Archive for February, 2007

Regular Tree

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Let’s make a long story short.

1) I have been having abdominal pain. No other symptoms of illness other than a sore throat and a headache, no complications, it doesn’t hurt when you poke me, just unexplained abdominal pain.

2) School health centers know nothing. It took to of them to argue about urine samples, prod me in the belly, mention something that sounded suspiciously like “does she need a prop?” (To which I mentally responded with “What, am I about to be thrust onstage?”) and eventually to refer me to the hospital for an ultrasound.

3) I’ve never been treated at the hospital before. And you know what? Ultrasounds are weird. They pour warm goop all over your belly, and then mush it around. They examined me from kidney to pelvis, and you know what they found?? NOTHING. Nothing at all. I’m fine, I’m not ill, I don’t have appendicitis or kidneystones or ovarian cysts or anything else. My organs have decided that they want to be stubborn and ache, and that’s the way it is. Oh..in my confusion, I may have managed to ask the nurse if she was *sure* that was my ovary…then started laughing and apologized. She is a nurse. She is trained. She knows how to work the freaking ultrasound machine.

Anyway, enough of that. I do have knitting to post about, but I am incredibly busy at the moment. We’re leading up to finals, and I start rehearsal next week for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre production of “The Women”. It’s a small role in a play that includes 41 women. I auditioned Monday night and didn’t tell you. Sneaky, I know.

It’s going to be so nice to get off campus for a while every week. Community theatre is a beautiful thing. (Daddy, fix my bike?? Please?)

One last thing. As Lairi, Cait and I sat in the coffee shop the other night, the guy who was working yelled out “REGULAR TREE!! I mean..CHAI TEA!!”

Causing me to laugh uncontrollably and sporadically for the rest of the night.

Shush, don’t judge. I’m an eight-year-old.

Not Eighth Week

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

I’ve been working on a post entitled “Still Eighth Week” since Monday night. Monday, I tell you. And by “work on” I mean “stare at” between obligations/illegal naps. It gets hard to post when there is so much class hanging around.

AndmoreimportantlyI’mgoingtoAfrica.

Specifically, I’ll be in Dakar, Sénégal for six months. I’ll be living with a family, learning Wolof, and taking classes in French. Because I am eight years old, I felt the need to explain this by typing “Africa” seven million times instead of using the actual words.

I have finished the socks and started a new pair, but I am not feeling inclined to dig out my camera at this particular moment.

Actually, I’m not inclined to do much at all at this moment.  Not to seem lazy, or anything.  =D  I have a sore throat and a headache, and a somwhat enormous pile of homework.

And it all drags on.

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

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Ah, knitting.

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

It’s been a while since I really posted. I am about to enter the dreaded “eighth week”, so I would advise you not to expect too much sense out of me for a while…

Eighth week means doom. Lack of sleep, overwork, and the startling tendency to forget everything important all at once. Only to remember it all at once, and just hope you can create enough extra hours in the day to get through it all.

Without further ado, I shall present to you a high point of my quarter:

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Cait and Rob, my “knitting progeny”

I was getting so used to being the only knitter around. Then again, if you give them enough time they always come out of the woodwork. Honest.

I have been teaching mitten and bag lessons. We* knit in the library and in coffee shops. It is very successful.

I have been working on the Equestrian Blazer very slowly, but it is coming together. The sleeves are too short (I was afraid of this), so we’ll have to see about that… I don’t anticipate that progress will speed up, but hopefully next weekend I’ll get to the point of lengthening the sleeves.

Instead, I have been finishing socks:

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This is the second sock. I put them aside in early December when I *broke and ebony needle*. I know, I know.

I have also been finishing Moom‘s shawl, which has been finished except for the edging since September.  (Don’t give me that look.  Just don’t.)

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Half the edging is done!! Finally!

There is absolutely no excuse for this. I am rolling my eyes at myself and at my bad habits.  I have a yarn stash of embarrassing proportions (for my age and my bank account), and I need to be using it.  I am *only* buying yarn when I’ve finished three or more projects.
So, of course, I distracted myself from my work today by drooling over yarn on the internet. You would think I hadn’t been in a yarn store in months from the way I was staring, glassy-eyed and short of breath at colors.

I want this, and this, and this, and this, and this.

And I *didn’t order anything*. Self control? Yes. I am SO impressed with myself. So much you can’t believe it. Says the girl who is writing a post specifically so she can procrastinate on her homework…

* “We” being any combination of me, Cait, Rob, Kelsey, Lairi, and Georgia. Except Georgia can’t knit yet, and Lairi doesn’t want to. Kelsey crochets, but I’m going to insist on teaching her to knit at the soonest opportunity. (Fortunately she is a willing learner.)

Feeed Meee

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Alligators bellow in response to a B-flat pitch??

This is incredible.  I am going to go get my flute, build up a collection of alligators, and start a chorus.  You’re all invited.

