Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving

Progress on the Stranglevine scarf continues. Nothing new to see. It’s kind of pleasing, though, because it’s very stretchy, so I’m always father along than I think.

So, today is the American Thanksgiving, and of course I’ll be spending today catching up with family members I haven’t seen yet (there are some), and stuffing myself silly with real home-cooked food. I think the real reason Thanksgiving was invented was so poor, starved college students living on dorm food would have an island of nourishment in an otherwise barren desert of disgusting.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for…

– home and all that home entails (food, family, friends)
– the opportunity to go to college and study what I want to study
– HEATERS AND THICK SOCKS
– knitting (of course)
– books
– being able to walk on my own two feet without any hindrance
– and pretty much everything else.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Update

I’m home for the week for Thanksgiving. It’s lovely. I missed my family and my pets, and walking through my house is totally surreal. Even sitting at my desk in my room is nostalgic. It reminds me of winter nights, two years ago, when I’d sit in here and play WoW on my brand spankin’ new laptop (which is now getting to be a mediocre elderly laptop). Everyone’s been nice as pie to me and everyone came over to my grandmother’s to greet me when I arrived. They’re all sweet and I love my family.

I’ve also been knitting. The Stranglevine scarf (as I have lovingly condensed it to) is coming along: (warning: extremely atrocious photography taken on my cell phone)

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And for some detail… kind of…

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Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m looking at digital cameras as we speak — er, as I type. I totally need one, simply for the sake of taking good pictures of my knitting!

I can haz hat?

I FINISHED SOMETHING. FOR THE DEAR LOVE OF GOD, I HAVE ACTUALLY CAST SOMETHING OFF.

It’s really just a plain old hat… but still. I haven’t finished something in a year. Behold!

The hat, in its natural habitat.

The hat, blocking on a plate

The photos are kind of shitty, since I only have my lame camera phone at the moment (possession of a digital camera is in the works! … Kind of). It’s really just a plain old hat/beret. I can’t even remember how many stitches I cast on, or how many are in the body of the hat. Admittedly, it’s a little big… I have to remember that ribbing seriously stretches. But it fits! I love the way the green looks with my hair. I’ll have to remember to go with green more often.

Posting a finished object to Ravelry is addicting, too. It just makes me want to knit like a fiend and finish everything. I want to make… *dramatic pause* … GRAND THINGS!

Reading through the Yarn Harlot’s book Knitting Rules! has really inspired me to get more serious about my knitting. She’s right! I mean, knitting should be a lifestyle.

And in the meantime, I have cast on the Strangling Vine Lace Scarf (Rav link), which sounds incredibly sinister but is lovely. It’s an extremely, extremely easy lace pattern. I’ve been listening to the audio book of The Thousand and One Nights while I’m knitting on it. It’s totally awesome.

My Thanksgiving break has unofficially started this weekend, so I’ll be doing naught but knitterly stuff this weekend!

Ugly sweaters, and how much I love them

All right. Any of you ever been to the website Stuff White People Like? Many of the things on this list are lame / offensive — like gentrification, irony, hating people who wear Ed Hardy… etc. But many of these things, I’m a total and complete sucker for.* Now, ladies and gentleman, I shall draw your attention to numbers 103 and 118 on the list: sweaters, and ugly sweater parties.

I hate parties, but I love ugly sweaters.

I don’t know why! They’re just so charming, wacky, eclectic… you can find all sorts of shit in them. I bet they’re fun to knit, too. I mean, all the colors would match, but the patterns are EVERYWHERE AND EVERYTHING! Mostly, I’m talking about this kind of ugly sweater, except with more colors.

Excitement, thrill, entertainment, and warmth, all in one!

I love them.

* I think it’s okay for me to be a sucker for most things on this list. Most of this is American middle-to-upper-class culture, and I am a middle-to-upper-class American. This does not however, state that I don’t like other cultures. I love other cultures. I’m learning three languages. However, I feel like it’s okay for me to like things on this list because it’s my culture and I’m allowed to like my culture.

I discovered my new county library

So, as mentioned in previous posts on this pathetic excuse for a blog, I am a college student. I’m a proud freshman at Indiana University Bloomington, I love my college, and I love the town I’m in. As such, I haven’t been here long, just a few months. Today I discovered the Monroe County Public Library.

Now, I’ve been in this library before. It’s hard to miss — it’s right on downtown Bloomington’s main street, a fairly large building with fairly large windows that lets you see their fairly impressive shelves of books. I’ve been in here for NaNoWriMo’s write-ins (in which I am grievously failing… but that’s another post for another day) and poked around a bit, but today after my last class I really decided to go for a look-see.

They have two whole bookshelves of knitting books.

Maybe, to you, a knitter who might live in a very impressively large city like New York or Chicago… maybe this does not impress you. But for someone like me who’s spent the last fourteen years of her life in a small town whose library only had two shelves of knitting books — THIS IS AWESOME. I can look at all these books and knit things from them without having to buy them! Impressive! Amazing! Totally awesome!

Today, I immediately checked out four books: Knitting Without Tears, Knitting Rules!, Aran Knitting, and Poems of Color. They are all lovely and I want to salivate over all of them.

I’ve been flipping through Knitting Without Tears and I have come to one realization…

I kind of have a thing for ugly skiing sweaters.

More on this later.

In which I am broke

Nothing new, right? I’m a broke college student, dudes. I gots no moneys. This isn’t really a problem though, because back when I did have money and a lot of my things were still bought by my grandmother, what I did buy with my money was yarn. So I’ve got an entire tub filled with yarn. Not large quantities of yarn, but enough to knit small things.

Another problem is, I gots no times. I have to do homework, or work, or be involved in ten million activities because I regularly put too much on my plate. When do I have time to sit down and work on the projects I am lusting after? Like Glenna C’s stunningly awesome Royale, or this wonderful Vernal Equinox Surprise shawl. Or the amazing Gytha hoodie.

SO MANY WONDERS.

So right now I’ve just got a plain old stockinette sock I’m still working on… and a plain old stockinette beret that I should’ve finished a month ago. Because I love berets and want to wear this goddamn thing because IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

In short, I don’t have enough time to knit. Maybe I should binge during Christmas break? Three weeks of sweet nothing, after all.