Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just stuff

Wanting to check in but too lazy to come up with a proper post -- like, with photos 'n' stuff -- I thought I'd just ramble a bit.

How are you? I'm starting to get a little weary of winter. There's just been so much snow this year. Lots of it is just ice now, which means I have to concentrate more while walking down the street than while reading cultural theory. Don't even get me started on the potholes.

I'm still not reading as fast as I should, but I'm on the verge of setting some hard deadlines, since I want to be done with comps by the beginning of June. (Nadia asked, "What is a comps?" Read this.) Even though June seems impossibly far away, I know it is actually fast approaching, so I need to buckle down for reals.

As for crafty endeavors, I have a few things on the go. My Gilmore Vest is ABR (all but ribbing) -- the body is seamed together, and it just needs a bit of 1-by-1 ribbing around the armholes and the deep V-neck. (Progress photos are here on Ravelry.) I've stalled on my Swallowtail Shawl. To finish, I only have to knit the peaked edging, but it seems so small, and I have tons of yarn left, so I started thinking about adding an extra repeat of Lily of the Valley, and then I just put it all down. (I wish I'd remembered Minty's modifications earlier, since I would've added more of the bud lace pattern, but I don't fancy ripping back that much laceweight wool/silk at this point.) So I need to either finish it or calculate the adjustments needed to add another border. Umm... what else? I have two unbloggable crochet projects at the moment, but one will be blogged soon. Both can be seen on Ravelry in the meantime, here and here. Oh yeah, also, I've finished one Wallpaper Mitten (which can be seen in its unblocked glory here on Ravelry). (Hmmm, perhaps the title of this post should have been "Nothing to see here -- go straight to Ravelry.")

I've queued several variations of Mary Jane-style slippers on -- wait for it -- Ravelry, but Ingrid's new slippers definitely have me leaning toward the Purl Bee version now.

Besides adorable slippers, maybe a new desktop pattern will perk up these late February days. Here are some lovely free ones, via a link at Frenchy's Finds. Some other links I've bookmarked lately: Mariko's recipe for red velvet cupcakes; step-by-step instructions for controlled felting in a washing machine (because I'm the only knitter left on earth who has never felted something, and frankly it's because I'm a little scared); Martha Stewart's instructions for a lovely angora scarf made from teeny granny squares; and the ReadyMade video on how to re-upholster a dining room chair. Just in case you're looking for something to do.

12 comments:

whistlepeaknits said...

I realize this sounds super lame but I always have such a hard time finding cute desktops. So thanks!

And I am totally ready for Spring. All this snow and cold gets to you after a while.

ingrid said...

You should totally knit the Mary Jane slippers -- they're quick and easy (and super-duper cute). You'd have an FO to parade around in no time.

chez shoes said...

Love those desktops - thanks for the link!

Veronique said...

I'm a little tired and being cooped up all the time too! Thanks for all the links.
Maybe I shouldn't point this out, but I never took the comps in grad school. In my second year, I was in the process of transferring to a school that didn't have them, but I was still a student at my first school, which meant... I got to witness first hand the stress my class mates had to go through. Yeah, they hated me!

Chris said...

This post reads a bit like procrastination. ;)

anne said...

"ABR" is such a delightfully academic-geek thing to say. Nice.

Moe said...

Comps. Blech. Remembering them makes me nauseous. I wasn't even given a reading list.

molly! said...

Good links. I especially like the desktop backgrounds. Thanks!

Stacey said...

what a great collection of links! the vest looks really great - i printed out that pattern, and while i'm not a vest person, they are growing on me!

love the wallpaper! i may have to use some of that!

it's snowing here AGAIN today - another 10" expected. yay.

little red said...

Found your blog awhile ago and thought I'd say hi. Thanks to you, I found Kelly McCaleb's baby quilt kit (which I'm starting today). Now these great desktop backgrounds and the granny square scarf (adorable) -- thank you!

Robin said...

Hang in there - Spring is on its way (really!). Of course, I am sitting in Victoria and saying that (sorry!). Keep at that reading.

djb said...

Potholes? Try Delhi on for size, missy!