Friday, April 28, 2006

Paper Marthon Weekend...

Well I have put it off long enough. Since my paper is due Monday I have to pull a weekend marthon... here are my supplies... spectrum in my studies click for a better look... Talk to you after my marthon weekend...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Challenges...

With the end of April and the beginning of May rapidly approaching I find myself faced with many challenges... 1. Stay alert in class-- it is incredibly difficult to pay attention in class, especially with the knowledge that next week is the last week! 2. Do my final reading for class-- I have to admit I have been severely lacking on reading for class, so I sit quietly which does not help with my paying attention challenge. 3. Finish my 30 pages of writing -- I have... well research but as of yet no writing! What have I been doing you ask... well a little crafting (very little) and I have actually spent a lot of time on the elliptical lately, which is not bad, but it does not get those papers done. I have been so lazy this semester! 4. Whiplash-- I stumbled onto this the other day when I was ...researching... It sounds like fun. 5. Pincushion Challenge -- Found this at Whipup , would you believe I do not own a pincushion, I (dangerously) keep all my pins and needles in a small plastic box (it came with safety pins I bought many moons ago). I love the idea and it would be neat to have a fruity pincushion. 6. KTC Blanket-- Okay this is not really a challenge but more of a distraction. I am having a blast putting this together. 7. Reducing my WIPs-- I have four WIPs in progress, I know that is not much, but I seem to be having some serious finishing issues in April...papers, crafts, books nothing seems to get finished, I blame it on Spring :)! So with all these challenges, I guess I better get to work!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Destashing...

All Pictures in this post are clickable... I should be working on my papers right now, but instead I took pictures of my stash and I am blogging... okay that aside... I cleaned out so much of my stash during the stash along (I survived 13 weeks) but look.... inside the yarn closet It's back!! Well with the exception of... Recent Additions these it was all there before. So here is a closer look at everything... The Sock Yarn... Sock Yarn Stash It looks like I have at least 13 pairs of socks right here! The medium and large yarn balls... The medium to large yarn balls Leftovers, what can I say... The yarn Stephanie sent for WTW... Second shelf stash The yarn I am not sure what to do with... Thrid shelf stash The Blanket Yarn... fourth shelf Yet more leftovers... small yarn balls Crafty books... crafty books This one... was sent to me recently from Kathy! Thanks Kathy... Thanks Kathy! Okay that a what seems to be a millon books live in the little place I like to call my room. I think I have Spring fever because I actually feel like cleaning, either that or I really do not want to write my papers. Anyway I plan on, after classes finish, going through my millon books and making to piles, those to keep and those to find better homes for, I simply do not have anymore room on my shelves and I still have three semesters left in which you know I will have to buy a ton more books. So coming soon... probably Mayish... a list of books that are up for grabs. Well back to work...

Monday, April 17, 2006

DONE!

I just got home from class and my Robbe-Grillet presentation is over! I think it went really well, it was only supposed to be 40 minutes max and it ran about an hour and a half... who knew I was such a blabber mouth! Now all I have is two papers left! In addition to having my presentation finished I also finished my blue tote....

Blue Tote

Inside the blue tote Blue Tote Fabric Up Close
My second hand sewn tote this year. I finished it today just before class so it carried my books. I added a pocket to hold pens (so I do not have to look through the bottom for one) and a little velcro. I think it came out pretty great although I would have liked to make it wider. Here are some project stats... Project: Sock Project Tote Tools: a needle and some thread and a little fabric Pattern: none Start Date: April 7, 2006 Finish Date: April 17, 2006 For: Me Related Alongs: Sew I Knit and Tote Along

Another project I have worked on has been my mile-a-minute blanket. It is not finished but it is closer....

Mile-a Minute

Now on to my circular socks and my six sense socks... oh and those pesky papers... Oh wait I almost forgot thanks so much to all the emails and comments wishing me a happy birthday! You all are wonderful people. I had a great day!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Could not stay away...

I just could not stay away from my blog. I needed a break today so I thought I would spend a little time and update my blog. So I am alive and I am actually making pretty good progress on my presentation on Robbe-Grillet and I got an extension on my about 15 page on Mr. Robbe-Grillet and my other paper on the Burton novel is due May 15th so I figured I could use a little break. First off if you have not been over to crafted poetry head on over they are having a great discussion on Goblin Market. Second KTC has started Moll Flanders and project ideas are flowing. Check out the prize from Stephanie for the best Moll project. In addition to Moll people have been sending in some fantastic squares for the KTC blanket. Check out the the album to see the great contributions. Now all about me.... I finished my Tap socks, I do not remember when I finished them but here they are fini... Tap Socks Fini Here are some stats... Project: Tap Crochet Socks Tools: D hook Yarn: 1 ball Knit Picks "Dancing" in the color "Tap" Pattern: None, but it is a mixture of single crochet and half double Start Date: April 1, 2006 Finish Date: sometime before April 11??? For: Me Related Alongs: Project Spectrum March and Sock a Month . My current project that I am paying attention to on break times is... Sock tote in progress My sock project tote. I haven't gotten that far but I do not doubt I will finish it before April ends. I also received some tea from Paula... A cup of tea not only did she send me some tea to brew up now and drink (all gone now Paula :)) she also sent me some to plant! Thanks so much Paula, I cannot wait to give it a try. It is an exciting time of the year in my household because April 13 (Thursday!) is my birthday!!! I will be 28 years old. Here are some of things that I have gotten so far in the mail... Birthday Books My family (mom, dad, two sisters, brother, and two small pups) sent me a Barnes and Noble gift card. Thanks guys!! I also have gotten a couple of cards (these are the only ones I can find right now... the house is covered in books and papers...I have a system, its called messy)... A couple of cards Well that is all that is going on in my life right now, back to work...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

It is that time of year again...

