Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I'm flippin' crazy.

I started law school this week. I think I'm insane. I just finished one graduate program, now I'm jumping in head first right back into the deep end. I didn't realize how much work actually goes into it until now - and we aren't even out of orientation. You can watch Legally Blonde 17 times and read all the "How to succeed in law school" books that Amazon can ship you, but only now do I really get it.

Moral of the story is that the time in between postings is going to exponentially increase starting now. I'm going to try to keep a little something on needles in my locker at school (yes, that's right - we have lockers!) so that when I need to just break away I can knit for a little. I set my school/study/work schedule today, and I was careful to leave an hour every evening to take a walk or knit or just read anything besides casebooks.

Anyway, enough pity party for Amanda. I finished two more of the ballbands in my last weekend of freedom. I really love these colors, they are so bright and festive. It's hard to tell from the bad lighting, but the background colors are varigated subtly.

I've made about 6 or so of these things now. Washcloths are the knitting addiction of the month. Scarves have now fallen by the wayside. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Karaoke Cable Scarf - Complete.

I finished up the Karaoke Cable Scarf today, and I have to say that it was not a moment too soon. For whatever reason, I was so bored with this and it actually felt like a chore to knit. I think it was mostly because I knit the majority of it while sitting in airports last week. It conjures up bad memories. I think my boyfriend's fear of flying is starting to rub off on me. I do like how it turned out. I made it a little over 6 feet long so that it would wrap around once and still be a little long. It's not too wide either, maybe only 4-5 inches.
Pattern: Karaoke Cable Scarf - Free
Materials: Caron Simply Soft (leftover from another project)
Time: About 12-16 hours
Cost: About $2 in stash yarn Posted by Picasa

More dishcloths.

I spent the last few days adding to my dishcloth collection and I thought I would share. The ballbands are from Mason Dixon Knitting, and the lacier one is the July mid-month dishcloth from the Monthly Dishcloth yahoo group.

I kinda screwed up on one side and added two rows too many, but who cares in the whole scheme of things? I'm going to use it to wash off my makeup at night. My bathroom is done in white and pink, so I'm going to make several different patterns in pastels, and I thought this pattern would make a good place to start. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 14, 2006

Lots and lots of nothing.

Well, in the past two weeks since my last post - I've moved to another state and spent a week at home in Tennessee doing lots of nothing with my family. And then I did more nothing.

This is the first summer my family has spent in the new house, and I have to say that it is beautiful. The back porch as two levels.. the upper level is for soaking in the sun, and the lower level is especially for the 3/5 of my family that is fair skinned and goes straight from pasty to sunburned with not even a hint of color in between. The view is absolutely spectacular. I spent hours and hours out here in the evenings. Most days that I was home, the temperature was over 100, so there wasn't too much outside time during the day.

This is the view from the upper patio:
And this is the lower patio. Apparantly we've taken to giving treats to all the neighborhood dogs, so anytime you step a foot on either patio, about 5 dogs come running for Beggin Strips.
What does this all have to do with knitting? Well.. all those hours on the patio spent fending off the packs of dogs was also spent knitting washcloths like crazy. Since I am moving into a new place, I thought I would make myself a housewarming gift and replace all my icky kitchen cloths with new, spiffy knitted ones.
The three ballband cloths are from Mason Dixon Knitting. The one that looks like a quilt piece is also from the Mason Dixon knitting webpage (I swear the pattern is there, just scroll down to the bottom). And the final one is the ever-popular Grandmother's Favorite. Since my hometown was so small and all my yarn was in a mysterious location somewhere within my new apartment, I was stuck with the cotton yarn that I could buy at Wal-Mart. I know, I know.. I shopped at the Evil Empire. However, in my defense it was the only option and it was my first slip up in nearly two years of not spending a dime there. Surely that can be overlooked just this once.

In other knitting news -- I taught my mom to knit!! She's doing pretty well. She's been a crocheter for years and I'm proud of her for wanting to branch out. She's almost got her tension perfect! She also taught me to do some simple crochet. I'm really bad. No seriously, really bad.

In summary,
Total cost: About $1 for two cloths (Peaches & Cream cotton)
Total time: 2-3 hours each (with lots of distraction)Posted by Picasa