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.

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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.

Summer Summer Fall

The fair was a couple of weeks ago, and I entered some of my knitted things and won!

Baby set- cap, sacque or sweater, and booties. Won 2nd place. I forgot to take a picture of the hat, and I already gave the set away.

Doily, didn’t win.

Scarf, didn’t win. I don’t want to sound whiny, but I really don’t understand how they judge the scarves. Last year the first and second place scarves were the exact same cable pattern. And my entrelac scarf, and another really cool looking scarf didn’t win. I don’t really get it, but it’s no big deal, because I won plenty of other things.

Socks, won first place.

Sweater, won first place.

Stole or wrap, won 3rd place.

Lady’s skirt, didn’t win, but I didn’t expect it to.

Hat, won 3rd place. Pattern is Escargot.

Toy, won 2nd place. I did weave in the ends before entering it, but this is the only picture that I have. Pattern is Big Snowy Owl.

Baby booties, didn’t win.

I entered a total of 10 items and won 6 ribbons- 2 first, 2 second, and 2 third, which is pretty good in my opinion. I won a total of $36, which is I believe the most I’ve won at the fair, even more than the year that I got best of show for my pea coat.

Unrelated to the fair, I am totally loving the slightly cooler weather that we’re having right now. Okay, it’s still pretty warm (85 right now) but compared to the murderously hot 100 degree days that we had back in June, 85 feels amazing. When I take walks in the evening, it’s kinda cool. Not quite cool enough to wear a jacket, but still kinda cool. And he other day, in the morning, I was outside reading, and I had to alternate between the shade and the sun, because it was kinda chilly in the shade. I’m calling this time of year summer summer fall, kinda like north-northwest, ya know? It’s not quite summer-fall, but it’s no longer full-blown summer, so it’s summer summer fall.

School starts back on Monday, and I guess I’m ready. I’m taking 12 hours: Advanced Nutrition, Intro to Sociology, Intro the Theater, First Aid, and Professional Development somethingorother.

I had an interview at a fast food restaurant last week, and I’m going to call them back this afternoon to follow-up. I’m not sure if I’ll get the job, because the manager said that she needed someone on Mondays, which is my busiest day, and I’m not really looking forward to filling out more applications if I don’t. If just feels like a waste of time to fill out a gazillion applications and not even get called back for an interview.

I’m making a Versatility right now, and I’m more than halfway done.

Also, the calico is a cutie pie.

Makeshift Nosteppine

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Has anybody else done this? I needed to wind up some yarn, but I couldn’t find by nosteppine (how on earth is that supposed to be pronounced? I’m saying no-step-ine, but I have no clue if I’m right or not). Then I happened to see my curling iron, and I thought, “that’s a tapered tube, I can use it!” And so I did, and it actually worked! Unlike a couple of years ago, before I even knew what a nosteppine was; I used a chap stick tube and laceweight yarn. It didn’t work.

I’m wondering what else could be used to wind yarn in a center pull ball? You know those gigantic cones of cotton I keep mentioning? I betcha you could use the cardboard cone. Or possible a flashlight. Maybe a vase that doesn’t have a wide opening. The curling iron worked pretty well (possibly better than it works for modifying hair. Or maybe it’s just so old that it doesn’t work like it’s supposed to.) but I’m not sure how well it would do if you were using a lot of yarn.

A Belated Post About a Sweater

This is like, the third time that I’ve tride to blog about this sweater, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish this time. I can’t remember what happened the first time, but the second time, I tried to make the post typing area full screen, and it lost everything I had typed. So hopefully, third time’s a charm.

Unrealated to the sweater, I didn’t mean to wait this long between posts (two weeks actually isn’t that long, in fact, it’s pretty good for me), but I’ve been busy. I was starting to feel sick when I was typing the last post, and I was thouroughly sick for the next couple of days. Stupid allergies.

Then we had VBS at church, and I helped with that for a couple of days. I did some cleaning on my room; it’s still a mess, but it’s better than it was.

It’s also been unbearably hot, which is kinda aggrivation because I don’t like not being able to take walks. I suppose, in theory, I could still take walks, but when I say unbearably hot, I mean it. It’s been getting up into the hundreds. It’s been so hot that I feel miserable just sitting on the porch in the shade. I’d feel a million times worse if I was in the glare of the sun for fifteen minutes.

