Sunday, October 29, 2006
I guess the lazying about is expected since I had a round of midterms last Monday and really needed to recuperate from the stress (well, I would have needed the time, if I had actually felt stressed about the incident...maybe I will feel more stressed after I get my grade).
Even with the lazying about I did have time for knitting related endeavors. I have been diligently knitting my yellow scarf while waiting for participants to show and sometimes while waiting for other events to occur as well (like class). The scarf isn't getting miraculously longer, but that might be because I know that once it gets to a certain length, it won't be a fun and easy to truck along project as it is now. More now than ever, I am impressed that Mrs. Weasley finds the time to knit all those sweaters for her family. Her motivation never falters!
Speaking of motivation, I finally took a stroll over to bloglines. I had over one hundred posts to read. I know I am behind when people who post less often than I normally do had 5 posts waiting for me to read. I do read all the posts eventually, okay, I at least skim the pictures, but the posting has been at a sorry state. I think my creativity curled up and died at some point while I was in the middle of memorizing the differences between delirium, dementia, and amnesia.
Speaking of memorizing, did I mention I have another exam on Monday? I simply do not understand why I need to memorize all this information! It is not like in the real world I won't have this info at my fingertips. I can see it now, "I am sorry Ted I can't decide if you have Schizophrenia or just the case of the blues because you couldn't afford to go to Rhinebeck, because looking in a book would be cheating!" Yeah, I know the reason for exams, but really, memorizing stuff is boring.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I am still working on the fabulously happy yellow scarf, but it is coming along slowly now that I have midterms and whatnot to do. I just don't have enough time to knit anymore! How sad is that?
Oh, I must tell you, yesterday the temperature was 37 degrees! Time to pull out the wool!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
You might be asking yourself if I am going to stop knitting MD dishcloths, well I might for the next few days since I put off some work that needs to be done by Thursday (stats homework and Master's Introduction) and Friday (paper on ethics and the law and a quick write up on conversion disorder), but after that I am going full steam ahead. At this point I am curious as to how many dishcloths I can knit before I get tired of them.
Oh! I finally decorated my sad looking office. I have my cosy potholder loop rug under my desk and I can attest to the happy feeling my feet got when I worked at the desk this afternoon. I also left my grey scarf there to keep me busy when I lose inspiration and I need a moment with something fiber-related to keep me motivated. I brought some other decorations but these sadly enough were not knitting related.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - The fabulous Mrs. Weasley knits sweaters for her family (and Harry, of course). Don't you just love Mrs. Weasley? :)
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Monty Python's Flying Circus - little old lady is knitting while her husband revels over the 3 million kilts ordered from some extraterrestrials.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Oh, should I mention that I started another Mason-Dixon washcloth? I love this pattern because each round gets smaller and I know I just need to knit 26 rows and I can cast off!
Off to bed!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Oh, random note, if you have never done bobbles before, but want to try your hand, this is the perfect project. This was my first go at bobbles and it was nice that the bobbles were at the very beginning (second round) and then there were no more. I got to try my hand with bobbles without haven't to do ten million for the finished project.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
This was also an exciting day, because I got an Amazon package in the mail. Cox cable/internet/big huge telecommunications' conglomerate gave me a $50 gift certificate to Amazon just for signing up for internet! I purchased the first Barabara Walker treasury, the third volume of the Harmony Guides (I just need the color work guide to round out my collection, okay I also technically need the two crochet books, but I don't crochet so I don't feel I neeeeeed them), and Zoolander on DVD. I have Zoolander on VHS, but alas I don't have a VHS player anymore and everyone needs a working copy of Zoolander. It is an all-time classic, if you haven't seen it and realized the utter brillance of this movie. The world of male modeling...who knew that there was so much intrigue? ;)
Anyway, the happy mojo scarf is going smoothly and has inspired me to knit at all times. Oh, have I mentioned that it is getting "chilly" here in Florida. Right now, the weather channel has pegged Gainesville at 63 degrees! Oh joy! Bring out the wooly knitted goods!
Also, have I mentioned how much I am loving Lion's Brand Cotton Ease? This stuff is amazing! Maybe it is because I have been working with so much lace weight yarn that I forgot what worsted weight feels like, but this stuff is sent from the gods. It has a great weight, feel, and the yellow color just makes me oh so happy.
Go out and enjoy the chilly weather with a happy, basic garter stitch scarf!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I will admit that I had been rather frustrated by this. I think my lack of motivation had been stemming from fear that I haven’t been settling into the grad student lifestyle. Two of my friends have taken this frustration to a higher level with serious consideration of leaving their graduate schools. This got me thinking. Do I lack motivation because I don’t want to be here? When I thought about this, I realized that my concerns about my future all revolve around clinical psychology. My main problems seem to be about deciding whether I want to work with an elderly population or what sort of career I want (but always within a clinical psychology field).
After making the realization that I am really happy where I am even if I do get bored with my classes sometimes (never mind the fact that my abnormal psychology for children class has turned me off to ever having children), inspiration has seemed to hit me full force. After perusing my knitting books, I found a pattern that I wanted to do. It is Ruffles from ScarfStyle. It is the “potato chip scarf.” With only 22 stitches, I am making progress fairly quickly and am enjoying myself. Since I had been hit with the blahs, even knitting had been viewed as an annoyance. I am using Lion’s Bran Cotton Ease and I can understand why some people love it. The texture is cottony but has just enough lightness to it to make the ruffles ruffle. This project has also been good for me coming to terms that I won’t need my wooly goods for a nice long while. Who knows, maybe cotton will become my friend?
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