Archive for February, 2011

I’m at home for break this week! Yay! My favorite part about this? Sleeping it =] … this is a typical college response but I am pretty strict with my sleeping schedule at school and so a little extra sleep is a good thing.

Other than sleeping, my plans include my thesis, which is good and bad. Thankfully, I do have this week to pound it out but at the same time, I feel bad not working on it unlike at school where I can say that I did enough other school work for the day so I don’t need to work on it. But soon it will be all over and it will be wonderful =]   That deadline is creeping up on me but I am thankful for that.

Other than sleeping in, I am joining in the family focus of NCIS. We have been watching a lot of it (and I wish we had the next season so I could see what happens at the beginning of it) and it lends itself to knitting and lots of it. So here are some pictures!

Picture 1: The clover hand sock (No, I hadn’t forgotten about it. It got pushed aside for a bit but now I have decided to make sure it is done for Saint Patrick’s Day.)

I only have 4 more rows to go on it and then to tackle the thumb (highlighted by the lovely blue yarn). I looked up how to take the stitches out this time so hopefully it won’t be quite as bad. Another creeping moment … the thumb; but I got it this time.

Picture 2: Happy skulls hand sock!

It doesn’t look that much different from last time, perhaps just a few more pattern rows. I have almost completed the thumb on this too which is exciting. And it is nice to be able to go back and forth between two greens and then to black and white just so I am not seeing the same colors all the time.

And yes, there will be crocheting soon to be featured again. I have a project in mind for a dear friend and need to start setting that in motion. And guess where I am off to tonight? Wait for it … JoAnns!!! I’m super pumped and am thinking of picking up stuff for another sewing project. Yup, the night will be a good one.

So, I hope you have a good one too =]


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Despite the fact that I am a computer science major, my computer and I do not have the perfect relationship. We both tease each other and see how far we can push the other. My computer will all the sudden make it so I can’t work in excel and I will pick up my computer probably not in the best way. But other times, everything goes great; sometimes I think it just needs a little TLC. So I throw an episode of NUMB3RS in and give it my full attention. And then everything works out great between my computer and myself.

However, my computer is playing a new trick on me and I haven’t figured out yet how to beat it at its own game. Here is the deal; I downloaded the pattern for my hand socks, the skull ones. I pulled up the pdf of the pattern and I was looking at the chart that asks you to increase for the thumb (kudos to this pattern for having the thumb incorporated in versus my clover hand socks that gave me so much trouble with the thumb and yes those will be done by mid-March but back to the story …) and it says that the increases are designated by a white vertical line. Okay, kewl – I can deal with that. However, I’m looking at the graph and I don’t see the increases but clearly the pattern increases. I don’t worry about it because I wasn’t there but this weekend I started looking at it again. I had the pattern taking up half my screen and I scrolled down to the increasing graph and suddenly the lines were there! I had no idea what was going on but decided to roll with it anyway. I scrolled back up to read the directions and scrolled by down to reference the graph and the lines were gone! End of story! I knew they had been there but now they weren’t. I was completely flummoxed. So I closed the pdf, opened it back up, and there were the lines again! Out of curiosity, I scrolled up and scrolled back down and they were gone. I completely did not know what was going on. I closed it, opened it, and left it alone so I could tell where to increase.

I went to go and show someone this and the lines wouldn’t disappear (typical). Obviously,  my computer is trying to make me look like a fool (like I don’t do a good enough of a job of that on my own) and my roommate suggested I print the pattern. So I go to print the pattern and there is no paper in the printer in my dorm. It isn’t quite important enough to me to go and ask my RA so I let it go. The next morning I go to see if there is paper, and no there is not. So, I finally go to a different printer and it prints! But there is no lines …

So here is the deal; I’m making plans and taking charge. That is right – I just took a guess where the increases belong and I’m going from there. Want to see it?

There is a the tricky pattern. Oy.

And there is the thumb! See how lovely that is. Just seeing it makes me smile =]

So now that I’m taking charge I also need to figure out how to get back at my computer. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Have a spectacular one =]

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Interesting …

Last night, I was sitting at dinner in the cafeteria just eating. I’m looking around and a sign catches my eye. I stop, look at it again, and start to laugh. Want to know why?

I’m not exactly sure when writing “Raisins” became too commonplace for the cafeteria and I’m not 100% sure why there is an apostrophe in “grapes” but if nothing else … it makes me laugh.

(Want to learn more about dried grapes a.k.a. raisins? Go here.)

Have an amazing one =]

(A special thanks to my roommate for taking the picture =] )

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Pretty Day

You know the day just can’t go wrong when you dress up in the morning, look at the mirror and state aloud, “I look pretty today!” Would you like to see why?

And we can tell that we are experiencing high gusts of wind due to the direction of my hair. Here is another picture.

