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Archive for February, 2013

Just because all this school stuff is getting boring

viola handspun

viola handspun closeup


This is some yarn I finally finished up last night.  How it came to be dyed is an interesting story.  I was dyeing a sock blank for the first time, and I had put waaaaaay too much dye on it.  It was going to turn into a mess if I tried to roll it up for steaming, so I grabbed this bundle of wool, plunked it in for a quick soak, and smooshed it onto the sock blank to mop up the excess dye.  Turned out beautiful.

The original sock blank had a zigzag of neon green going down the middle of the blank with red-purple and blue-purple in the alternating triangles.  The sock blank was a much deeper color that this fiber, but since I put the acid in with the dye, more of the pigment strikes on application, leaving fewer particles in the runoff, hence the lighter shades.

It’s a fingering weight three-ply yarn, about 700 yards.  No idea yet as to what it will become.

Second verse, same as the first

Guess what I need to do this week?  Yeah, I’m sure you can.

  • read for 660
  • post in 660
  • respond to two posts in 660
  • read for 682
  • post in 682
  • respond to two posts in 682

One new addition would be finishing off my Blackboard training.   All I have to do is record a student orientation.  Why I’m holding off on this is I have to listen to the sound of my own voice.  I don’t know how all of you who know me in real life take it.  ;)

I’ve finished a shawl, but I need to block it to really show it off.  Ugh, something else to do.  Even if it is knitting-related, it’s not the fun part.

The good news, as pointed out by one of my classmates, is that in exactly two months our courses will be done.  Wahoo!

I did walk two times this week, so that’s a very good thing.  Tonight, I even plied some yarn.

Good things are coming in the mail.  I will show them to you when they arrive.

Keep swimming, keep swimming . . .

I’m proud to report I did everything I said I would in the last post.  Go me!  Now, what else do I need to do?

  • read for 660
  • post in 660
  • respond to two posts in 660
  • read for 682
  • post in 682
  • respond to two posts in 682
  • prep four sections of my courses, whoops, make that five – I have another class starting Monday

Yeah, that’s way more than six items.

Back to the 2013 Plan for Personal Enrichment (that’s what I’m calling it today), I’ve read a chapter in a for-fun book, The Hangman’s Daughter, I walked two miles on Monday, and I’m still knitting on the stash sweater I started this month.  Oooh, I haven’t showed you that yet.

Angel yoke

It’s further along that that as I now have a sleeve complete.  I’m really pleased with the striping of the Mushishi yarn.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not going to gain a lot of ground on the 2013 Plan until I’m done with school.  And that’s okay.  I’ll work in what I can.

Still loving the Roku.  If you have Netflix and haven’t yet watched House of Cards, you really need to.


Taking Care of Business

Okay, let’s get caught up on everything that has been accomplished:

  • Directv given the boot – hello, Roku! (love, love, love the Roku)
  • rooms for our 2014 vacation booked
  • various course stuff lined out
  • more legal/estate stuff taken care of as it’s cropping up
  • stash yarn used
  • archived two years’ worth of courses in preparation for deletion

See, that’s just a list of five things, but there’s several things to most of those things (okay, the rooms were booked within three minutes, but I had agonized about it for weeks).

The good news is I’m at a point where I’m freaking out less about how much stuff I have to do in the courses I’m taking.  That could be false optimism, but I’m going with it.  The courses I’m teaching are starting to settle in to a good routine.  I’m still looking forward to being done with this semester.  My taking-courses are over April 30, not that I’m counting.  I’m such a bad academic because I should be rapturous that I’m getting the opportunity to gain all this new knowledge, but I’m also a tired academic.  Truthfully, I’m not sure there’s any other kind.

Knitting – when we last talked, I was working on a sweater.  That sweater is now done, plus a new one has been started along with a couple of socks, all with stash yarn.  However, I’ve not been entirely good.
Walk on the Moon Wollmeise
I could not resist. You had to buy yarn to get the pattern. Do you hear me? HAD TO.

Though you can see them in the Flickr stream over on the right, I’ll go ahead and post a picture of the socks I’m working on, just because they look rather Valentine-y.

Maeva foot

That’s Springtree Road Muscadine Sock in Bramble, one of the yarns from the Sock Clique I was a part of.  It’s awesome for showing off twisty stitches, and there are just a few of those in this sock, Maeva from Knitty.

Reading:  Yeah, no.  I’m reading books for classes, and that’s it.  I did get The Hangman’s Daughter as my Kindle Lending Library book for February and read the first chapter.  So, that’s something.

What’s up next on the list?  Instead of listing six items every day, I feel like I need to start a huge list on the weekend and cross stuff off as I get it done.  Still this weekend, I need to:

  • Do two response posts in 682
  • Do the next initial post in 682
  • Do second post in 660
  • Do four response posts in 660
  • Do Ramblin’s taxes
  • Gather all of my tax stuff for the CPA (working in one state, living in another, tuition, business income in some years, now part owner on the farm – oh heck yes, I’m having someone else do it)
  • Prep three sections of my teaching-courses for the coming week

And really, I don’t have to have my tax stuff gathered until I’m actually going to the CPA’s office, and that will hinge on when the rest of the family has their stuff to take over as well.  But that’s still plenty of things on the agenda.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with a Red Velvet Latte.

Red Velvet Latte