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… cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to be better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Yes, this does mean that I finished the Thneed!!!!!!!!!!!

And then I had to have a photo shoot for it! (Unbelievable the number of pictures I had to take to get a few I liked.)

Modeled as a scarf:

Modeled as a hat:

And I had requests for a pattern so click here for the ‘Everybody Needs a Thneed’ pattern. Feel free to leave me comments on it if you don’t understand. First time I have tried writing up my explanations for my knitting so let me know if you need further explanation =)

Cheers =)

8/29 – I updated the pattern if you want to check it out again. I forgot to put down how many arms I made.


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Have you ever seen those shirts for babies that say, ‘I’m the reason we can’t have nice things’? I found out today that I am the reason small groups don’t work.

It was decided that 2.5 hours of class on small groups for our ‘How To TA Sessions’ would work out nicely. I’m not a big fan of small groups but we had to get in small groups to discuss them. Then we were giving our answers out loud to the class and I hadn’t said an answer in my group because I thought it fell under another category. When I mentioned this to someone, they looked at me and said, ‘And you’re the reason why small groups don’t work out’ and they are exactly right! I don’t like sharing information and small groups really aren’t my thing so the comment made me laugh =) But thanks to this class I now have firm hand how to run effective small groups.

Orientation has been pretty awesome. The people here are wonderful, so open, and so welcoming. I was a little people deprived because I moved down here last Wednesday and didn’t have a real in person conversation until Monday so I was thrilled to be around people again. But in addition to classes and sessions, we have been doing other things just to get to know each other which is super fun and I feel just truly happy to be here =)

But you know, there is down time in during orientation and you better believe I pulled that thneed out.

It’s pretty awesome explaining it whenever I pull it out =) And people have quite a favorable reaction to the Fun Fur (who wouldn’t?). I have now officially finished all four arms and am about to cast on for the major connecting piece. I plan on typing up this pattern this upcoming weekend and posting it for your viewing pleasure =)

Andddd the incredible Darci found this link and shared it with me. It’s about crocheting an ideal sphere. It totally reinforces and validates my senior project which looked at the mathematics that can be found in knitting. Too cool =)

Cheers =)

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I am officially in Maryland! The drive down on Wednesday was a straight four hours in the car by myself and my CDs. Thankfully, we brought two cars (I would never have made it in just one) and my dad and brother came down and helped me to settle in.

It took two days for it to look that nice, and I’m sure it will never quite look like that again. Even now, it doesn’t look like that. But I am quite happy with it, and it feels like me =) Last night while I was sleeping, my calendar fell off the wall and this really should have scared me more than it did but I was expecting something in the kitchen to fall so that is what I thought it was and why I didn’t freak out. Overall though, it is going quite well =)

Then I decided to take myself around campus a few times because I get hopelessly lost at the drop of a hat and it was a good thing I did. I managed to walk right past the Math building while looking for it and then got turned around inside. And this is why I decided to do this now rather than when I need to get somewhere fast. Although, I admit, I do like that I get an entire building here unlike at Saint Francis where math was given half a hall.

Maryland is the home of the Terrapins or ‘Terps.’


Which, let’s face it, is only one letter away from twerp =)

Then this morning, I was washing dishes and grazed my finger with a knife.

And this is no big deal at all. Except I did look at it and go, ‘Aw man – that’s a knitting finger!’ and that was my main concern about it =) And I have been working more on my thneed!

I almost have another arm done. When I went to go and take a picture of this, I reached into my bag and pulled out two knitting needles and freaked out because nothing was one them! And then realized the thneed was sitting on my bed – pure brilliance =)

Cheers =)

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I’m taking a break for a few minutes. I just rocked out the fifth chapter of my linear algebra book in an hour and a half – reading notes and doing problems

so I definitely think it’s time for a bit of a break.

Here is what happened last night. I was knitting on my wingspan and decided that I had enough yarn to try and get that eighth triangle even though I was originally going to do just seven. So I was knitting back down all my stitches and tried to moved them up the needles and wham! 60 stitches popped right off the end of the needle. If you only could have heard my thoughts at that moment. I didn’t want to move how I was sitting at all because I was afraid stitches would start disappearing so I, thankfully!, had some extra needles in my bag thus resulting in this:

Yes, you do see four knitting needles in my knitting. However, quick remarkably, I able to pick up all 60 stitches without any problem. And I admit – this is all my fault. I have jammed 186 stitches on these short needles.

So really, that was inevitable but still – makes me all kinds of special.

Cheers =)

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Well, it’s official – tomorrow I will be fighting the time stream home. This was clearly the only explanation as to why it takes longer to fly home than it did to get here. Maybe we can try warp speed to get us there faster =)

One more side nerdy note: I can’t wait until I am Dr. Stock because it sounds so close to Dr. Spock that I will be completely okay with people calling me that =)

Moving on. Guess what I finished?

Rose’s socks are all done just in time for me to take them home. I even tucked the ends in!

