Happy Monday everyone…I’ve been back from Rochester a week and finally found time to update here. I’ve been working, sleeping, even a little knitting! No pictures because there’s no visible progress, but I’ve been plugging away at the bridal knot shawl. Last night Adam and I went out to dinner on the beach, tried a nice little Italian place – good food, the waiter was a little inexperienced but he sounded like he was right off the boat, so we gave him a break. Today we went to Tampa to check out the Apple store so I could try out their laptops…I think I’m convinced. I love PC – I know my way around, I know all the shortcuts, I can build one from the ground up and do pretty much anything I need to do – but I’m tired of the slowness, and the viruses, and how fast everything changes. If you have any comments in favor or against either one (apple vs PC) let me know, I need help! I’m impressed, I can even get microsoft office on my mac! That would be great, one thing that was holding me back from mac was that I didn’t want to sacrifice all my word files (thesis, etc).
I’ve thought about a laptop for a long time, but always decided against it because I have a desktop that works perfectly well. Alas, now that I’m living in a shoebox, my computer has been retired to under the desk and I work off of Adam’s – mine comes out when I need a specific file or to update my iPod, but thats it. So I figured, the computer is four years old anyways (or is it five?), the processor is sloooooowwww, and I can use it to watch movies at work (the one shift per month where I sit still for more than ten minutes). The deciding factor? I’m going back to school. I’ve decided for sure now… Barry University in Miami has a distance program for a Physician Assistant Masters degree program through St Petersburg College, right in my county. The program is very good from what I’ve heard, and I suprisingly don’t need very many prerequisites! I can take the three or four classes I need starting next Fall through SPC once I get in-state tuition status, then the following fall once I’ve completed my contract to my job I can start the PA program full time. So, five more years. I can do that. I still have to talk to the people at Barry to iron out what exactly what prerequisites I need, and after that I apply to the program…so nothing is for sure. And I have to take the GREs, so I bought a Kaplan review book and thats my new buddy for the next couple months. BUT it feels GREAT to have some kind of a plan!
Back to the grind…hopefully knitting pictures next time. And maybe…some spinning?
Here it is…Tempting II, as seen on Knitty. Made with Rowan “Calmer” yarn (coincidentally, in the “calmer” colorway) on size 8 needles. I made the size 36, which called for four balls of yarn but took me almost five. I’m not sure if its because my gauge was too loose or what, but I actually altered the pattern to be slightly smaller than ordered so who knows. The yarn was very interesting to knit with (its a cotton/microfiber blend), very spongy and stretchy. The stitches aren’t as uniform and “pretty” as they are with 100% wool, which makes it look a little more handmade than I wanted, but it turned out pretty well. I’m going to wash it and see if that helps at all.
I have a big blue button to go on the neckline on the left when I find my needle and thread. This was a fairly quick knit – 15″ of k1p1 ribbing got boring though. I followed the pattern until I attached the sleeves, then knit only 4.5″ up to the neck (instead of the 5.5″ the pattern instructed). I also changed the neckband so that instead of attaching to the body only on the right side rows, on the wrong side rows I P2tog’ed so it went twice as fast, and in theory is half the length. Its already a little loose for my taste, so I’m glad I changed it. I’d probably make it again, with smaller needles so that the stitches aren’t so big. All in all not bad, and actually wearable in Florida! (and of course, that is my
major only requirement for projects lately.)
In other news…Friday morning I leave for Rochester! Saturday night is family BBQ at the house, Saturday and Sunday all day I’ll be packing and cleaning my old house, and the rest of the time should be devoted to knitting, visiting, and hanging out with the family. Oh yeah, and eating (Dino BBQ, Jerimiah’s wings, wegmans…I never thought I would miss Rochester food so much!) Can’t wait to see you all!
Adam was sworn in today…he’s officially a police officer! I’m so proud 🙂
Still trudging along…I’m getting used to night shift (as in I can stay awake for the whole shift) but my internal clock is seriously messed up…for a while I was sleeping every second I wasn’t at work, but now when I get home from work in the morning I’m not tired until noon or 1pm (bad when I have to get up for work at 5pm), and on my nights off I fall asleep by 10pm (after sleeping all day). My poor brain is so confused! I’m trying really hard to keep a more “night shift” schedule on my days off (stay up until 2 or 3am) but so far its not working too well.
I have gotten some knitting done this week…I’m knitting Tempting II from Knitty with blue yarn in Rowan’s “Calmer” yarn. Rare for me to actually knit something with the intended yarn, but I had a hard time finding another cotton/microfiber yarn with the same elasticity and the pattern only called for four balls of yarn, so I splurged. I love it so far, the yarn feels great and is pretty forgiving – the pattern is a little slow (15″ of 1×1 rib) but I finally made it to the sleeves so it should finish quickly. I’m using a button in place of the buckle, which also means I need to learn how to make a buttonhole. Once that is done, I’m motivated to start working on the shawl again, and I have plenty of sock yarn to keep me busy at work. Once I start making a dent in this stash, I want to venture into fair isle….any ideas?
I’ll be trekking up to Rochester July 21st-25th. A little suprisingly, I actually miss the place – not just the people in it. I have a checklist of places to visit and things to eat while I’m there (for all the cultures mashed together down here, Florida doesn’t have much in the way of authentic food.) I need REAL buffalo wings, philly cheesesteak, good pizza…and maybe some Dino BBQ and Tahoe’s if my stomach can take it. Ra-cha-cha here I come 🙂