I’ve also been working on summarzing some articles for my class, in fact I’m working on one right now, concurrent to this post. Let’s hope I don’t accidently get switched on what I’m typing. I don’t think you’d mind too much if I started typing abput standards of practice in dietetics, but I’m pretty sure my teacher doesn’t want to read about my sweater. (I actually don’t expect to get so confused as to actually accidently get swiched, so don’t thinkI’m that absentminded.)

So now, on to the sweater.

Pattern: That Weasley Girl

Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermans Wool (Side note: Hobby Lobby doesn’t sell this any more. Very aggrivating. Where am I supposed to buy my basic wool now, hm?)

Color: Oatmeal

Needles: Size 6

Size: The pattern is a check-your-gauge-and-measure-yourself type pattern, so I don’t remember what size reccomendation I did. Logic would dictate that I started with the size 32, but the pattern says that the neck size for size 32 is 13.5 inches, and I’m fairly certain I cast on for 14 inches. So, long story short, either size 32 or 34. But really, I only followed the pattern for the yoke, and then did the waist shaping, sleeves, and hood without any assistance from the pattern.

Modifications: Other than the aforementioned lack of adherance to the pattern, I made the seed stitch at the bottom of the body of the sweater and sleeves be as long as the seed stitch on the yoke, instead of the recommended 1 inch. I also didn’t follow the instructions for the hood, because they didn’t make any sense (Pick up and knit stitches. Next row, knit to marker. Wait, what marker? You didn’t tell me to put any markers anywhere. Where did they magically come from?). I think I picked up the stitches along the neck of the sweater (where I cast on, just in case that didn’t make any sense), and cast on a few extra stitches at each end to sew back for the drawstring casing, then increased in two places at the back of the hood until it was wide enough, then kept on knitting until it was long enough, then did some short rows to shape the top. Then I grafted the stitches together and sewed back the extra stitches for the drawstring casing. The drawstring was just six pieces of yarn braided together.

This isn’t the best picture of the hood, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

For the pockets, I picked up stitches along the seed stitch portion, then knit, attaching the pocket to the sweater by picking up a stitch at the end of each row and workin it togther with the pocket stitches. I kept a six stitch border of seed stitch at the outer edge (um, the edge that’s not attached to the sweater. The lateral edge, if you’re familar with anatomy) of the pocket, to match the borders of the rest of the sweater. I then decreased to get the slpoe of the pocket right. I had to look up some old precalculas notes, trying to get the shaper right, but that didn’t work, so then I tried to mimic the shaping of the pockets in Melia, but that didn’t work either, so I kinda just winged it. I wasn’t entirely happy with it, but I figured nothing would lay (lie? laid? lays? sleep?) flat like I wanted it to, so I just let it be. After blocking, it got to be a little better, and I’m perfectly fine with how it is. So don’t be thinking that I’m going to be staying awake at night worried that my pockets aren’t perfect.

 

The zipper was kinda aggrivating to sew in. I pinned it in place, but when I tried it on, it looked stupid, so it took a bit of work to get it to lay (lie? fib?) right.

Want to know something unusual? I’m wearing that shirt in the pictures right now. And I was wearing it the last time I attempted to type this post. And I was working on this sweater on the day I recieved that shirt. I remember I finished the first sleeve that day. And if you’re curious about what the shirt was for, you can click here to find out all about it.

I’m going to try to work some more on my homework now. I just have to have it done by the time I finish my field experience, but I’d like to get it done this week because I start my rotation at the hospital next week! I’m kinda nervous, because I’m not 100% certain (maybe I’m 80 or 85% certain) what exctly I need to be doing (the syllabus isn’t particularly clear) but I think as long as I work really hard, I should really get a lot out of my field experience. And then the week after next I’ll be at the health department. And then maybe back at the hospital after that? I’m not sure, but I don’t do the scheduling, so I’m not worried. And then after I’m completly done with my field experience, I’m going to start looking for a job. Maybe they’ll have something part time at the hospital (and by part time I really mean part time. Like less than 20 hours a week, not 39 but still considered part time. I’ll still be taking classes in the fall, and that’s more imprtant to me than money. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to find a job with that few hours. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to find a job period. My past efforts at job hunting have been 100% futile. But back to the topic of the original sentence,) and they’ll mention it to me when I’m there doing my field experience and I can turn in my resume to an actual person. We’ll see.

I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July. I’m planning on eating homemade ice cream with my family foday, and maybe grilling out and watching fireworks with SOC tomorrow.

Beautiful

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!