Tuesday, August 2, 2016

time is swift

Somehow it's already August. I defended my dissertation, completed my Ph.D... how odd.

Things I'm working on: packing, cleaning, getting rid of the bulk of my possessions, spending time with friends and cats

Things I'm watching: for the first time I watched Space Jam, the Last Unicorn, and Pulp Fiction. Also caught Finding Dory and am up to Greg the Babysitter in Steven Universe season 3.

Things I'm reading: Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Ann Carson's Biography of Red.

Things I'm planning still: settling up at this house and settling in at the new house; what to knit

Things I'm knitting: I am just about finished with May's pair of socks. March's socks are still just singular. I ripped out the baby socks I started in June because frankly they were turning out pretty halloweeny and it wasn't what I'd intended. I started a shawl out of sock yarn in July and I've done my 5 hours on it. August's project is yet to begin.

Things I'm spinning: I just finished plying my witch's cauldron gradient with some lovely solid brown. Looks like a minimum of 1000 yards for 9.5 oz which is pretty nice. It's destined for a shawl (might be one of the Quaker ones). The wheel is resting but I will probably try to spin another project or two in the next couple of weeks anyway.

Things I'm worried about: um hmm. making sure I get all the details worked out for the move.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

bleh

house searching is hard.

writing and doing references is hard too

how sad will it be if I don't get the time to hit the beach AT ALL on this trip?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

early july update

what I'm reading: re-reads of my chapters. plus the intros and conclusions of about a thousand papers simultaneously

what I'm watching: I saw batman v superman on the plane on someone else's screen (it's really hard not to pay attention to what is on a screen). As far as I can tell the only redeemable quality of the movie is the presence of Wonder Woman. Can't wait for that movie to come out at some point.

what I'm knitting: I brought Nurmilintu with on the trip and I'm into the first lace section. I'll try a few more rows tonight before I pass out

what I'm happy about: The Darkness is getting better! at least all signs point in that direction. when they take him off IV fluids that may reverse, so fingers crossed

what I'm stressin' about: DISSERTATION. wrgrargagjgragagrabalrblr.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

quick update

currently knitting: second socks for May and March; Nurmilintu's first garter section. Just getting in rows here and there, not much overall

currently spinning: My Ladybug's developed a squeak but I managed to find a way to sit and treadle that doesn't do it regularly, so I've filled the first bobbin with brown-and-gradient 2 ply.

currently reading: NO
currently writing: SCIENCE
currently working: making a last batch of graphs (OH GEEZBUGGERFUDGEMUFFINS), adding them and writing up results/analysis for chapter 3; then frantically adding references to chapter 1 and actually writing chapter 4

trying to figure out: trip next week for housing searching (I still need a cat sitter/to figure out if my black cat is sick).

panic level: HIGH
productivity level: HIGH
amount of time remaining: 1 week/ 7 days

Friday, June 17, 2016

checking in

Currently watching: I watched a few episodes of Great American Baking Competition last night before passing out

Currently reading: Soifer, Neugebauer, Matthews, Egami, et al (2000) and (2001)

Currently knitting: trying to finish off the second ball of yarn in the 5-ball secret project. also I caved and cast on a new sock yarn project for this month, the nurmilintu I've been craving. Worked out a few kinks with gauge and edgings being too taut and am proceeding slowly. I subbed these two yarns in for the black-and-color-pops fingering weight that was ambiguously set to become A Shawl Of Some Sort when I set my yarns for the 2016 Year of Socks. At first I was against swapping yarns, but I figure as long as it's still sock-yarn and comes from the same age or older stash that the one I'm removing did, it's good. This stuff is really old/some of my 2012 stash, so I'm happy to be using it over a skein I got last year.

In fact I'm thinking I'll swap out another designated yarn (not sure which one) for the two color mitts I had balled up 6 months ago so I can make sure to use those before they get too stretched out. Those are for an xmas gift, so I am looking forward to that.

