Friday, April 30, 2010

Day Five: Location, Location, Location

Day five of the week long Knit & Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals! 

Location, Location, Location
Where do you like to indulge in your craft? Is your favourite arm chair your little knitting cubby area, or do you prefer to ‘knit in public’? Do you liek to crochet in the great outdoors, perhaps, or knit in the bath, or at the pub?

I knit in basically two places... 1 - my couch or 2 - in the car (while the SO is driving... don't worry I don't Knit & Drive).  :) 

I have to tell you - my couch is perfect.  The SO and I have had it since we moved in together and as a first couch... I have to admit is is really nice.  It is a four piece sectional.  It has huge, wide, deep seats.  And it is oh so comfy.  The couch has become worn over the years.  The raised ribbings have started to fade and get worn and dull.  All of the cushions have been flipped to hide spills (typically mine, but some from the SO).  It is great for sleeping on as well as for lounging or chillin' with peeps.  You can see a bit of the couch in the black and white photo above with Kyle thinking he is the king of the castle.  But the best thing of all about this couch... it is great for watching movies and sports and knitting while cuddling with the SO.  Most of my  knitting occurs right here while doing other stuff, such as sports and movie watching.  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day Four: A New Skillz

Day four of the week long Knit and Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals!

A New Skill
Is there a skill related to your hobby that you hope to learn one day? maybe you’re a crocheter who’d also like to knit? Maybe you’d like to learn to knit continental, knit backwards, try cables or attempt stranded colourwork.

Today's post is an easy one.  I want to learn how to do colorwork.  I am so intimidated by both Fair Isle and Intarsia knitting... it is beautiful and I am so envious of knitters who do these techniques with such ease!  Also not too long ago I heard about mosaic, or slip-stitch knitting which also sounds so cool.

One of these days I will gather up the courage to try one, or all of these color-work techniques.  Until then I will just dream and envy all of you brilliant people who can do it!

What technique/skillz are you hoping to try out someday?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day Three: All Tooled Up

Day 3 of the week long Knit and Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals! 

All Tooled Up
Do you have a particular knitting/crochet tool or piece of equipment that you love to use? Maybe it is an old bent pair of needles that used to belong to someone special, or a gorgeous rosewood hand-turned crochet hook that you just love the feel of? Write about what you love it.

I took the alternate question for today mostly because I don't know what one person (or group) I could have picked as my knitting inspiration as I have so many (you all know who you are... my fellow bloggers whom I learn so much from!).  

So today I was going to give my homage to my row counter.  



But I love this little tool.  Mine is on a ring so I can nicely place it into my knitting and use it as a marker as well as a counter per row.  I use it for flat knitting as well as for circular.  It is perfect because it is in my knitting so I never loose it.  And this one does not randomly click -- I have another one that you must press/click it and if I throw it into a bag or purse I will ultimately lose my place as my wallet, phone, and lip gloss have all contributed to adding a few faux rows to the counter.  

So nothing special.  But that is my cool little tool that I use for every item I knit.  What is your favorite knitting item/tool?  

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Day Two: An Inspirational Project

Day 2 of the week long Knit and Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals! 

An Inspirational Pattern
Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to. Whether it happens to be because the skills needed are ones which you have not yet acquired, or just because it seems like a huge undertaking of time and dedication, most people feel they still have something to aspire to in their craft. If you don’t feel like you have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb, say so!

There are two, yes two, projects that I have wanted to make for quite a while.  

Isn't it awesome?!  The SO does research on vagus nerve innervation in the G.I. tract.  I think his research is so cool (and I did some of this for a little while and actually kind of miss it).  So this knit would be an ode to my ole physiology research days and for the SO.  Maybe someday!  

Again, isn't it awesome?!?! Again, I used to do perfusions to obtain brains from rats.  And then I did some GI work... again needing to dissect.  So this would be another science knit that I would enjoy....

Who knows years from now when I am in library land and I feel like I miss the old neuroscience, in-vivo research days I'll finally pick up these two projects just to reminisce!  

What are your projects that you inspire to someday make?    

Monday, April 26, 2010

Knit & Crochet Blog Week: Day 1

Today's post starts the week long Knit & Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals! 

Today's Topic: 
Starting Out

How and when did you begin knitting/crocheting? Was it a skill passed down through generations of your family, or something you learned from Knitting For Dummies? What or who made you pick up the needles/hook for the first time? Was it the celebrity knitting ‘trend’ or your great aunt Hilda?

I started knitting out of pure dumb luck.  A couple years ago (Spring/Summer of 2007) I found out a fellow co-worker had picked up knitting.  As a bunch of scientists, I had to pick on her and poke fun at her new hobby because what female in science would knit?!  I told the girls in the lab next door - only to find out one was also a knit-a-holic!  And the other had been given knitting lessons as a Holiday gift.  I found all of this odd -- because, well it's knitting.  And who the hell knits?!  Especially neuroscientists?!?  

And then I tried it.  

