Looking for an outlet

August 9, 2009

Reading over my last post, I can’t believe how much has changed in a year. I completed my first year of the Master’s program at Teachers College (no, I’m not studying to be a teacher), and am now starting to apply to doctoral programs. I’ve stopped working as a temp and have been slaving away at my work study job, coordinating a GED program at Columbia. (You’d think work study would give you some time to, well, study. Not so much.) And… (drum roll please)… I got engaged!

So, while I now have absolutely no time to do much of anything, between finishing up the MA (I’m planning to graduate this December), applying to PhD programs, working and volunteering, and planning the wedding, I thought I would open the ol’ blog back up. I have no illusions that I will be writing regularly; I just sometimes need an outlet for all the craziness – and V needs a break sometimes.

Knitting pictures and venting (about school, work, wedding stuff) to follow…


More of the same

July 17, 2008

It’s been over a week since my last post, and, strange as it may seem, nothing much is new. Knitting-wise, I still have the same three projects on the needles. Sheldon literally hasn’t moved, still due to the lack of black embroidery floss (or sport/sock yarn). Hopefully I’ll be able to finish him soon, though – when I went into my local craft store last weekend, the owner said that they were, in fact, expecting a shipment of black embroidery floss this week (I’m not sure why, but I find that a little hilarious). Read the rest of this entry »

Too many projects*

July 7, 2008

Yes, that’s right, I have three WIPs on the needles! It all started with Sheldon, who is going to be a gift for a friend’s (now almost 2-month-old) new baby. I have all of the pieces done except the very tip of the face, because I have to put the eyes on before I can finish. And therein lies the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Pictures at last!

July 6, 2008

As promised, I finally have pictures to share. I didn’t get the chance to take them until this afternoon because of the weather – it rained most of Friday and Saturday – and my landlord/neighbors (I’m sure they think I’m crazy already, but I think taking pictures of my knitting in their fig tree might be too much). But today was gorgeous and sunny (and the neighbors were nowhere to be seen!) so I was free to take as many shawl-in-the-tree pictures as I wanted!

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June 30, 2008

On Friday, I finished my Laminaria (that’s a Ravelry link – I’ll try to post some pictures here this weekend). I was home from work with a bit of a stomach bug (that just won’t seem to go away!), so I got to spend the day knitting and watching episodes of the X-Files. Of course when I finished the shawl it needed to be blocked, so, genius that I am, I gave my bed over to the Laminaria and spent the rest of the afternoon curled on the futon chair instead. But the important thing is that I got to show off my shawl at the play that night. Who cares if it was 80 degrees and humid? Read the rest of this entry »

Reacting to the Supreme Court

June 26, 2008

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the rape of a child is not grounds for the death penalty. I, for one, agree with their decision. Of course, being of the bleeding-heart liberal persuasion, I find it hard to come up with any situation in which putting someone to death is the right answer, but even putting that single-mindedness aside, I think that this is a good ruling. Read the rest of this entry »

Motivation, or a lack thereof

June 25, 2008

Right now, I should be learning my understudy lines for Saturday (ok, if we’re going to be picky, I should really be working. It’s a slow day, though.) One of the other girls in the cast – the one who plays 4-5 small parts in the play – is going to be out of town for the last night of the show, so I’m taking her second-act roles, while “Margaret” takes her first-act ones. It’s nice since, for one night, I will spend four times my usual amount of time on stage AND do some swordfighting. But, on the other hand, I have to actually learn her lines. Read the rest of this entry »

Perfecting the art of thumb-twiddling

June 19, 2008

For all of you who were on the edge of your seat in suspense after my last post… I decided to tink. Despite the sage advice from Penny and others, I had not used lifelines. I’ve never used them, in fact. I know it’s a good idea, but that cocky, living-on-the-edge side of me says that I don’t need to. (That’s right, my main form of rebellion is to not use lifelines while knitting lace shawls.) Read the rest of this entry »

A Knitter’s Dilemma

June 18, 2008

Just as a warning, this will be incredibly boring for non-knitters. Sorry.

I have a knitting dilemma. Nothing life-or-death, or even terribly exciting, but it’s something that comes up often enough that I thought I should mention it.

I’ve been working on my Laminaria (that’s a Ravelry link – login required) for a while now, and it’s been going incredibly smoothly. The pattern is complex enough to be interesting, but repetitive enough to still be relaxing, and by following a few rules – the main one being “No Lace On The Morning Commute” – I have been error-free. Until now.

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What to expect

June 13, 2008

After attending the Teacher’s College Admitted Students Arbitrary Two-Day Period Weekend last Friday and Saturday, I feel both better prepared to enter grad school… and scared out of my mind. I’m not sure if they purposely designed this event to evoke both of these emotions in such a rapidly-alternating way, but they did a damn good job of it. Read the rest of this entry »