Archive for September, 2008

Catch-up

I keep waiting for the inevitable low that follows the high of being finished my masters, but so far it hasn’t hit. I’m still deliriously happy. The happy, however, is in danger of wearing off when my bank account is completely emptied (and that day is approaching at a worrying speed) and I still lack any sort of, um… career. But the fact that there are approximately zero jobs to be had here in my chosen field makes the job search kind of depressing. So for the last little while I have been burying my head in the sand and treating myself to the twin pleasures of knitting and copious amounts of movie-watching. Such happy bedfellows, both!

Though I don’t have much to show yet, I thought a quick run-through of what I’ve been working on was in order because lately I keep forgetting to blog things until they’re finished. Or to blog at all, really, but let’s gloss over that for the moment, ‘kay? So I shall now dazzle you with a fashion show of current WIPs, plus one (alarmingly dull) finished knit.

Stripes

This yarn has gone through at least three previous sock incarnations, all disappointingly ripped before they got very far. But after some tips from Elin this one is coming along much better, and I’m halfway through the second sock.

Cables

More sock action here in the form of the Cozy Cables socks. Love this pattern oh so much. The first sock is done, and patiently awaiting its mate. Soon, soon, my pretty.

Next up is a cardigan which is modelled on Parikha’s beautiful cardiganized hourglass, but I’m just making up my version as I go since I don’t have the pattern and figured I didn’t need it. We’ll see about that…

Is this half...

And lastly, in a rare act of knitterly altruism (or last-minute desperation, if we’re being honest) I knit something for someone else: gloves for my Dad for his birthday. I knit him a hat too, but ran out of yarn just before the end so I’ll photograph it once it’s fixed and finished.

Dad's gloves

(Kindly ignore how ridiculous they look on me – they were made for much larger, Dad-sized hands.)

The pattern for these is Ken from Berroco, and the yarn is Rowan Cocoon, which is exceptionally warm and snug. They’re fairly boring gloves (what with the plain grey and all) but my dad adores them, so I reckon they’ve served their purpose.

Now though, I feel a baking urge hitting me so I’m off to trawl through some recipe books. Happy weekend everyone!

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The calm *after* the storm

Hi! I’m back. Kind of. Back, but my head is still a bit out of it. Seems writing my thesis pretty much destroyed my ability to think any other thoughts, so I’m still waiting for that to come back. Also? Writing 20,000 words is a lot of words. And when you finish it leaves you not wanting to write anything else. Which includes blogging. But – it’s FINISHED!!! The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is done. So done. So happy. I handed it all in last Monday and since then there’s been lots of sleeping, lounging, drinking, eating, making merry, and general good, stress-free times. I had completely forgotten what those were. Eh… now to anxiously await my results… Oh, and get a new life plan. Any ideas? I’m open to anything. I just love entering the workforce when all anyone’s talking about is recession recession recession. Cheery times.

But enough of my whining, there’s knitting to share!

Scaly

Scaly

After spending the whole month of august as an insomniac monster, I’m so looking forward to september being my month of indulgence. For the last three or so weeks of trying to finish the thesis-monster I would wake up multiple times a night with words racing through my head, trying to think of the perfect way to phrase whatever point I was making that day. If I had gotten to sleep at all, that is. Night after I handed it in? Slept like a baby, and every night since. It’s so good to be getting back to normal.

Scaly

Pattern: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream – 1 skein
Needles: 2.5mm, plus 2.00mm for the heels and toes

Raveled here. Full details are on the rav page.