Wacky weather, teaching, work and Christmas knitting

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The weather has been so insane around here! We had snow on Saturday night/Sunday morning – it was a high of 30 during the weekend and on Monday. Then today it was 47 degrees and now tomorrow is supposed to be 60! I have no idea what is going on, but it’s really annoying to have to be switching around between winter and fall clothes. At least now I get to wear my fingerless gloves some more. So yay! for that.

So along with crazy weather, I’ve been dealing with students every single day. This is my first time ever TAing, and it’s already more work than I had expected! I get about 6-10 e-mails a day from students and professors and the class only has 25 people in it! At least I only have another week and a half of it and then I’m done. In the meantime, work’s been crazy busy, my boss is out of the country for the next 3 weeks, and pretty much out of touch as well, so if I have any problems, I’m going to have to either hope to figure it out by myself or wait and put my project on hold. Not that I have any time to SPEND on my project with the TAing, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

In more pleasant news, I’m excited about getting a Christmas tree this weekend (woot!) and about my Christmas knitting as it’s coming along very well! I have started my sister’s sweater dress. I’m waiting for some circular needles to come in so I can start the body, but the sleeves only took me a total of 1 hour or so to make, so I think it should be a pretty quick knit, which is oh-so-helpful now that Christmas is near.

I have finished the Koolhaas hat for my stepdad and hubby was nice enough to model it for me:

I really like how it turned out, and I really want to make one for myself… of course I’ll wait until AFTER Christmas to do this! The orange is just the right shade of orange, too, I think. I love it! šŸ™‚

So then I decided to start on my neckwarmer knitting. I’m making a total of 4 of them for Christmas this year – one for my sister (yes she gets one AND a sweater dress… she deserves it), one for my friend, my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law’s girlfriend. Since it only took me one day (!) to knit this up, I’m pretty confident that I will be able to get it done on time. It’s a great pattern, and I love how it turned out. I did mess up on the scalloped edge because I mis-judged the button placement of the center button and it’s a little skewed to one side vs the other. I don’t think it’s that noticeable at all, though, and I know my sister won’t mind!

Swirl Neckwarmer I - Finished!

Swirl Neckwarmer I - Close up

Swirl Neckwarmer I

Oh and the buttons are awesome no? I got them from an Etsy shop. They are handmade porcelain buttons! And, of course, I now want one of these neckwarmers for me! Yet another project to be left till after Christmas…

And just to prove that Kubrick really DOES love to get into every picture, here he is (just his paw) stretching up on me – I was kneeling on the floor. Yes, he is a silly pup!

Swirl Neckwarmer I

Hopefully the next post will have my Christmas tree in it… I hope we can get it Friday night. šŸ™‚

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7 responses to “Wacky weather, teaching, work and Christmas knitting

  1. yarndancer 12.13.2008 at 6:21 am

    Great hat, very nice colour of orange! And I loooove the neckwarmer, it looks so nice and warm!

  2. Blushed 12.13.2008 at 12:16 pm

    I LOVE that neckwarmer!

  3. Dame Wendy 12.13.2008 at 4:40 pm

    I love that neck warmer! I am definitely making one. šŸ™‚

  4. Lina 12.14.2008 at 1:42 am

    You guys should all try and make that neckwarmer… it’s SO easy and quick to make and it tuns out beautifully! šŸ™‚

  5. Eva 12.15.2008 at 11:09 am

    I’ve been getting into neckwarmer knitting as well. There’s just something about a quick knit that is also very practical that appeals to me.

    BTW, what is the the lace object in your blog header? It’s really pretty.

  6. Lina 12.15.2008 at 11:19 am

    The lace in the blog header was a scarf/stole that I made for a friend’s wedding. It is REALLY easy to do and quick too! Here’s the link for it in Ravelry… it’s a Knitty pattern:

    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Havnknitlover/wisp

  7. Deb in MO 12.21.2008 at 9:54 pm

    Love the hat and the color. Also the neck warmer, gives me a great idea of what to do with some yarn I just bought.

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