Long time no… something!

13 07 2010

Update on Knitting: Picked up my red scarf (not much farther on it), started a new hat.

Update on Stitch Markers: I haven’t forgotten!  I just moved into a new place, though, so they’re… well, still in a box.  *wince*  As soon as I get the boxes unpacked, I’ll send the finished ones and finish making the rest. I’ll send an email before I mail them to make sure that addresses are still correct. Sorry again for these delays 😦

Update on Food: Oh man, I need to make this into a cooking blog.  Seriously.  Having my own apartment with a fairly large kitchen is REALLY NICE.  Especially since I have no roommates for the summer.  I have lucked out big time.  I made chocolate meringue pie (chocolate pudding made with yolks, meringue topping made with whites, all of it baked so it’s safe), meringue cookies (I was experimenting with eggs, okay?), curried rice (I think it would be right to say “curry” but I feel that it’s something I DID to the rice, so… curried.), successful chicken&rice (previous attempt was a disaster 😦 ), hamburgers without burning them and filling the apt with smoke (a friend of mine did that… to MY apt–I spent all night cleaning it), cookies, steak quesadillas (the trick is to use lime and ginger.  Seriously, try it sometime, along with the standard garlic, onion, and pepper.), annnd oh man I can’t even think of what else.  I got some soy sauce and am going to attempt to make a beef equivalent of ginger pork (my fave that is no longer sold at a Japanese restaurant that, unfortunately, went all-sushi).

Update on life in general

Okay, let’s see… I moved out of the dorm I was in since last summer (the one I moved into at the end of the summer, not the one I was in when I started this blog), into an off-campus apartment.  It is pretty nice.  Fresh paint, very secure.   Fairly new, but not expensive.  It actually works out to almost exactly the same price as the “equivalent” on-campus housing, but with 2 bathrooms and air conditioning that can actually be controlled beyond “HOT” or “COLD.”  I consider those things pretty important.

I took a course last term, and decided that to save myself from being idle (or something? I like feeling productive), I would take another course this term, while I knew for certain that a professor I didn’t like was NOT teaching it.  So far, so good.  *thumbs up*  I managed 108% on the test, which was yesterday.  For once, I don’t mind that there was no partial credit–I knew as soon as I hit “submit” that I had an A+.

To explain the “hitting submit” bit, I should point out that ALL ECE courses are online during the summer.  Sometimes this bugs me (no chance to talk to the prof, except by phone or by requesting an on-campus meeting–the latter is what I’ve been doing), and other times I like love it (I can keep whatever hours I want, as long as I learn the material, turn in the homework, and make it to the test).  And yes, that means that I’ve spent most of this summer nocturnal.  I think it works out pretty well… I can’t tell if it’s getting hotter out each year, or if I’m just getting worse and worse at handling the heat.  I need to start keeping track of temperatures so I can compare.

To be honest, I don’t have much to say :/  But I wanted to post, because it’s been so long since I’ve done anything on this blog.

I’m adding a link to the blogroll, and here’s a picture of my latest project:

That’s right: A full-size Frog Hat!

Hello, World.

21 01 2010

I took a break from forums, blogs, and “real-life” hobbies over the break.  I spent most of my time playing with code and playing D&D Online… But now the semester has (about a week past..) begun, and real life happens.  Hello.

Knitting… I (finally!) ran out of yarn on that red scarf I’ve been working on, and now have an estimate of how much it’ll take.  I need two more skeins.  Maybe I’ll have it ready for next winter… I really needed it a few times.  It’s been pretty cold out!

Crochet… Haven’t since I got hooked on knitting (pun slightly intended, for the reverse-osity).

Baking!  I am learning to make bread.  I had flour, milk, and eggs, and I thought, “Hey, that’s bread, right?”  Not exactly, it turns out.  That’s pancakes, crepes, or blini.  At least now I know where they got the translation “blini = pancake” from… the similarity ends at the ingredient list.  They are similar to crepes.

But that’s not the important part!  The important part is that I discovered a recipe for tortillas (so a half gallon of milk went to waste, but at least I used eggs for other purposes)!  Delicious!  Roommate already knew how to make corn tortillas, but… not so big on those myself.

So tortillas!  Delicious.  Then I got some yeast… the dry kind, in packets, from the store.  I keep having to reassure myself.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry.

So I made yeast rolls!  Well, the internet called them French Bread Rolls, but… French bread is delicious.  These were not.  They looked right, smelled right, but they taste… green.  I know, synesthesia doesn’t solve anything, but that’s the only description I have for it.  I know there was too much yeast, but it’s hard to measure out of those little packets.  Luckily, NomsyLee, roomie, and roomie’s boyfriend like them.  So there’s only one left.  If it’s not eaten by late tonight, it’s going in the bin–these rolls (according to The Internets) only last a few days.

