Monday, September 18, 2017

Bullseye Beanie Pattern Now Available

I finally finished writing up the pattern for the Bullseye Beanie (thanks for the name, Alex :)

Bullseye Beanie, modeled by middle nephew
If you're interested in knitting it, you can find the pattern on Ravelry (link). (I'll soon have it up on Etsy, too. But you don't have to be on Ravelry to purchase patterns from them.)

Why did it take me so long to write up the pattern? Because I had a time trying to figure out how to explain a few things. While this is a basic beanie in shape, there are a few considerations that come with getting it to look just right.
  1. Because it was supposed to look like a target, I didn't want lined up increases to mar the look at the top. (Usually increases are stacked to create a swirl pattern. Which can be cute. But not what I wanted.) But how could I explain what I did? It made sense in my head and on the needles, but how do I convey that in print?
  2. How do I explain how not to get a jog at the color change? (It's something that happens when knitting in the round.) 
  3. Do I write the pattern assuming that the knitter who wants it knows all the ins and outs of working a pattern like this? 
In the end, I found videos on YouTube of all the techniques I used. It was easier than trying to explain what I did. 

It's amazing what you can find demonstrated on YouTube.

Friday, September 15, 2017


I'm a sucker for these. I can't say for sure why. These are simple, but harder than you'd think.

Words that Rhyme with Stressed

The idea is to find all the single-syllable words that rhyme with stressed. You can type them in any order. Good luck. 

Let me know how you did in the comments.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Easy Way

It was only the second week of school, so call outs are light. And, they're unplanned, so I wasn't shocked that the lesson plans were rather sparse. While I could have had them go on to the next section (math class, so the next section was about exponents), enough of them were still working on the polynomial section that I didn't feel it necessary.

I did my usual walk around. Several students had finished the assignment. One boy had two assignments on his desk. One complete and one not.

As it wasn't a test, I didn't mind them working together. And, if a student wanted to check his work against a neighbor's, I didn't have an issue with that. But these were not simple problems, and the boy appeared to just be copying his neighbor's work...

I asked the usual question. The boy said he understood the assignment. Okay, fine. "Explain how you do this to me," I challenged.

He hemmed and hawed. But not for too long. Pretty quickly he relented and admitted that he didn't understand how to do the assignment.

Okay, then. I can help with that.

I don't think they get how bored I am when they don't need my help.

And besides, they can copy the answers to the assignment, but this practice thing isn't going to be graded. And if they don't figure out how to do it during the practice, they won't have any idea what they're doing when it's time to take the test.

I think that's a lesson some of them are going to have to learn for themselves.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

In the vein of last week's question...

What if your most strongly held religious beliefs were suddenly denigrated by the in-power majority? And what if that powerful majority was telling lies about what you believe, and everyone believed their version? 

Monday, September 11, 2017

On the Hook this Week

I am continuing to redo my pictures, but this past week I actually got some projects in as well.

I found this pin on Pinterest, so I had to try it. I'm just swatching at the moment, using yarn I already have. And I'm not quite finished yet. But so far...

It got quite large fairly quickly.

Last week I had said I wasn't sure if I was going to list the unicorn gift card holder or not. (A couple links: first, the post where I talked about making it. Second, the actual pattern via the pattern designer, One Dog Woof.) Well, I did. List it. On Etsy.

And it sold about six hours later.

Right, then. This means I should probably make another. By Saturday night, I had...

...finished. I stopped here Friday night as this is the point when the face gets embroidered on. So, I embroidered the face...

...and... There was something wrong. He looks angry, doesn't he? I was going off the picture I had of the last one I did. But still. So, I ripped out the eyes and tried again...

Better? At least he doesn't look angry any longer. Satisfied, finally, I finished up the head...

I then managed to finish the arms, but I still have feet and a horn to do. And then assembly. So, not quite done yet.

(I have not forgotten what today is the anniversary of. I don't have anything to add to the conversation, so I'm staying out of it. Although, if you'd like to feel old... It happened before this year's sophomores were born.)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Brief Movie Quotes: 1990s

Last week the movie quotes were from the '80s. Today we're moving up a decade and hitting the '90s...

As with last week's, the quiz gives a brief quote, and you need to name the movie. The scroll thing works, but you might find it easier to try the quiz from the website (link below).

If you'd rather take this via the website, here's a link to it.

Can you name these '90s movies based on their brief quotes?

Just a reminder, you don't have to type these in in order. You don't need to use "the". But you do need to spell everything correctly.

I got 18/20. Again, two of them were just not there (in my memory). Good luck. I'd love to know how you did in the comments. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lesson Plan Suggestion

Graphic arts at the continuation high school. The students have various projects to work on on computers. So, when there were no lesson plans, I figured no big deal. They had a project to continue, I was sure.

When first period walked in, I asked them what they were working on. And they told me that Mr. A gave them new things to work on daily...

(They have all the equipment to do things like engrave plaques and embroider insignias on shirts. Frequently they're doing projects for various district employees and official district-type stuff.)

One of the joys of modern communication--I emailed Mr. A and asked him what he wanted his kiddos to do. Some time later, he showed up, and he gave the class an assignment. (He had meant to write the plans on the board before he left the prior day, but he had forgotten. The prior day had been back to school night, so he was understandably busy.)

So, for that period and all subsequent periods, I knew what they were to work on. And it was a brand new assignment, so no one was "done".

The next class came in. "Oh, that's not for us." The following class? They didn't pretend the assignment wasn't theirs. They just made no pretense at all of doing it.

Um, yeah. If I had known they were just going to ignore the assignment, I wouldn't have worried. Or contacted their teacher to get an assignment. Sigh.