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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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.

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Come on Abulito, give me some comida. I speak spanish, give the gato some of the taco pie…

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I started my field experience at the hospital today, and it’s going well, but I’m definitely going to be too busy to take pictures of the scarf I finished or write a long blog post, but I wanted a little break from typing about my day to type about my cat, so you get this picture of him in a sombrero. The first sentence of this post is what he was saying to his grandpa today, trying to get some food.

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.

The Great Thing About Summer is all the Extra Knitting Time.

I think That this shirt is fairly decent, considering I didn’t use a pattern.

This is before I knit the sleeves. Mom took that picture.

After I knit the sleeves (No! Really?)

A sleeve. And my hair and arm and one of the posts on my porch and some greenery.

So, the shirt really wasn’t that hard to make. I started with a provisional cast on with one of the front straps. I knit for a while, then increased a little.  Then I did the same for the other front strap, only the increasing was opposite. Then I did the same for one of the back straps, only I knit fewer* rows and didn’t increase any. What I did do, after I made both back straps, was knit across one, cast on 28 stitches, then knit across the other. After the back was as longas the front straps, I joined them together, casting on stitches under each arm and in between the front pieces. Then I knit in stockinette stitch in the round until it was long enough. Then I did the lace repeat, which I pulled out of nowhere, until it was longenough. I think I’m getting boring now. I’ll proceed to talk about the sleeves, which are more interesting. And by the way, at the *, you’ll notice I used the word “fewer.” Am I allowed to say that, or should it be “less?” I would like to be grammatically correct, but I’m not enough of a grammar freak to know which word to use in that situation. Anyways, on to the sleeves.

Then I knit the sleeves. I tried 2 different sleeves before I settled for the one that I actually used. I picked up the stitches around the armhole, and knit a few rows. Then I did short rows until there were only about 12 or 13 stitches left. Then I continued to work in the round until I felt that it was long enough. I wasn’t too crazy about the sleeves while actually knitting them, but I like the way they turned out. Well, other than the fact that I wasn’t wrapping my stitches correctly on the first sleeve, which resulted in 3 holes that I had to patch up. If I ever knit something of my own design again, I’ll probably use this same technique for the sleeves.

Saturday, My mom cleaned out her closet, which resulted in me getting to cut the buttons off of everything that she was going to give to Goodwill (we threw them away after I maimed them).

This clothing purge also resulted in me getting some hangers, which I had been in dire need of for a very long time. I also acquired a (drumroll please) 80% SILK jacket and tank top! I don’t have any pictures yet, because the memory stick was full. The jacket fits decently, so I’m not goingto salvage it for lace weight yarn. I’m not sure what I’m goingto do with the tank top. When I tried it on (over a white t-shirt) it looked like one of those jerseys that they sometimes made us wear in P.E. in middle school. Except that it’s not mesh. The thing is, I still haven’t unravelled that 80% alpaca vest that I got back in April. So it wouldn’t really make sense for me to attempt to unravel something else. Especially something that tighly knit. It would probably take a good longwhile, in addition to being very frustrating.

Monday night, I started knitting a pair of Endpaper Mitts

I’m making them gloves instead of fingerless mitts, because I don’t have any hand knit gloves, and because I really don’t need any fingerless mitts. I’ve already done the pinky, and I am currently working on the thumb before I do the other three fingers. The pinky’s just a little bit tight, but I did the best I could, considering that if I had done more stitches for the pinky, I wouldn’t have had enough for the rest of the fingers. I thin they’ll turn out fine. I know they’ll be really warm, because the color changes make it extra thick. And I’m using wool. So this winter, I will not only be warm while tromping around campus, I will not look like an idiot. Well, at least my hands won’t. Not that they did this past winter, really. It was my head that looked like an idiot. I’m still looking for a hat pattern that doesn’t look stupid, but that keeps my entire head warm (that includes ears). And that won’t fall off. And that isn’t a beret, because they don’t look good on me. Any suggestions?

I’m getting close to being finished with the back of my peacoat, but I keep putting it on hiatus to pursue other knitting endeavors. I think I have about 2 rows left before I bind off a bunch of stitches and knit the collar/neck thing.

