Saturday, December 09, 2006

Post-Finals Productivity

As you can imagine, I can get a lot more done at home when I don't have three papers to write.

Christmas Decorating
Yesterday I decided that once and for all I was going to have a Christmas tree in this crappy little apartment of mine. After an unsuccessful trip to two stores, a friend of mine remembered that they had just happened to have one sitting around in the trunk of their car. So, a little later I had a 3' tree. Well and good, right? Wrong.

Darn thing had tripod feet... but only one of them! So as you can imagine, it didn't want to stand up very well. After fighting with it for almost an hour to rig it to stand up and not bust all my ornaments, I gave up and tied it to the wall.



Photos of Christmas trees always turn out crappy, which is a shame, because this one is nice. I've got lots of handmade ornaments. It goes a long way towards making me happy for a couple of weeks, regardless of whether my boyfriend really likes it or not.

Knitting
That's why you're here, right? Or at least that's what I'd like to think.

I had to make these, even though they're ridiculous and I will probably never wear them outside the house. I don't know why I'm using the plural, because so far there is only one sock.



See? My other leg was getting really cold taking these pictures.



I'm using Lion Brand Magic Stripes, which, as most of you know, is not the greatest thing in sock yarn. But I really like this color combo, and it was cheap, and I don't care. I did a basic toe-up pattern, added some heel stitch on the back of the heel, and did tons of increases to compensate for my calves, and lots of ribbing to keep them on. I'm really happy with the fit, and they knit up super super fast. Time to start the second one!

Complaining
I do a lot of this, too. I was going to complain about the winter Knitty -- namely the small number of sweaters that they included -- but then I realized that I hadn't submitted anything, so maybe I shouldn't complain. I really like the looks of the Eiffel sweater -- it's even in the right Eiffel-Tower color -- but I don't think I've got the body for it. I am definitely going to make the Monkey socks. I have just the yarn for it. I really like Cookie's designs and I really want to start these right away, but I think I'd better finish my other Pomatomus or knee-high before I get into another sock project. Finally, I think Norberta, the little stuffed dragon, is really cute, too. The rest of it... didn't really jump out at me. And that's okay. I don't really need any more projects right now. At least the Monkey socks will help me knit through some yarn I already have.

Baking
Oh wait, that's later today. How about some Parisian Orange Cookies?

Cleaning
That's always a decision, whether to clean other parts of the house, or bake first. Any guesses? Happy weekend!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Delicious Muffins

Since writing papers is supposed to mean that I should put off knitting for a while, I baked instead. I got a delicious orange-chocolate muffin recipe from my sister and I am trying not to eat the whole dozen tonight.

As you can see, one muffin succumbed before I had a chance to take a photo. I know they look a lot like bran muffins or something less exciting, but trust me, they aren't.



See: observe the delicious interior of the muffin. Filled with yummy orange peel and chocolate bits (I had big blocks of chocolate instead of chips, hence the strange distribution of chocolate).



Aren't you hungry yet? Too bad there isn't internet with smells. Actually... maybe that's a good thing. Anyhow, I'm supposed to be writing. This is writing, right? Sadly this is not the writing I get paid to do, which is kind of a bummer. If only this writing contributed to the length of my other writing... guess I should get back to that.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Start-itis

The most effective forms of procrastination seem to result in the creation of something irrelevant to the procrastinatory goal. Okay -- let's not overlook the fact that I spent six hours in the library yesterday, but seriously, I probably don't need two new projects.



Toe-up knee high socks, from a general toe-up pattern. I'll work on the problem of leg increases when I come to them. And a glove. Really, it's going to be a glove, I promise.

Left over from Lacevember, here is approximately one third of my Lace Dream Wrap:



It's going to be really lovely, if I ever get through the other two balls of yarn.

And I was going to put up some more photos, but I realized I would have to censor them anyhow. So I'll save you the temptation of discovering what I'm knitting for Christmas.

Unfortunately, I've run into a knitting problem. Remember my Vintage Cabled Pullover? Those photos artfully mask the fact that the sweater is easily 3 inches too short. I double checked, hoping that I could cut off the bottom ribbing and knit downwards, but of course that only works in a stockinette stitch sweater. So after all the time I spent putting that collar on and doing the finishing, I get to take it all apart again and reknit it from the armholes. It's either that or I won't wear the sweater, so I guess when I'm all set for winter break I'll be doing some very careful sweater deconstruction and rebuilding. There's one good thing, though -- I'm in no danger of running out of yarn, due to my overly fudged yardage calculations. I knew those 600 extra yards would be good for something....