a cunning plan

felted tote bag

I have finally figured out what to do with the lovely but incredibly unwieldy (and therefore impractical) felted tote.  I’m repurposing it into 3 separate projects: 2 gps cases (the ungrateful one and I both got one for Christmas) and a laptop tote.  The laptop tote might be put on hold for a little while until I see whether I’m going to continue with my existing laptop or (hopefully) transition to a netbook when I get a “real” job.

It’s nice to finally be doing something with this behemoth.  It looks lovely and I think with some imagination (and some luck!) I’ll be able to make it into several useful and good-looking items. :)

So … I bravely started cutting …

… then (after refreshing my doing blanket stitch around a corner skills – thanks internet and futuregirl!) I pinned and started sewing …

gps bag… blanket-stitch attached and edged an extra strip to make a closure …

gps bag… dug out the button box and found the perfect button…

and voila!

gps bag

Almost instant birthday present for the ungrateful one. :)

no-one to blame but myself

I can’t even blame javascript this time. :(

The following post was written in early December, and somehow, while I was waiting to take some pics to post, I lost track of it …

Take yourself back in time to December 6th …

What a bother grad school is sometimes ;)  Just when I have all this gift knitting to do I have these final projects to work on.  Juggling the two is going to be interesting.

My cataloging final is partially done.  I’ve created all the records for the items in Connexion browser, but I really need to check them over with a fine-toothed comb for errors and to see if any of them are missing anything.  My final project for Web Development is coming along swimmingly.  Knit one, find one (a knitting pathfinder) just needs some minor JavaScript tweaking - I love the way I say that in such a blasé fashion. ;)  I’m looking forward to moving it to a permanent home at the Handknit Librarian site and making some minor changes to it (some of the effects were really just for the class and might come out).  Eventually, this blog will migrate there as well.  I’m hoping to cover booties, blog, pathfinder, portfolio, etc. – all linked off the main page.

Despite all this, some knitting progress has been made.  Vivian is proceeding well.  Still not sure if I’ll get it finished in time, but there is hope.

One pair of fetchings is done:

And another pair of mitts is underway:

One hat is also done:

And several others are queued up.  I just need a little bit more yarn for those – story of my life, hah!

The Wavy Wimple has been started and will be quick work if I can ever get to it!

In non-Christmas knitting, the flower power hat is done and the booties are underway.  These are a gift for Mandy from my Bama cohort.  I thought the baby wasn’t due until the end of the month, but I found out last week that she’s having a C-section on the 14th.  Should have the booties done by tonight or tomorrow and get it all in the mail this week :)

The tuxedo booties, after languishing on the needles on the needles for a while, are done but not seamed.  Still, they’re done enough to have finished the rewrite of the pattern and that’s posted for sale on Ravelry.

The French flag booties are done and are très cute:

Fall semester really underway

Well, I finally feel like I’ve established some kind of routine for this semester.  The juxtaposition of an asynchronous class with what is now the norm for me of the synchronous classes at UA has been a little bit jarring.  Add to the mix another totally different organizational style from a professor and it’s been an unsettling couple of weeks.

Oh, and let me just say that (virtual, distance) group work is even more interesting when you *really* don’t know your other group members at all and you don’t have an online meeting space with audio in which to get together.  Group work for the Mizzou class is done (so far) entirely by using the discussion tool.  Very difficult.

I think the two classes do share some similarities, though.  For both, the amount of effort put in will really affect how much is learned.  Also, they both require fairly extensive application of time management strategies.

Time to dive back in to Dreamweaver and CSS.  Next up, OCLC Connexion …

The boy appears to be well settled into life at UConn after a week on campus.  See the fan in the window up on the top floor?  That’s where he’s not spending much time at all ;)

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Halfway to an MLIS

(pending final grades, of course), and there were times this semester when I didn’t think I would make it.  I’m really not sure how some of the others in my cohort managed to do two classes and work full-time – I would have been dead by now.  I’m so fortunate to have summer off work so that I could focus on those two remaining required classes.

So, it’s on to electives in the Fall!  I’ll be taking LS 506 – Cat & Class, and IS_LT 7370 – Intermediate Web Development (this one through the University of Missouri’s online program, MU Direct).  I’m really looking forward to experiencing the difference between synchronous classes (UA) and asynchronous (MUDirect).  I’ve never done an asynchronous one before so it will be interesting to see what kind of additional time management skills I’ll need to apply.

I have (an enormous pile of) textbooks, shiny new binders, and a vaguely tidy desk (once I remove the swift and ball winder).

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I can now relax for two weeks, get caught up on some knitting, and figure out what else the boy needs for his dorm room.

Such a relief to be halfway through the program – it’s downhill from here, I hope!