And that's all I can say.  MM and MH you can now pick on me for picking on you.  :) 

And how did I actually learn?  Well I couldn't go to these ladies, because that would show how lame I was for picking up knitting.  So I did what any other Gen-X'er would do.  I looked up on YouTube and the Internez.  Yep.  I learned how to knit from YouTube, the internet and from DVR'ing Knitty Gritty.  Come to think of it, even now, if I have issues with a technique or stitch I use Google or YouTube.  Can you tell I'm an informatician in training?!  :) 

So that's my story.  How did you learn?  

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy 30th to me!

Today is my 30th -- never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be in class on my 30th bday giving a presentation on journal citation analysis.  Nor spending the night before - no, not partying, but writing a final project and the next day defending a proposal.  Nor did I ever think I would be 30 and still IN SCHOOL!  I have been in school since I was 3, well a year off between undergrad and the first masters,  and a 1.5 years off between the phd program and the second masters program.  But that is a long time!  Never in my plans did I plan to have cancer - and squash it down - twice.  I never thought I would be living in Indiana (after all, I am a girl who loves the ocean).

But then again, if you had asked the 8year old me what I was going to be at 30 I probably would have said a wife, with kids, probably a model or actress.  And today I couldn't be any more further from that "goal", but I am glad.  I am happy.  I am healthy.  I am working on a new career that I am super excited about.  I have had some amazing times with friends and family.  Flying around the US to party, and then the next night studying hard for an exam.  Crazy times, hard times.  Lots of things in-between.  

Through all of this, I have a super supportive family that doesn't blink an eye when I say I want to do this, or try that.  And I have an amazing fiance who loves me and supports me and our relationship.  I think I have grown up to be a pretty cool, unique individual.  Thanks Mum and Daddy (and to my Bro as well)!  And thank you SO.  You guys are the love of my life, and today, I thank you for the amazing life I've had thus far and I can't wait to see what happens next!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: Busy Busy Busy!

It is almost the end of the semester and I'm wicked busy!  I have 4 final projects, an OP and a final exam all in the next 1-1.5 weeks -- plus we have a couple grant supplements due at work!  YIKES!

Having said that -- I don't have too much on the crafting front.  So for today's Wandering Wednesday I'm going to be cheap and send a link to the current webpage I am making for class.  No clue why I am passing it along other than I have nothing else to blog about.  :-/    It's still not done (I have to validate the coding and post it to the prof) but I think I'm getting fast at making simple pages... I have worked on this page for a total of 3hrs and it's almost done!  And if you are super bored I have the link to the pages I've been creating all semester for this class.

Just stopped by to let you know I will probably be MIA for the next 2 week -- ok gonna go start on the next final project!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Knit and Crochet week

The Knitting and Crochet Blog Week will run from Monday 26th April – 2nd May 2010.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

My Little Strawberry Pouch/Cozy

The other week I really needed a quick little project to knit.  We were on a drive to SO's family's church for Easter so I was antzy and knew I had to do something because an hour drive there, hour in church and another hour drive back would KILL me!  So I made this little bundle of cuteness: 

I had left over cotton yarn from various projects and I really needed a pouch for my Diva Cup.  Yes, more info than you ever needed to know.  But if you are all hippie and into saving the environment in various little ways (as I like to do) then the diva cup is a great way to go.  It saves on tampons (or pads or whatever you happen to use) and it saves you money!  It costs a little more to begin with, however after just a couple of months it has paid for itself.

Well anyways, I needed a new pouch for it.  I had previously seen the Uterus Menstrual Cup Cozy (Ravelry Link here).  Cute.  A little odd.  But you know me... I like odd.  However I don't know how to crochet.  I had also previously seen the Strawberry Menstrual Cup Pouch (Ravelry Link here).  Again cute.  Not as odd.  But again, I don't know how to crochet.

So after finding the red and green scrap yarn I grabbed my dpn's and jumped in the car to go to Easter service.  By the time we got home after church and work (yes I went in to work to transduce and split and plate cells for various experiments, I love torturing myself), I had a cute little pouch done.  However the SO took one look at it and said it looked like a turnip!  So I ended up going back and stitching little "seeds" with scrap brown yarn.  And I think it turned out kinda cute!

 Regular stockinette stitch in the round and when I thought it was a good time to start "leaves" I added green yarn to the mix.  That's right, this was my first time using fair isle technique.  Granted it was only with the two colors for the two rows, it was my first time taking two colors and carrying the yarn across the back while knitting.  I kinda liked it.  :)  I may have to try a Fair Isle project in the near future!

I used a picot bind-off to simulate leaves for the top of the strawberry.  And finally to close the pouch I braided a cord.  In hindsight I should have made an I-cord to stick with the knitting style.  But if I was really being picky I should have done intarsia when knitting the "seeds" as well.  

Overall I thought it was a cute little project on the fly.  I might make another one, just a regular pouch that won't hold scary womanly products.  If I make one I'll try intarsia for the seeds and leafy top.  And maybe I'll write it up.

