Compulsive Knitter

December 3, 2006

Yay for google!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 11:16 am

Well, google I did and I found a cable eight KAL at Poor Miss Finch’s. That led me to Drew’s finished cable eight, which looks great. You can even see the sides in his picture, which look pretty good. I guess I should give the crochet a shot after all… I just hope the cap sleeves don’t make my upper arms look too fat!

There’s been a flurry of online yarn buying today…so look for a flurry of Christmas knitting here soon…

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December 2, 2006

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 3:47 pm

Finished paper? Check. Successful Thanksgiving and spousal visit? Check. Finished front and back of cable eight? Check. Things are moving along, finally. I now only have to assemble cable eight, but don’t look for that to be finished soon. The instructions say to crochet the pieces together, which I’m not too good at. I considered some other methods, but I’m thinking of trying the crochet first. I ought to google the pattern to see if anyone used a different finishing method.

Today I went to Michael’s to see if I could find yarn for some baby Christmas gifts, but didn’t find what I needed. I may just wait until I’m back in Detroit, where I know the yarn stores better. I did learn something, however. Avoid the area around the mall here on Saturdays close to Christmas at all costs! I’m relieved to have made it back in one piece.

To make up for the lack of bloggage lately, here’s another silly little quiz, as seen at Steph’s (I swear I wasn’t going for the same result; maybe it’s an academic thing):

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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November 18, 2006

In denial…must add more projects to the queue!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 11:55 am

I’ve been thinking lately about baby stuff I can knit, as encouraged by my mom. It’s a good thing too, as I’ve just been made an aunt again! (That makes five nieces and nephews now…for someone who doesn’t even have aunts or uncles, this seems like a lot!) So, even though I don’t ever getting around to finishing my own projects, I’ve found some potential Christmas gifts. For the baby, I’ve found this baby kimono pattern. (Warning, LionBrand might make you sign in before looking at the pattern, but it IS free.) Now, even I should be able to knit a tiny thing like that in how ever many weeks are left (three? I have no idea and don’t feel like counting) until Christmas.

For my nephew, I’ve been eyeing the Sherwood pattern from Knitty. I have my doubts about being able finish that in time, but maybe I could start one for his birthday or next Christmas. And it will give me an excuse to order some yarn for Picovoli for myself, since who wants to only order a measly four balls of yarn? What a waste in shipping costs! 🙂

Time to get back to my paper, unfortunately. But soon it will be time to leave for the airport to pick up my husband. *happy dance*

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November 12, 2006

Slipping through the cracks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 12:08 pm

I could’ve sworn I posted in November already, but I see I haven’t. Good thing I thought twice about participating in NaBloPoMo! Yeah, like that would happen. I’m still drowning in school and work. I have a voice assessment due on Tuesday, which I tried to finish last night, but my two second attention span got in the way of that goal. And then I present for half of my neuro class (about 30-35 minutes) Wednesday on diagnostic techniques. At least talking in front of people doesn’t really bother me. I’m trying to finish my power point for that today because… I’ve got a 20 page paper (of which I’ve written a grand total of 1.25 pages) due on the 20th. That is the thing that makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. I like to write, but writing academic papers is like pulling teeth for me – I guess because I’m too much of a perfectionist. I’d like to finish it before my husband gets here on the 18th (Woohoo! Probably my #1 distraction right now), but that may be wishful thinking. And don’t even get me started about work. When I get home after one of my work days, I just feel like sitting on the couch, slack-jawed, numbing my brain by watching E!…

I do try to squeeze in a bit of knitting here and there, however, for my own mental health. I took that picture of cable eight a few weeks ago (I think) and it has grown at least an inch or two since then. Before I pick it up again I need to wind at least two more balls of the Pachuko cotton. I really hope Santa Claus keeps his promise to send me a ball winder and swift this year – no more winding by hand! I’m sorry if my snail-like progress on knitting is boring. Believe me, I wish it were otherwise! I have some serious project envy for all of the FOs I see out there in the blogosphere…

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October 30, 2006

Housekeeping

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 4:57 pm

When things get busy, I like to organize. Maybe it is just a way to procrastinate, but I find I don’t work well in chaos. After a hellish week of work/school (probably too much work and not enough school as well), I spent the weekend getting the apartment straightend out. Then I guess my organization frenzy spilled over onto the blog. I finally have a 2006 photo archive up, and I plan to put up more FOs from previous years next month. I also decided to take down some of my “on the needles” items: since these items are in Michigan, they certainly won’t be finished anytime soon. Now all I need is a major paper to write (oh wait, I’ve already got one!) and I’ll get around to backing up the blog and upgrading MT.

I’m kind of embarrased that it is October 30th and so far all I’ve done for Socktoberfest is knit a swatch. And I don’t even have a picture of the swatch! Hmmm, I guess that goes in the “works in progress” section.

I am making good progress on the cable eight top, however. I consider it quite an acomplishment that I’m even knitting at all lately, given my schedule. Check out my knitting space above. It is much cozier than it was before with the addition of the futon, but I sure wish the futon had arms on it. The cats are extremely pleased with the futon.

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