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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Here is a picture because all blog posts need pictures.

Hi there, folks who still read my blog. I imagine there are a few who haven’t culled their feed readers in a while. And for that, I thank you!

I have been in a knitting and blogging funk (mostly Farmville-related), but I think my belly is developing a small fire for knitting that I sense will erupt soon enough. I have been looking at the Knitpicks catalogues that still come to my door every month, and I have a feeling my knitting bag will be going back into my backpack tomorrow morning. I removed it a few months ago (regretfully), because I hadn’t used it in months and it was bulking up the bag. But it’s going back. It has Bubble in it.

Also, I seamed Greenzo. I never seam ANYTHING. I specifically seek out sweaters that I don’t have to seam, so that I don’t have to seam them. But I seamed this shirt one day a little while ago, and it was moderately pain-free. I think this is a good sign.

P.S: Eff Farmville.



Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
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I don’t really knit socks but I want to buy this sock yarn! It’s called Zauberball. As a German speaker who grew up in Canada, I find this hilarious, because it translates to Magic Balls. Because I am 12.

I’ve sort of disappeared lately, and I apologize! I think this is the longest time I’ve gone without blogging, and I should at least have warned you guys in case some of you folks suspected I was dead. Well, I’m not dead! Only my social life is.

The past four days were, I think, the most stressful of my entire life. I had about 3 days to design a neuroimaging experiment, pilot it with 4 participants so I would know which set-up and stimuli would be most effective, recruit participants and make sure everything was tested so nothing would go horribly wrong. My first participant in the machine came in yesterday, and when that person was finished, I’d gone for four days on 13 hours of sleep. Oh yeah, and in that same time I also had to rewrite a 15-page paper twice. Twice!

But now it’s over and I told everyone that I don’t care what my other responsibilities are, I am taking a whole day where I don’t have to do anything. Here is what I have done today: sleep until 5pm, watch Reno 911, and pet my cat. Now I am going to finish the ribbing on my Bubble sweater, and all will be right with the world.

Done-er than a person who is less done

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
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I fibbed a little bit. When I said before that I was done my Masters Thesis, I had finished all the writing but there were still a few nagging details that were bothering me. I made a change to a pretty important algorithm, which meant I had to rewrite a few conclusions I’d made that were slightly different (but better!) after the recalculation. Then lots of other stuff had to be done. And then a few more things.

But now it’s done.

I’m done my masters thesis! I sent it to my committee a few hours ago. I am, as we speak, watching The Colbert Report (*namedrop*) and eating three kinds of cheese atop three kinds of crackers. There’s some brand-name cheddar (*brand name drop*), some Brie, and a bit of Cambozola. I’m livin’ the high life over here. Television and cheese.

After the cheese high passes, I’ll be doing a little knitting. I’m going to turn this:

Flowers and Knitting

Into this:

Irene Dunne
(Photo above: [[Irene Dunne]], famous actress, person whose name sounds like “done”)

That’s right. Eat it, [[Dominick Dunne]], American writer and investigative journalist whose subjects frequently hinge on the ways high society interacts with the judiciary system. I chose the other Dunne to awkwardly reference for no particular reason.


Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
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King Crimson

Ah, the dreaded DNF. Of course, with my masters due in 4 days a DNF for me was as inevitable as a double relay defeat for an American team that didn’t practice hand-offs (ZING!). I had 8 panels to knit, and then two sleeves and some ribs. Sadly, it wasn’t to be.

To my credit, I finished 8 + 4i2, and i is an imaginary number, so if you take that away you get 8 + 42, which means that it’s kinda like I actually finished 24 panels. But the fascists at the IOC don’t accept that kind of math, so I’m resigned to a DNF. Here’s what I have so far:

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King Crimson

Monday, August 11th, 2008
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I’m going for the Olympics this year with Bubble by Norah Gaughan! Here’s my sweater on Ravelry. I’m really busy at the mo’ (it being master’s defence season) but I will try to finish on time. For efficiency, most of my comments will appear on the Ravelry page and in 2 weeks I’ll put up a final post on this blog. Wish me luck! I’ll be a PhD student soon!

King Crimson

King Crimson

King Crimson


Thursday, July 31st, 2008
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I’m heading off to the Sault again. I’ve got a copy of The Golden Compass to read, a few papers for my masters and the stats from all that wonderful data you generous folks gave to me!

I’m also printing something else out…

Bubble Printing

I’m finally starting Bubble! I didn’t have any worsted/aran wool to use with this and I’m still trying to stick to my stash diet, so I drove to Value Village yesterday and bought a pullover in a crimson colour. It’s cotton, which I don’t usually like to knit with, but I think it will be ok. I ripped, skeined and washed it last night, and it’s drying as we speak. Hopefully it will be dry in 4 hours when I have to leave!

I’m back to taking photos again, now that my mom is back from Europe (along with her camera). Here are a few I took for you guys:

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Bubble Bobble

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
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I have stockinette cabin fever! I have been knitting the same thing for months and months about once a week when I can squeeze in the time, and it is growing by about an inch per week. I have to knit something new. There are only so many months you can knit stockinette and remain sane. And so, I’m going to start something over which I’ve been drooling for a few months: The Bubble Pullover. I went on Ravelry to take a look at a few and figure out which yarn I liked best for it; here are my favourites.

Bubble Pullover Bubble Pullover

First there’s BirgitteStrikker’s Bubble Pullover and JenniH’s Bubble Pullover.

Bubble Pullover

knitress also has a beautiful one.

Of the ones I’ve really liked, one of four yarns was involved: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran, Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK, Plymouth Suri Merino, and Araucania Nature Wool. I really want to try the Araucania, but I thought you folks would be a good resource to help me decide which one to use. My main requirements are that the yarn does not pill, and… well, that’s it. I would love for it to be as soft as Malabrigo (*drool*) but I can’t expect it to be fairly sturdy and non-pilling if it is. I’d also like it to be fairly drapey because otherwise it looks like a box and I can always knit at a tighter gauge if I want to give it a bit of structure.

What do you guys think?

(BTW, I totally copped out on the no commenting thing, I am such a comment hog.)