Saturday, May 24, 2008

Where'd I go?

Where have I been? Well, I am currently a high school senior and I am closing in on graduation! Not only am I dealing with the stresses and excitement that go along with graduating but my first choice college has not accepted me yet. They have not rejected me, either. This really sucks on many, many levels. I have not given up yet and I want everyone to think really, really good thoughts about it. Right now those of you 'in the know' are probably thinking "wait, didn't the deadline already pass?". Yes, it did, but the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (the college I'm madly, deeply in love with, just like every other high school senior) decided that since SO many people wanted to go there, they could impose a SECOND waiting list. I am currently on that. I was lucky enough that my back up school did the same thing and only had a priority date set for orientation (but I don't think I have to worry about that much because I'm in the music school there, but I don't think music is for me anymore and so getting into the U is really important, but that's for another post...). I have been waiting almost eight months to hear a final decision from the admissions people. This waiting thing is getting a little old, but I still feel a glimmer of hope. If good things come to those who wait then the best should come to those who wait 8 months. Especially if they are impatient, like me.

Please send every good vibe you can, and I'll send them right back!


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Just a quick update!

Elegant Rib Socks-I haven't touched them in awhile but they're to the point where I need to switch to the size 5 needles
Go With the Flow Socks-Past the heel turn and almost done with the gusset decreases
SCJ- Done! I'm sewing up the hems right now and there should be pictures and thoughts coming soon!
New Projects- The store wants me to do a sample which I want to have finished this week. After that I'm going to work on stuff I've been planning on doing for awhile and once those are done I'm going to get started on the marsielles pullover.

pictures to come soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Shepherd's Harvest!

Well today I went to the Shepherd's Harvest for the second year in a row. I went as an employee for the store and I got to sit at our booth for most of the day and people watch, sell some kits and patterns, and knit a little on the SCJ. It was a fun day, there was indeed some shopping. I got enough yarn to make a sweater and a pair of socks. My goal for the day was to find enough unique yarn to make myself a sweater and I found it! It wasn't the exact yarn I was looking for, since the vendor wasn't back again, and it is commercially available, but it is still unique yarn I have yet to find in a store around here. I bought 5 skeins of peace fleece, 2 in moscow magic pink, and three in perestroikan pink. I was really worried for awhile that 1,000 yards was not going to be enough for a sweater but then I realized it was aran weight and that I'm going to be okay!

Moscow Magic Pink

Perestroikan Pink

Along with the peace fleece I bought some Panda Cotton from the vendor next to us. I originally went over to her booth to buy some trekking xxl, but she was all out and I couldn't afford the austermann step (even though I really liked the colors and how it felt) since I had already bought the peace fleece and I could find the sockotta anywhere, so I went with panda cotton. I've heard about the panda wool, so I hope the cotton is just as good.

Panda Cotton, Sprite Green

Along with vendors, there were animal demonstronstrations. I wasn't able to catch any of these because I was inside manning the booth all day but I did see a big, puffy angora rabbit, lots of well behaved dogs, and a couple of sheep. It was a pretty busy day, but very cold. Nobody told me it was going to be that cold so I showed up wearing shorts and a half sleeved wool cardigan. I froze until my mom brought me jeans and my monkey socks. It was cold. It was a very good day and I hope I can go again next year.

P.S. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hey, look! Something sparkly!

That's what it feels like. I'm about 8 rows away from the hem on the left front of the SCJ and I keep getting distracted. It's very easy to get distracted with ravelry around. I've found that crossing out each row after I've completed it really helps me keep my place. Each row has specific instructions about shaping. It's turning out really cool! The rows are starting to get really long but all things considered this is going by really fast. One thing that bothers me is the progress bars at ravelry. I can never figure out what percentage is done. I know that I could do all the math and go from there, but who has time for that? Socks are easy, once one is done you're half way done. Same with mittens. Hats are so quick they're usually done in a day or two anyways. But with a sweater, is the back the biggest chunk? Sleeves are usually quick but they're long and can get pretty big. What about fronts? Okay, I'm rambling now and I'm going to stop.

Pictures coming soon!

ETA: I just realized why the post title is even more relevant. Can this post get any more random?

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Happy May Day!!!

Beginnings of the Inga Hat
very springy