Currently spinning: I finished the brown corriedale! everything's having a rest and then in the next week I'll begin plying these two. Hopefully I've enough yardage of the brown to match the extended gradient of the loop bump.

Currently thinking: ugh. migraines and an all-nighter and the terrible shooting in Orlando really fucked this week up for me. but I'm churning slowly through my list and I am still optimistic about getting enough work done.

Currently planning: on doing a bit of cleaning and organizing this weekend. maybe two boxes worth? we'll see. also need to make a few important phone calls (moving company; heart doctor; car place; family) and maybe order a plane ticket.

BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

trying something a little new

I'm going to try a more frequent update system. HAH this is a terrible plan. But I'm going to try it, and it's going to be list based

What I'm reading: I just re-read Black Elk Speaks. Also spending a little time with my Peterson Field Guide to Hawks since it is large-bird-sighting season.

What I'm watching: a few knitting podcasts here and there when I have the time (ie late at night before I go to sleep)

What I'm spinning: I'm on the last section of brown corriedale roving. Hopefully I'll be able to start plying it with my Loop Bullseye Bump in Tiger's Eye before the month is over.

What I'm knitting: Still making progress on the second of three secret projects. I finished the body of Pickles the Cat but am out of stuffing (tinkgeek has offered me some of hers next time I visit). I finished the first sock from May's sock projects and I think I'm done with the gusset decreases for the March sock project. I am not doing a major June sock project---too busy, and so much other stuff on the needles. I'll use the time to try to make progress on or finish other things.

Except I started Nurmilintu last night. color combination will work but the edge is turning to razor wire so I'm going to rip it out and start again on needles at least two sizes smaller

What I'm working on: Chapter 2 of the diss needs writing and that looks like about it. Chapter 3 needs a little bit of playing with numbers and graph making, then writing. I want to finish both of those as soon as possible, leaving chapter 1 (the intro) which needs references and formatting, and all of chapter 4 (conclusions and future work). I have about 20 days left, so that's terrifying

What I'm planning: I'm looking into switching the utilities, setting up the moving company, preparing for a quick PR trip to look for housing, arranging the stuff the cats need to travel, arranging the healthcare I need to take care of before the trip, getting my car in better condition, and sorting what stuff I want to use up, get rid of, or throw out from around the house. I'll try to work on one of these a week but they are all big overwhelming things so it's a bit tough.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

definitely too many things on the needles right now.

I'm approaching the final stages of my phd, which means I've about 5 weeks to finish analyzing and writing and prepare a defense presentation.

this gives me the screaming heebiejeebies.

so of course I am giving myself some wooly time, to help maintain my sanity.

Since I last posted I have:
finished three pairs of socks
finished a baby hat
finished 4oz of a commission spin
finished a 12oz 3-braid 3-ply of ~770 yards
finished 3oz of a fat 2ply of ~100 yards

started a shawl, two pairs of socks, a cowl, 3 secret knitting projects, a stuffed cat, and the fine brown corriedale fiber that I want to ply with my loop batt.

acquired a bunch of linen/cotton blend yarns (like... 5000 km).


yes, this means there's a lot on the needles.
April's project for the Year Of Socks was.... not a sock. a cowl out of a special sock-weight gradient I acquired two years ago at MDSW. It's close to the halfway point but I'm not sure what to do with the striping, so I put it on hold.
I started another pair of socks for May, even though the March socks aren't done either. I'll see if I can keep working on them, though free time is few and far between.
the three secrets are still on the needles. Well, two of them need seaming/sewing/joining work, so I have yet to mark them as done. the third is close to 2/5 of the way along, so I'm hoping to finish it before the summer is over.
I finally decided to use my precious 100% silk in incredible purples to knit an Afternoon Tea. It's drapey and wonderful, and I'm into the netting and the second skein, but I haven't worked on it in a while.
and I couldn't resist casting on a Pickles the Cat at long last. It was too much of a pain to do it on a circular so I reverted back to DPNs. a circ might be ok with a thicker yarn but mine is only dk.

all in all, keeping busy. How about you?