Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rhinebeck Vest Finished!

It's done! It's done!

I'm so stoked that this came out wearable. This is my first successful three dimensional object- I started a sweater years ago, and haven't finished it because I royally screwed it up, but this one was a success. Yay!

I can't wait to wear it to Rhinebeck.

This picture makes me look freakishly tall. I love it :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

On Nothing

I'm having a really hard time getting motivated to do anything.

I wasn't feeling well yesterday, and while I'm not in pain anymore, I still feel slightly off. Add that to the fact that work was a complete and utter joke today, and I'm feeling distracted and noncommittal, and like I'd rather drink vodka/cranberries and putter around with this puzzle I've been working on for the rest of the day, than do things that I should be doing, like working on Rosa's crayon blanket, narrowing down my grad school list, and writing/revising.

I also have fencing lessons later tonight, and I'm not sure that I'm feeling up to that either.  I might go to the Thursday adult class instead.

I won't waste more of your time with my rambling about nothing. I'll just leave you with a fun quote that I think I might tape up somewhere where I'm forced to look at it as I revise.

"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."
-Stephen King

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rhinebeck Vest

Just a quick post to say...Look!

It's starting to look like a vest. That's a head hole in the middle, and I have since done the row that makes the armholes and joins the front to the back. The rest of it is worked in rounds, which I believe I'll start before I go to work.

I love Doris Chan's patterns....they make sense! I'm so stoked to (hopefully) meet her at Rhinebeck. Thanks to Steven over at Bitches Get Stitches (fabulous blog, go read it) for motivating me to work on this with pictures of his handspun for his Rhinebeck outfit. I hope I get to meet him, too!

Off to do a round or two, then work, and later...fencing lessons! Excitement!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


You've probably heard of Emma Donoghue's Room at some point in the last year. It made a huge splash, was an international bestseller and one of the top ten books of the year on almost everybody's list. I finally got around to reading it.

Room is the story of Jack, a five year old boy, and Ma, who live in a twelve by twelve room. For Jack, it's the only thing he's ever known and is thus, the whole world. To him, Outer Space is beyond Room. But for Ma, who's only been there seven years, it's a prison.

For those of you already turned off by the idea of a story about something so horrible, there are several reasons that you should try it anyway.

-It's told from Jack's point of view, so his lack of understanding softens the situation.

-She's created a really unique character and voice with Jack- he's still little, and doesn't understand a lot of what goes on around him because Ma has spared him an explanation, but he's also incredibly bright and articulate for his age, because Ma has the time to teach him everything she knows.

-SPOILER ALERT- but I don't think it will ruin the book for you, especially if you have reservations about reading it:

They get out. Only the first half of the book is spent in Room.

Finally, overall, it's just really interesting. Gripping, actually.
Because it's the only thing he knows, it's just as hard for Jack to leave Room as it is for Ma to stay. It creates a thick tension, and lots of interesting situations as they try to adapt to a society filled with other people, when for so long, Jack's whole life, it's just been the two of them.

I flew through it, and had a really hard time finding a good spot to put it down at night.

I highly recommend it, if you're looking for something thought provoking, unique, and very well written. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Thing Done

I've accomplished one small thing on my list. The smallest, actually.
A decorative, rather than warm, scarf from a pattern called Hundred Yard Dash. I bought the yarn at Rhinebeck last year, when I was extra poor, so I could only afford the one, 112 yard skein, but the colors were so lovely that I just had to have it. It took me forever to find a pattern that was perfect for such a small amount of yarn and would still make something useful that I could wear. I certainly wasn't going to waste my pretty yarn on amigurumi. (Not that amigurumi is a waste, it's super cute, just not the right project for my merino in gorgeous colors).

I also made substantial progress on the shawl that I'm working on, but it is no where near done. And it seems like for everything I can cross off the list, something else pops up. Granted, I can only cross this scarf off the list, but I found out last night that the friend whose daughter I'm making the crayon blanket for is pregnant again, so another baby blanket needs to be made. Both baby blankets can wait until after Rhinebeck though, because they're not due until January at the earliest.

Weird noises outside. Sounds like someone just put a ladder against the house. Off to investigate.


I have no idea what the noises were.

In other news, it's time to look at grad schools again. I'm making slow progress through that list. It makes my head hurt. Speaking of headaches, I need to go make some tea and have my daily intake of caffeine so I can function.

Back to working on lists.