late to the (crochet school) party

Thanks to a helpful post on the LSG group over on Ravelry, I’m going to take the plunge this summer and actually learn to crochet.

Crochet School is the brilliant product of the craftyminx.  I may actually learn more than the absolutely rudimentary skills I remember my Nanna showing me a very, very long time ago.  I recently had to crochet an edging around this hat:

Thorpe hat in Brown colours

I had absolutely no clue how to do it, but with the help of the interwebs, and this helpful video from Hooked on Needles, I figured it out.  It made me slightly ashamed that I had been ignoring crochet as an option for so long and prompted me to think about what I could do to change that.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to work through all the lessons this summer.  Who knows what I might be inspired to make?

priorities

Well, they certainly did change a bit in the last few months to a year.  I started a new job, Mr. Booties started a new job, child #1 started a new job and moved, and child #2 quit a job and had some other “learning to be an adult” adventures.

Blogging and knitting definitely suffered as a result.

As far as knitting for this year … I had some grand plans.  Suffice it to say that I’ve scaled those back to manageable levels.  A few baby gifts, a few small things for myself (maybe a cardigan or two) and some gifts for friends in Australia where we’re headed in August for two weeks.  I’ll post separately with an update on projects finished, underway, and planned.

The design front came to a grinding halt too.  Plans for mitts, socks, and some new booties are all on hold.  Hopefully, I’ll have time to work on those through the winter.  I am planning a quick and easy sport-weight scarf to keep me occupied while we’re in Australia.  We’ll see.

Work was wonderful – a very rewarding first year.  The very busy second half of the year was made even busier by the decision to renovate the entire first floor of the library building this summer.  Quite a few projects I had planned were put on the back-burner due to the need to pack, weed, and redistribute furniture in the last month or so of the school year.  I’m looking forward, this summer, to working on some of those projects and to getting workflows and procedures figured out for them.  I do hope next year is a little more settled, but with a newly renovated space, another new librarian coming on board, and my review/evaluation in the fall it will probably just be a different kind of chaos. ;)

work stuff

This is the box with the most pressing stuff in it, packed from my office (which is being demolished) at the end of the year.  The big binder is my new “keep it all in one place” to-do/action list and I hope to get some of the peskier little messes out of the way this summer.

 

End of "summer" update

In Vino Wisteria is underway and I’m loving it! (well, apart from a few tense moments when I screwed up the count on the chart and had to tink back through some complicated cabling).  The Dream in Color Classy is a delight to knit with, although not quite as soft as I expected.  The swatch did seem smooshier after washing and blocking, so we’ll see.  I’d hate to end up with a t-neck that I can’t wear because it’s itchy.

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I finished the hearts booties finally – all they needed was seaming, stuffing and tying.  I did have an epiphany while I was sewing the seam for these.  Finally a great use for all the ends that live in the mason jar on the crate that sits next to the couch where I knit … stuffing for booties!

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I started another pair of socks.  Need them to knit in the car on the way to and from NYC.  I’d rather be working right from a pattern than figuring it out as I go along (as is the case with the yet unfinished CMU toe-ups).  Just the toe of one done so far, but that’s plenty to get me off to a running start (anyone see that episode of Mythbusters?) in the car.

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Oh yes.  The architect, in a move totally out of character, has determined that we’re going to a party next weekend.  A dress-up party.  Admittedly, the theme is not too scary to contemplate (Woodstock), but turning two middle-aged people with really short hair into hippies is a bit of a stretch.  So, in the meantime, I need to knit myself a belt and a headband for him.  I have two balls of Lion Brand Suede which should do the trick, one in purple and one in dark brown.  I scored a fairly cheap “tie-dye” skirt at TJMaxx a couple of weeks ago (that I actually like and can wear to work), and a too big white cotton “peasant” blouse which will look okay with a belt over it.  I also scored a truly hideous linen pullover shirt for the architect to wear loose over old jeans.  I need to borrow a pair of the girl’s crappy plastic flip-flops to complete the look.

Pictures may follow.

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!

the summer that wasn't

Given the time remaining in the summer semester (and the work still remaining to be done) and my current “sandwich generation” difficulties, I’ve decided to treat the next 2 and a half weeks as a “grad school marathon.”

Given my predilection for organizing rather than reading and writing, this should come as no surprise:
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Don’t all the little coloured tags look pretty?

After the complete write-off that was the weekend (and I mean that literally in the case of yet another car) some progress has been made though. I now have a good workable outline for my final paper for LS 531 on the future of cataloging in academic libraries. I just need to read, take notes, and write the thing – piece of cake, lol! The methodology and data analysis plan paper for LS 502 is my bête noire. It will get written because it must, but it’s not going to be pretty. I must plan some judicious knitting and yoga breaks to save my sanity.

Getting underway

with some summer knitting to-dos from my list:

  • Publish free patterns on Ravelry
  • Reverse engineer the bumblebee booties
  • Get some patterns up for sale on Ravelry and etsy
  • Learn to do toe-up socks
  • Clean up some of the hibernating wips

I can pace myself and tackle one of these each week, or I can go nuts and try to do them all at once.  Hmmmm … what to do?
;)