So here we are

It is the last week of the semester, classes are over, and I am wishing for snow. This semester has been an interesting experiment in being lost, busy and generally overwhelmed. I can’t seem to keep up with taking pictures of knitting any more than I can keep up with anything else.

I haven’t spun much on the wheel, but I just got a big box of fiber that I am spinning up for a friend. Sitting down to spin on Wednesday (or whatever day that was) felt so nice though, I missed it without knowing I missed it. I took pictures of all the fiber though and maybe posting them will help me want to blog more. Sadly they are not-too-great phone pics, my camera was MIA.

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Lots of projects

Knitting is the thing I turn to when all else goes to heck. It takes the edges off of life, although sometimes things remain pretty pointy. Lately I’ve been under a lot of stress, and this week has been one of those weeks. You know the one where you manage to have a major exam, lose a hard drive, pms, headaches, sleeping too late and an arthritis flare up, all at once. Everybody has one of those weeks every once in a while.

On the bright side, stress seems to make me a productive knitter, if one who casts on too many projects.

I finished a sockhead hat which needs to go in the mail to a little girl with cancer (she wouldn’t like being called little, but 16 is little to me.) I couldn’t get a better picture of this, its more purpley and pretty and in focus, and really is flattering.

Sockhead Hat: US 3 needles (what I had free at the time) so I went down to 100 stitches and only needed a 50 gram ball. The yarn is Serinity sock weight in lavender topaz and  is a merino/bamboo/nylon blend so its silky and cool to the touch.

I cast on a cool color work cushion.

I figure it doesn’t matter if my gauge goes off, worst case scenario I have to line it so the stuffing doesn’t show. Also, skull cushion in elegant grey and red, seriously sexy.

Next up, is the result of a little falling down with my credit card at the LYS. Moochi Plus, 4 balls. Now being knit into a seriously snuggly vest.

just look at this soft singleness. I need to learn how to spin a soft single, now.

the front of the vest. I’m doing the ribbing at collar and armholes before I finish the body so I can maximise my yarn and make it as long as I can.

I love the stripes. I know horizontally striped fuzzy worsted weight vests wouldn’t work on everyone, but there have to be benefits for being flat chested.

I also have a spinning FO, but that should be another post.

What have I been doing?

Not Blogging obviously.

I told myself that I would start blogging more when I moved and I suppose that has happened to some degree, but no much.

Classes have been meeting and they are good, if more challenging than my undergraduate work, which is as I expected. I am very impressed with the few undergraduates I do have contact with here at William and Mary and I fully admit they will be more prepared for graduate school or work than me.

Other than classes I am really happy with the experiences with my fellow graduate students. I have friends here, already. We have happy hour on Thursdays and I think last nights game night will become a frequent event.

On the cooking front I’m not doing overly much, mostly fresh veggies and chicken from the freezer. I need to cook up a bunch of asparagus today. I did manage to produce an excellent batch of biscuits and some  cupcakes as well.

On the knitting front I’m still working on the tunic design, and enjoying the stripes as they really do improve the otherwise miles of stst. If this ends up fitting well I might do a version that features something other than horizontal stripes, but that is for a later date of course.

I’m not much further than this but I am learning more and more about how to neatly join the yarns, not jogless, but hopefully not messy either.

Well I suppose I’d better go read my book and stop procrastinating.

New School, New Projects

I had my first day of classes today. Only one class so far, but so far it has gone well. I expect to be doing a lot of reading very soon. I also met with my advisor, who seems nice and did some wandering in the colonial area.

I have started a new project, since my grandmother’s sweater is now blocking on mats in the floor (okay I started it way before I blocked it, but it counts.) What I am doing is designing a tank top/tunic top (depends on when I run outta road, I mean, yarn) it has a round yoke neck

then below the collar the stitches increase out and will join under the arms and then the top will be knitted in the round for the rest of the length. I hope this at least manages to be cute.

Once the top is done I would really like to publish the pattern, even if it might mean some serious sweater maths.

Bad Blogger, no cookie…

oh wait, I do have cookies. I guess I better blog then.

Life went from uneventful to busy pretty quickly around here. In fact “here” changed. On Tuesday my mom, my boyfriend and I set out in my car and her van to move all my stuff from Grayson Kentucky to Williamsburg VA.

We made it here around 8 only to discover no one to meet us at my new place, therefore no place to get in. I called the landlady, who was at work and we went to eat a late dinner and wait for her to return home.

On Wednesday morning we began to unload mom’s van but decided to finish later, hoping the air would be less suffocating. The heat and humidity this week have been some of the hardest things to deal with this week. Instead of going up and down stairs we went and found the DMV and a bank and Walmart. Important things. Even if I do get confused way too easily when mom is driving.

Thursday morning we were back at the DMV, this time with everything we needed. After that and a visit to campus so the boy would get to see it. Then mom and and the boy headed off for the long drive home. Since they left I have managed to get my old plates off my car and new ones on (harder than it sounds) get myself to school and back for a meeting, got my student ID (had to fight crowds of freshmen to do it.) I have met my fellow first years and I think I have at least the beginnings of friendships with two of them. One is a newish knitter and the other had long yarn dreads.

Once I have my room a little neater I will take pictures and show it off here on the blog.