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March 21st, 2007 (03:02 am)

these last few weeks have been so busy for me! last week i went to south carolina from monday-friday- its a 9 hour drive from where i live! the next day i went to san diego. i am in san diego now. i have been working on this

http://www.crochetme.com/crystal-lace-bolero

shrug. i am finished with all of the pieces for 2 different versions of it- one in gold and one in black! i am working on joining them tonight. i love crochet! i really really do! i can't wait to post pictures of my fo's! hopefully i can finish one tonight! i really want to show it off and wear it out tomorrow in the beautiful san diego weather!

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February 19th, 2007 (04:19 pm)

I have been going non stop for a long time. This week is going to be very busy for me. I lost all of my food during the power outage and I didn't get around to restocking the fridge until this morning. Grocery shopping was insane. I make a lot of casseroles because they are quick and I never have any time. All the casserole recipes I have require condensed soup. I was getting soup today and I decided to try a new kind, even though it seemed vegetarian I read the back to make sure, it had beef fat but it also had hydogenated oil. I use that brand (campbells) in all my casseroles so I looked at the soups I normally use- sure enough hydrogenated oil. It makes me so mad. I went through a lot of food that we reguarly eat and think of as healthy and I couldnt believe how many had transfat. I don't want to eat trans fat. It doesn't say trans fat on the label. They try to trick you. I can't live the way I want to in this society. I could, but I would have to spend 5 hours a night preparing food. Ahhh.... It's annoying. I guess I will figure something out. If I had a big freezer I could make food from scratch in big batches and freeze it. When I buy my own home I will definitely invest in one of those huge seperate freezers that people keep in their garages.

After the grocery store I went to the science center for tutoring. I am officially done with my biology thats due tomorrow. I did pretty well too. I got a 96 on the worksheet and a 84 on the quiz.

My boyfriend and I went to the bookstore yesterday to pick up _Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World_ I got the book and on our way out we passed the audio book section. Then it hit me. I read for about 4 hours every day for school. I never have time to read books that aren't required that I would enjoy. I need to start buying books on tape! With books on tape I can make better use of my time by being read a book and knitting/crocheting at the same time! I am pretty excited about that idea. I jumped the gun a bit and bought an ebook today thinking I could have my computer read it to me. My computers voice is barely understandable. Does anyone know how to make adobe read in a clear voice?

I have a million things I could be doing right now and none of them sound particulary appealing. I guess I better go figure something out.

Expect adorable cupcake pictures soon :)

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Power Outage

February 15th, 2007 (10:24 pm)

There was a horrible ice storm and as a result I have been without power or heat since Tuesday night. My boyfriend and I had to stay at our apartment without electricity on Tuesday night because the roads were too icey to drive on. It was really cold and uncomfortable. We are staying at my parents house now and are supposed to have our power turned on tomorrow. So this week has been pretty crazy. I have been crocheting like crazy. I have made another 2 tams since my last post!

Now onto a million pictures. Same pattern- Patons SWS and Silk Sari Yarn. Yummy.





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I love to crochet!!!!

February 13th, 2007 (05:26 pm)

Wow. I am so addicted. There was a big snow storm where I live last night and I stayed in and crocheted an amazing dreadlock tam! It's from the book _Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps_ By Afya Ibomu. Its the best pattern book I have ever seen. Its really hard to find cute hat patterns that fit my dreads and this book has several. I had a little bit of trouble with the pattern to begin with but I figured it out all by myself and finished it in less than a day. I can't believe how much faster crochet is than knitting!

"Kinky Reggae" from Patons Chunky Tweed yarn.

This is me modeling it with my lovely boyfriend.

Here it is from behind.

And a shot from the side.


I love this hat and I have a feeling I am going to make many many more. It fits my dreads perfectly!

I had my meeting with the graduate advisor yesterday. I have cancelled out the Women's Studies MA/JD program. I don't want to go to law school. So now I have to look into Ph.D programs and get some information on the career outlook.

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Holy Moly.

February 8th, 2007 (05:23 pm)

Wow. What a day. Today has been really amazing.

I went to my first class of the day- Women and Activism. We had a pretty interesting discussion about organizing across differences. After class I talked to another student about a Women's Studies Honor Society. She and a few other people got a chapter of the national one (Triota-I believe) started at our university last year. She said they went through the whole process and filled out all the forms but the faculty advisor to the group isn't with the school anymore and the president of the organization isn't responding to emails. I suggested that we get together and figure things out. Get a new faculty advisor and if the current president remains unresponsive- find another one. I really want to get this organization started. It would be a great way for me to make friends who have common interests as me, and also it would look GREAT if I held a position in an honor society on my graduate apps.

