Chatter Post

3 11 2009

So I’ve mostly been whining lately.  Time to chatter about life, and generally be positive.


This morning it was really foggy out.  It looked cold from my window, but it was actually pretty nice out.  Nice and cool, so the walk down to Holtz was nice.  I ran to catch up with Nick and we commiserated over the test we were walking toward.

Had advising.  I finally know for sure that I’m pronouncing my advisor’s name right.  Discovered while planning for advising that I only have 11 hours + 2 hours research first semester next school year, and only 9 (that’s right, 3 less than full time!) senior year.  So count the 6 hours for the Gen Ed requirements I’m missing, and I have 15 hours one semester, 12 the other.

I think I’m going to take Chinese.  Apparently it’s taught really well here.  Kacey’s been teaching me some.  I can say 中国 (Zhōnggǔo — China) and … aww man, I forgot!  😦  Well, at least I still remember “ni hao” and “ni hao ma?”

Three out of four tests down.  Electromagnetics tomorrow, and then I register for classes.

And for NaNoWriMo, my word count is 3531.  5000 is today’s goal.  I’ll probably put it on hold until tomorrow afternoon.  3333 words isn’t that hard to write, especially when about 200 of them are already done.



3 11 2009

Quick note to comment that a common base transistor circuit looks like a bunny.

I can’t find any circuits via a quick google search that look like the one in the book, so I show you, courtesy of B2Spice and Photoshop:

I’m claiming this as proof that I’m studying.

Busy times

1 11 2009

Sorry again for taking so long with the stitch markers… I’ve got quite a load right now. I missed two tests this past week (home sick; I’m fine now), and now have three next week since I have to make up one of them. The other is being exempted (with extra weight on the final. Yikes!). At least I don’t have four tests next week… Owww, that would hurt my poor brain.

On top of this, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. What can I say? I look forward to it all year. I’ve got 2044 words, so I’m ahead as of 3 this morning–and have no excuse not to study.

Well, now that I’ve pointed that out, I have to stop procrastinating and get back to work… Microcontroller Interfacing notes await!

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  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…