I also was thinking this would be cute in a larger size, like a cute spring/summer bag for a little kid.  Hmmm.....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: Animator vs Animation

Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday on NPR, directed me to this cute site and now I direct you there.  It is the "story" of a small Flash animated stick figure as s/he shows the maker who is in charge.  This Flash animated movie is created by Alan Becker.  Just something a little random for your edification this Wednesday.

Have a wicked Happy Day!  

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A little Rant

This blog post from the New York Times is HILARIOUS!

While there are some who want the library to be more "social" for patrons, others want the strict quiet and serene library.  From my experience, it seems that many libraries in the "now" are both.  They have the social areas (such as group study rooms and young adult and/or children gaming and program areas) as well as designated Quiet Zones.  I am not sure what library the author is visiting, but I think most libraries (academic, public or special) have these different areas.  If Sung J. Woo is in the gaming room... well hmmm... I wonder why the kids are being loud?!?  Hey at least the kids are at the library, participating in programs, hanging out with friends or (gasp!) reading and not out on the streets.  

Yes libraries used to be quiet... where you could hear the shuffle of the papers from across the room or the gentle cough of a patron from somewhere in the stacks.  But the library environment has changed with society.  Innovation and community collaboration for these unique programs has brought about these changes and IMHO I think it is a great thing.  The library is no longer just for those interested in picking up a book.  It is a place for INTELLECTUAL growth whether that be from reading, or seminars, speakers or programs or for simply hanging out with a friend listening to music.  Yes, there should be some accountability, and people need to have some common courtesy for others and not run around or yell.  However, seeing people use a library for many purposes is a good thing!  It shows the community is using it as a place for what it should be, a place for the community to grow and learn.

Others probably have a different opinion than I.  I just hope Sung J. Woo never comes into my library because I will NOT be a "bespectacled, cardigan-wearing, shushing librarian."
**edited to add:  Okay so I might actually wear the cardi... especially if it is one that I knit! ;)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Light Weight Pullover -- Finally Finished!

Stop the Presses!  I finally finished something!  AND it is a sweater!  

Yep, just in time for the 80F weather this week.  :) 

Pattern: Lightweight Pullover by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Fog
Needles: Size 7
Started: January 15, 2010 (First time) January 31, 2010 (second try) 
Finished: April 2, 2010 

I held the yarn double throughout and I tried the split-splice method.  The SO was repulsed... but hey less ends to weave in!  And as you can see from some of the pics, only had 3 ends to weave in and yet it still took me forever to get to that part.  

All in all I like the sweater.  I'm not IN love with it.  But I really like it.  The pattern is super easy AND cute.  And I was just thinking... this is my first sweater!  Yes I made the cropped cardi previously, but this is my first actual, pullover sweater.  So yay me!  It will be a good, kick around the house or working at the lab kind of sweater.  Comfy, warm and perfect for the warm spring we are having in Indiana.  Yeah... I'll work on making seasonal appropriate knits one of these years....  

All I have left are those damn ends to weave in....  

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Guess who has a wish to be a librarian?

Yep, Keith Richards.  He describes how being a librarian would be his dream job in this article from Times Online.  How cool is that?

This post from Information Spaces, a blog from SLIS at Syracuse compares Rock Stars and Librarians.  My favorite comparison:

  • Rock star: Has great hair.
  • Librarian: Has great hair hidden in a bun, until she takes it down after ripping off her glasses and opening a button and kicking off her sensible shoes. At least, that’s what happens in the movies. Unless the librarian is a man, in which case they turn into a ninja or an adventurer or something when they get out of work. Or Batgirl. Which is JUST like a rock star.
See librarianship is a wicked cool career!    

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: I wander to my campus!

This is a picture of me in front the sign at my campus for the library.  Yes someday I will be that uber dorky librarian... and I can't wait!

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Final Four Fun

This past Friday I attended a really great workshop on Applying to Academic Librarianship positions.  Little did I know that I will have to do as typical academic faculty do in the process, such as having a portfolio, CV,  presentation and research.  I'm very glad I attended!  

After the workshop the SO and I met up and we walked over to Lucas Oil Stadium.  The stadium is just a couple of blocks from my campus in Indy so we got to see this: 

Final Four crowds!  We missed the practices because they were earlier in the day.  But we saw the start of the College All-Star game and saw a couple of famous coaches.

 At one point I noticed they were throwing orange things into the crowds.  I thought it was a t-shirt so I threw my purse and stuff on the SO and took off down the stadium seats and snagged one of these.  A bright, orange Reese's drawstring bag.  Hey now I have a bag to wear while running... makes for a great reflector!

Following the madness that was downtown we drove out to the IMAX to see Clash of the Titans.  Okay, FYI: I am a HUGE fan of the original.  It is the ultimate Craptacular film.  Yes Craptacular.  This new take on the movie though... not a fan.  Not at all.  The acting was bad, the special effects were bad and even the action fighting scenes were boring!  The best part of the movie was when they paid homage to the original with BoBo the mechanical owl!  So my advice is save your money, it is unfortunately a dud.

In a couple of days I'll have a post of my sweater... be on the lookout!!  :)