School and Knitting

Here’s an updade about the projects that I had on the needles as of two posts ago.

1. I’m finished with my Owls sweater.

It’s just a little bit too big, but not very much so. It’s fairly warm, considering how loosely knit it is.

2. No progress on the Emily. I haven’t even touched it.

3. I also finished the Veyla mitts.

The left one is a bit tight over my watch. I haven’t worn these yet, because it’s either been too warm or too cold.

4. No progress on the secret something.

5. I ripped out the other secret something, because I knew that I wouldn’t have enough yarn to make it the way I imagined it. It actually wasn’t too saddening to rip it out, because I realized that I would have the pleasure of knitting with the Malabridgo twice.

6. No progress on the boring entralac scarf.

7. I really think that my roving hates me. I get maybe a yard spun, then it just decides to not stay put and comes apart. And then I have difficulty attaching the roving to the yarn. It stinks because I was doing an okay job at first, and now I’m not. I think I might be pre-drafting it too thin.

8. I started a new pair of socks the other day, because I need want another pair of wool socks. I’m using the cable chart from Saxony, but I’m using the toe-up construction of David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook because I want to make these as tall as possible.

I’ve knit almost one cable repeat on the leg so far.

On Monday Martha and I went out to eat and then we went to Hobby Lobby and goodwill. I bought a Merino and Shetland wool blend sweater for $6. I liked the color (light yellow) of it in the sweater, but it was kinda ugly wound op. So I dyed it with blue, hoping to make it green, but I put too much dye in it, so it’s mostly blue with a few light spots. I only have about 340 grams of it, so I’m not really sure what I’ll make with it. I was thinking something similar to the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, only improvised because I don’t have the pattern. I have picked out a cable pattern form one of the books that  I got for Christmas, and I was thinking about knitting it top down. But then again, I don’t know if I’ll have enough yarn for an entire sweater, so I’ll just wait on using it up right now.

Tech started back yesterday. I’ve only been to two of my classes so far, so I’ll tell you about them and then what I think my other classes will be like.

Aspects of Dress: This class is about dress. Which is apparently more than just clothing. I have to take it for my major, but I think it’ll be kinda fun. There are three different labs for this class; the class is divided into three groups and we’ll alternate labs every four weeks. I’m starting with the aesthetics lab, which is a bit boring. Today we learned about color and lines and balance and proportion and ectera. We did get to cut and glue examples of what we learned, which took my mind about what I’ve heard about my speech class. The next lab is the construction lab, where we get to make an apron (sounds like fun) and the last one is the textiles lab. I’m not quite sure what that one’s about; perhaps we’ll get to feel different fabrics Sounds like my kind of lab; the only way it could get better is if there was a knitting class.

Consumer Economics: Kinda about common knowledge stuff, like bank accounts and credit and taxes and ectera. I also have to take this for my major, but it should be easy.

Nutrition: I think I’ll like this class, since it’s more in line with what I want to do. If I end up not liking it, then I’ll probably need to change majors.

Biology: This will probably be harder than my other classes, but probably not any harder than Chemistry. And I liked biology in high school, so it should be somewhat enjoyable.

Speech: Ug. I hate to be pessimistic, but I’m not looking forward to this class. I’m just going to have to formulate an argument, which I’m not good at, and say it, which I’m also not good at. To make matters worse, some one told me that the professor I have is really hard and will give you an F if your speech is too long or too short. At least the person who told me this didn’t have this professor himself and had only heard this from other people, so maybe they are exaggerating and it won’t be too bad.

 By the way, I typed up my modifications for my endpaper mitts; you can find them on the page called “Modifications.”

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