I’m sure a few of you are wondering where your packages are.  I have 3 sets ready–decided to make 6 per set, with a couple of several sizes.  My jewelry pliers have gone AWOL, though, so production has been put on an unexpected extended hiatus.  I’ve got a few ideas of where they might be hiding, but so far searches have resulted in nothing 😦

I seem to have run out of things to say.  Hmm.

The frenzy slows, but doesn’t stop.

12 10 2009

The Roo pattern has arrived!  So much happiness.  I’m still undecided on the yarn, though.  Ordered some of the di.Ve’ to try out, and I liked it a lot, but I think I’m going to need a chunkier yarn.  I’m frogging the hat that I started making with it, just because I’ve decided I don’t like the pattern as much as I thought I did.  Go figure.  It’s just not as much fun as expected.

Quick review of the di.Ve’–it’s VERY soft, smooth… I love the texture.  It IS a little splitty, especially when knitting right after the cast-on, but it’s not nearly as bad as some reviews made it sound.  Once you get past where the casting untwists the yarn, there’s no splitting, at least that I noticed.  The color is very even throughout the skein, too.

Now, on to the contest… Those of you in Canada: I’m trying to figure out how to make USPS happy when I send, and trying to figure out if I can send international from my local post office.  I DO plan to send to you.

To everyone who participated: I’m just now starting on the markers.  Sorry, but it’s been a busy… I can’t even count the weeks.  This week is a bit of a break; only two assignments, and they’re due NEXT week.  Phew.  So I can get the markers under way, and figure out postage.

And as I’m back home and have neither camera nor knitting projects (other than the wire and such to make stitch markers), I really don’t have anything else to show off :/  But I wanted to update and let everyone know how the “prizes” are doing 🙂

The frenzy continues!

24 09 2009

Thanks to everyone who has replied to the next post down… There are still 3 slots open, and I’m just now getting started on those stitch markers.  (Hang on, double checking… *counts on fingers* Yep, 3 spaces left. )

(Yes, I’m an engineering student who forgot how to count.  At least I can still count on my fingers in binary.)

I got out of lab early so I thought I’d update before my next class.

I just finished Baby Hat #6, and took a group picture!  The sizes vary quite a bit; one of them I’m worried won’t fit on any baby’s head, one of them will probably wait in a drawer for a month or two.  I don’t spend much time around anyone under the age of 10, so I’m not really sure how big a baby’s head is.  In the picture, the DPNs (8″) and bottlecap are there for reference.  I’m not sponsored by Coca-Cola.  (If they were paying me to knit and blather about knitting, though, that’d be kind of cool.)

Tadaa!  I tried not to cling too closely to the “girls like pink and boys like blue” thing.  I was always fond of BRIGHT RED.  Well, now I like blue.  But red is still fun.

The purple (and all of these are Simply Soft Eco, by the way), aka Mulberry Mist, looks kind of rough and grey indoors, but I worked on that huge one outside for a little while… it GLOWS this really nice warm purple.  I’ll have to try to get a picture outside before I send these wherever they are going.

Interested in the patterns?  The cute froggies are based on Sammakkopipo (Ravelry pattern page)–I just used two repeats of the chart.  I don’t speak Finnish, unfortunately.  The smaller purple hat is directly from Preemie Hats for Charity (Ravelry | Pattern site).  The blue cable-ish looking one is Mock Rib and Cable Hat (Ravelry | Pattern site).  It turned out much smaller than expected, so if you knit tightly and/or only have DPNs two sizes smaller or 3 sizes bigger (like I do), you may want to add a repeat or two around. The lavender and off-white striped hat is a simple K3/P3 rib, and the green with pompom is a few rows of garter stitch, stockinette with decreases based on Preemie Hats for Charity.  (Finally, I understand why they keep getting those weird little points on top!)

Anyway, today has (so far) been much better than expected.  I stayed up pretty late studying for the test I had at 8 A.M., neglecting the homework that’s due in half an hour.  I did that homework when I got back from the test, then went to lab, which took about an hour less than the given time, and half an hour longer than I had anticipated upon reading the lab.  (I forgot to connect a jumper.  Oops.)  Amazingly, I’m not tired!  Need to eat, though.  Can’t get real food until after class.  I think I’m going to make Lee (he’s on Ravelry now!)

Well, time to get my notebooks and such back together so I can get to class on time!


16 09 2009

A very wonderful person on Ravelry (Happy Birthday, Rosebelleknits!) has indicated that she’s going to send me a the pattern “Roo” that I’ve been drooling over…  The plan is to play with the pattern to make it fit me!  I’ll be posting on how THAT goes…

Meanwhile, it’s time to pick yarn!  I really like this yarn— Di.Ve’ Zenith.  I want washable and warm… and decided wool’s probably the way to go.  I can’t seem to pick a color, though!

