could do reading group with the lowest group. We read I Paint and they did great do I need to find more books about this.

I spent my prep trying to get as much organized for my TOC as possible.

I met up with Sarah for a run after school. It was great to get a little run in. It was pouring rain, but still good. I’m hoping maybe I can get one more run in tomorrow morning!

For trivia it is still just us four girls as our lone male is still away.

In round one I knew:

What is Bourne’s first name?

Jason

Which Vancouver team has won the Stanley cup before?

Millionaires

Which hotel in Vegas has an Eiffel Tower in front of it?

Paris

What does IQ stand for?

Intelligence Quotient

I hitch blimp blew up?

Hindenburg

In the music round it was:

Original Artists

Hits of 1985

Is it Snoop Dog?

Eagles Greatest Hits side 1

I can’t remember a thing about the Kahoot round because I hit the buttons.

In the last round:

What is the first name of Beckham’s wife?

Victoria

What movie series has Diagon Alley?

Harry Potter

Who wrote a Brief History of Time?

Stephen Hawking

Which team has the Honey Bears as their cheer squad?

Chicago Bears

Ok that’s it for me- I need sleep!

It’s Been Forever

Sorry about this- my life just doesn’t seem exciting enough- I go to work, I run and I sleep.

I had blood work done this week and sure enough my iron is dropping rapidly. It’s thankfully almost at the point where they will begin thinking about doing g something about it. Hopefully by the new year I’ll be more energetic.

I did get to have Thanksgiving dinner last night. I went to my teaching buddy Liane’s house. It was awesome! They had enough food for about a million people🤣 I took this Broccoli salad from Minimalist Baker. It was super yummy and very easy to make.

I stayed up way too late and then had to get up early to make banana bread for a friend who has been in hospital. I used this Banana bread from Minimalist Baker. Again it was very easy to make and I hope it tasted good.

I did get an easy run in with Sarah at the river today. It was a gorgeous day so we couldn’t resist hitting the trails.

With being so tired, the only other thing I got done today were some groceries picked up. The rest of the day I read and knitted.

Right now I have a lot of daily knitting. I do a stripe on my October socks which I am using an Area51 halloween half skein for, but I also have to do one section on the Second Chance Shawl which I am test knitting. After those two projects, I move on to working on clue one of the west knits kal- shawlography. I need to be done by Friday so we will see if that happens.

Reading wise I read Falling Free by Evelyn Adams and really enjoyed it so now I am reading the second book in the series.

Mostly I am trying to stay awake until 8pm🤣

Have fun!

AJ

So Excited!

I was so excited last night that I barely slept and was awake at 6am!

It was Knit City Mini!!

It was half sized, fully masked, fully vaccinated event! With all the covid measures I felt comfortable going and boy was it fun!

I spent three and a half hours squishing yarn and probably buying too much of it🤣

I then got Chickpea for lunch and got to meet a podcaster i watch! I also got to meet the Grocery Girls!

I just wanted to share my excitement, but I will definitely be sleeping well tonight. Now I just have to figure out something new to look forward to!

Have fun!

AJ

Lovely Day

It was Truth and Reconciliation Day here today. This is a new federal stat holiday to observe Orange Shirt Day which honors those Indigenous people who have been after by residential schools.

I really feel like I observed it yesterday as we had an assembly about it, talked about it, read about it and did art about it with the kids yesterday. I have to admit it was nice to have a slower day today!

I was awake way earlier than I expected, though it was still a sleep in from my regular time. I put the time to good use and got my bathroom cleaned, my floors swept, vacuumed and mopped and my living room tidied.

At that point it was time to leave for my run. It wasn’t a great run:(. It was pouring rain, like bucketing down, I ran too fast and my legs were tired from my workout yesterday so I took way too many breaks and my watch lost GPS signal so my fast speed wasn’t even recorded. Needless to say I was happy to be done with the hilly park and to go for tea!

I dropped Dennis off and then had lunch and tidied a bit more. It was then time to sit down and read while I waited for Brenda to arrive for knit group. I decided to take advantage of my extra day off and fill it with my favourite things- running, reading and knitting.

I have been reading a series called Lighter Ones by Aleatha Romig. Just like the series title implies these are fluffy and low angst, which I am appreciating right now. I am on the third in the series and the second was definitely better than the first, but for a light, fluffy read that’s a little spicy I would recommend them.

Brenda arrived and I had a goal to finish my sample knit today. I only had the last ribbed border to go. I got five rows in and then moved to my nephew’s Musselburgh hat as I’m trying to get that done too. Unfortunately the brambles section of the sample knit just kept not looking right. I am knitting the Solstice Rose Cowl by Justin’s Lorkowska. I ripped it back to the garter ridge before the brambles after Brenda went home and reknit it. I’m not sure it looks any better, but that’s how it’s staying. Maybe I’m too easy going about mistakes to be a sample knitter😥

I am back to where I was this morning and have the last ribbed border to go and an I-cord bind off, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. I will also take my Musselburgh back to school with me and try to get a bit more done. I am on the last colour!

I have enjoyed this slower day of all my favourite things and just hope tomorrow goes smoothly and quickly as I have something fun to look forward to on Saturday!!

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

It was another busy day! It’s days like this that lead to my super quiet weekends.

Work was fine. We printed the letter i and did a graph about favourite ice cream flavour. I was the only caramel lover.

