Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Back from the dead! Only, you know, not dead.

Stuff has happened since I last posted an entry here. Lots of stuff.

I'm now an Event Coordinator for the biggest craft store chain in the country. It's a busy job and something entirely new to me, so I'm not sure I'd say I'm actually settled in yet, but I'm getting there. While I may feel like I'm lost most of the time, everyone else seems to think I'm doing a fabulous job. Either way, I like it. I'm also still teaching knitting, and as of the end of this month, taking over the OneStroke classes. Which should be interesting, since I know squat about OneStroke.

School is going well, although that may change if I don't get started on the two research papers that are due in May. I think I'm looking at roughly another two years at the U, but I won't know for sure until I see an advisor.

Little Sister is getting bad grades again, and no matter how much I fight with our mother, I can't get her to impose any kind of punishment on the kid. I'm on the verge of beating my head against the wall. Or maybe somebody else's head...

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion may be the most addictive game ever.

Speaking of games, big Halo news! No, they haven't announced Halo 3 yet. First, Volume 2 of the soundtrack comes out on the 25th! click here to hear ten seconds of the most beautiful, haunting, stirring music ever to fall on human ears.
Second, the Halo Graphic Novel is due in stores in July. Yes! Halo Graphic Novel! Squeee! Some of it looks, well, lame, but for the most part it looks awesome.
Third, Eric Nylund is putting out another Halo novel, tentatively titled Ghosts of Coral. I'm sure it will be as delicious as Halo and Halo: First Strike.
And, of course, there's the movie. I'm hopeful.

And of course, let's not forget knitting. I get a lot less knitting done on my new schedule, which makes me sad. Right now, I've got a few things on the needles: the neverending scarf, MaryElla, and some wire-and-bead bracelets knit on sharpened chopsticks. The bracelets are a request from a coworker, who runs a clothing and accessories shop on the side. She wants to sell the bracelets on consignment!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Just to prove I still exist...

I am in a desperate search for the perfect cabled cardigan. So far, I haven't found one I like. I'm not even sure what I'm looking for. But if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all for it.

Now I must go to bed. School and work are taking their toll on my poor respiratory-infected self.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Back by popular demand!

I'm sorry I've been gone so long. I've really missed reading all of you. I have just been so busy, and when I am home I'm usually...well...sleeping :/

I've been cashiering at a local craft store - why didn't I get this job three years ago? It's fun, it's interesting, I get to talk crafts all day, and I get 25% off yarn! Plus, dealing with people face-to-face all day has done a lot to 'bring me out of my shell' so to speak. I'm still shy, but now I have an easier time talking to people. It's a good thing, too, because on the 12th I'm teaching my first knitting class! That's right, yours truly is the new knitting instructor.I could say "I'm so excited!" but that would be an understatement. Of course, I'm nervous, too, but I can live with that.

School is going well. I have my finals next week. I did a group presentation in my Organized Crime class and all I really have to say is that I'm glad it's over. My schedule for the Spring could be better since they cancelled my online class, but work has gotten me accustomed to getting up early, so I'll live through my 8 AM class.

BF is doing alright. His docter decided against the 'miracle drug' we were all hoping for in favor of something slower-working, but safer in the long term. He's definitely getting better, but you know how it goes, the road to recovery is a long one.

I can't really talk about knitting, except to say that I suck, Christmas snuck up on me, and I think I may end up sending out some Groundhog Day presents.

Mom and Little Sister picked me up after work yesterday and we went and bought a Christmas tree. We strung the lights and hung the glass balls before we wimped out and went to bed. I'm not sure when we're going to hang the rest of the ornaments, but once we do I'm going to post a picture.

Speaking of pictures, Sister and I both got glasses.

