Not Much Knitting

So I haven’t posted in almost three months. In that time, I’ve graduated, finished knitting a blanket, considered grad school, finsihed the second sick of a pair, got a job, started a sweater for my mom, bought various dishes for when I eventually move out, watched some movies, read some books, listened to some music, petted some cats, finished a long ago started sweater, played some board games, and started working on a set of potholders and oven mitts. That sounds like a lot of stuff, but it really isn’t that much, sepecially the knitting.

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I finshed this orange log cabin blanket sometime around Christmas or New Year’s.

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It’ not that big, but it works as a nice lap blanket. And it’s very snuggly and cuddly and I love it. I want to make more blankets, because I like having something mindless to work on, and knitting this one didn’t last nearly long enough (I started it in September).

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It was so cold out when I was taking pictures today, so I wrapped the blanket around my neck because it was warmer than the scarf that I had on. I wasn’t wearing a coat because I wanted to take some pictures of the brown sweater I was wearing. I didn’t get to because the camera stopped working. I tink the batteries might be dead.

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I’m also wearing Cairn and Mirror and that’s Versalitity in the background. I have absolutely lived in that hat this winter. It’s warm and soft and I love it.

Here’s a picture of my graduation cap all decorated up.

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The colors of our college are purple and gold, and since my major was nutrition, I decided to make my cap pretty with grapes and lemons. I worked on it the night before graduation while halfway watching Dr. Who and Lord of the Rings.

I haven’t been doing much knitting since I got a job because I’m tired on the days I work and busy doing things like fishing and cooking on my days off. That and the fact that I’ve been in a bit of a knitting block lately. The day before my first real day of work I finished knitting a sock, and since then there hasn’t been much that I’ve wanted to knit. Or rather, much that I’ve wanted to make. I want to knit, but I don’t have much idea of what I want to make, if that makes any sense. I satarte a sweater for my mom, but it’s cabled, and that requires a lot of concentration, so I can’t work on it while watching a movie without having to fix a miscrossed cable several rows back. I think I’ll be able to get into the groove of it eventually, but I haven’t yet.

Last week or possibly the week before I went to Goodwill and bought an XL teal sweater, and I unravelled it and simmered it, and I’ve already made a potholder out of it, with plans to mke some more and some oven mitts too. It’s currently in the washing machine; I’m hoping that it will felt, if not, well, then I guess I’ll make something else out of the yarn.

To Done List

Happy late Thanksgiving! I hope yours was nice! Mine was; I got a lot accomplished, so I’m going to type out everything that I did this long weekend, kinda the opposite of a to do list, this is a list of what I’ve already done.

Start making worsted weight mittens: A week or so ago, I went on a hayride, and I was wearing my mirror mittens, but my hands were still kinda cold, so I said that I should make some medium weight mittens, so that I could have something in between thin sock yarn mittens and bulky huge mittens. So I started making some striped mittens yesterday evening.

Yup, that’s right, I’ve knit everything except the thumb on one mitten. Ah, that sounds too braggy. I should add that I didn’t have anything important to do today, and I have kinda small hands, so that’s why it went by so quick. Don’t feel bad if you’re a slow knitter, usually I am too.

It kinda took me a while to figure out how exactly to get the gusset right; I think I have weird shaped hands because I had to knit 26 rows before splitting the thumb from the fingers. It’s probably going to take me a million years to weave in all the ends on these; they’ll be a total of 48 when I’m finished with the pair.

Wash, block, and sew on buttons to Versatility: I never mentioned this before, but it’s too dark for pictures right now, so you won’t get a finished product post today. But I can say that I finally sewed on the buttons to a scarf that I started back in August. And I’m going to wear it tomorrow!

Clean bathroom, take down recycables, clean loveseat and table, wash clothes, bedding, and hand knits: Uh, I’m just talking about normal everyday things as if they’re something huge, but hey, they’re successful accomplishments!

Finish first lacy sock: just one sock finished, but yay, it’s finished!

Sew buttons onto baby booties: Another thing just sitting around waiting to be finished.

Take pictures of knitted stuff and put on ravelry: I don’t think I’ve added any pictures to my ravelry projects page since this summer, so I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and uploaded them today, I’ll put them here too.

Three log cabin projects, first is a washcloth, which is how I learned log cabin and what started my addiction. Second is a blanket, which is my go to mindless knitting project. It’s going to be so snuggly warm when I finish! Last is a scarf, that I need to bathe in conditioner to make it softer.

Set up and decorate the Christmas tree: I didn’t do this all by myself, but it was still a lot of work. But definately worth it, because it looks good.

Wrap presents: I am the resident gift wrapper in this household; I’m to only one who likes to do it, so I wrapped all of them! Except a few that my mom put in bags.

Complete one homework assignment: Uh, just one, but that’s better than nothing right? After I’m finished typing this post, I may work on a presentation that’s due monday (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! because I’ve barely started working on it and I always stumble over what to say and I’ll get points docked for that and did I mention that I’ve barely started working on it and and and and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

In addition to this amazing list of things that I’ve accomplished this long weekend, I’ve also watched like 4 movies and listened to lots of music (but not Christmas music, unless you count Father Christmas by the Kinks, because I don’t like to listen to Christmas music too early. Or at all, except mayb the Burl Ives tape. But I think I’ll wait until after finals week (and graduation!) to do that. I’ve also taken several walks, which was really nice earlier this week when it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt (I love Tennessee, where else is it almost 60 degrees in November?) but it was also nice yesterday and today when I had to bundle up a little bit (just a sweater and accessories, no coat).

