Thursday, 29 March 2007

The clarity red wine brings

Just got in from a rare evening out pup quizzing. Not quite wanting to go to bed yet, I decided to look back at the first sock pattern I tried to do, in an attempt to figure out where I went wrong.

I feel awfully stupid now. I finally figured out the reason I couldn't get the hang of the heel of this sock lies not so much in me not understanding the pattern, but in being daft enough to not realise sl1 was calling for me to "slip one" not "slip eleven". Poor pattern, I was cruel, got angry and frogged a sock all out of my own silliness. Oh dear.

In other news, today I got home to find a message asking me to attend an interview for a lab assistant job I applied for a few weeks back. Well, not so much an interview as a pre-interview chat, to see if I would be suitable for the position and thus worth interviewing. Either way, I'm still pleased! I've applied for over ten different positions so far, and this is this first of the lot so it is heartening that I should get such a response. Given that I am moving in with Scott and his family at the end of the month I am keen to find work and thus put myself to some use other than walking the adorable dog. The idea of not having anything to do scares me a little, if I'm honest. But I guess I'm just odd like that.

Monday, 26 March 2007

I'm spinning yarn!

Well, sort of. I've been slowly getting the hang of not getting in a complete mess and am thoroughly looking forward to practicing some more. I really am having great fun.

My first yarn!

The fibre is an ounce of lovely handpainted that came (along with another ounce and two ounces undyed) with the spindle kit. I'll admit at first I wasn't sure of the colours, but they've really grown on me and I like the way they've spun together. I've only got that little bit left now, which I plan to spin tonight, then onwards to washing etc. Gosh, this is exciting!

Over the weekend I started knitting a pair of Blueberry Waffle Socks for my mum to give to her when I go home for Easter. I surprised myself by knitting nearly a whole sock yet simultaneously annoyed myself by misjudging the amount of yarn I'd need for a pair. Bother.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Lookie, a finished object!

It may not the knitted kind, but since this beast has eaten up the last three month of my life I thought it worthy of a mention. Behold, my dissertation:

My dissertation

11,430 words on "An Assessment of the Validity of the Orange Prize for Fiction" printed this morning on what must have been an entire tree, bound and submitted. Okay, so the maximum word count shouldn't have exceeded 10,000 plus 10%... yet given the fact that they were mean enough to make us included the abstract in this I feel justified in lying. After all, what are they going to do, count?

Feels fantastic to have it out the way. I might actually have time to do something other than eat, sleep and type now. To celebrate, I've just been very naughty given the miserable state of my bank balance and ordered myself some sock yarn and... spinning fibre!

My drop spindle arrived safe and well on Saturday. So far I'm having great fun, though given the above I've not been able to play for long periods yet. My first yarn is very overspun and wobbly thus far, but I think I'm vaguely getting the hang of it. Between spinning, drinking tea and curling up with a book, I think I've pretty much got tomorrow sorted :)

Saturday, 10 March 2007

No spinning for me!

Oh bugger! Looks like my drop spindle kit arrived while I was away. Or tried to. Now I have to wait until next Saturday to get in redelivered. Even more frustrating, the "sorry, you were out card" is dated and timed only about half an hour after Scott and I left for the train station. Part of me wants to say it's just as well, since I'd only have ended up distracted by my new toy while I was meant to be working on my disseratation, but mostly I'm just peeved. Laura wants her spindle, damn it!

[Edit: it's here, it's here! Wonderful fibre-y joy.]

But anyway, I had a lovely time at Scott's last week, so I really shouldn't moan. It seems very strange being back all alone in my little student room now. I'm still (slowly) working on the first of the socks for my lovely, but have decided to rip out the heel flap since I wasn't paying it much attention and it's gone all wobbly. I guess that's what you get for knitting while watching Celebrity Fame Academy.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

L&V swap goodness

Better late than never, I thought I'd post my Lime & Violet Pr0n Exchange survey answers. Goodness, but I'm excited about this. Laura's first swap! Anyway:

1. What kind of fibers do you prefer?
Natural fibres, mostly wool... baa!

2. What kind of weight do you prefer (sock, worsted, bulky)?
Sock yarn is awesome! I knit a lot of worsted and DK too, though.

3. Do you spin?
Not yet, though I just ordered a drop spindle so hope to get started very soon. This is possibly one of the most exciting things that has happened to me recently. Well, that and getting engaged.

4. Do you crochet?
A little, though I’m even worse at crochet than I am at knitting. My first crochet scarf was very wobbly.

5. Are there any books, patterns, magazines would you like to own that you don't?
Not that I can think of… I get most of my patterns online at the moment.

6. Are you participating in any themed a-longs like the Project Spectrum?
I’ve signed up for Socktopia but have been so bogged down with essays since the new year I haven’t been able to participate much which makes me very sad.

7. Do you have a wishlist on or
Amazon, here.

8. Any Etsy stores that you would love to get something from?
Oooh, Etsy! My favourite sellers include mainewoodsyarn, copperpot and smokymountainfibers.

9. What other crafty things are you involved in (quilting, drawing, painting)?
Letter writing, card making, stamping.

10. What is your favorite sort of scent?
Herbal scents, nothing too sweet.

11. Do you have a sweet tooth and what kind of sweets do you like best?
Chocolate! (though not Nestle) Orange and mint flavours are my favourite.

12. What kind of music do you like?
Alternative, folk-punk, the more ambient side of gothic, classical, choral singing (I’m a bit of a choir freak).

13. What do you like to knit? And for whom?
Just starting out as a sock knitter and loving it so far. I also like knitting mitts, scarves and other small projects, mostly for myself and friends and family.

14. What sort of things do you like to collect?
Stationery, rubber stamps, the odd zine, feminist books, tatty paperback classics.

15. Do you want needles? And what kind do you prefer?
My needle collection is very eclectic, mostly pairs I’ve picked up secondhand. I like knitting needles giving them a welcome home.