Thursday, May 31, 2007

No knitting posts lately

because I have been so busy grading papers and I just finished a really good book. I stopped working on the Reversible Scarf from Cables Untangled that I posted about way back on April 8. I picked that back up last weekend and am now about 1/3 of the way done. I'm such a slow knitter. My knitting group and I have started making blocks using the 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar. We're taking turns picking which pattern to knit and all knitting the same pattern at the same time. We started with Jan. 1. Now that the school year is coming to a close, I have lots of knitting projects in mind. I just wish I could knit faster...

I wore my Mary Jane Crocs today for the first time. I've had them for a while, but the weather has been so hot I've just worn sandals. The Crocs are SO comfortable. It's like walking on marshmallows. They aren't exactly the most attractive, but they're kinda cute. They feel great on the feet, though.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Bonus Question for week of May 21

The answer to last week's question is ENVELOPE.

This week's question is...

Rick is asked to carry a barrel of water across the desert for his Cub Scout troop. The barrel is 2 feet high, 1.5 feet in diameter, and it weighs 100 pounds. What can he add to it to make it lighter?

Answers must be emailed to me at by the end of the school day Friday, May 25.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bonus Question for the week of May 14

I'm a day behind in getting this post out. That's the story of my life, though. Behind on everything.

The answer to last week's question about the bleachers was 11 rows of 29 or more unlikely 29 rows of 11.

This week's question is not so mathy. Here it is:

I start with the letter E. I end with the letter E. I usually contain one letter, but I am not the letter E. What am I?

Answers should be emailed to me by the end of school on Friday, May 18, at Good luck.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Knitting Meme

Lifted from Michelle.

Mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Swatching **not as often as I should**
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Something else from the library...

The public library also has flash drives for sale for under $10. That's a steal. The most inexpensive flash drives at Wal-Mart are, I believe, about twice that.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Bonus Question for week of May 7

The answer to last week's question is

26 x 1.04 = 26 + 1.04 = 27

Here's this week's question:

When the bleachers at a high school basketball game were filled to capacity, they held 319 people. Assuming that each row contained the same number of people, how many rows were there?

Email your answer to me at by the end of the school day Friday, May 11. Good luck.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Invaluable tool

I cannot say enough about our public library. My family spends A LOT of time there and we love to read. For instance, between my kids and me, we have 22 books checked out right now. I used to buy books from Amazon because I could never find the specific book I wanted to read. Now, I just get online and reserve the book I'm looking for through the public library's website. All you need to do is go to and search for your book in the catalog. When you find it (at another library), click on "reserve this copy." You'll have to enter your library card number and a pin number. That's it. The library will call you when the book comes in. It's an awesome service. I'm sure it's been around for a while, but I just figured it out about a year ago and thought I'd share it with you. You can also renew your books online, too. This website gives a calendar of events at the library.

Give it try. READ A BOOK!

Books I've Read 2007 (started May 6)

I saw this idea of posting a list of books I've read on another blog. I thought it was a great way to keep track. I used to keep a journal to keep track of books/stories I've read. Maybe I'll make a list of that another time. Here's a list of what I can think of off the top of my head so far this year. I know I've read more than three books. I just can't think of what they are. That's exactly the reason why I need to keep a list.

1) The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy-Joan Quigley
2) Nineteen Minutes-Jodi Picoult
3) The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
4) Mayflower-Nathaniel Philbrick
5) My Sister's Keeper-Jodi Picoult
6) The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America-N. Brent Kennedy
7) Second Glance-Jodi Picoult
8) The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America-Bill Bryson
9) The Pact-Jodi Picoult
10) I Feel Bad about my Neck-Nora Ephron
11) Vanishing Acts-Jodi Picoult
12) Cell-Stephen King
13) Different Seasons-Stephen King (this is a reread)
14) To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee (for school)
15) The Outsiders-SE Hinton (for school)
16) Paula Deen-Paula Deen with S. Suib Cohen