all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (sleep is god)
Finally binding off on The Great Red Monster. Decided to use the sewn castoff recommended in my shawl book, only to find that the directions they gave were utterly incomprehensible. Youtube came to my rescue, though, and I'm a little over halfway done. It's a time-consuming method, especially with as many stitches to bind off as I have, but it produces a very nice, flexible edge that blends well with the garter stitch border.

Last classes at Durham Tech tomorrow. Unreasoning fear that something will go terribly horribly wrong increases inverse to the number of days left before grades and graduation.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
Sick, miserable, have a fever, require tea. My solution? First, knit a tea cosy. Then, make a pot of tea.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (terrible danger)
Something about snow on the ground absolutely precludes the possibility of doing any actual work. Baking, mending, and knitting are not work. Studying for my test in Art History, on the other hand, is.

Ah well. Tomorrow I'll do schoolwork, and hopefully our neighborhood will have thawed enough by Monday for me to go to school and benefit from it.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (sexual olympics)
I need to decide what to knit. On the one hand, I have a shawl to finish (the Wool Peddler's Shawl in Caron Simply Soft, because I am a weenie and wanted to do it in something cheap). I first cast on for this thing my freshman year of college. Since then it's been ripped out and restarted a few times because of things like missing and increase in the 28th row and not noticing until the 54th, or the whole damn thing coming off the needles because I forgot to secure them. Now, at long last, I'm in the lace section, and I'm starting to think it may be safe to dream about finishing it before I die.

On the other hand, I need a new hat, and I have a skein of Malabrigo in Azul Profundo bought specifically for the purpose around this time last year. I've finally even found a free pattern that I really like-- the Sutro Heights hat. The only problem is that it requires reading a chart. I do not read charts. I knit my lace from written instructions.

Maybe winter break is a good time to learn charts? The recent snow and cold have made me really crave a nice warm hat that doesn't make my forehead itch.

Also, I seriously love my B5 icons. I want to hug them and squeeze them and love them forever and set one as my default. Just as soon as I can pick. They also make me want to plug in my VCR and watch season 3, arguably my favorite, even though I don't have it on DVD. Cheap-ass me will not buy the box sets, because they are expensive, so I have to wait and ask for them for birthdays. Luckily season 3 is pretty complete--when we taped season 2 we somehow missed a few episodes, including Soul Mates, which I loved beyond measure.

That reminds me--I am RIDICULOUSLY embarrassed that I have seen Soul Mates so many times since I got season 2 on dvd and STILL managed to misattribute Matt Stoner's line to Bester. In my defense, they are both bastards and they both belong to the Psi Corps. Also in my defense, I'm usually preoccupied with the other storylines and Timov's general awesomeness (see icon).
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
Tonight when I got Luna in she had so many burrs in her belly fur that I just had to turn her upside down and use a slicker brush to get the worst of them out. Needless to say, she wasn't terribly pleased about the whole exercise. Before she squirmed away, however, I managed to brush out a good twenty or so burrs, which makes 20-odd burrs I won't be seeing all over my pillow tomorrow after her mid-morning nap.

Also, I need some better mechanism for storing yarn and projects. Whenever I look for something in the bag I use right now, it causes an explosion. And I still can't find my #8 dpns.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
"Do you ever wish you had sonic hearing?"



*facepalm*



(On the happy meme- life is kinda more full of suck than good at the moment. my CSD concerts went well- we even got a good review, although one part of the review is WRONG about which piece had which soloist- one a baritone, one a soprano, totally different styles… hey, whatever. And I baked like mad. But I'm still behind on christmas kintting and writing, and my grandfather is in the hospital with what seems to be a combination of pneumonia and his chronic heart condition. My mother was in High Point for the second time this week today because of it… and at some point she has to go see a neurologist about some nodules that showed up in the MRI they took to see if she had a tumor on her auditory nerve. And my Aunt Lisa has breast cancer. ARRGH!)
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (not the droids)
Day Four:
Little things. I rescued a split stitch 4 rows down in my mother's gift by dropping it on purpose and working back up with a crochet hook. My vignette on the relationship between Nicholas and Evangeline got a fave on DevArt (Gwen's character and mine from the Requiem chronicle we played summer before last). I cleaned some. [livejournal.com profile] kibarika clued me in about filet crochet, which means that now all I have to do for Christmas is craft like mad. The new washing machine should come tomorrow!

