Monday, November 26, 2007

Just over the horizon

Haven't been in a talkative mood recently, and I'm still not really in one. But here is the progress I have made on the pirate mittens. I won't really be able to work on them more until the weekend. They are also seeming a bit small. The person I'm making them for has smaller hands than me, but I have this nightmare that I will give these to her and they won't fit. Worry about that later. Pictures now!

Top side:

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Palm side:

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I apologize for the poor quality of the lighting, but I really didn't feel like fiddling. How freaking cool are the skull and crossbones though? I can't believe I made that. There are some mistakes, but I love the mitten anyway.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Just pictures of some work I've done today. The Pirate Mitten pattern is by helloyarn and will eventually be a gift for my friend Anne.

Front side:

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Back side:

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Friday, November 16, 2007

The Next Month

Today I went to the bookstore. I had a coupon for 30% off a book, so I was hoping to find something something fun to read. Maybe The Green Rider by Britain. It looked like a good fantasy book/series that I could get into. I went to one of those big chain bookstores. While looking through the shelves, I began to wonder, did anyone teach these people the alphabet? Garrison Keiller right by Walt Whitman? But, but the sign says alphabetical by author! The Craft section is a joke. Knitting books are always mixed up, no matter the bookstore because of the variety of shapes and bindings, so I understand a little bit of confusion. But crochet and quilting mixed in with the knitting books? The reference books are just as much of a joke. It's so disappointing. In a time when I am so fed up with reading for school, almost to the point that I don't want to read at all, the bookstore is supposed to be a haven, relaxing, not frustrating. This is the problem of chain stores I guess.

I am tired. I have had bronchitis for the past week and I'm just now feeling better. The weight of a three-class graduate semester in English just sorta fell all at once on my head. Just thinking about the two research papers I need to write for Shakespeare and Roth makes me panic. My Syntax project looks promising. We analyze the clauses from some text out of any book of our choosing. I like that kind of work. But I'm still freaking out over those papers.

Wednesday night I went to see As You Like It at the Folger in DC. It was my first time seeing a Shakespearean play staged. I liked the director's interpretation, even if the woman playing Rosalind was a little flat.

I have two very tall stacks of library books in my room toppling over currently.

Haven't done a lot of knitting recently, not much time.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I have a cold, and it is giving me the biggest sinus headache, making it difficult to read. I just thought all (two) of you should know.

Friday, November 9, 2007


I lost my bag. I carried some knitting, books, and my lunch around in it. And I just left it in the dining hall. A guard on the campus took me into two locked buildings to help me look for it, and I couldn't. It's just...the money wasted by losing that bag. It might still turn up in Lost and Found I guess.

Idiot me.

Anyway, I didn't end up leaving campus until after 10pm, went to bed later. Am just uber tired in general.

On the knitting side of things, no pictures today, but I have accomplished a lot. First mitten is done sans seaming up the side. Will start the next on Monday. I also learned a new stitch, the same one from My so called Scarf. Looks pretty good.

All of a sudden, I'm not in the mood to write more....

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The homework beast attacks again

Two 17-20 page research papers due in one month. One English Syntax Project and Final Exam due in one month. Regular homework in addition to aforementioned. One young lady slowly losing her sanity.

At least I have cookies. Anne sent me cookies, and they were delicious. Please note the "were." I would have taken a picture of them, but somehow, on the journey to get my camera, the cookies disappeared. Into my belly. Hopefully I can return something to her within the next two months.

Homework has seriously hindered my knitting time, but nonetheless, I have pictures for you:

Progress on the mittens thus far. Basically I make the entire mitten in one go, fold it over, and seam up the sides. I'm working on the thumb right now. Only I haven't really worked on it for about two weeks because I've been so busy.

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I also made some of my first attempts at cabling, and I have to say, I want to put cables in EVERYTHING now Sorry for the poor quality of the images, but I just cannnot take good pictures.

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And a close up of the cables (the underside looks exactly the same):

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The scarf pattern is Palindrome by Kristin Bellehumeur, and the mitten pattern is from a pamphlet by Marion Graham.

Today I hope to do a few more inches on the Palindrome scarf, finish the thumb on the mittens, read the very last bit of American Pastoral for my Philip Roth class, read Chapter 8 and 9 in my English Syntax book, and work through some of my Shakespeare class' Annotated Bibliography and Project Proposal. If I get this work done today, I can work on my research projects tomorrow and Monday. I also have knitting class on Monday, so I need to finish the mitten thumb by then.

Last night I watched Critters with my roommate last night. I'm not sure how many of you know about this little gem, but it is quintessential bad 80s horror comedy. Well, the day is already half gone, and I need to get started on my work. I can't wait until the end of this semester..

Oh, also, I updated my amazon wishlist on the very off-chance anyone decides to get me something from it. Just have it list by priority and you will see what my little heart desires most.