Monthly Archives: December 2013

Handmade Gifts

December was a busy month in terms of crochet and knitting. I crocheted a lovely scarf and pillow case for my family gift exchange. Our family is so large now we draw names instead of buying for everyone. I wish I had a photo of the pillow case because it’s absolutely adorable! I do have one of the scarf though. I call it Fuzzy Fall.

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I also made a scarf for my sister. She loves the color pink and this bright pink yarn just screams her name.

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In addition to the pink scarf, I crocheted a purple one for my friend’s 3 year old daughter. I ended up sewing a purple button in the middle of it so she could fasten it and not have to worry about the scarf ever falling off.

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I was also very busy knitting slipper socks. A scarf takes about two hours, but each slipper sock pair takes 4-5 hours. I made five sets of these cozy beauties. Three in baby blue, one in purple, and one in burgundy. I only have a photo of the baby blue ones, but will be making more of the other colors in the future. I gave the burgundy pair to my friend for Christmas, and the other four were purchased in my Etsy shop.

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I had to break my long time resolution of not purchasing yarn in order to stockpile for these slipper socks since I recently found out the yarn I originally selected has been discontinued. I’ve started the search for alternatives since I bought up all I could find on eBay, but have not found a suitable replacement yet.
My crafting resolution for 2014 is to finish the four blankets I have started by December of 2014. They are the top four things on my w.i.p. List so hopefully rotating between them will not only keep me from getting bored, but will allow me to finish them as well.

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One day at a time

Well, grief counseling has helped me take everything one day at a time. Thanksgiving was ok. I avoided my husband’s family as much as I could since they have a habit of saying the wrong things, like, “at least you’re still young. You can always try again,” and “what’s the big deal? It’s easy to get pregnant.”

My doctor has ordered lab tests for January. Since this is my second miscarriage, the insurance company will finally let her. I’m a little nervous about what they may find, but at least I’ll know how to counteract it to try and prevent future issues. In all honesty I hope they do find something the matter with me. If they don’t, I think my feelings of guilt (it was something I did or didn’t do that was the cause) would skyrocket.

Teaching has been going ok too. I love everything about the elementary school I work for. The administration at the middle school is a bit less organized and less supportive. My sixth graders are pretty good. Out of 60 (two classes), I only have four trouble makers. My seventh graders are another issue altogether. I have 45 of them all at once. They spend so much time talking that in a 90 minute class period, they only get about 15 minutes of working time because I have to stop every five minutes while giving directions to wait for them to quiet down. I’m in the middle of grading projects right now. My sixth graders are doing great. Most of my seventh graders are failing due to incomplete work.

Christmas was pleasant. We spent it with my family in Ohio this year. And for once, my sister and I managed not to kill each other, though we did have one major spat, it was much milder than our past arguments. My son had so much fun opening presents. His favorite toy was his set of cars. He’s big into cars and trucks right now. My husband enjoyed all his gifts and my favorite gift was the three birthstone pendants my husband got for me for each of our children. We will celebrate New Years with my parents before we head back to Florida. We’ll be stopping to visit my aunt in North Carolina on the way. I’m looking forward to that visit.