And yes- that is two fandoms in one icon. Tomorrow I will use the awesome Fozzy icon, which I'm continually wanting to edit so that it says "a (sky) pirate's life for me", thus combining steampunk and muppets. I mean, how much more awesome can you get than Star Wars Daleks and steampunk Muppets?
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (in my dictionary)
Day Two:
Finished number one of my Hardly Top Secret At All Christmas presents, and worked more on another one. To balance against this is the fact that it's the 10th of December and I haven't started on one of the others, and yet another is a giant question mark even to me. That's how amazingly Top Secret it is- 15 days before it's due to be unwrapped, and I don't even know what it's going to be. I'm thinking maybe a crochet project instead of knitting, now that I know how to crochet, although the nebulous idea I have would involve figuring out just what filet crochet is. (Bonus happy- today's finished project had half-double crochet all the way round the edge, and it was cool and not scary at all. This is a pattern I skipped on making for myself when I first saw it a couple of months ago because of the crocheted edging,) I seem to be In The Knitting Groove now, though, so hopefully things will proceed apace.

It's possible that I enjoy unnecessary capitalization just a little too much.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". ([exciting event here])
Well, I've signed up for the official insanity train- I'm giving NaNoWriMo a fairly serious try.

So, this brings my tally of Things To Do In November up to:
1. Knit a vest for my dad.
2. Knit a long-sleeved lace shrug for my mother.
3. Knit two top-secret type gifts (expanding the Sara's Mad Christmas Knit-a-Thon to FOUR recipients)
4. Find a new job.
5. Write a 50,000 word novel.

Totally workable, as long as I grow an extra set of arms or two. Maybe I should make that number 6…
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (can you smell chips?)
I have a new project! I'm going to knit a scarf in morse code. I haven't quite decided how yet- whether I'll chart out some actual dots and dashes (and slashes, to separate everything), or if I'll do it with stripes of varying widths and colors. the first option would fit longer messages, which has some appeal. I know for sure that the first one I knit is going to read:
"Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death."
Which I know is religious (from the Song of Solomon), but it's still beautiful.
I don't know if I'll keep it or not- we'll see how frustrating it is.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (frog princess)
Today I wrote my name
in yarn
it felt good

I didn't weave in the ends
I'm not finished yet
why should my name be?

Eight and six is
fourteen (quatorze)
and seven is
twenty-one
(blow out the candles
and make
a wish)
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
My father has commissioned me to make cupcakes.
As in, paid me.
Let me just repeat that- I'm getting paid to bake.

How awesome is that?

Also, I have knitted another hat. All it wants for completion is a couple of appropriately nifty buttons.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
I've finished three hats since December 18th- my highest concentration of FOs to date. I will post pics later.
I finished reading Emma, finally. Much slower than some of Austen's other work, and thus slightly less enjoyable, but I feel enriched by the experience nonetheless.

Next up:
Persuasion
Mansfield Park

Also, finishing Happy New Year.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (self-centered tyrannical maniac)
Calling all crafty!Firefly fans!
My father has asked for a Cunning Hat for Christmas… has anybody out there knit one before? I'm coming up with quite a few patterns, but I'm wondering if anybody has recommendations.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (do not attempt)
Hello, old friend.

In other news, I really wish I could post some pictures of the shawl I'm working on, because I'm quite pleased with how it's going. Unfortunately, it's shaped by increasing to the point, which makes absolutely no sense in print. Trust me, though, it works. It's actually pretty neat. Anyway, the side effect of this is that it's pretty much impossible to spread it out for a picture without circulars a couple of yards long. Soon I'll be to the lace part, which will be scary-exciting, and then I'll probably have to stop knitting in class.

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