...when classes kick my butt! I cannot believe it but I only have 3 classes left in my second semester!!! And with only three classes left I have everything due. I have exactly 2 weeks to get a 15 page paper, 8 page handout and presentation on Alain Robbe-Grillet's novella Jealousy (it is really good by the way). Which means I have exactly 2 weeks to read a mountain of books (I think I have 15 sources to go through...yikes!). In addition to Mr. Robbe-Grillet I have 3 weeks to prepare a 15-20 page paper on the Burton novel Who Would Have Thought It? in addition to an 8 page annotated bibliography (another 15 sources to go through). Now like I always have done, I am afraid I piled on too many things in to short of time, so this may be one of one of my last posts until later (way later this month). I will try to pop in every now and then but I doubt it will happen. KTC and Crafted Poetry people...I apologize immensely for my lack of presence after this point. In order to keep my sanity over the next couple of weeks I will of course be knitting behind the scenes, just not quite as many projects as I would like.... Remember my tap socks... One and lonely Poor, poor little lonely sock. So comfy, so cheery and so very alone. One of my sanity projects during the next 3 weeks will be to make the other Tap sock, it is at this point a ball of yarn. I am loving the top of this sock... Top Tap It is a messy double crochet but it looks so pretty, and it makes it strecthy at the top, very nice for pulling on. My second sanity project the next couple of weeks will be my Cirque-du-Socks... Cirque-du-Socks Yarn This is the yarn Alice gifted me in the Romance Swap at KTC in February and the addi turbo needles. Thanks again Alice! I am going to try a toe up basic sock, no pattern in mind but when I need to know techniques I will head over to the toe up tutorial. My third "keeping Amanda sane" project will be my sock project bag for the Sew I Knit SAL using this fabric... Sock Bag Fabric So when I come back later this month I should have some FOs to share. See you all in about 3 weeks...

Monday, April 03, 2006

This week in reading...

Watt Watt Watt by Samuel Beckett is a weird and frustrating novel. To sit here and try to relay some sort of plot to your would be fruitless. The best way to describe this novel is permutational. If you can imagine what mathematical equations would read like if put into fiction then you know all about Watt. It is weird and hard to explain and frustrating as heck sometimes to get through, but it is funny. There is a scene in the novel when Sam (our narrator) tells us of a story that Watt told him about a man who was bitten on the leg then was pooped on by a bird. It is such a simple scene and yet the way Beckett wrote it, it is so darn funny. Do I recommend it? Yes but make sure you have plenty of time and you are not quick to frustration, it is complicated, simple, frustrating and enjoyable. Three Novels: Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable Three Novels: Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett has been said to be “the death of literature.” Nothing whatsoever really happens in this novel (one of the Three Novels, I was only assigned to read The Unnamable but I do think I will have to read the other two novels perhaps this summer). This novel is truly trying to be a self conscious novel. Do you ever think about the limits of language? Do you ever worry about the things that you cannot see with your eye, those just outside the frame of your eyesight? Do you ever wonder what a story that did nothing but concentrate on those questions especially the limits of language would look like when it was written...I give the unnamable. Mayham thinks about how to name the unnamable, actually he is forced to try and merge with the unnamable that lives in the silence. Do I recommend it? Yes, but again I warn you make sure you have plenty of time and patience, although it is not as frustrating as Watt.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

April Showers bring May Socks...

I am in the sock mood! The snow is melting, temperatures are rising (we actually hit 50 degrees here yesterday) and I feel like having some cool ankle socks. Dancing yarn here I come... Tap socks in progress Currently I am almost done with one ankle sock in the color Tap second sock might be done later today. Single Dancing Yarn And to help all those single balls of Dancing yarn stop feeling jealous that they are not socks yet I have decided to make them into socks too. At the rate I am going they may just be done in April! In addition to all my crochet ankle socks I am going to try out the Cirque-du-Socks KAL. The idea is to challenge yourself knitting socks on circulars. Since I have never knitted socks on one long circular I am going to give it a go. And of course as soon as my newest Knit Picks shipment arrives I will start my Six Sense Socks. But April is not all socks... Mile a Minute Here are my two strips out of ten done for my Mile a Minute Baby Blanket. It sort of looks like Thanksgiving. I am hoping to have this done in April too in addition to getting some more squares done for the KTC blanket so I can start putting it together next month and donate it to Warm the World. And back on the sock for a brain front I am going to make my Sock Project Bag for the Sew I Knit SAL. Well sock you later...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Socks in April...

Dancing April will be a good month for Socks! First off I loved making my two day crochet Ballet socks so I want to take my Tap yarn and make another. And in addition I am taking on a challenge this month with the Six Sox Along. The beautiful sock for April/May is called Six Sense. Since the Stash along is officially over (thanks so much to Kim) I headed over to Knit Picks this morning and purchased some yarn. One of my purchases was Sock Garden in the color Zinnia which I think I will use for my Six Sense Socks. That and my other selections should be in in about two weeks. I am so excited to get started. This weekend is reading weekend. I almost forgot that school starts up again on Monday and I have two novels to read for Monday and some poems to read for Wednesday. Happy National Poetry Month by the way! If you would like to discuss some poetry head on over to the first discussion of Crafted Poetry. Anyway I will be reading Watt and The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett, who was featured in the April/May Pages. I have started Watt already and it is definitely something interesting to read. Since I completely spaced out writing about the books I read in March I will try to write about them as I read, mainly it helps me sort out the story and helps me decide how I feel about the novel. On the current project front...I have two strips done on my Sunshine Blanket and it does not look like I will finish it tomorrow since I will not be working on it today and most likely tomorrow because it is reading weekend. But it is already looking very neat, I think it will come out great. Well that is all for now...off to read Happy April everyone...