I also talked to one of my professors about being interesting in the Women's Studies/Law program and she is getting together a list of people that I should talk to. I am also going to meet with her to talk about my options in the future. I really admire and respect her and I think she would be honest with me about whether or not I would fit in the problem among other things.

After that class I went to my Feminist Critical Readings class. It's already half way through the quarter and she has never given us grades for anything. I just took my midterm earlier this week. I have been worried about my grade because the professor and I disagree in class discussions pretty often. I got my grade today for everything up until the midterm and I have an A-! I am really happy about that. She isn't an easy grader either. I overheard her talking to another student who was unhappy with her grade of a C-. This other student is smart and participates in class discussion. So that makes me really happy.

After that class I went home and started working on my Biology homework. I hate biology. I cannot comprehend it and it makes my head hurt to read about it. It isn't even normal Biology. The title of the class is "How Cells Reproduce". The whole class is about different ways that cells reproduce. It's awful. It's an online class and I was looking through it's page before I had even gotten my book to see what the assignments were like and what not. I accidentally opened the first quiz and it had a time limit and I had to just guess on the answers. I think I got a 68 or something. The next quiz I studied for like CRAZY. I spent alot of time on it and I ended up doing worse than my first quiz when I just guessed. I have been working really hard on it and I have still been worried that I won't pass. So today I looked at all my grades and decided to see what my average is so far. I have a B. I have no idea how that happened. Not even a B-, a B!! I am really happy about that and I am going to continue to work my ass off and keep the B maybe even raise it to a B+. So that's awesome.

I got an email from the head of the Women's Studies department telling me that the graduate advisor is going to contact me soon to schedule a meeting to talk about different grad programs.

I had a pretty good day :) Now I am exhausted and feel like I could fall asleep right now, but I still have to read and outline another chapter of Biology.

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Detour.....Crochet!

February 7th, 2007 (02:38 pm)

I feel pretty confident in my fair isle abilities now. I spent about 3 hours at Barnes and Nobles the other day and looked through pretty much every knitting and crocheting book they had. I found one amazing book that I ended up buying. It's called _Hip Graphic Knits_. It has a lot of fair isle, stranded, and intarsia patterns. I think I am going to knit a pair of leg warmers from it, it has traditional fair isle designs and little pears. It also has a pattern for a yoga mat bag made with Himalayan yarn, and silk sari yarn! I think I am going to make one for my mom and one for myself. I really want to start taking yoga with her.

Super Bowl sunday, I watched Knitty Gritty's knit in for charity. I decided that knitting squares would be too boring, and that I should teach myself to crochet. I have always loved crochet. Granny Squares, Amigurumi, dreadlock tams, the list goes on and on. I learned how to knit my freshman year of high school. I didn't attempt to learn crochet until I had been knitting for about 4 years. Knitting was so engraved in my head that crochet was impossible for me. I attempted to learn several times, but I could never get the hang out it. Well, this time things went very differently. I used the video stitch tutorials at http://www.nexstitch.com/Tutorials.html and I can crochet now! I am very addicted to it. I haven't knitted since I learned. I know how to chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, increase, decrease, and join colors. In learning all of those techniques I made 4 sqaures for charity! I crocheted a scarf the night I learned. It took me about 3 hours and it is very long. I don't like it, but it was my first project so oh well. I am sure my skills will continue to improve as time goes on. My first knitted scarf looked awful. I think I will give it to charity.

Here are two of my crocheted flowers-



I love crafts in general. I love to knit. I love to crochet. I need to continue to broaden my horizons and learn new crafty things. I don't want to support sweat shops, so the natural next step is sewing! (I think that made more sense in my head than it did when it came out. I meant if I become proficent at sewing I can stop buying new clothes that support sweat shops, and start buying used thrift store clothes and reconstructing them to suit my tastes) I took a sewing class when I was about 12, but I don't remember anything. Luckily, my cousin who recently graduated from college majoring in Fashion Design gave me her old sewing machine. I am going to try to teach myself to sew also.

I love making things so much. I can't explain it. It gives me such a great feeling. I really want to explore (and possibly write on) women and crafts through out history. I don't know if I would be able to write about it in feminist perspective about it though.

