Upcoming Goals

Whew. It has been a busy and stress filled few weeks, and it isn’t quite over yet. I spent a week doing my comprehensive exam for graduate school. That basically consisted of writing three research essays over library science topics. It made for not at all a fun week but it’s done. I get the results back July 5. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I passed because I might burst into tears at the thought of retaking it. Because I had the exam for a week, my deadlines for my two regular classes were delayed. So I have spent the last weeks getting caught up on that. An example of what that has been like would be that Sunday I did five reading summaries and information hunts,  Monday I did an annotated bibliography, a ten page bibliographic essay on Tuesday, and then a ten page research paper last night. On top of working. So it’s been a rough time of very little sleep.

I still have ten things due this Sunday that I haven’t started, but I wanted to take a moment to clear my head and come back to the blog. I thought a good way to do this would be by thinking about some things I’d like to accomplish before the end of 2013.

So here we go…

Goals for the Second Half of 2013

  • Graduate! If all goes well with my exam and my final 3 classes, I should be receiving my Masters of Library and Information Science in August. (Knock on wood that I’ll still have my 4.0 gpa)
  • Learn to spin. I’m so jealous of all the handspun yarn people bring to knit night that I would really love to get into this hobby. It looks peaceful
  • And to that end: Get a Spinning wheel. I am asking for one from my parents as a graduation gift because, after a year as a part time employee and full time student, the cash for a wheel is not in my bank account right now. I really want the Schacht Lady Bug.
  • Write more. I have a story that has been percolating in my brain for well on a decade now. Over the years, I have written scenes here and there and I have only recently begun to compile them into one space. Now I’d like to start adding some additional scenes and rewriting the old ones.
  • On a related note: Do NaNoWriMo in November. I think trying to write 50,000 words of a story in a month sounds like an interesting challenge. As much as I enjoy writing, I never push myself to do much of it. I think this would be a good way to do that.
  • Find a job. With that shiny new diploma in my pocket, that means I need to leave my customer service position and get a librarian job. I would like to stay at my current library, but we’ll see.
  • Try new knitting. I’ve let myself get stuck in doing really basic, mindless knitting. Tons of garter and stockinette stitches. I think it has fit this place in my life because knitting has been where I go to let my brain relax, but now I’d like to start stretching myself. One of the first things on my list of challenges is to try my hand at lace knitting. I have a pattern picked out at some yarn already.
  • Tosh Pure Silk Lace in Spectrum

I’m sure there are a number of more things, and I may update when I think of a few more. I just wanted to do this to get my mind off my current stress and thinking about the great things still coming this year.

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June Yarnbox is Here!

I subscribed to 3 months of a subscription to Yarnbox. The basic concept is that you get a surprise box of yarn (and a few goodies) from an independent yarn company each month. The dyer featured this month was Fable Fibers. We got 3 skeins of their DK yarn called Biography. Admittedly, I don’t love the color. I probably wouldn’t have picked it out on my own, but the yarn feels nice and it might work up cute.

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Hotel Knitting

I just returned from an institute with my graduate school in Denton. We had to go for a two day orientation for a class and, let me tell you, listening to lectures from 8am to 5pm for two days was a little torturous. I searched for the best knitting project to take. My favored project at the moment is the Comfy blanket, but with roughly a foot long and 40 inch wide swatch of blanket hanging off the cable, it’s not exactly a lap sized project anymore. Although knitters know we can knit and listen at the same time, non-knitters sometimes aren’t understanding. So I wanted to take a smaller project. I ended up pulling out a baby blanket I started… I can’t recall when. A year ago maybe? It’s a simple little garter stitch number worked corner to corner. Then you go back and add a fancy border. I’d love to link to the project but I got it from the Knitting Fairy and I can’t find it online. Actually, I can’t even find my print copy of the pattern right now, so once I hit the halfway point I need to go get another copy from her. The yarn is Cascade Cherub DK in Ballerina 504.

I ended up not even knitting the first day because the professor was getting such an attitude about people not taking notes. I’m not a note taker, ever. I never go back and read the notes I took so I rarely see a reason to do it, but whatever. Also, I think that by the end of my Master’s degree, I should be able to decide whether I’d like to take notes. I don’t need some overbearing professor dictating my actions.

The second day, our actual professor was gone and we only had the teacher assistants but I still didn’t knit much. The only time I really did any knitting was after I finished a mountain of homework but before bed at the hotel.

So I thought I’d share some pictures of where I spent the last two days. It was a pretty nice hotel considering how cheap it was.

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C’mon, Stop

Sundara Yarn has done it again this month. Two, brand new, gorgeous colors and a bonus blended version of the two.

The June colors are Cool Mint and Delicate blossom. The third option is Delicate Blossom over Cool Mint. I want all 3!

I’m still waiting on my May yarns from Sundara to arrive so it would be a bad idea to order more right…

Cool Mint fingering silky cashmere

Delicate Blossom fingering silky cashmere

Delicate Blossom over Cool Mint fingering silky cashmere

Some Beginnings

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My Tosh DK alongside photos of two of my dearly departed dogs.

The other night I decided to temporarily abandon my Comfy blanket to work on a little baby blanket. I’m still waiting on the yarn for the Comfy to come back in stock. I have about twelve skeins of the Tosh Chunk I need for the Comfy, which means I’m only short by six. However, I’m nervous that I’m going to end up with noticeably different colors for the final six skeins, and thus have been delaying doing much knitting until they arrive. Thus, I moved to a project I have all the yarn for.

I cast on the With a Twist blanket in Tosh DK Thyme. The color is really beautiful. I’ve only done about 10 rows of the border, so it’s hard to say how I feel about the pattern so far.

Well my school semester started on Tuesday, which means my final semester of grad school has officially commenced. This weekend I’m going to a two day orientation for one of my classes. Which means I’ll be sitting in a lecture from 8am-5pm for two whole days. You know I’ve got to take some knitting. I really thought and thought the other night for the best project something to take. Something mindless, but interesting. Lap sized. And something I have all the supplies for. I’m having a hard time deciding. I’d like to take the Comfy blanket, but it is a little larger to knit discretely. The With a Twist requires a little too much attention right now. I browsed through the stash but nothing really stood out to me. I’ll have to keep thinking and decide what to take.

Besides my regular classes starting, I also have a comprehensive exam that I’ll be taking all of next week. Which means very little knitting will be done and, thus, very little blogging. It’s going to be a very busy summer for me, but I hope it’s all worth it when I get that diploma in August.

Finished Project: Bias Shawl

I finished this shawl a couple weeks ago but hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures or posting, so here it is. This is my Self Fringing Bias Shawl by Greta Dise. I used Brooks Farm Yarn’s Surrey Duet. I’m not sure what the color is called but I’ve been thinking of it as fruity mentos colored. They haven’t gotten the yarn online yet but it is really awesome. It’s a soft, squishy mix of wool and alpaca with a light halo and a little sheen. The pattern was incredibly simple and easy to follow but did include the controlled chaos of dropping 8 stitches at the end to create the fringe. I may go back and add some beads to the fringe but I’m not sure. I’m not a shawl wearer so I need to find someone to give this to.

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Little Celebrations

In the past week I was notified of two things regarding the blog.

Firstly, I have 50 followers.

To which I say… “what? who? how? wow!”

And that I have gotten 200 likes.

Again, I am totally in awe.

Let me just say, this is not my first time in the blog rodeo but this may be the first time anyone has actually read my bloggings. That’s a crazy, exciting feeling which contributes to my love of this little nook of the internet.