And …

Mom’s Traveling Socks are also officially completely and made a little trip around Ambialet yesterday. Everything is so green here now given the high amount of rain we have been having. On top of that, the river is muddy because the rain was so crazy and at one point, I looked outside and it was legitimately hailing. But the weather is being quite beautiful for our last couple of days here.

Have a rich and wonderful day! =)

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… and I bet you a lot of people are laughing at that title but I swear it is relevant to Barcelona =)

Friday and Saturday in Barcelona were insanely busy. Friday we started off by going to the Picasso Museum. All 16 of us moved as a group to get there. Barcelona was funny; all the shop and museum entrances were hidden behind garage doors or big wooden doors. We almost passed it because even though Picasso is quite famous, Barcelona is not a city of typical museums and buildings. Well, when we got there, we had to wait to get in so look what came along!

Hi, Mom’s Traveling Sock! Of course it came to Barcelona with me =) Throw that little sweetheart in my purse and bam, insta-knitting while waiting =)

The Picasso Museum was really interesting. I never knew that his style evolved so much. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take pictures so here is all the proof I have:

But it was quite cool. From there, it was off to lunch. And we walked and walked … and walked some more. I knew we were traveling far but was blown away when I later saw how far we walked! For lunch, I had anchovies that were fried and served with the heads on. So you had to cut the heads off and take the spines out. It was actually quite fun and good! From there we visited an artist’s studio which was quite impressive to see in person. Next (Friday was nuts the amount of stuff we did), we went to Parc Guell. This was designed by Gaudi and was very reflective of nature not only in the plants but the buildings as well.

It was so beautiful. And we just kept walking up and up and up in the park and when we got to the top …

The view of Barcelona was incredible, and I wouldn’t have missed that for the world.

Clearly, after all of this walking, the next step was taking a nap which I proceeded to do in fine form. That night for dinner we went to a tapas restaurant which is really big in Barcelona. My friend, Carly, and I each ordered 3 dishes a piece and split them. From there, all of us decided to go out for the night, and it was just so much fun to be out with everyone.

Saturday was just as busy. We started out the day at the Miro museum. He was probably my least favorite artist on the trip because his ideas were too abstract to even begin to understand them. But we had fun with the statues outside.

I need so little encouragement to do something strange. Anyway, our next stop was Sagrada Familia!

Now, I can explain to you the statement about feeling small. With these churches and buildings that we visit, one of my favorite things to do is stand as close as I can and look up. When I do this, I feel so small and just so overwhelmed by the magnificence that it takes your breath away.

Sagrada Familia was been in construction for over 100 years and is expected to continue for the next 15 or 20. This is also designed by Gaudi who made the tallest point on the church one meter less than that of the nearest mountain because he wanted to show that man is not greater than God. There are a lot of nature elements that are reflected in this piece as well as math which I was overjoyed by. When you walked inside, you were just blown away.

Probably my favorite church especially aesthetically. The stained glass was beautiful but not everywhere because Gaudi said that some people didn’t know when to stop with color and he wanted to respect the natural light.

Next (after a nap), we went to the Gaudi house. He designed this house to make you feel like you were in the ocean.

It was done all in blues and the glass in the house was designed so that if you stood in front of it and moved your head, you felt like you were under the ocean. My favorite part was the room on the roof!

There was this dome, and it just had water flowing over it. There was a spot light on it and the room itself was domed. The reflection looked like water was coming down the walls of the room and with the sound, it was just excellent.

Our last big hoop la in Barcelona was going to see Flamenco dancers!

The expression on their faces and the music was way too cool. I actually sat front and center and it may be the only time in my life I will have been happy to sit in the front!

Afterward, a bunch of us headed out to dinner and saw a break dancing group and watched them for a while. One guy jumped over three girls as they were standing! From there, we finally found somewhere to eat (it was after 11 at this point). And rather than getting dessert at the restaurant, we headed over to McDonald’s to finish off the night, and Barcelona, with ice cream =)

HaveĀ  an exquisite day =)

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Sunday night, we watched the movie Roxanne with Steve Martin as a group. There was a purpose to this movie; we are going to see Cyrano de Bergerac in Albi on Friday! Roxanne was a modern day adaptation and in English no less so we started there. I believe we are watching a French version of it this week and then going to see the play on Friday. So, as I told my parents, we will thoroughly know the story by Friday but be bored to tears by it. I’m excited over an excuse to dress up and be fancy for the night!

Yesterday, it was into Albi for class at the University. French class let out a bit early which was lovely seeing as it runs for three hours. We wandered around the city for a bit afterward which was enjoyable. I got to bed early last night which was just beyond exciting – I most definitely know how to live it up!

Okay, so this is not the most exciting post about France so here are the socks I completed!

Quick note: I took that picture by myself. I doubt I could take such a good picture again by hanging the camera in front of my feet.

They almost match too! I really like the way they came out and I have already worn them =)

I hope things are quite lovely for you =)

P.S. Just received projecteuler.net as a tip from a friend for programming problems – I’m all nerdy about it! =D


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