Category Archives: College

Thoughts on a Nutkin

(Or, “I swear I’m alive, guys”)

So, I’m alive. Really. I just kind of took a hiatus from life for a few weeks and stayed in bed to be cuddled by my boyfriend (he’s really good for that kind of stuff. A keeper). Some other stuff happened other than my stepmother passing away, none of it good, and so staying in bed seemed like a good idea. I didn’t even knit! Gasp. I know. But I am knitting now.

I’ll knit the Monkey socks some other time. When thinking of what to knit, my mind jumped to socks… like it always does. In any case, I thought of my languishing Self-Imposed Sock Club and the February socks. Middle of the month, two weeks… seems like a good time frame for a busy college student to complete a pair of reasonably low-stress socks.

Except, well, these socks aren’t as low-stress as I thought. There seems to be problems with the sock biasing a lot, and the knitted-on hem that is the cast on edge is… troublesome, to say the least. I’ve been thinking of making modifications to the sock, like substituting the knitted-on hem cuff for a normal ribbed cuff, substituting the yarn-overs for a m1 instead, and using just a normal heel flap for the heel instead of the short-row heel that Nutkin calls for. Oh, and also… the purls. Ugh. The pattern has a purl stitch at either end of the lace motif and it’s causing ladders in my knitting like crazy! I’ve been thinking of just knitting the purls and seeing what happens.

So, in essence… taking just the lace motif and changing everything else on the sock.

I have to say, though, the knitted-on hem is the coolest thing ever. I hate ribbing, I really do, and the hem FIXES that. I guess you’ll know what I’m going to do when I do.

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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!

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.

Socks, und so weiter

I believe that’s a German phrase for “and so on.” I would check my handy copy of The Time Traveler’s Wife (my favorite book in the whole wide world), but I’ve read that damn thing so many times that I’m pretty sure that I have the entire thing memorized. As well, it’s in my dorm and I am at a Starbucks.

But, anyway. A sock. I have been knitting on a sock for awhile now, and I was going to take a picture for you lovely (possibly nonexistent?) readers with my shitty camera phone, but the light in Starbucks makes my sock look ruby red. And my socks aren’t ruby red… they’re a nice maroon-ish burgundy blue color shift. ┬áSo I refrained, because the color distortion was so gross.

I’m working these socks toe-up, because I like the idea of being able to knit until you run out of yarn and being able to try the sock on as you go. I used Knitty’s very lovely example of the Figure-Eight Cast On. It was a little tricky at first, but I got it eventually. I have to say, though, the toe looks a little too pointy for my tastes. I might end up casting on more than eight stitches the next time I try this.

Anyway, things are going spiffy! I’ve come through the hell week called Midterm Week alive, so now I get to bunker down and anticipate True Hell Week called Finals Week in December. But that’s not until December! So adieu for now, and I’ll blog when I can get a good photo of my lovely sock.

Phew!

Well, here I am. Everything is absolutely charming and amazing. Sometime today I’ll get my roommate’s digital camera and take pictures of everything I love about IU. Stay tuned.

Due to heavy Welcome Week activities, I’ve gotten zero knitting done. Ha.