20th Knitting Podcast!

I’m still doing my knitting/crafting podcast, and just uploaded my 20th episode. Check it out:


Columbine by Dave Cullen


I just finished reading this book and it was extraordinary. An incredibly important read, and extremely well-written. I highly recommend it.


I have decided to join Yoga with Adriene’s Dedicate 30-day journey to star 2019.

I have been slowing getting away from doing yoga and meditation in the past few months,  and yet I know that I need them in order to be and do my best in all facets of life.

This month is a good time to do it, because my current schedule and workload allow me to dedicate this time. That might change come February, and I want to “fill my cup” as much as I can before then.

2019 Goals

If anything else, I still love to make and keep track of my yearly goals on this blog. It’s like a walk down memory lane to see what my goals have been in previous years, and to see how much I’ve accomplished.

Here are my goals for 2019:


  • Less screen time for everyone!
  • Help boys find and nurture their interests and passions


  • Learn how to knit Intarsia (colour work technique)
  • Make good progress on my cross stitch projects
  • My #makenine2019:2019MakeNine

Body & Mind

  • I’ve signed up for a women’s weights class
  • Buy (and use!) a new bike
  • Increase yoga and meditation practices again


  • get my first permanent contract position


What are you goals?

2018 Goal Check

Here were my goals for 2018, and how I did:


  • Practice patience more with children and DH *practice is the key word here. It’s gett harder as the kids (or I?) get older.
  • Get back to regular date nights with DH *we’ve done a few


  • Knitting
    • I have chosen 9 patterns for the #2018makenine goal meme I have seen on Instagram: *how I did with this and my new make9 for 2019Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 8.15.14 PM
    • I want to learn: *I learned all of these!
      • the Magic Loop technique
      • how to to cables
      • how to do colourwork
  • Cross stitch: I’d like to finish my Nutcracker cross stitch (below) and find another to start (perhaps something like this or this).  *yup on both accounts!
  • Reading: I haven’t been doing this as much since I started watching knitting/cross-stitch podcasts. I want to start doing it more again this year! *on and off, and I’ve downloaded some audiobooks

Body & Mind:

  • I’ve registered in an adult jazz/ballet class! *the class was cancelled
  • I want to continue doing yoga and meditation regularly *still doing this!
  • Continue to find activities I enjoy and do them regularly *I started kayaking! Would like to get a new bike in 2019


  • I’d like to get back into doing longer-term assignments, rather than doing daily supply teaching. *did it!
  • I want to start implementing some of the strategies I’ve been learning about lately once I get my own classes (limiting homework, going gradeless, etc.) *doing it, and am always finding new things to try!
  • I want to continue to view certain personal characteristics (empathy, making connections with students) as my greatest strengths in the classroom. *yup! Though, I’m also finding my directness is paying off in a professional setting finally! Students respond positively to it!

Stay tuned for my 2019 goals!


Last year, this was my #makenine2018:

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I didn’t make any of these, but I did make patterns that were similar to the fingerless gloves and the hat. Here is what I did make:

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For information on all the patterns and yarn I used, go to my Ravelry project page and click on the images.

This is my #makenine2019 for this year:


The patterns are (from LtoR, Top to Bottom):

So Faded by Andrea Mowry

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

Stitch Surfer by Louise Robert

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm

ADVENTURous Wrap by Ambah O’Brien – or something that’s awesome for an advent calendar of yarn minis!

Alberta Frost by Cozy Up Knits

Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge – or any colour work yoked sweater

Rocky Mountain Rainbow by Jennifer Beever  – or any project that would showcase my rainbow gradient set.

Spun by Kali Berg

Screen Time Tracker

In the new update for Apple devices (phones, tablets, etc), you can choose to track your screen time usage.

I did, and I just got my first 1-week summary. Holy Crap.

On my iPad, I averaged over 2 hours a DAY! On my phone: about 40 minutes a day!

What the heck am I doing all that time? Yes, some of it is watching Netflix and YouTube podcasts while I’m knitting in the evenings, but I spend way more time than I thought on social media, especially Instagram. It’s a bit frightening.

I know I am addicted. If I’m ever caught waiting in line, I get that urge to pull out my phone and check it. If I’m in that same situation without my phone, I definitely feel antsy. And if I go to work without my phone, I feel a bit lost!

I was unsure about letting the device track my usage so specifically, but I think it’s a worthwhile thing to do. I see the apps and sites I’m spending a lot of my time on and when I’m using my devices the most.

You can set limits on app use, but I want to see if even just being aware of my usage will help reduce it.

Unfortunately, we can’t use it on our kids’ iPads, because they’re too old for this update.

How do you feel about screen time tracking?

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