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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Happiness for Dishes

I"m teaching an Adult Ed class on knitting, with many of the knitters wanting to knit the wash rags. They certainly are a good project to knit in the car!

These are up for adoption...procedes go to sending Garrett back East in April!

An amazing amount of knitting

These are up for adoption...procedes go to sending Garrett back East in April!

Mom blessed me with Modea ChiChi yarn. It is so soft, but slides off the needles easily.

Shades of green in a vintage yarn.

Hot pink with lavendar all with a black base. I have given one of these scarves to a friend battling breast cancer, one has gone to a local WABC group, and then I have 2 left.

How do you spell chinille anyway?

Multidirectional scarf - 15% wool. This was vintage Reynolds Kitten yarn.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Snow Ball pics in 2006!

Both Garrett and Delaney attended the dance this year. Garrett went with Jackie ...are they sweet?

This was Delaney's first Snow Ball. She invited Levi to attend this CJI...and then she ended up getting the tiara for being voted Jill Frost. Wow.

I can hardly wait to get the other pictures from Jackie!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What Luck!

You are The Wheel of Fortune

Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success

The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Blame it all on Trek (or thank her!)

I have signed up to become a BzzAgent! I'm excited to actually feel as if I am a little closer to new and exciting events while still living in the wild and rural north country of Montana. I'm betting this experience will be a perfect fit!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Oh, this is too perfect

I found it on the Mathematical Poetry blog, but it works just as well for Thanksgiving!

I just Love Purple!

And here is my "shade"....

You Are Grape

You are bold and a true individual. You are very different and very okay with that.

People know you as a straight shooter. You're very honest, even when the truth hurts.

You are also very grounded and practical. No one is going to sneak anything by you.

People enjoy your fresh approach to life. And it's this honesty that makes you a very innovative person.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Finished Felted Objects

I really should have measured the items before and after they were felted...this is an amazing process which needs to be quantified! Still, the mitten will have a partner from the gold, then I will make a set of brown for Becka. I did learn from the process...the thumb is the correct length, but a bit fat. The scarf felted well...I can hardly wait to do it again!




1. Yourself: dobarah
2. Your Boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): Rick
3. Your Hair: wavy
4. Your Mother: misplaced
5. Your Father: HOME!
6. Your Favorite Item: imagination
7. Your Dream Last Night: stressed
8. Your Favorite drink: tea
9. Your Dream Car: Caliber
10. The Room You Are In: Den
11. Your Ex: nonexistant
12. Your Fear: broke
13. What You Want To Be In 10 Years? remembered
14. Who You Hung Out With Last Night? family
15. What You're Not: fake
16. Muffins: pumpkin
17. One Of Your Wish List Items: clean
18. Time: afternoon
19. The Last Thing You Did: laundry
20. What You Are Wearing: comfy
21. Your Favorite Weather: autumn
22. Your Favorite Book: many
23. The Last Thing You Ate: pie
24. Your Life: complicated
25. Your Mood: motivated
26. Your Best Friend: Vicky
27. What Are You Thinking About Right Now? knitting
28. Your Car: pickup
29. What Are You Doing At The Moment? answering
30. Your Summer: gone
31. Your Relationship Status: Married
32. What is on your TV? football
33. What is the weather like? snowy
34. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
35. Who do you tag? tag?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ready to felt!

I am experimenting with a mitten...and this multi-directional scarf. Wish me luck!

Yippeee! I have great news!

I went over to see Mom and Dad this weekend (as I have done every weekend since October 28th until now)...and when I got home, Mom called to say that DAD was able to go home as soon as Mom thought he was strong enough! Delaney and I (She had gone over to the Cat/Griz football game in Missoula...then she came over to the hospital to see her grandparents and come home with her mom!) were able to get Dad to walk around the halls. He did get winded, but it has been many years since he was able to do much walking, so he has a lot of muscle to rebuild. Here is the pic of Delaney and her grandpa Ken!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Lap-Robe for my Daddy

With my Mom as the model. This blanket is full of healing wishes and prayers. See, Dad ended up in Saint Patricks Hospital in Missoula on October 28th. He awoke in pain, and then waited for my Mom to wake up. She loaded him into the pickup and drove to Missoula...about 60 miles to the south. Dad has been living with an anurism for over 5 years. During all this time, we were hoping he would gain strength and be able to have surgery to fix the problem, but we were told he probably wouldn't make it through that sugery. Dad ran out of waiting time on the 28th. He did survive the surgery, went to ICU, where I met my parents on that Saturday. He was gaining ground when I left to come home and pass out Halloween candy...October 31.

Dad was moved up to the fourth floor, so on November 4th I headed back over to see my Dad so we could celebrate his recovery. I started this lap robe the Friday evening before heading over. Once I arrived, Dad seemed to be deep in thought...or into the football game. Within 3 hours, he was in respiratory trama...which means they call for a trama team to rush him to ICU again. The more nervous I was, the faster I knit. I finished this robe using sized 13 needles, and two strands of Red Heart yarn. It is in SeaHawk colors...and that is Dad's team.

