the holidays December 26, 2006
quick! December 21, 2006
hey everyone! this is a really really quick post to let you know that i will probably be totally off the internet at my grandma’s house for the next few days. have a great pre-Christmas and i’ll be back Christmas Eve! (there’ll be LOTS of knits to show off, too, when i get around to posting them!) bye!
p.s. if you want some really adorable gift tags, check out natascha!
the bells! December 16, 2006
wow, i have so many things to update about. we’ll start with blogger. i switched to blogger beta and updated my template and all that. i am just about convinced that nine out of ten “updates” for software and stuff make things actually worse. i can’t tell you how many times i’ve updated iTunes and AIM and other programs only to realize that the things they changed were the things i liked, or that there were new problems with the updated versions. everybody tries to make everything better, but sometimes the old was just as good. hopefully i won’t regret the blogger update. O_O
cold and studying December 8, 2006
while i know that some of you live in places that are actually cold, (like ohio, massachusetts, canada, etc) i am going to complain about the weather here in florida. please excuse me. i have never lived anywhere genuinely cold. i have never lived outside of florida. heck, i’ve never really even seen snow. as such, this weather is quite cold. this morning, i had class at 11:45 and it was still 43 (which supposedly felt like 35). i wasn’t going to take chances, i bundled up. i had tennis shoes (that’s when you know it’s cold; some people here wear flip-flops all year round), knee-length socks, pants, a long sleeve shirt, sweater, blazer, scarf (cotton candy pink ^^), and mittens. i should have worn a hat, but i have no hat. how do i have no hats, really? tomorrow i’m wearing the jayne hat, who cares if it’s terribly mismatched and a christmas present! my intact ears are worth more than my image (that is, assuming i had an image). so, i was pretty warm.
BUT THEN i come back from class and i have an email from my veggie professor. tonight there is supposed to be a hard freeze. the tomatoes, eggplant, beans, and peppers probably will not survive. come get your veggies today or else they will probably die. so, i went. but, i made a very bad assumption. it must have gotten warmer, right? so i went without scarf and mittens. i was sure wrong! my poor ears and hands and neck…
when i got out to the garden, the professor and one of the TAs were picking all the proper size in-danger veggies, so i got a bunch of stuff.
i have an accounting exam tomorrow at 10am, so i’ll have to be sure that i’m entirely bundled. no more assumptions. (yes, thats right, an exam on a SATURDAY morning… blaaah!) at least it will be over soon!
on the knitting front, i have 14/40 completed bells. i also ran out of yarn. i’ll have to get some more tomorrow, since the bells all have to be done by the 17th. i’m also about 19in into my best friend’s scarf. (i ended up ordering some malabrigo… it’s really nice but… i’m not loving the colorway. hopefully she does!).
things around here have been generally not so great. can’t wait until the 13th when i can finally go home for christmas break!
P.S. thank you to everyone for your sweet comments on my last post! ^^
knit unto others December 2, 2006
today was a horrible, cold, gloomy, rainy, grey, wet day. since saturday is my shopping day, i was out in all of it, walking around, getting droplets on my glasses, being all around miserable. especially when i missed the bus and had to wait a half hour for the next one. i did manage to get a few christmas gifts (and some yarn to finish up a few others) while i was out, though, and i also happened to find these lovely knee socks at the gap. i know, i know, i could probably knit my own, but that doesn’t get me nice, long, warm socks now, does it? these even have stripe jogs down the back, haha.
you know, last year i would have given just about anything for a pantry to store my food in. this year i happen to find myself missing my bathtub. i don’t really take baths, but the tub is so helpful for washing feet (and for shaving!). my feet do not get lots of love around here. i’m trying to make it up to them with a nice washing, lotioning, and a pair of socks. do you think they’ll forgive me? (ah, and yes, i am wearing very bizarre attire… my jeans got all dirty and wet today, the guy shorts are what i could find to replace them ^^)
now, i know it’s been a week since i posted, but it has CERTAINLY not been because i haven’t been knitting. today is the last day of knit unto others and i am absolutely pleased as punch to announce that i have met or exceeded every charity goal that i set for myself. i have thirty items for the soaring eagles project and four for caps to the capital. that’s a total of 34 items! whoo! 22 of these were knit during the last two weeks (in the knit unto others time frame)! it’s exciting. so exciting, in fact, that i took some very silly pictures of myself wearing all my charity knits.
and now for pictures of the actual knitting! ^^
caps to the capital hats (4)
pattern: from the action kit
yarn: various acrylics
needles: size 8 & 10.5 straights
comments: infant hats! ^____^
soaring eagles hats (6)
pattern: besides the one mentioned last entry, the other five are from here
yarn: various acrylics
needles: size 15 straights
size: some small, some medium
comments: this hat (titled “the perfect hat”) IS truly great. take a super bulky yarn or two strands of bulky, or three of worsted, and in about an hour, you have a warm, wonderful hat. i liked making these hats… nearly instant knitting gratification and a great stash buster.
soaring eagles cuffs (24)
yarn: various cottons
needles: size 7 straights
size: small/medium wrists
comments: i love these things! i don’t think i would wear them, but they are really really cute. i hope the elementary schoolers like them!
and now, my friends, i must go off to write a persuasive essay about solutions to the wal-mart problem. wish me luck!