Compulsive Knitter

April 29, 2006

One down, one to go

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 7:51 pm

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I finished my first sock Wednesday night and should finish the heel of the second one tonight. I might just make the deadline – yay me! That means finishing up as much of the foot as possible on Sunday and finishing the toe/weaving in ends/finiding goodies to include with the package Monday. Aren’t I glad I don’t have any homework or other responsibilites to get in the way at the moment!

I’m pretty happy with the way the first sock came out. If I hadn’t been paranoid about running out of yarn, I would’ve made the leg a bit longer. But my sock pal specified calf length, so I think I’m okay. I tried it on my foot (slightly bigger than my pal’s) and think it will fit her well. Unfortunately, there is a lot of pooling in both socks, but I think it is less obvious when someone is actually wearing the sock. I wouldn’t know how to avoid the pooling altogether anyway.

I half to admit, I’ll be relieved when the socks are on their way. I’d like to get back to my other neglected projects: clover and the shrug!

PS – Just remembered: I’m having trouble sending out email from this account, so I apologize if you’ve emailed or commented here and not heard back from me. I’ll fiddle around with it after Sockapalooza!

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April 25, 2006

Turning the corner

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 4:01 pm

sockpalsock.jpg I finished the heel on the first Sockapalooza sock and I’m pretty happy with it. (Modeled here with the help of one hungry, neglected kitty – or so she thinks!) The short row heel I made before for these socks is pretty easy to adapt; all I had to do was decide how many stitches I should work down to then work my way back to the original number of stitches. I am now a few inches away from finishing this sock and I hope I can do that tonight. Then I will have to knit full steam ahead to meet the May 2nd deadline. I think I can make it, but even if I don’t I should have the socks finished pretty close to the deadline. Now I just need to find a postcard for Detroit to include in the package…

I’ve been in somewhat of an extended funk here from the aftermath of the application process to PhD programs. I’m starting to think this is something one would not wish on her worst enemy. Right now I think everything has turned out for the best and that I will be very happy where I will go in the fall (knock on wood), but it is hard appreciate this in the face of some of the stinging rejections I have gotten. I have seen a lot of students in my field go on before me (seemingly effortlessly, but I probably never saw the half of it) to graduate programs, and it is hard not to compare myself to them. But no good ever comes of that, does it? Oh well, I’m already starting to feel much better about and will continue to do so. I have a few years of reprieve before I have to face this sort of thing again during the job hunt. Ahh, academia… not for the thin-skinned!

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April 13, 2006

Local scenery

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 11:34 pm

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Maybe if I don’t finish the socks on time I could say an alligator ate them. Actually, progress hasn’t been great, but I did stop on purpose before starting the heel. I’m not sure what kind of heel I’m going to make and will have to do some maths since I’m knitting at a finer gauge than what the pattern calls for.

Louisiana has been real nice. Remind me I said that if I start my doctoral studies here in August and moan and gripe about the heat. I made the astounding discovery that Louisiana isn’t all swamps and gators (as shown above – I was there!) like I’d thought. Lafayette reminds me of Ann Arbor (or any college town really) in way, but on a smaller scale. But with Cajuns. And a bayou in the middle of the campus. But it’s nice! I spent a lot of time walking around it this week, looking at the wildlife. (It’s pretty small.) I especially liked the turtles, who will swim right up to you and stick their heads out of the water, begging for food. So cute!

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April 9, 2006

Reading meme, because I have too much time on my hands at the moment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 2:26 pm

Instructions: Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you’ve been wanting/might like to read. Place question marks by any titles/authors you’ve never heard of. Put an asterisk if you’ve read something else by the same author.

Allcott, Louisa May–Little Women*
Allende, Isabel–The House of Spirits ?
Angelou, Maya–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Atwood, Margaret–Cat’s Eye*
Austen, Jane–Emma*
Bambara, Toni Cade–Salt Eaters
Barnes, Djuna–Nightwood ?
de Beauvoir, Simone–The Second Sex
Blume, Judy–Are You There God It’s Me Margaret*
Burnett, Frances–The Secret Garden
Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S.–The Good Earth
Byatt, A.S.–Possession
Cather, Willa–My Antonia ?
Chopin, Kate–The Awakening
Christie, Agatha–Murder on the Orient Express*
Cisneros, Sandra–The House on Mango Street ?
Clinton, Hillary Rodham–Living History
Cooper, Anna Julia–A Voice From the South ?
Danticat, Edwidge–Breath, Eyes, Memory ?
Davis, Angela–Women, Culture, and Politics ?
Desai, Anita–Clear Light of Day ?
Dickinson, Emily–Collected Poems
Duncan, Lois–I Know What You Did Last Summer (Like the movie?!?)
DuMaurier, Daphne–Rebecca
Eliot, George–Middlemarch*
Emecheta, Buchi–Second Class Citizen
Erdrich, Louise–Tracks ?
Esquivel, Laura–Like Water for Chocolate
Flagg, Fannie–Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty–The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne–Diary of a Young Girl
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins–The Yellow Wallpaper
Gordimer, Nadine–July’s People ?
Grafton, Sue–S is for Silence ?
Hamilton, Edith–Mythology ?
Highsmith, Patricia–The Talented Mr. Ripley
hooks, bell–Bone Black