I found another possible graduate route to take. I found a program that is 4 years long and at the end of it you earn a MA in Women's Studies and a JD. So it's Women's Studies/Law. That might be very interesting for me. So I am going to look into that more. I am going to meet with the head of the Women's Studies department and ask her a million questions. I just want a degree that is going to make me stand out. I want to teach Women's Studies on a college level, but those jobs are hard to find. Having my Undergrad and Grad degree's in Women's Studies and my Doctorate in Law, might make me more valuable to a univerisity. If I can't get a full time job as a Professor right away I would also have the option of being a lawyer for an organization that I feel is doing something good for the world. So thats something to think about. I am going to email and make an appointment to with the department head right now.

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wow. life changes.

February 2nd, 2007 (03:11 pm)

Well, I have been thinking a lot about my life lately. I have been very happy with my decision to switch majors from Fine Arts to Women's Studies. Still, a bad feelings about my future have been hanging over my head. I am very lucky that my dad offered to train me under him in business and eventually pass his business on to me. I feel like I would be taking that job only for the money. While I am sure I wouldn't hate the work I would be doing- I would not love it either. I think I know what my passion is and I have to follow my heart. I want to be a Professor of Women's Studies. I am going to go on to get my masters and my doctorate degree. I love school, I love learning new things, but the main thing I love about school are the discussions I have in my classes. I would be amazingly happy with my life if I could make a living from having great discussions and opening the minds of students to ideas that are important to me. I am very happy that I am able to pursure this!

Unfortunately, my GPA is not what it needs to be. Last quarter I had a lot of trouble in my program and recieved a very unfair and ridicious grade- which I think I am going to try to get changed. Last quarter really brought my GPA down. My GPA is a 3.158. I would like to graduate with a 3.7. But the lowest possible GPA I can graduate with is a 3.4. If i get a 3.809 GPA for this quarter and the next two quarters, I can be at a 3.45 by the begining of my third year (this fall). I can do it, but I need to work really really hard. I am taking a class that is very difficult for me this quarter. I do alright on the worksheets and other activities (b average), but I have failed both quizzes that I have taken so far. I am also taking a psychology class that is pretty easy. I don't put very much effort into it all at and I am getting a 'B' in the class right now. I am going to kick it up a notch and get an 'A' in pysch. I am going to go to tutoring for my Biology class and study really hard for the quizzes. I am also going to e-mail the Professor and see if he will meet with me. I will earn a 'B' in this class. I can do this and I am going to do this!

I really need to get involved in some student organizations. I know my schools Women's Studies program has a Women's Studies Honors Group. You have to have a certain GPA to become a member. I doubt there are too many members, so I bet I could Become President or Vice President by the time I graduate. I am going to look into some other groups my school has and pick one or two to join. I know they have an Amnesty International group, Feminist Publication, Gay-Straight Alliance, Students Educating About Eating Disorders, United Students Against Sweat Shops. My school has a lot of great organizations. I need to look into this.

Now it's time for me to stop talking and start acting. I have a lot of studying to do this weekend.

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Fair Isle

January 30th, 2007 (05:49 pm)

Whew. I have been struggling with an addiction for some time now (since the release of the winter knitty). I have been knitting nothing but Calorimetry's. I have a ton of them. I put little cables in some of them. I will post pictures of those later. I have managed to stop myself from knitting another Calorimetry and decided to teach myself something new. I have decided to devote the month of February to mastering colourwork.

Last night I tried to knit a Fair Isle star. It look horrible because I didn't know that you have to weave in yarn if passing it over more than 5 sts. I passed my yarn over 17 at one point. Needless to say my sad little star turned out very distorted. Here it is.


So today I decided to read about Fair Isle in The Knitting Directory by Allison Jenkins. The instructions were very helpful. I would recommend this book to knitters of all skill levels. It has 100s of decorative stitches and simple instructions. So anyhow, this book has several sample Fair Isle patterns. I made a few small samplers today.

SIMPLE FOUR STITCH BLOCK CHECK PATTERN


SIMPLE BLOCK CHECK PATTERN WITH CENTRAL SPOT


CONCETRIC SQUARE PATTERN USING 3 COLORS


ZIGZAG AND CROSSES


I can't believe how easy it is! I have been knitting for about 6 years and I have always been to scared to try colourwork. I am branching out now! I am going to do a sample of every Fair Isle pattern in the book, and after that I think I am going to try to design some Fair Isle leg warmers!

Every month from now on I am going to pick a technique that I don't know- or that I am not too familar with- and master it! No more living in fear! After this year I bet there will be nothing that I can't knit!

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