Monthly Archives: May 2007

Worst. Blogger. Ever.

Seriously guys, I should be shot I’m such a bad blogger (with you know a virtual nerf gun, not a real one). I have really good excuses, and because it’s my blog and I like to make excuses for myself (and I took pictures for them) here they are.
1)
Two GIANT research papers, one on Education in Nineteenth Century America and one on Jane Austen’s use of Bath in Persuasion. The worst part is that because these papers were written for the end of term I have no clue how I did on them , because I won’t get them back until Fall 😦 I think they went pretty well considering I got B’s in both classes (and I needed a really good essay grade to scrape a B in one of them). And the other…Well, I came home from college. And now I have two rooms worth of stuff in my bedroom and if you remember what my bedroom looked like in March, well, it’s comparable if not worse now. I have no will to fix it, but until I do I have no space to live in really. Right now the Lappy is living on the kitchen table, and I am out here with it much of the time. Tomorrow I’ll venture outside (I’m even going to garden and mow the lawn!).
Anyway, progress has been made on all (fibery)fronts, more minor in the case of the Tiffany mittens:
more major in the case of the Feather and Fan socks:
And the knitting I did for Afghans for Afghans is done and sent out on the 19th (well in time for the deadline of the 25th).
that hat was finished by the time I sent it, obviously. I liked these projects, if I can use the yarn for it I’ll make similar ones when I move on to do the Dulaan ones, which should be tomorrow, I realize as I figure out that the order of my charity projects needs to be fixed, as Rebuilding Greensburg-Block by block has a later send in date than Dulaan.
I also spun.This is for a knitted square I made for the Grandmother of a friend of mine who last school year showered us in these great crochet scarves (I hate to say that they’re great, because of my knitting loyalty, but they really, really are wonderful) and then this year made enough afghans for every room in our group of friends (that’s 12) to have one and when she heard that we were sharing two to an afghan made us 11 more so every person could have one. We felt the need to give back and while she has no need for blankets or anything we all (all meaning like 17 of us) made her a 4×4 square of our talents and put them all together in a wall hanging thing. I spun and then knitted my square, using fiber from Nitstock Farms and the Luckenbooth medallion by Girl from Auntie. I hope to know soon how she liked our project.
I’d show you the Weasley Sweater, but it looks more or less the same as it always does, i.e. a big green blob of blobbiness that will keep me warm in the movie theater come the new date of July 11. I am rather happy about this new date, because now all of the Harry Potter events are nicely spaced out, with five day between the movie and the Harry and the Potters concert and then five between the concert and the book. At least the book is last, I would still go to the HatP concert afterwards (like I will should they be somewhere I am whilst I am on Vacation) but I would be bittersweet. So by uploading my pictures I find that I haven’t photo blogged in about a month. So here is what I did:
I Went to Chicago:
For a wedding where, in good Irish tradition… there was a bagpiper.
Which, you know, makes me think of Scotland, but as my extended family (and Wikipedia) tell me, the pipes are used in Ireland and I have to say, the best songs I’ve heard played on a bagpipe are Irish ones (Danny Boy… oh man, so pretty)While in Chicago I also went to loopy yarns, to which Amy recently went as well. I have never been in such a friendly yarn store. I felt like I made friends with the ladies that worked there and because they were so nice and also because I got seriously car sick on the way to Chicago and the only thing that made me feel better was the lacewings, I bought two skeins of Seasilk. And two of Lorna’s Laces. I feel off the Yarn Diet wagon pretty spectacularly, it makes yesterday, wherein I bought my first two skeins of Socks That Rock, seem restrained and frugal.
And finally, I went home for Mother’s day, and because my family + Baseball = ❤ Twins game on Saturday and a Fiber Festival on Sunday.
That’s what I wore to the fiber festival. We decided that the Twins are most likely to win when our three shirts align, I have Joe Nathan (our star reliever) and my sisters have Boof Bonser (our number 2 pitcher, who for some reason inspires outstanding batting) and Joe Mauer (who is our catcher and the reigning batting champion).
Ok I have to go work on those Feather and Fan socks now, they’re going to be my socktopia contribution for the month, which means I need to finish them by Tomorrow, but then I’ll post about things I didn’t photograph and do the meme I was tagged for.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

