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.


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


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).


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.


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.

My Last Semester

So I don’t have any pictures to post right now, because since my last post I’ve only completed like 4 things. All pretty interesting things (scarf, better chap stick holders, log cabin washcloth which started my log cabin addiction, and a log cabin scarf), but I haven’t had time to take pictures of them yet. Why? Because I’ve been busy. With school. It’s my last semester. Graduation is approaching. Very exciting but also kinda nervous inducing at the same time, ya know? Although I haven’t decided if I want to walk across the stage or not. On the one hand, I spent 4 years studying my butt off for this diploma, I want to wear the clothes walk to pomp and circumstance and get the fancy diploma cover and throw my cap in the air. On the other hand, I know of less than 10 people who are graduating this semester, and some of those aren’t even walking, so do I really want to spend 2-2.5 hours of my life in a probably hot gymnasium watching close to 700 people that I don’t know get there names called and shake people’s hands and bla bla bla. And we’ll have to walk down that tiny staircase, who knows how long I’ll have to stand in that claustrophobic inducing atmosphere? And there will be so many people crowding around each other, yelling, parking will be a nightmare (oh wait, isn’t it always?). I wish that they had the graduations split up by college. Because then you could go to your friends’ graduations if you wanted to, but your family (and you) doesn’t have to endure such a hassle some ordeal.

But anyway. That’s not for a while yet. And I don’t have to know whether I’m walking for a few weeks, so I’ve got time. Time to do homework, write crazy long papers, learn CPR, act in scenes from plays, and listen to boring lectures. And time also for the important stuff in life, like reading my Bible, spending time with friends and family, and knitting. Right now I’m working on a log cabin blanket (I told you I was addicted) and some baby booties, because everyone is having kids right now. And since everyone was getting married this year, everyone will probably be having kids a few years from now too. I’m not sure if we’re fixing to have another baby boom, or if this is just what happens as you get older.

This weekend, I’m going to a fiber festival, so maybe if I get off my lazy butt and finish my homework, I’ll be able to make a post about it. And also maybe I’ll be able to make a post about the aforementioned stuff that I’ve finished. But I might not be able to make regular posts, because I have a job interview tomorrow. So I may be fixing to get even busier. So, If you’ve been checking back periodically for the past 2 months looking for a post and ending up disappointed, sorry. Although I doubt that anyone’s been doing that.

Senior Trip, Baccalaureate, and Graduation

Hannah’s Senior Trip

On Tuesday, I packed and left for the bank. I deposited a few checks, then I drove to the church building. Everyone else got there, then we left at about 3:30ish. Dad was at the gas station that we stopped at, so I said bye to him. Then we drove on and on to Pigeon Forge. There wasn’t much traffic. I brought my mitten to work on while riding up there. We got to our exit, and there was very little traffic. It didn’t take us very long to get through the town. We ate at the Apple Barn, and I had trout. Then we went out side and took a lot of pictures. After that, we stopped at the hotel, which had an empty parking lot, to drop our stuff off and to pick up coupons from the lobby. Then we went to Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf. I got a hole in one on one hole. Then we went back to the hotel and had a devotional and ate our desserts from supper. Then I took a shower and went to bed. Wednesday morning, we ate breakfast in the lobby, then went to a go-kart/mini golf place. The lady gave us a good deal. We played a round of golf (I can’t remember if I got a hole in one on this one), then chilled for a while, then did two different go-kart courses. After that we played arcade games. I determined that I’m awful at the luck games and okay at the skill games. The only thing is, ski-ball didn’t give very many tickets. Ah well. I cashed in my tickets for a mini Slinky for Quigley and a tiny lizard. After we left there, we drove up to Gatlinburg, where we experienced some traffic, but it was due to construction, not lots and lots of cars. Wetook a picture next to the giant marble ball, and then we ate at Pizza Hut. Then we started driving back home, but we stopped at Sonic first. We arrived at the church building just as the vans that pick up from the schools were getting there. It was a fun trip.

Baccalaureate (Which, in case you were wondering, I don’t know how to spell. I’ve been looking at the program so that I get it right.)

Thursday, Mom got home and told me what time it was, and I realized that I didn’t have much time for Baccalaureate. So I got my dress on, and I took my graduation gown and hung int in my car. Then I stopped to get gas, which I have never done while wearing a dress before. Then I got to Avery Trace, put on my gown, and waited for a little while. Then we all walked in, and I sat next to the other Hannah. The service was good, but a little unusual. I was counting on them giving us Bibles, but they cave us each a mini book with Cd’s instead. After it was over, we had refreshments, and then I left.


