19 March 2007

Yarnival and (*Gasp*) Some Knitting

First, a new Yarnival came out while I wasn't looking. I totally missed it, until I received a comment from someone who found me there! So I went and looked, and indeed there's a new and wonderful Yarnival over at NotScarlett. Check it out!

NotScarlett chose to include my post about the Stages of Diss Writing and Knitting. I think I'm now ready to add Stage Eight:

Writing: Wha? It's all crap. Hate it. Looking at the damn thing makes me literally sick to my stomach. Even the names of my advisors, never mind anything they actually say, can put me instantly in a state of prostration and/or hysteria. Yet, somehow, I keep slogging through it. Remember how I was once looking forward to the revision stage? I've always loved this part. The problem is entirely the profs who don't read anything but on whom everything depends. How do they sleep at night? Probably like babies, I know. [BTW - huge thank you to whoever it was who recommended PhD Comics to me (sorry, I can't seem to find you again...) - VERY therapeutic stuff!]

Knitting: For the most part I have been completely unable to do anything but play computer solitaire in the hour or so before giving up on the self-torture known as "revising" and falling asleep. Note that I'm not even playing regular computer solitaire (it's too challenging and makes me want to cry), but "spider solitaire," because it's almost impossible to lose. Note also that this hour before collapse each night takes place between around 2:30 and 3:30 am. And then I toss and turn all night, dreaming of professorial firing squads and tangled yarn. What is this doing under the heading "knitting" you ask? Well, last night I achieved two more rows on this sock, and consider it a major emotional triumph:




That's the wildflower pattern from f.pea. I think the effect is probably better with more wildly-colored yarn, but it's a fun technique. I wouldn't try it with needles any less pointy than Knit Picks', though.


Also in the last few days, I tried starting some EZ garter-stitch booties to match the BSJ, since I have plenty of leftover yarn.

I got that far in one evening's work, and haven't been able to get back to it.

And then, one day I had a fit of temporary insanity (this happens to me regularly lately) while taking a quickie mental-health break to look at my bloglines. I came across this amazing pattern. First, I love that you can memorize the entire pattern in about 30 seconds, even in a state of mind like mine. Second, I love that it fits on my knitting cheat sheet in 2 lines. Third, I love the idea of wearable, interesting, cute slippers that I can make in no time at all out of almost any yarn. Fourth, I absolutely adore the lime green ones I came across on someone's blog that led me to the pattern in the first place (except, sadly, I can't remember which blog it was or find it on google - sorry!). So, revisions forgotten, I ran to my stash to see what I had that would work. No lime green, and nothing woolly that was both appropriate for this project and not already earmarked for something else. I wanted something random, that I didn't have much of anyway, so that I wouldn't be taking yarn away from a more complicated or bigger project. I found some crazy pink cotton from Russia that's too wild to wear on anything but the feet, and has the double advantage of being soft and sturdy. So, still in the initial frenzy, I got this far:

I got as far as just the first two rows of ribbing. And then I realized that of course ribbing in cotton won't contract and make it look all cute like a miniature purse when it's not on the foot. And I did the increases in YOs, thinking it was pretty, which it is, without thinking about how I'd have to do matching YOs with all the decreases on the other side, which will get to be a major pain (literally) with bulky cotton yarn at this gauge. So, all at once, I ran out of gas, dropped the slipper, and got back to my revisions. I think I'll probably frog it and do it again in some more sensible yarn.

8 comments:

Mary Lynn said...

I have a paper due Saturday at 8:00 a.m. It is in lieu of taking an MBA final on Innovation and Technology. He marked up the draft the end of January. Then two weeks ago, he told me that "maybe you should consider doing . . . instead." I haven't touched it since. It is too depressing and stupid.

I did however finish my entrelac scarf. Screw the paper.

Carrie said...

Congratulations on getting your knitting mojo back (sort of). May it see you though the dark hours.

And, of course, thanks for pointing out yet more sock patterns ~ they are my one and only true love (or so it seems).

nessie said...

one thing I learned about writing - which we seem to maybe agree on since the revision process is so cool - is that you just write it down using whatever language. As long as what you want to get said gets said. And then you work day by day on each phrase until its just right. Doing both at the same time... tooo hard

nessie said...

one thing I learned about writing - which we seem to maybe agree on since the revision process is so cool - is that you just write it down using whatever language. As long as what you want to get said gets said. And then you work day by day on each phrase until its just right. Doing both at the same time... tooo hard

Kim said...

Wow - somehow Yahoo had lost track of your RSS feed and I fell behind. Hope everything is going okay now. I never did finish my Ph.D. due to bad advising.

Thanks for the pointers to Yarnival (I haven't been dissertating and missed it), and the free patterns for the cute cute cute socks and slippers.

Specs said...

So maybe it's not a whole sock, but that's a damn fine sock toe.

I'm sending you good thoughts and revising energy. I may have said this before, but I had a bad advisor situation during my MA and it's a large part of the reason why I'm leaving grad school now. He wasn't as hostile as yours sounds, but I know how much not having academic support can hurt everything about your work and your own perception of it. Hang in there (she said lamely).

ayla said...

Do me a favor? Please go see the Yarn Harlot at FIT on Thursday. I planned to go but I can't because of finances (I lost my job) so please please please go! Bring the sock!

Lorna said...

Glad the comics are helping - I only found them when I was writing up my thesis!