In the midst of finals, knitting

I. Wrote. An 817 word paper. In 40 Minutes. I had no choice, the lappy crashed and deleted the first one. It’s the middle of finals and this was my last paper, and I did a good job… on the first one, the second may be the second worst paper I’ve ever written, just as it took the second least amount of time to write. Also, this may be weird, but because it’s finals I have had the strangest desire to take time and do things for others. I mean charity knitting of course. I’m knitting hats constantly for Afghans for Afghans until Saturday when I need to send them in, then I’m gonna make a square or five for Rebuilding Greensburg, and then it is totally Dulaan time. I feel like, in this time that is so much about me and what I am doing, I should take time off and help other people. I think I want to continue this through the play I’m working with starting immediately after I get home too. Usually I knit things for the director(s) while I’m hanging out backstage, but this time I think it will be more of this kind of stuff, Dulaan mostly I think, and I’ll donate it in their names at the end.
Moving on to slightly less serious matters, this is the most perfect sweater ever and I want it. I mean, come on! It’s named after one of my favorite literary characters of all time and it’s gorgeous! This reminds me that I need to read the CRAFTblog far more often, because I miss out on things like this if I don’t. Also, I don’t have the yarn for it (shut up, it’s too springy for the Jazz) so I would need… yes need! to buy yarn for it. Darn it that might have to be my after finals present (the list grows ever longer… grrr…)
About the post finals present, I have always felt wronged that my parents never reward me for my grades, so ever since college started I’ve been giving myself rewards fro making it through each big round of tests.
So far for this post-finals present I have:
1) Knitpicks CotLin for the Cables and O’s Sweater from No Sheep for You. I’ve loved this sweater ever since that knitty blog post, and, as a cotton and linen blend it is actually practical for summer (I desperately want this to be a part of my Stitch n’ Pitch Ensemble, but we’ll see how that goes).
2) Yarn for Mrs. Darcy (link above) I am in serious love right now, but it would work better for fall and if I still love it in late summer then it was meant to be. Also, if I wait until then I could buy yarn for it at Stitches (I’m not technically going yet, but I may need to take my first grown up Vacation) 3) A set of imps from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. This is a big fad over on the Lime and Violet Messageboard (I’m like, seriously addicted to the board) and I have a post it with all the scents I want on it hanging above my desk. 4) A sweater’s worth of Cascade 220 because Webs has it on deep, deep discount. This could be the Rogue yarn, because Rouge is going to be my Fall or Winter School project, also perhaps the simple knitted bodice, because I love that too, or Wicked, except I would have to knit it in Black and Green. And I think I could use Cascade for any of those.
So let me know what you think (because I love hearing from you). Which one should I give myself?
Pictures and things later, I have made muchly progress, but right now I am in need of the studying magic!

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

In Memoriam

You know what that means, someone died. It was Paco, our black alpaca, he left us this morning, I was home yesterday, but I was so excited about going to Shepherd’s Harvest that I didn’t say goodbye like I usually do. I’ve said it enough that I don’t feel too bad but between his beautiful wool, intelligent eyes, and gentle disposition (except for that one time he dragged me across the barn when I was 11) he will be very much missed. I’ll post normal stuff soonish (I finish things, this is good) but right now I’m still sad… This too shall pass, right?
PS: Also I’m done with classes, four finals and a paper and I am free to flee.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Life Sucks, send cookies

I have been busy, and knitting, and doing all manner of wonderful things, and I know that right now life sucks so much worse for people in Kansas and even other people in this dorm, but I’m not feeling too selfish when I say that life sucks for me and that’s all I want to talk about.
So remember last year when life kinds sucked? Well as if to summon the spirits of choir list announcement days past today was an almost total repeat of last year, except on a Monday. I don;t need to list everything, but it’s got the works, rejections (x 3), dissapointments, failures (not literal, because I know Mom reads this blog), Emily Dckinson (whom I love, but has the ability to make me feel very sad), upsetting things, and just general shit. It sucks, and it has sucked for days and my emotional elastic is all worn out. I seriously haven’t got the resilience left to just bounce back like I usually do. I just keep crying, I’ve been crying and crying for going on 8 hours now, but there’s no escape, no break, life doesn’t stop because I had a bad day. I just really wish it could.
I know that last year it all turned around and life was good again, but right now it feels like there’s a dementor on my sholder and that I’ll never be happy again.

Knitting later, emoness now. I have to go.

3 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized