Compulsive Knitter

March 24, 2009

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Filed under: grad school — Marie @ 7:21 pm

Whew!  It’s been so long since I’ve posted that WordPress’s format looks completely different.  Excuse me if I goof something up.

Some time ago I signed this pledge to post today about women in technology.  Thanks to the pledge, I now know that Ada Lovelace was the first programmer, something I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know before!  I had heard of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace’s father before, but not Ada herself.  So I just wanted to pop in here quickly, say hi, and tell you all to read the Wikipedia article about Ada if you have never heard of her before.  I’m teaching a course on communication science this semester and I wish there were more women’s contributions to the development of this field I could talk about.  Of course, there are a lot of women doing great work now, but that is research that typically falls outside the scope of this undergraduate course.  I don’t think it has to be that way, but unfortunately students in this class don’t have strong science backgrounds and seem to view this class as difficult and boring.  I hope I’m doing my part to change that perception.  All the students in my class are women and I’d love to see them not shy away from the more technical aspects of communication disorders!

PS – I hope to return to talking about knitting here soon.  The truth is that I can’t remember the last time I knitted.  My work/life balance got seriously out of wack last semester, which lead to a lot of grouchiness and no knitting.  I’ve made some adjustments to my schedule and I’m a lot happier for it, but haven’t picked up the needles yet.  I’ve been itching to get back to it, however, so that is a good sign.  I just need to wait for spring break so I can rummage through my projects back in Houston!

February 22, 2008

Yes, I’m still alive…

Filed under: grad school, life in general — Marie @ 1:31 pm

I’m still around and I even knit once in awhile. But this says it all:

You can substitute just about anything for “the internet” for me. It always seems like the party is going on elsewhere! *sigh* I’m a little worn out and sick with a sore throat, so I have to rest up this weekend. I have lots to post about, including an end to the sockapalooza saga (I haven’t even posted pictures of the socks I received yet), but that will have to wait for a bit. I just didn’t want to let February pass by without at least one post!

December 11, 2007

Woo-hoo!

Filed under: grad school, knitting, life in general, UFOs — Marie @ 12:19 pm

I finished my last paper and emailed it in on Sunday (I worked until the very last minute on that one) and then graded all of the finals in my class Sunday afternoon. Monday morning, I calculated the final grades and sent them in. Woo-hoo, I am finished for the semester!

I am now enjoying the simple pleasures of domesticity: planning my cookie-making and holiday decorating. And, of course, more knitting. As I packed up in Lafayette to spend the next few weeks in Houston, I had to decided which of my many unfinished projects to bring:

1. Viennese shrug: I found this in one of my knitting bags while hunting for unfinished projects. I am almost done with the last sleeve on this, but I had gotten off on the lace at some point and started fudging the pattern. Since I don’t remember exactly how I was fudging the pattern and where I left off, I would probably have to rip back – or tink back, ugh – on this at least a little bit.

2. Cabled belt: This has been laying around unblocked and sans belt buckle for FOREVER.

3. Hoodie: I think this is in another knitting bag stuffed in a hutch in my kitchen in Houston.

4. Cable eight tank: This is stuffed into a box in my bedroom in LA, waiting to be blocked and seamed together. This project ran off the road when (after many attempts to find the right hook size) my attempts at crocheting the pieces together looked bulky and unflattering.

5. Lucky: I was chugging along on this project until I discovered I made the second front piece *way* bigger than the first. I frogged it and started re-knitting it, but abandoned it when sockapalooza 4 came around. This project probably deserves to be worked on monogamously so I don’t screw it up again!

6. Short row rib scarf: I finished knitting this, but the ends need to be woven in and I need to figure out how to make the fringe. And hopefully do it right the first time, since I only have a very limited amount of yarn left!

7. Bernadette: I am working on the second half already and knitting on this goes very fast, providing I am alert enough to follow the chart and/or instructions! I could probably finish this in a few days of concentrated knitting.

8. Drop-stitch scarf: I have no idea where this project is (maybe with the hoodie?) and it’s kind of boring to knit. I would just frog it, but I don’t know what else to do with the ribbon yarn… this is where I could probably get some ideas from Ravelry!

Whew, I think that is all of them. I also know some expectant mothers I’m thinking about knitting baby socks for, but I’m not counting that here because a) I haven’t started any, so they don’t count as UFOs b) I want to finish a few UFOs! c) That is they perfect kind of knitting to do during next semester: mindless, quick, rewarding. So what did I bring to Houston (providing that I could find it)?

I brought: Lucky, the short row rib scarf, and Bernadette. If by some miracle I actually finish all of those, then I hoping that the hoodie is somewhere around here. I figure the scarves will be pretty quick work and even if they don’t make it for Christmas, I can still send them off to family in Germany when it is still seasonal to wear them.

November 27, 2007

Happy belated Thanksgiving

Filed under: grad school, knitting — Marie @ 8:52 pm

Thanksgiving was really nice and low key, but now it’s back to the grindstone. At least I’m in the homestretch…today I turned in another paper and it felt great. I’ll try to remember that next time I have trouble getting started on a paper 🙂 I now have less than a week left of classes and then finals the week after that. Knitting is moving along nicely, although I don’t have any pictures to show for it right now. My sockapalooza socks are finished now that I finally wove in the ends (just in time Christmas, *sigh*) and I’m half-way through on Bernadette. I had a few false starts on the scarf, probably because I was too brain-dead at the time to follow a chart or written directions. Now it’s a pretty quick knit, so I hope to have another FO that I can finish in under six months for a change!

November 5, 2007

Time to go home

Filed under: grad school — Marie @ 7:25 pm

I was particularly unproductive this morning, so I forced myself to go to the library to work for awhile after I did some stuff in the lab.  It’s almost 7:30, so I’m going home, but I still have to finish up some of my take home exam.  So there’s likely no knitting tonight.  <sigh>

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