Hurston, Zora Neale–Dust Tracks on the Road*
Jacobs, Harriet–Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jackson, Helen Hunt–Ramona ?
Jackson, Shirley–The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica–Fear of Flying

Keene, Carolyn–The Nancy Drew Mysteries
Kidd, Sue Monk–The Secret Life of Bees
Kincaid, Jamaica–Lucy ?
Kingsolver, Barbara–The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong–The Woman Warrior ?
Larsen, Nella–Passing ?
L’Engle, Madeleine–A Wrinkle in Time*
Le Guin, Ursula K.–The Left Hand of Darkness*
Lee, Harper–To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris–The Golden Notebook ?
Lively, Penelope–Moon Tiger ?
Lorde, Audre–The Cancer Journals ?
Martin, Ann M.–The Babysitters Club Series
McCullers, Carson–The Member of the Wedding*
McMillan, Terry–Disappearing Acts
Markandaya, Kamala–Nectar in a Sieve ?
Marshall, Paule–Brown Girl, Brownstones ?
Mitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind
Montgomery, Lucy–Anne of Green Gables*
Morgan, Joan–When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost ?
Morrison, Toni–Song of Solomon
Murasaki, Lady Shikibu–The Tale of Genji ?
Munro, Alice–Lives of Girls and Women ?
Murdoch, Iris–Severed Head ?
Naylor, Gloria–Mama Day ?
Niffenegger, Audrey–The Time Traveller’s Wife
Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys
O’Connor, Flannery–A Good Man is Hard to Find
Piercy, Marge–Woman on the Edge of Time ?
Picoult, Jodi–My Sister’s Keeper ?
Plath, Sylvia–The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne–Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie–The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn–The Fountainhead
Ray, Rachel–365: No Repeats ?
Rhys, Jean–Wide Sargasso Sea ?
Robinson, Marilynne–Housekeeping ?
Rocha, Sharon–For Laci ?
Sebold, Alice–The Lovely Bones
Shelley, Mary–Frankenstein
Smith, Betty–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie–White Teeth ?
Spark, Muriel–The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ?
Spyri, Johanna–Heidi
Strout, Elizabeth–Amy and Isabelle ?
Steel, Danielle–The House*
Tan, Amy–The Joy Luck Club*
Tannen, Deborah–You’re Wearing That*
Ulrich, Laurel–A Midwife’s Tale
Urquhart, Jane–Away ?
Walker, Alice–The Temple of My Familiar*
Welty, Eudora–One Writer’s Beginnings
Wharton, Edith–Age of Innocence*
Wilder, Laura Ingalls–Little House in the Big Woods*
Wollstonecraft, Mary–A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Woolf, Virginia–A Room of One’s Own

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A long overdue update on Sockapalooza

Filed under: knit-a-longs — Marie @ 10:54 am

socks.jpg Well, I’ve finally gotten around to knitting my Sockapalooza socks again. And it’s a good thing too, since there is less than a month left to finish these socks. As you might guess from the picture, these socks were started at the same time on two circulars. Since this was my first time trying this technique, it took quite a lot of help from Kirsti and Lynne from City Knits to get started. (Lucky for me they’re both very patient!) My patience nowadays had been limited, so unfortunately I gave up knitting both socks at the same time about an inch in. I think the problem with me is that I was so distracted with the thesis, graduation, etc. that I made stupid mistakes like knitting with the wrong needle or getting my yarn all tangled up. I’m getting back into the swing of things again, however, and now am about 4 inches into the first sock. I got a little bit done on my flight to Louisiana and should have plenty of knitting time here and there during the trip. Once I do some sightseeing on my own and take some pictures, I’ll post them here!

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