Well, I'm off to get ready for work. Hopefully when school lets out I'll have time to catch up, because I miss you all terribly.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

20 Things

I've been tagged! I decided to split my list into two parts: ten non-knitting things and ten knitting things. So, Twenty Things About Me:

1. I'm terrible about procrastinating. Take right now for example - I have two hours to do my homework and eat lunch before I have to get ready for work, yet here I am.
2. I suck at dressing like a girl. I'm no good at matching, and if I wear anything more exciting than jeans and a shirt, I have to enlist help in choosing shoes. I bought an adorable pair of flats over a year ago and I still haven't worn them.
3. In high school I wore virtually nothing but black. It was much easier that way.
4. For years, I considered majoring in English Lit, even after I started my Criminal Justice & Criminology program. Ironically enough, it was an English Lit teacher who showed me that CJ is definitely right for me.
5. I can't imagine living without at least one cat and a pair of gerbils.
6. In the first half of my life, I lived in 20 different homes in 7 states and attended 13 different schools. Of all the places for my parents to settle down, they chose the one place I hated - the desert.
7. After spending half my life here, I'm kind of attached to it, although I miss snow and I hate the heat.
8. I suffer from a fear of commitment, not in relationships but in everything else. It often takes me weeks to respond to an email because I have to draft, edit, re-edit, re-re-edit, and so on. I agonize over getting a haircut. I can't write my novel because I'm too afraid that putting words on paper will have irrevocable consequences.
9. If I'm not married by then, I may join the Navy with my sister when she finishes school.
10. I don't want children, but I consider myself very nurturing. I hate seeing people unwell or unhappy and I do what I can to help.
11. Knitting saved me from smoking. I smoked my last cigarette June 5th, 2004.
12. I tried to learn to knit when I was 15 but I failed miserably.
13. I think I was destined to knit: a couple months after we moved into our house, while we were still unpacking, I hurt my knee pretty badly and was laid up in bed for a week. Since I've read every book in the house, my only salvation from boredom was my recently unpacked knitting stuff.
14. My first knitting supplies was a set of size 9, 14-inch Boye aluminum needles and a skein of black Red Heart.
15. I still have those needles - all of my straights are 14 inches and most of them are aluminum.
16. Most of my knitting projects have been fairly small, because I'm a broke college student and can't often afford a sweater's worth of yarn.
17. I'm not a yarn snob but I think I'm in danger of becoming one. All my felting has given me a taste for wool.
18. I don't mind working with acrylic, maybe because that's how I got started.
19. I think felting has been good therapy for my fear of commitment.
20. For every one project I finish, I find 10 more I want to start.

Stay tuned, because the first chance I get, there will be pictures, and talk about my new job!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Yarn discount, here I come!

Sorry I haven't posted in so long, BF has been in the hospital. He's out now and doing better.
I have applications in to two craft stores for seasonal work, and I'm going down to one of them (my first choice) tomorrow to check in. Cross your fingers for me!
I'm on the foot of my second Pippi Kneesock - expect pictures soon! I need to go through everyone's closet, because I've decided that the socks will look best with a knee-length denim skirt.
Anybody know what to sub for a wool/silk blend? There's an adorable cabled cardi in FCEK, but no way can I afford the Merino et Soie the pattern used. I may skip this one, which is considered intermediate, for the advanced cardi, because I can sub Lamb's Pride for the Bullfrogs and Butterflies.
I got my copy of "Pursenalities" last week and I'm glad I ordered it! There are so many cute patterns, and way more variety than "25 Bags to Knit". If I could come up with some spare cash, I'd snag the new issue of Knit It! BF's mom showed me her copy and there's a really cute sweater in there, along with a couple pillows.
Oh, if anyone has some tips on what to do with a few hundred yards of bulky wool, I'm all ears. I want to make something for BF's sister, but her mom is making her a purse, so that's out.

Monday, October 17, 2005

It was a good weekend for knitting.

I found my lost needle! Actually, BF's father did. It was under the couch, at the opposite end from where I usually sit, so I didn't even look there.
I finished my first kneesock! I finished the knitting on Friday and wove in all the ends on Saturday. I have yet to start sock #2 - Sunday I spend the whole day wrestling with tangled yarn and playing Splinter Cell.
BF's mom bought me a copy of FCEK! She always lets me flip through her mags, and I said on Friday that I would have to get this issue because of the cabled cardis...well, I guess she beat me to it!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Noooo! It's lost!


I lost a knitting needle.

I'm almost to the toe of my Pippi Kneestocking from S'n'B, and now I'm down to three DPNs. Dammit.

I borrowed one from BF's mom but returned it before I left, assuring her that I'd find mine at home. Not so. I'm really hoping it's somewhere at his house.