I got the children started on an orange shirt day activity about how they should feel at school but then had to go to a meeting about the reading and math assessments. It actually wasn’t too bad to be able to sit down and drink a cup of tea mix way through the morning, especially since I had been on recess supervision.

This afternoon we did planners (which are thankfully starting to go better), silent reading and then the kids went off to music.

I figured out a TOC for tomorrow and worked on setting up FreshGrade. It didn’t feel like a very productive prep.

When I left for school this morning I was going to go for a run after school, but of course when I was leaving school that was the last thing I felt like doing. Thankfully when I texted Sarah she was up for a run so I got out for a 4.5km. It was beautiful and sunny so obviously it was meant to be!

It was a quick shower and then off to trivia. We unfortunately didn’t have Jason tonight as he really carries our team, especially in sports!

What did Tom Hanks name his volleyball in Castaway?

Wilson

Who did Germany invade first in World War II?

Poland

The music round was really tough. It went one word titles, two word titles, etc, all the way up to five word titles. I knew Fishin in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and God Only Knows by The Beach Boys, but that’s it.

Kahoot we managed fifth place. I knew JK Rowling was one answer, but I’m sorry I just don’t remember the others.

In the final round I knew that Montreal is on the St.Lawrence River.

I didn’t stay to hear the answers for the last round, sorry

Have fun!

AJ

SAL Update

Wow you don’t realize how fast three weeks can go until you have to have something to show for it.

This project sat for at least eleven years on a shelf and wasn’t even looked at. While I sometimes feel like I don’t make much progress in three weeks, I looked back the other day to my first update and realized the project has come a long way in the year and a half I’ve been participating. I’m glad for any progress I get done!

I have done a few bouts of stitching in the past three weeks. Here is where I was last time:

And here is where I am this time:

I am working on the second upper corner of the window. I am a little more motivated now that I have decided that this will become a project bag and I have already bought a new project for next year😳. I had better get a move on!

Make sure you check out what everyone else is working on as the projects are very diverse, but all gorgeous!


Avis, Claire, Gun, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen

ProD Day

I think the best part of ProD days is that I get to do a bonus run that’s not before dawn!

I started this a few years ago and really love starting ProD with a run. This morning it was just around the park and back. It was interesting though who I met. At 6am there are usually about 13 people- one dog walker and the rest runners, but at 7am there were 26 people only two of whom were running and the rest were dog walkers. I do wonder what I would find at 8am.

ProD wasn’t very exciting. I spent most of the morning sitting in the library listening. Our principal brought in Mexican food for lunch and it was nice enough for us all to be outside in the sunshine eating together. The afternoon was my time to work on what I wanted to do and I had a very long list, but all I wanted to do was nap:(. I got one board changed, some reading on a new program done and some YouTube videos watched about it, but nothing compared to what I wanted to get done.

When I got home I started knitting but quickly realized I was just too tired so I had a nap and then went back to knitting. I have almost finished my sweater sleeve, but am thinking I want to rip it back because it is much wider than what I like. Yes I’m almost done, but there’s no sense finishing a sleeve I’m not happy with. 😖😖😖

I may need to leave it and get my sample knit done first as that has a deadline:(

Well I’m off to bed to read for a bit.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

It was another busy day!

I went to bed last night at 8pm which explains why there was no post and slept right through until 6:30 this morning. I am always tired right now:(

On Tuesdays I have made it my goal to dress a little more upscale. Today I wore a nice pair of heeled black loafers. Well when I slipped my feet out of them at lunch- my students noticed there was black stuff all over my feet. I guess the inside of my shoes are disintegrating. Anyone know how to stop this from happening?

It was a busy day of printing, creating an Al About Me poster and graphing our eye colour. This afternoon my students had music which is both good and bad. It’s good because they leave at 2pm and I have the rest of the time to prep but it’s bad because the music teacher was super late bringing them out to the front patio for dismissal and doesn’t follow the same protocol I do. Again, I’m not sure how I’m going to solve this problem as I have explained how I dismiss the kids and where…🙄

I did get out for a run with Dennis today. It was really tough as my legs were sore from my workout on Saturday and Monday. No more taking a week off- it’s too hard to get back into it! Dennis made me run faster than I usually do though so that’s good!

We have just heard that run clinic will be starting back up at the end of October so if I get a spot in that, I’ll have to give up trivia.

For tonight though, I got to go to trivia.

Where did Dorothy want to go when she wanted to go home in Wizard of Oz?

Kansas

Which Harry Potter professors were in Love Actually?

Severus Snape and Sybil Trelawney

What does ICYMI mean?

In case you missed it

What means get something for something in legalese?

Quid pro quo

Who was performing when the first floss dance was performed?

Katy Perry

We actually won the first round and came third in the second music round.

We died in the Kahoot round:(

In the last round we seemed to know a lot.

Which character played the piano in Peanuts?

Schroeder

Who played the matriarch in Knives Out?

Jamie Lee Curtis

Who has won the most men’s world soccer games?

Brazil

What is Johnson and Johnson releasing in various skin tones?

Bandaids

What country is known for Jerk Chicken?

Jamaica

What lake is Kelowna on?

Okanagan

Who is the best known scientist from BC?

David Suzuki

Update: we actually had a perfect paper for the last round as well!

Ok I’m off to bed, have fun!

AJ