Being a teacher definitely has its benefits.
Though I certainly have work to do to prepare for the next year, the summer gives me an excuse to plunge headlong into all of the things I love.
I have so thoroughly enjoyed my family this summer, probably because I’ve come to the unsettling realization that having a 16-year-old daughter means that the clock is ticking on the time we have together. This year we went to NYC, Mt. Hood and had a lot of fun just hanging around together. I’ve been savoring every moment, knowing that our days of family vacations are limited.
This is the second year I’ve participated in The KnitGirllls annual summer knitting extravaganza. StashDash lasts between Memorial Day and August 14 (this year) and the goal is to knit either 3K, 5K or 10K meters of yarn. Because old works in progress can count (you can actually count any finished project, as long as you knit at least one stitch) it gives a lot of incentive to finish up old projects that are just about done but just need a little more to complete.
My biggest accomplishment was finishing my Thistle Stole that I started back in 2013 as part of a class I took at Madrona. I had finished the main knitting, I just had to cut the steek and knit the borders.
So far I’ve knit almost 7000 meters but I doubt I’ll get to the 10K. I’ve got one more sweater that needs sleeves that will give me about 1200 meters, but I’ve finished most of my other unfinished objects and we’ve only got a week to go.
Here are a few of the projects I’ve finished. The master list is below.
- Peachy Keen Socks
- Amy Shawlette
- Easy Folded Poncho
- String Theory Scarf
- Stripey Stocking
- Columbia Gorge Handspun
- Equality Socks
- Wool Gatherings Handspun
- Arbor Lodge socks
- Agave Socks
- Rose City Rollers — Rainbow
- Thistle Stole
- Apollonia Socks
- Amy Herzog Custom Crewneck Cardigan
Summer Reading Bingo
This is also my 2nd year participating in the Summer Reading Bingo Challenge with the Books on the Nightstand podcast. I’ve been really happy with the amount of reading I’ve been doing this summer and I should finish at least one bingo before school starts.
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton
- Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
- Landfall by Ellen Urbani
Somehow I forgot how much I love my ukulele. This summer I pulled out my old ukulele songbook (a binder of printed songs I like to play), my Rise Up Singing book and YouTube and I’ve been playing a lot. I’m really rediscovering it and having a great time playing.
One site I really love for fun ukulele chords and tutorials is UkeHunt. I’ve linked it on here before, but it’s worth checking out.
Every summer when I go away to my annual summer training I always bring along my colored pencils and pens and create colorful notes. I rarely make time to doodle and draw, but I really do love it. My nephew and I drew some pictures of our family trip to Mt. Hood, too.
It’s been a pretty awesome summer — so far. I’m not quite ready to call it finished!