Today was the big day! Mom took some pictures of me in my graduation geddup before I left. I got there around 8:10, then I waited for them to take the picture of the honors diploma graduates. Then everyone waited outside for a really long time. Then we had to line up. Next to the windows. Wearing navy blue gowns. It was purty hot. Then we finally got to go down several stairs and wait in the tunnel. Then we got to walk! I didn’t see my parents, but that’s okay. It took forever for everyone to get there, and we had to stand the whole time. Then we had to keep on standing for the JROTC to put the flags up. Then we got to sit down. Then there was a whole bunch of rigamaroll, then we started walking across the stage. And I was 7th! Then I had to sit through the rest of the 472 people. Then we got to move our tassels and throw our hats, which I lost. Hopefully I’ll get it and the tassel back at project graduation. Which is tonight. I should probably take a nap so that I won’t be sleepy while driving home.

Even More Pictures

Here are some more pictures.

First, A hat. The pattern is Fern Glade, but I edited the pattern to match my gauge. I used the pink skein of Dolcetto that I bought at Joann in Knoxville.

These are my first socks. I like the first to pictures, because it looks like a desert. It’s not, it’s just my garden.

Mom’s mitten.

Let’s pretend we’re in italy. I took that picture near one of our grapevines.

This was going to be a Sonnet, but I turned it into a blanket for my cat.

And I’ll just say this so that I don’t get arrested or anything. All these picture came from MY flikr page, as are all the pictures in the most recent post and some of the pictures in the one before that. Here’s a link to it, because apparently the community guidelines say that pictures from flikr need to link back to the flikr page. I guess I get why they want that, but why do they even have the option of not linking to it if they don’t want you to do that? Well, I’m not going to go back and fix it, because they are MY pictures. I’m not stealing anything.

I went to a senior meeting today, and I got my honors drape ant top ten percent cord. And ice cream. And I bought a ticket for Project Graduation. It’s this thing that they have so that you don’t go out and get drunk after graduation. And if you leave before 5 am (yes, am) they’ll call your parents. Which is kinda funny, because you’d think that most people will be asleep by then. I can just imagine the scenario:

(At 3:00 in the morning, the phone rings, waking up a parent)

Parent: What?

School official: Your kid’s leaving Project Graduation.

Parent: Okay.

School Official: We just wanted to let you know so that if she’s not home soon, you’ll know that she’s out getting drunk.

Parent: Okay, I’ll keep that in mind while I go back to sleep.

I Think Feel More Like a College Student Now

So, as some of you may know, I graduated early. Meaning, Last semester I was a high school senior; I took English for two periods a day and I took both government and economics that semester, instead of taking one in the fall and one in the spring like everyone else. This semester, I’m not in high school. I’m in college. Not because I have to be, but because I chose to. Officially, I am and have been since last December, not a student at ____________ High School (I’m still kinda paranoid about telling where I live). I am, however, allowed to walk across the stage at graduation and go to prom if I wish (yes to the first, no to the second). So, today, after my chemistry class, I went to pick up my cap and gown. I was kinda looking forward to doing so, because there was the possibility that I might see people I know. After parking, I went into the office to pick up my visitor’s tag. Here’s how the conversation went:

Me: (holding out my wallet so that my driver license is visible) I need a visitor’s pass.

Secretary: Where are you going?

Me: The lecture hall.

Secretary: Do pick up senior products?

Me: (nods)

Secretary: You can just go on in there.

So I went on in there, and I did see people I know, Alex and Samantha. As I was leaving after I got my things, I saw them (Alex and Samantha) going to their lockers. And That made me realize that I feel more like a college student than a high school student. Because high school students, after picking up something, go to their lockers and then back to class. College students, on the other hand, run their errands and then leave. As I was walking to my car, I  wondered if anyone thought that I was a student who was just leaving school and I wondered what I would do if someone asked me what I was doing. Then I realized that I could just say that I’m not a student here, that I graduated early was only picking up my cap and gown. And I believe that college takes some getting used to, and I’m just about used to it by now.

I finished my Jaywalker socks! After two months. They’re gorgeous and they it my feet perfectly. I’m also rereading the Charlie Bone books, because I got the newest one at the library book sale a few weeks ago, and I wanted everything to be fresh on my mind before I read it.

Anyone know of a good place to store my graduation gown until May 23? What with all the clutter in my closet, it’s too long to go in there. I’m hanging it on the curtain rod in my parents’ room, but I can’t keep it there indefinitely because The Quiginator will come and claw at it.