100_5571So.. here’s a picture of me, which I previously posted to show off the scarf… and a picture from the pattern site.

That kid is so cute .

(It’s up to you to decide if I’m being narcissistic).

And now, for a CONTEST.

I think contest actually isn’t the best word for it, but I don’t know what else to call it.

I would like suggestions on which color to use, or suggestions for other yarns if you know of one that’s better.  (Like I said, I much prefer washable yarn–meaning I can put it in the washer, and also the dryer.  I live in a dorm, and there’s not much room for a line or a rack to dry things on.)  The first ten (10) repliers who also email me their mailing addresses will receive some homemade stitch markers (made by me, in assorted sizes).  If you are a crocheter and would like crochet stitch markers rather than knitting ones, please specify in the email–otherwise, I will assume knitting.  My email is Xlopsy.Xli@Xgmail.com.  Remove the Xs–they’re there to (try to) block spambots.  It will probably be at LEAST a week before I send these off.  I have the supplies, but not much time right now–lots of tests over the next few weeks.  So please be patient 🙂

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to study!  (I’ve a test tomorrow and a test on Friday, and tomorrow night I start work tutoring… Busy me!)

I’m on a knitting spree!

14 09 2009

That’s right.  A knitting spree.

As of a few hours ago, I have knit (since last post, and to completion) two baby hats, one for-me hat, an armband for myself, an armband for my brother (might have mentioned it in last post?), and… well, that’s it.  Still!  It’s a lot, and most of it was done in about 2 days.

Last weekend, I went to DragonCon.  I had lots of fun.  I plan to cosplay next year.  Yes, I’m a nerd.  But I liked DragonCon much more than all the other conventions I’ve been to… mainly because it wasn’t specifically an anime con, so I actually knew some of the characters that I saw running about!  I went to some drawing seminars and some writing seminars.  I knit an armband.  I ran around Atlanta (okay, I walked one block).

I am sleepy and just wanted to update on existence…  But here is a fun comic I made after taking pictures to show off my latest finished piece (my first colorwork, as well as my first pompom):

On Friday, while frantically trying to finish homework. I spilled soda on my laptop.  I’m currently typing on a borrowed external keyboard.

I shouldn’t be using my computer right now, probably, to prevent further damage… but I’ve got reports to write.  Break’s over.  Till next time…

Hallo there!

3 09 2009

I’m still alive!  Really 🙂

Life has gotten quite busy.  Classes have started, and even though it looks on paper like I’ve nothing going on, the fact that I’ve done about 3 problems on the homework that’s due a week from now is a sign that I’m WAY behind.

I’ve just “baked” one of those 5 minute chocolate mug cakes and am waiting for it to cool so I can devour it.  Modified slightly–I used butter instead of oil, a little more vanilla, and only nuked it for 2 minutes, 30 seconds 3 minutes; I just went over and found that it was undercooked.  Hopefully, it will be more edible than the last try… the top was too dense to eat! 😦

(Just took a bite mmmm that is wonderful.  Tastes like REAL cake!)

So I said I’d post pictures of the spinning… I haven’t worked on it since my roommate moved in (aside from showing her that I have a spindle and yes, that is yarn on it, and here’s how it’s done…).

This is the best picture I’ve managed to get of it… the lighting’s not great in here, and my camera is not happy… That is to say, I need to get batteries.

Slightly random… I thought batteries used to be sort of / kind of  / almost cheap?  Because I think that $7 for 4 AA batteries is RIDICULOUS.  Gonna go to a real store and see if they’re any cheaper.

Meanwhile, I’m working on a red scarf (Ravelry|Pattern) for when it gets cold outside, a skirt of my own design (Ravelry), and I’ve recently finished a hat (Ravelry|Pattern) for my roommate.

Anywho, I’m swiftly running out of things to say and the time to go to lab approaches.  So here are some pictures:

On the left is the bottom of the skirt, i.e. the hem.  It’s about all I’ve done, but I think it’s lovely so far… But that opinion is a bit biased.  You know.  Toward myself.

And to your right is a hat.  This hat was made by me for my roommate, and turned out very different from the pattern.  I blame it on my inability to count.

And for your edumacation… Hmm…  As I need to hurry and finish eating so I can go to lab, I’ll leave you with a link to a book (that is partially online, courtesy of Google and the authors).  The thing that I need to read in this is about springs and dashpots (mainly the dashpots).  It was brought up in class as though the professor assumed all of us Electrical Engineering students knew what a dashpot is already… so I’m looking it up.  In short, a mechanical system can be modelled using electrical circuits… A dashpot is equated to a capacitor, and a spring is equated to an inductor.  (Wikipedia links)  At least, I think that’s how it works; now I can’t find anything on these pages to verify this 😦