I may make a few finished project posts later, but I may not, because I’ll likely be busy during the next two weeks of classes (wow, only 2 weeks?) and finals week. I tell you what, this semester has flown by. Or spaceshiped by? Fast, really inconceivably fast is how it’s gone by.

Lacy Scarf

I don’t even remember how long ago I finished this scarf, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it.

Yarn: Joann Sensations Dolcetto, sadly discontinued

Color: Purple/Pink

Needles: Size 9

Pattern: Kinda made up. I used the lace chart from Montague Bulky Lace Vest, from New England Knits. I added a 6 stitch cable at each side, and knit until it was long enough. I forgot how long I made it, maybe 50 something inches?

I’m looking forward to wearing it this when it gets cooler this fall. Since it’s not 100% wool and lacy, it won’t keep me very warm when it’s really cold, but it should be good to keep a chilly breeze at bay.

Winter

I spoke too soon about us having a mild winter. Yesterday afternoon it started snowing and it’s been the snow equivalent of drizzling pretty much ever since. Just now I went outside to take some pictures and a break from homework.

The beautiful calico, trying to get me to pay attention to her as I was bundling up.

Drooping cold jonquils. I hope the ones that haven’t bloomed yet still will.

The snow-covered deck

Our new flower garden with a blanket of snow

It wasn’t all that cold considering how much warm clothes I was wearing, but it was really windy, so I didn’t stay out long.

The calico got in my lap and let me pet her after I went back inside, but she wouldn’t stay still long enough for the pictures to be clear.

And now it’s time for me to get back to my Legal Issues paper. If I just get to work, it won’t take me long to finish it. I just get distracted easily, which can be problematic when you need a computer in order to do your work.

Tech

Today in between my two afternoon classes I walked around a little bit and took some pictures.

It was chilly today, and it didn’t really get sunny until later in the afternoon.

I think I might have looked a little strange, walking around with my big backpack and taking pictures of random trees.

But, then again, who’d rather sit inside the same building in between classes instead of looking at pretty things?

I walked around behind Kittrel, Jere Whitson, and South Halls, because I never walk behind those buildings (and apparently, neither does anyone else) and I thought I might be more likely to see new things to photograph.

Tech has such a pretty campus

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The other day I took a walk and took some pictures, because I live on a really pretty road, even though there’s a lot of trash that accumulates. But I didn’t take pictures of the trash, I took pictures of trees and fields.

This is a picture of the sky taken from my front yard.

So sunny, can you believe these were taken in late January?

The little creek by the railroad.

The railroad.

An early Jonquil. These are my favorite flowers. Or maybe it’s a tie between these and really good smelling roses. These are definitely my favorite early flowers.

This was taken on a walk that I took a few days later. All the time I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen anyone crossing cattle. I think they do it very early in the morning.

A bird perched on the power line.

I’m so blessed to live in such a beautiful place, and to be able to take walks without being worried about being hit by a car. Sometimes I see pictures of really pretty far away places and wish that I loved somewhere interesting like that, but then I remember that it’s beautiful here.

It’s been a fairly warm winter this year, and I just love it. Don’t get me wrong, I like snow well enough, but I really don’t like the cold. Especially if I’m having to walk ten minutes across campus to get to my class, and then another ten minutes back to my car. It’s just not enjoyable when your legs feel frozen. But this winter, unlike my first three years of college, has been beautiful. Just last Thursday, in fact, we went to the Tech greenhouses for my Experimental Foods class to plant seeds, and I was wearing short sleeves and it was only a little bit chilly. While we were there, we got to pick salad greens and take home, which was nice.

I’ve had a few salads since then, but I think some of the greens that I picked aren’t fit for eating raw, because they kinda made me gag, but most of them were pretty good.

Well, that’s all that I’m going to post for now, because I need to finish some homework, and I think I’ll take another walk too. I hope that these pictures brightened your day!

Red

I finished my scarf!

Pattern: Peaks Island Hood

Yarn: Lion Brand Cashmere Blend

Needles: size 10

Modifications: The buttons I used were smaller, so I just did yo, k2 tog for the buttonhole. I also used 4 buttons instead of three, and spaced them 10 rows apart.

These pictures aren’t the best in the world, because they’re kinda in shadow, but you can see it well enough.

Last Wednesday I decided to go through the clothes in my closet, and get rid of what didn’t fit or was never worn. While I was doing that, I decided to arrange all my skirts by color, and I decided that I needed to make a red skirt.

At the beginning of May I went to a Colonial Fair with my parents, and one of the tents had fabric, so I looked around in there, even though I knew that it would probably be too expensive for me. But then I saw a remnants basket which had 3/4 yard red wool fabric that was only $6.75 and was just begging to be made into a skirt by me. So I bought it.

At first, I thought about putting a zipper in the skirt, but then I decided against it for a couple of reasons. First off, the only red zipper that I have doesn’t really match. Second, I don’t really know how to sew zippers into garments. Third, I didn’t really want to ruin the fabric if the zipper sewing turned out horrible.

So what I did was measure how big I wanted it to be around the bottom, how big I wanted it to be around the top, and how long I wanted it to be. Then I added in the seam allowances and snipity snip. Then I hemmed it, sewed the two pieces together, sewed together some elastic, and sewed the elastic inside the casing (I think I used that word correctly).

(Yes, I totally lay on plywood, wearing a wool skirt in the middle of summer. And I’m pretty sure I didn’t use lay correctly.)

It’s a little bit scratchy, but if I wear tights and a slip it shouldn’t bother me too much. And If I wear it with wool socks and a sweater, then I won’t freeze this winter.