I’m in the theatre right now with a headache, hunger, and a pronounced lack of focus.  I skipped brunch to clean a fish tank before the tech run.  (I’ll try to post knitting pictures in a few hours, once I’m out of this mess.)

Everyone is gone for the weekend, I have no car, and I *crave Indian food*.

Feed me?

Long Week

Friday, February 16th, 2007

There has been a lot of knitting, a lot of slacking, a lot of working, and not a lot of sleeping.

Today I:

–Got up at 8:30

–Lived in the library

–Went to a production meeting

–Turned in a 15 page paper

–Forgot to eat until dinner (see above)

–Went to French lab

–Spent illicit time in the yarn store

–Sulked over French homework

Tomorrow I shall attempt to have:

–Pictures

–Time

–Sleep

–Knitting

–A Life

“Where is my yarn??”

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Yes, I actually managed to ask myself that question. Really really. Fortunately no one was there to hear me say it…

Okay shut up. I can still hear you laughing. I was looking for specific yarn, not general yarn, so end of story!!

Last weekend was very strange. Not only did I have a lot of trouble sleeping, but I managed to set the record for Getting Nothing Done. I hardly left my room, and I’m not sure what happened to all that time. I did finish some knitting, though…

These have been finished since Friday:

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Socks!!

And a detail shot…

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I did not match the stripes. I find them to be quite endearing with their slight bit of mismatch, and I hope you do too.

I also finished Kelsey’s handwarmers, although not until yesterday afternoon.

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Words cannot describe my love for this pattern. Words also cannot describe how I’m about to make it again and again and again, until I thoroughly hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns. I am unstoppable.

I was going to ramble on for a while, but I am very very unfocused and have a lot of work to do.  I hope you’re all relaxing, because here?  It is seventh week.  Meaning that next week is…

We don’t talk about that.  Nothing, nothing, move along…

Rats!!

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Not the animal, the exclamation.

I was half a freaking thumb away from a finished handwarmer.  Half. A. Thumb.

What happened?  I realized that I had forgotten to do the last two sets of increases in the thumb gusset.

Out came the thumb, and out came the first half.

I am close to finished again, but I thought I’d come complain a bit…yes.  I hope you’re all sleeping right now because it’s almost 2:30 AM.  Yes, I am a college student.

Friday!!

Friday, February 9th, 2007

For the love of wool, it’s about time!! Despite having all my classes cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, as well as replacing my afternoon class period with a ten-minute meeting on Wednesday, this has been the longest week of the quarter so far. I have been working continuously, while my roommate has had fairly little to do. (Either that or she’s doing it while I’m not around. Which is all the time.  She’s sneaky like that…)

Do you know how infuriating that is? How can she do this to me!!

I glared daggers at her for about five minutes last night when she went to bed at one. Then I stayed up until 4:15/4:30, and got up at 7. And then I glared at her some more.

Isn’t my life exciting? (I know, I know, I’m just too much.)

Moving on.

I finished a handwarmer, but due to the rather unfortunate circumstance of having mysteriously misplaced a whole set of photos you only get a detail shot.

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I should be able to get a good start on the second one today. I should also be able to finish a pair of socks:

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Perhaps I’ll finish my winter coat after work today? Goodness gracious Mouse, that is just so useful. Wait until February is half gone…

Who knows.

My brain feels mushy, and my speaking writing skills are shot for the day. Au revoir!

Knitting Blogs?

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

This is so exciting!! I can now be really really creepy and follow Amanda *and* Rachel. Even though I can’t see them. D=

While I’m at it, I ought to admit something to you:

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I started Kelsey’s handwarmers last night. They are repayment for the octopus (desktopus) that she crocheted for me. I don’t think I’ve shown a photo of it/him yet, but next time I take photos I’ll try to remember. (I’m actually almost finished with the first handwarmer, but I’m too lazy to take a new picture.)

I don’t feel too guilty though, because they are a fairly fast project. The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Angora, with a fiber content of 60% angora, 20% wool, and 20% polyamide as a binder.

The cables are slightly more defined than the picture shows. The pattern is my own. I must confess to my rather unhealthy obsession for them, and my crazed intentions of knitting…oh…seventy more? Pairs?

*cough, cough*.

Sixth week is simply a tragic situation all around. Having Monday off was a godsend, but I still have a french midterm and a paper due for women’s studies, both on Friday. The weekend will be spent on the same paper as last weekend was spent on, as my final draft is due next week. Etc.. Tomorrow I have a production meeting and french lab, but the rest of the day can be spent on an emergency yarn trip to get more yarn for Kelsey’s handwarmers my work.

I have also been past the heel on this sock for a few days, but have failed to post about them. I apologize for the crappiness of the photo.

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I can’t wait to finish them, because I have seventy thousand other socks that I Must Knit Now.

Oh, and by the way, rehearsals are going well. I know I haven’t said a lot about it, but I am enjoying myself immensely. (Family, that is mostly for you.)

Sleep?? Yeah, right.