Dad is still in ICU, but he should be getting out of there soon...I'll gratefully accept all prayers for him and Mom...They are just too special and ready to celebrate 49 years together!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Becka's Request

My dear niece, Becka, requested the Flapper hat and mittens from Knitty so I tried my best to make this happen. I have created the hat...but the mittens may require more than a bit of seems the thumbs just aren't tall enough! I need Becka to send the photo of her in the hat, but here is what it looked like before I felted it!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Back from Billings

Our state has an annual meeting for the Educators of Montana. This year's conference was in Billings...about a 300 mile trek through deer country. As we had an early out day last Wednesday, my fellow math teacher and I loaded my pickup with our bags (and his bike) so that we could join the other teachers heading south. I took some beautiful yarn I had received from LaVerna so that I could use it for a pair of mittens. I found a gorgeous new yarn store while I was there, but I"m not sure if the Wild Purl has a web site yet. It was heavenly to touch the many fibers...and the display of colors was worth dodging the deer. I will have to go back! While I was at the Wild Purl, I picked up some Cascade 220 to match the mitten yarn...and now I have a matching hat! These are finished just in time for me to go to the football team's playoff game tomorrow. Now if I can only find a new teal coat...I'll keep looking! Oh, the pic of the hat and mittens will be coming shortly.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I have a license Plate!

We could work this into our probability lessons, but until then, it is still fun!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Oh my goodness, LaVerna ROCKS!

I am so very blessed to have had such a wonderful swapper in my first Knit-Tea swap. As many of my fellow swappers have stated, the generosity shown to each other is so heartwarming. I'm just aglow with awe. I had to locate my camera, and I wish I had bogged blogger down with images. I have been caressing the yarn, sniffing the tea, and playing with the contents of this HUGE box. Here...just see all the stuff she placed in that box!

Can you BELIEVE how sweet she is? This goodie arrived at the mail box on a weekend, BUT as there isn't any delivery on until Monday, I had to knock on the door...luckily, we are a small enough town everyone knows each Denise opened right up! Everything, from the personal note, to the bamboo needles, is greatly appreciated. There are teas and chocolates I have never seen, let alone tasted! The yarn and patterns (and the whole book!) are fabulous. The individual tea pot/cup is adorable...I'm the luckiest knitter on the planet! Thank you!


Saturday, October 07, 2006

Knitters Tea Swap ready for launch!

While collecting goodies for my special knitter, I found out just how remote my area of the tea drinking world is. Mail goes out from home on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday...but as there is no mail on Monday, the package will be sent out Tuesday. Although I wasn't able to find all the favorite teas, I did collect some special teas to send to my friend. I can hardly wait for the box to arrive! Of course, that is going to be tough as it is still sitting in my living room just waiting for the trip to the rural mailbox on Tuesday!


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Funky Knitting and Algebra

This scarf is an algebra problem to wear on your neck! It is knit from side to side, with increases every other row. If I begin with x number of stitches and increase every other stitch on every other row...what would be an expression to help us solve how many stitches we would have after 9 rows?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Some fun!

I have joined the perfect "clean fun" group! Of course, the yarn/knitting is mathematical, but the tea is a stretch. I have to learn how to make these buttons!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Funky Scarf Swap

Let’s get the allergy part out of the way. Are you allergic to any fibers?I'm not allergic to fibers, but I am sensitive to floral (and other sweet or heavy) smells.

Do you prefer any fibers over others?There are so many fabulous fibers available...but I can't see regular worsted weight acrylic as a favorite for funky...then again, I could be wrong!

Thinking back to Scout’s post about what funky means to you, post an image of something that you think is funky! I see funky as a unique construction, way cool yarn, OR a combination of the two. For the construction, that could be the mobius scarf or the one from Knitty ( ) or for the Yarn, this is so cool (the so called scarf and his dish clothes! )

Would you prefer funky yarn or a funky pattern? Which ever works best for my partner!

What are your favorite colors? I love jewel tones...ruby, sapphire blue, emerald greens, purples, even turquoise!

What is your favorite piece of art? Starry, starry night Van Gogh

What colors would you never have up close to your pretty face? Orange or yellow...I like blue tones of red though!

Would you prefer an actual scarf or a cowl? scarf...or something not is sort of a confined space problem of mine

When you wear a scarf do you prefer a wider/shorter scarf or a thin/long scarf? Long/Thin lol...although I"m only 5'3" so perhaps thin/medium??!

What is the climate like where you live? I'm in Montana...scarves are a part of life!

Would you prefer a functional scarf (to keep you warm) or one just to funk-up your wardrobe? Which ever works best for my partner...I found my new classroom is COLD all winter long, so I could do either!

What else would you like your partner to know about you? I teach high school math, but I also help the students who are learning to knit...that usually happens in the last 20 minutes of class time. If my partner needs more info, I would LOVE to help out!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hawks Rawk!

Can you feel the excitement!? I have to admit, I learned a lot about knitting these little beauties. I learned I really don't like the finishing process...but now that I learned my mess ups on my first knuck, the second of the pair was much smoother. (I also wasn't watching a suspense movie so I didn't end up cutting the wrong threads...what an evening that was!) I put our "new" consolidated school's name on my pair. Chester Public Schools became Chester - Joplin - Inverness Public Schools...and there was NO way that would fit on any pair of Knucks. Our mascot went from the Coyotes to the the community has shortened it to the CJI Hawks. That fits! My next pair will be much quicker, and I"m ready to cast on!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Hyperbolic Space!

Follow the links to find the directions to make these beauties!

This should be great fun!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Random Number Generator

I'm going to need this Random Number Generator someday! It looks really good to me...I can hardly wait to use in in a lesson.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Creative Math Article!

I am so impressed with this article. I just may have to get the subscription!

Drawing Art Into The Equation

Friday, July 07, 2006

Check out the new Knitty!

There is a Klein Bottle Cap! I need one to go with my mobius strip scarf.