Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
I've also decided that I need to branch out in my knitting. I need to move on from scarves and hats. I mean, I'm not going to go to the other extreme and start knitting completely obnoxious articles of clothing--uterus hats, as another friend kindly suggested. But, I feel like I've stuck to the safe path for too long. I mean what can a few little knitting mistakes do to me? Other than being strangled by a big, fibery mass that decided to revolt, knitting pretty much can't hurt me. Or I could be stabbed by my own knitting needles, but that's a whole other story that we won't go into right now. What're a few dropped stitches and a couple hundred rows worth of frogged* knitting? I hear that you learn more from your mistakes than your successes.
I think I've come to this relization at a good time. I'm at the end of my second day of Christmas break, and I have almost a month ahead of me. However, philosophical thinking must cease for the night. I'm too sleepy to continue. Stay out of trouble, folks, and have a good night.
*frog- (verb) to tear out multiple rows of knitting by removing the needles and pulling past the problem area in a piece of knitting
Thursday, December 17, 2009
- is unexpected, random, unplanned. I try to live day-to-day because every day brings its own challenges I need to handle. Every day has its ups and downs, from an inside joke brought up at breakfast to a bad test grade in the afternoon. The future will take care of itself until I get there.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund's daughter. You stand between my lord and kin. Begone if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you if touch him."You go, Eowyn. I love the scene in the book so much better than the movie version. They tweaked the line a little bit and I don't think it has the same power as it does in the book. I think it really shows how courageous Eowyn really is. She's kind of in the background for a lot of the last two books, but she really shows what she's made of in this scene. I mean, think about it--her uncle is dying behind her and she's facing this evil power that every other human being in the area fled from--and she faced it without flinching.
Anyway, nothing truly exciting has really been going on around here, just the usual stuff--eat, sleep, homework . . . I am participtating in National Novel Writing Month, though. You can find more information about it at http://www.nanowrimo.org/. Basically, the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month--from November 1st at midnight until midnight of November 30. As a result, I've pretty much signed my death wish. One half of my says that I should really take it easy, I'm already drowning in homework as it is. How can I possibly take on another massive project? But the other half of me thinks that it's a good thing to do, good practice, good to get some writing done for the first time in a while, etc. etc. The second half won. Talk about being suicidal. I'm a day behind, and I've barely gotten any writing done today. Let's just see if I have any sanity left by the time this month is over.
Monday, October 26, 2009
- If something's "phallic" and/or "penetrating," it's probably neither of the two
- If it's "masculine," it's definitely perfume
- We may be college students, but it doesn't mean we act like it
- Everything can be described by the terms "magical" and "nostaligic"
- The 2D Design classroom definitely has the worst chairs in the building--you either fall off or they sink down a foot when you sit down
- You definitely can--and will--leave the only supply you need for the project you'll be working on for two and a half hours in your room. And you'll spend those two and a half hours doing absolutely nothing.
- Smelling Sharpe's for an extended period of time is BAD
- Bringing your knitting to class is a good idea--it's still creative and it's fun
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I'm presently working my way back through The Lord of the Rings for probably the millionth time. I wish more people were able to appreciate the amount of literary genius that went into the writing of that trilogy. I've read it multiple times and I still find that there are details that I've missed. I actually went and sat by the pond to read for a little while before dinner, but didn't get much reading done. There's just so much general activity there, between the people walking by and the ducks and geese . . . It's ok, though. I really just needed to get outside for a little while. It was a beautiful day today and I spent 90% of it inside. In class. That seemed to last forever."I like that!" said Sam. "I should like to learn it. In Moria, in Khazad-dûm! But it makes the darkness seem heavier, thinking of all those lamps. Are there piles of jewls and gold lying about here still?"
Now on to Psych. I can't wait until 12:00 tomorrow because it means that I will then be done for the weekend.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- People have very different definitions of "normal"
- There's no such thing as privacy
- There's never enough time to sit down and knit an entire row
- If you want to avoid drunk people on a Friday night, close your door
- No matter how much time you spend studying, there will always be more homework
- You can and will get locked out of your room at least once, and at the most inopportune moment
- You will meet many different kinds of people--some crazy in an awesome way and some just plain creepy
- Trying to avoid said creepy people is more difficult than it seems
- You're not going to become archenemies with your rommates just because you knew them from high school
- You will forget about a test and not bring a pencil at the worst time, even though you never did anything like that in high school
Yes, this is a summary of the things I've learned. And none of them relate to class material either, apparently. I know I kind of abandoned the blog up to this point, but I'm trying to keep up with classes and just experience college--work, play, creepers and all... I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Anyhoo, yesterday, I started making Knitty's Shetland Shorty with my Knit Picks Imagination yarn:
Here's the yarn hanging out with the pattern on my laptop as I wound it into a ball. I've decided that a swift would be nice. Really nice. My knees will do in a pinch, and I'm sure borrowing somebody's hands would be great, but a swift would make life so much easier. I've always been stuck using my knees. Despite the fact that I have five younger siblings and two parents, none of them would ever be willing to hold my yarn for me while I wind it into a ball.
Anyway, I digress. I've gotten almost past the ties. Here I was thinking that the 300-stitch long garter-stitch ties would take me weeks. But watching Pride and Prejudice with my sister last night helped a lot. I know the storyline really well (I've read the book twice--first on my own, then in eleventh grade English), so it was easy to knit along with the movie. Maybe I'll talk everyone into watching another movie tonight . . . the perfect way to get lots of knitting done. I never knew 2700 stitches of garter stitch could go so fast. But I better not rejoice too loudly lest someone get jealous and let the rest of the wrap go painfully slow.Let's hope that doesn't happen. :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I’ve decided that I want to make a pair of legwarmers. I have no idea what I would do with a pair of legwarmers, but I want to make a pair. Now I just need to find a good pattern…
Monday, August 17, 2009
As for what I’m currently knitting, I’m working on a shrug in my leftover skein of Gossamer “Blue Jeans” from Knit Picks (pattern from Lacy Little Knits). I’m also making a scarf out of a laceweight, dark red yarn with a name that’s escaping me right now, but it’s a wool-acrylic blend. There’s more but I’m afraid I don’t really have time to talk about those right now because I’m being dragged off to the swimming pool. More will come later. :)