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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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Death of a Muppet

As I keep knitting on this thneed and taking all the multiple pieces out, it looks like this blue ball of fur. Or it looks like a blue furry arm is escaping my backpack. It completely looks like either Grover

or Cookie Monster (pre-vegetable of course)

just curled up and died in my bag. And I feel really bad about that … But here is what it looks like so far

It is definitely coming along =)

Cheers =)

I’m the Reason

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 =)

So one of the things I wanted to do when I got down to Maryland, was to blog about what fun things I either cooked or baked. So far, I have made two, what I consider to be, impressive dinners.

1. Chicken over spaghetti with vodka sauce

 

It was so tasty and filling I had it two nights in, a row =)

2. Fake chicken fried rice: chicken, rice, green peppers, carrots faked steamed in the microwave, and tomatoes (even though they aren’t typically in this dish but I just really like tomatoes)

 

Yes, it really was as scrumptious as it looks =)

So that is where I am now. Once I have money from my first paycheck, I will be buying baking supplies and we shall see where I go from there!

Cheers =)

Terp Terp Terp

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 =)

I don’t know if you have seen the movieĀ “The Lorax” which is inspired by the book by Dr. Seuss of the same name, but if not, you definitively should go watch it. Fun animation, bright colors, catchy songs, and knitting! One of the main characters knits a ‘thneed.’ A thneed is an all purpose object that can be a scarf, umbrella, a cleaning cloth, or what have you.

So I decided that I too would knit a thneed in honor of this movie.

Although there are no blue thneeds in ‘The Lorax’, this yarn was too good to pass up. Five skeins of LionBrand Fun Fur for 97 cents a piece. Yeah, almost impossible to pass that by. But I made the first of four arms today.

I am going to take this and stitch it up like a sleeve.

Then, voila! I will have a sleeve.

I am having quite a fun time with this project. There are two cool things about it: 1. my nails currently match my yarn and 2. I am making up my own pattern which I have never done before. Fun stuff =)

Cheers =)

New Toys

Hello! If you have read some of my earlier entries, you may expect this post to be about Legos. And while I do thoroughly and completely love Legos, I recently have become the owner of some big kid toys.

Firstly, let’s start with my external hard drive.

This is a lovely Seagate 500 GB external hard drive. It’s kind of amazing that I have made it this long without one (especially seeing as I am a computer science person). I was able to name this what I wanted so I named it ‘Q’. ‘Q’ is the source that three of the four gospel writers used when compiling the gospels so I figured this is my source so it works out well =)

Then I also got a new phone!

 

Okay, so I had one of the oddest first thoughts with this ever. It was all white and lovely and I thought of the character that tries to eat Luke Skywalker in the fifth Star Wars.

Granted, not everyone’s first thought but it works for me =) So now my new iPhone is named Wampa after the creatures on Hoth.

This was followed by the very exciting arrival of my new laptop!

And as you turn on the computer for the first time, it asks you to name it. Well, thankfully, my brother and sister were around to help so my computer is now named Jarvis after the computer in Ironman.

The lesson we learned here: it’s important to name your new toys good names =)

Cheers =)