Well, it’s ten minutes until midnight, so I should probably be getting on to bed. I have to deliver a casserole for Mom tomorrow. Before noon. Ouch. Waking up early, how awful. Just kidding, Mom, if you’re reading this while you’re at work. I don’t mind delivering that for you. As long as I don’t have to tiptoe due to it being overflowing. And as long as it doesn’t spill in my car. By the way, do you want me to make those cookies from scratch someday? I have to ask you now, on the Internet, because otherwise I’ll forget.

Just a few more things, then I’ll be done, I promise. I watched Toy Story today. It’s just as good of a movie when you’re 18 as it is when you’re 5. I’m not entirely sure how old I was when I first watched it, but it was a longtime ago. And watching it today reminds me of the time that we watched it in Spanish in Spanish class in 8thgrade, and someone and I were quoting parts of it because we knew it so well. I thought it was Rachel and I, but I just now remembered that she didn’t take Spanish in 8thgrade. i know it wasn’t Martha, because she said that she had only seen it once before and right as I was typingthis run-on sentence, I remembered everything. We watched it in Spanish class, and I remember the part where Hannah (in the movie, not me)said “Yo no es. YO NO SE.” And then later, we watched it in Mrs. Spurlock’s class (in the English language) one of the two times that the 5K was cancelled, and Rachel and I were quotingit as we were watching it and Martha wasn’t, because she had only seen it twice before, one of those times beingin Spanish class. Ah, those were the days. Well, the happy memories were the days. But my life four years ago probably isn’t, on average, any better than my life right now. So I should be saying “these are the days.” Except that they don’t really feel like it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not unhappy or not content, but I don’t think sitting at home knitting, reading, and attempting to exercise is the stuff of good memories. When I’m old, I’d rather remember the times I watched Toy Story with my friends than the times I spent by myself at home. Although, now that I think about it, being outside in the garden or in full view of a thousand shades of green are fairly decent things to remember. Just not as great as the times that I spent with my friends.

Speaking of many shades of green, I really want to dye some yarn. Possibly with Kool-Aid, because I’m too afraid that I’ll mess up and end up wasting the real dye that I got for my birthday. The thing is, I’m trying to not spend my money and I don’t have any dyeable yarn. I do have some dyeable roving, but I’m don’t want to spin it just yet. It was kinda expensive, and I don’t want it to look like something that Quigleygot a hold of. Maybe I’ll get a job and then I won’t feel so bad about spending money. I applied to Captain D’s and McDonald’s this week. Funny thing, when I was applying to McDonald’s, I saw a picture of some smilyemployee (or a model that was posing as an employee) with a caption that said “My friend’s and I love working at McDonald’s.” Hm. What’s wrong here. I feel kinda bad pointing that out, since my writing isn’t much better, but I come on! A huge company such as that should not be making such obvious mistakes.

Anyway, I’m going to finish typing this incredulously long post. Okay, so most of it was pictures, but still, there is a good chunk of just writing. Ya know what? Maybe I don’t hate writing. Maybe I’m just too self centered and/or apathetic to care about anythingother than my life, and so what I really hate is not writing, but attempting to pretend like I care about something that I don’t care about. That and research. Well, seriously, I’m done now.

More Pictures-I Just Love Being Out of School

Wednesday, I took some pictures of my knitting. Here you go.

    

    

Pictures of my Jaywalkers, as promised (I did promise pictures, didn’t I? If not, oh well. You get them anyway).

 

    

 

    

    

Mirror, Mirror, on the cat. And yes, I know I used that pun in the last post. I only have one mitten knitted so far. It’s a little tight.

So that’s all the pictures that you get today. I’m too lazy to add the rest right now. I’ll put them up tomorrow. Or Sunday.

I finished the second sleeve on Dad’s sweater, and have knitted an entire two rows of the yoke.

I need to fill out job applications. In case you’re curious, I’m applying to Food Lion, Walgreen’s, Bath and Body Works, Books-a-Million, Pet-Co, and Old Navy. Basically, half the stores in Jackson Plaza. I need four references for Bath and Body Works, but I only have two so far, so I guess I’ll finish my application to there later.