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December 18, 2005

Somebody stop me!

We have had some very chilly weather around here which makes the knitting habit so lovely. Not only do I get to sit around and play with warm fiber but I have a selection of delicious knitted goodies to choose from when I step outside.


How cold has it been? Well, the river is starting to freeze. I've never seen that happen. But here is the waterfall:


frozen waterfall


And here is a show of all the ice around the beach and floating along the surface of the river:



We are supposed to have an ice storm here so keep your fingers crossed. I am stocked up on people and dog food and have tons of water and firewood. I think I'm good to go. I'll just knit and wrap presents and endlessly use this as an excuse for why gifts and cards are late. Milk it as much as possible!


Looking at the knitting front. I was pawing through one of my storage containers and started to get extremely irritated with all the abandoned projects I found. I'm continuously amazed that I have to keep buying needles but it is because I leave projects on the needles (in some demented denial that I'm not going to pick it right back up again) and then stash the project only to be uncovered a year later while looking for a stash of chunky yarn for baby sweaters (the deadline is drawing close, I've resorted to big yarn and big needles to make it go faster!)


This is what I found in just two storage containers:




(clockwise from lower left: fuzzy Christmas scarf, ruffly baby had, Christmas stocking started last year, hat, shawl, hat ruffles scarf, pair of socks, lace scarf, mock ribbed scarf from last Christmas also, pair of baby socks, pair of socks, scarf)


Knitterly friends of mine often ask how many projects I have going at once. Little do they know the level of my sickness!


By the way, my solution to this horrific site? Cram them all into one bag and vow that once the holidays are over I will finish them or unravel them. I'm ignoring the fact that after the holidays I have six birthdays in the first three months of the year.


By the way, in defense of me, the ruffly pink baby hat was unraveled as the baby I was making it for originally is now three years old. I still have to make her something. I'm thinking something in chunky yarn...

December 06, 2005

I have a master's now but obviously not in knitting

I survived. There was some question at one point but I'm here to tell you, you can earn your master's and live to tell about it.


There were some dicey moments on the day of my delivery, such as when I was copying the final thesis onto my jump drive as a backup and the laptop died. Completely died. There was some talk of rebuilding my hard drive. And this is three hours before I have to hand in and present the darn thing. But I assure you...I didn't say darn.


Somehow I managed to print out a recent version of the thesis to hand in, shake off the whole thing for my presentation and then spent the rest of the night on the phone with tech support. We retrieved the thesis and I was able to email it in to my readers early the next morning.


It took a few years off my life. I did capture one of the moments. While on the phone with tech support. This was my life last Thursday:


grad school desk


Note the dead plant, piles of paper and scary screen message.


Ugh.


I may not have completely shaken off the trauma as I spent the weekend knitting baby clothes (I am three babies behind!) I managed to whip out a blue wrap cardigan and while that was blocking I started a white cardi and some merino baby slippers.


baby stuff


I had the blue wrap cardigan sewn together AND knit around the collar before I noticed it wasn't quite right. Can anyone else see something wrong with this picture?


blue wrap cardi


Ugh. Baby halter top?