Archive for August, 2009

Hit by a bus named ‘fall semester’

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2009 by needlefingers

Ooof.

And the bad part is – it’s hit both personally and professionally.

Professionally, I’ve never seen a fall semester like this.  I’ve been through eight fall registration seasons, and when they say more people are going back to school, particularly at community college – they aren’t just whistlin’ Dixie.  If we weren’t so far backed up with requests, we could probably have even more students enrolled.

Personally, this semester marks my last (Universe willing) as a grad student.  Yes, just a mere 50-page paper, completely designed course, and eight hours of comprehensive exams stand between me and my degree.  Tonight, it just dawned on me in order to have everything wrapped up in plenty of time, this should all be accomplished by early November.  That’s two months away.  The exams alone recommend spending 50-100 hours studying.  I haven’t done the maths to see if there’s even 50-100 hours left after work, sleep, travel, and completing the paper and course.  I imagine the answer would petrify me.

So, in light of all of this, what did I think would be a good idea?

Chaos topped with crazy, anyone?

Chaos topped with crazy, anyone?

Taking two computer classes.  Sure, why not?

And in other news, I had a very good mail day last Monday.

Fearless Fibers sock club shipment #1, plus another FF skein that needed to come along, and fiber received for my ASU swap

Fearless Fibers sock club shipment #1, plus another FF skein that needed to come along, and fiber received for my ASU swap

I tried out a Ratatouille recipe.

Note to self: next time, use bigger baking dish

Note to self: next time, use bigger baking dish

I spun some roving that wasn’t Parrots. (if you’ll recall from the last post, that bird is finally done)

ASU fiber in very non-Parroty colors

ASU fiber in very non-Parroty colors

I finished some socks.

Impressionist socks in CTH African Grey

Impressionist socks in CTH African Grey

And started some more.

Nebula in Juliespins Grapelicious

Nebula in Juliespins Grapelicious

And baked some Halloween cupcakes.  In August.  I’m getting a head start.  (PS – they’re being consumed now, I’m not making anyone wait until October)

'Tis the season, sez me

'Tis the season, sez me

So, I’m not entirely sure how the next few months will play out, trying to fit in work craziness, plus school craziness, plus fibery pursuits (because denying myself that will unleash a whole different brand of crazy), plus all the other necessary things of life.  I think it’s appropriate to end this post as it began.

Ooof.

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Since last we met

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 by needlefingers

Well, let’s see – what’s happened?

We went to the Dairy Dee. (We went again since this picture, but I decided not to record that one for posterity.)

Spoils from the Dairy Dee

Spoils from the Dairy Dee

I got some mystery fiber for a spin-a-long that was not quite my colors.  (And now that it’s already traded, I realize I should have spun it up and tempted Chris with it.  Shoot.  Avert your eyes, Chris, this is going to be painful for you.)

August spin-a-long fiber from All Spun Up (ASU)

August spin-a-long merino/silk/bamboo fiber from All Spun Up (ASU)

And the same time I joined the mystery spin-a-long, I bought some fiber that was my colors.

ASU merino/silk fiber

ASU merino/silk fiber

And then, just so I didn’t miss out on the ASU merino/silk/bamboo experience, I bought some of that in my colors.

Yup, thats more like it

Yup, that's more like it

Hmmm, I might have a fiber addiction.

We also gave Copper a bath.

You better sleep with one eye open!!!

"You better sleep with one eye open!!!"

And . . . . .

Last little bit

Last little bit

Last bobbin

Last bobbin

The Parrots roving is done!!!!!!  (You know, that probably deserved it’s own post.)

 plentiful piles of parroty polychromasia

plentiful piles of parroty polychromasia

Yes, I went to the thesaurus on that last one.

Now that it’s done, I’m back in love with it again.  It is a truly beautiful monstrous bunch of yarn.

And it looks like the wheel is empty just in time . . . .

I can’t help it. I love it.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2009 by needlefingers

And this is why Ramblin will never knit

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2009 by needlefingers

I ran out of yarn.

Not literally, like there’s no more in the house (never fear, that will never happen), but I ran out on a specific project.  I don’t know what I’m going to do about it, but stomping it is the only idea that sounds attractive right now, so I will have to delay judgment until a cooler head prevails.

It may stay in limbo forever.