I think my skirt came out quite lovely. Not perfect but it makes me happy and makes me feel pretty. I really enjoyed the girl who came into physics today, looked at me, stopped and said “Well, don’t you look cute today.” which made me very smiley. The worst part about making the skirt? Yesterday, I had to give my bobbin winder and thread a firm talking to because I tried to wind the bobbin two times and it was misbehaving. I had to remind it how nicely it acted yesterday and I told it I wasn’t going to deal with it misbehaving. After that everything worked out fine. The only modification I had to make to the skirt was when I tried it out, the back stuck out like a little tail so I just tucked it inside, ran a seam up it, and voila! Skirt!

And look what else I have been doing!

Inside …

Outside …

Happy skulls! This pattern knits up so much faster than the clover pattern (which will be done in time for St. Patrick’s Day … promise) and is just fun to look at.

This weekend will be a good one with this knitting by my side.

Have an amazing one =]


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Making a Mess

I know this is a knitting blog but we are going to deviate for a quick moment. Here is the deal; I recently received a sewing machine. See?

It’s pretty and has neat pink accents to it. More than that, I’m already friends with it. Yesterday, I took it out of the box and read the directions, wound the bobbin, threaded the machine and away I went. Nothing was too hard and any questions I may have, my wonderful roommate can answer seeing as she is a sewing whiz.

Sew, you may be thinking “Well, what are you making?” Let me tell you then. It’s a pretty simple project which makes it great for breaking in my machine but should come out looking pretty cool. I took an old pair of jeans, cut them off above the knees, and cut the seams open on the inside.

Then I bought fabric. The fabric will placed on the inside to fill the triangle cut in the front and back and it will create a skirt! The deal is that I fell in love with the fabric. Therefore, I decided that I would add a bit more to it. So I decided to ruffle the fabric so that I can fill in the triangle pieces with a little bit sticking out from the bottom with a little bit of motion. Now, it looks like I have curtains.

I also have a bit left for a headband too!

I guess the last thing I have to say tonight is … thank goodness my roommate sews and she is okay with me making a bit of a mess.

Tomorrow wraps up the project! I’ll post pictures when it is completed =]

(P.S. I decided to go with the skull hand warmers because the other ones would make hand socks that were too small and I’m not comfortable modifying a pattern I have never done. O look, some knitting made it into this post as well =] )

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Okay, here is the deal; I am a junior in college and I have told people several times that I think I have a sign above my head that says “Ask me about grad school.” I’m pretty sure when teachers look at me anymore, their main interest is in making me go away. I had three teachers tell me that they thought I was graduating (due to the fact my roommate is a senior and we hang out a lot). Okay, easy mistake to make. However, when I see people and their questions invariably tend towards grad school … I’m just not really sure anymore. I mean, what will I talk about with them once I apply and know what I am doing?

Okay, rant over.

Time for yarn!

Isn’t it lovely? I love black and white and I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with this yarn. I could do music fingerless gloves or I could do skulls. I’m not quite sure which route I am going yet but I know I need some variation on my clover gloves (which I am still working on … slowly but surely).

Lastly, my research wraps up in two weeks. Yay! Want to see it?

Yes, it is not an accurate picture of what we do for the actual research but at least we can keep ourselves from going crazy during research.

Have a lovely one =]

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There are so many out there who just don’t understand knitting. I’m sure many of us have gotten the question “Are you knitting or crocheting?” Whenever this question is posed, I do my civic duty and inform people that I am knitting and how you can tell the difference (2 needles versus 1 hook). I don’t mind this; I enjoy enlightening people because it leads to a conversation about knitting around 90% of the time. However, yesterday was the first time I have come up against a knitting stereotype and to be frank … I was flummoxed.

I was sitting outside of a classroom when one of my teachers walked by. I currently had out my size 0, gold knitting needles and was knitting away on my clover hand socks. The following occurred:

Teacher: Colleen, what are you doing?

Me: I’m knitting!

Teacher: Why?

Me: Why not?

Teacher: Because in my country, when women knit, it means they are expecting to have a child.

Me: …

Friend: Well then she has been expecting for a while.

I was completely taken aback. Not that there is anything wrong with knitting for babies; but that someone thought that knitting was only to make clothes if you were expecting? Now, my mission in this world is to change how people perceive knitting. Using myself as a model, I was start to make myself clothes and show people the amazing world of knitting.

Speaking of my knitting, it went with me to class yesterday. It is a pure discussion class and I specifically went and asked the teacher if I could knit. The only bad thing was I realized I was only listening to the discussion rather than contributing it so I had to put the knitting down for a while.

My knitting continued to travel this morning when it came to breakfast with me and some friends !

In this picture, the knitting is hiding with my breakfast aftermath. (2 chocolate chip muffins, strawberries with sugar and 2 glasses of milk = yum … breakfast of champions)

And here is a better picture of it. I think I’m going to start a second pair just so I have a little variety of knitting in my life and you may be tired of seeing green too.

Have a lovely one =]

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