Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wow, it's been just over two weeks since last posting... but I have good news on that front. I'm back to the land of the living!!! As of 1:30 Tuesday after I finished all of my degree requirements and had received all of my grades for my undergrad degrees. Yes, Tuesday was the big 45 minute thesis presentation and then oral exam. And I have to say that I couldn't happier about how it went. There were so many people there supporting me, it meant so much. All of the faculty were there except 3. My boss and the desk man at the tutoring centre where I work (the latter of which knows nothing about stats) were there, an alumni friend came, quite a few students and my parents too. And the examining committee even took me and my parents out for lunch post talk/pre oral exam on the department which I thought was incredibly nice. You will also be happy to know that I managed to include a slide about sock knitting!
I knew I just had to incorporate knitting in somehow as I'm so well known for it in my department.
In swappy news I received me package from my Ravelry College Swap pal ravelrayah.
Notice the cute knitted top she made for the bear?
And as she's received her package, this also means that I can share with you the knitted garment I made her, a calorimetry from Knitty:
I unfortunately fell into the ongoing plague of huge calorimetries so I attached a second button to the other end so that it could be adjusted from both sides. And I think it's still super cute. If only I had one for myself now :(
Having had 2 days off so far, the knitting has picked up full swing but I shall perhaps leave that for another post as I can't give everything away at once when I need to start posting more often now can I?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Checking in

Not a long entry but checking in to let you know that I'm still living. I got my honours thesis handed in on Thursday even if it nearly killed me to do so. Wrote my first exam today and will continue to write them into next week.
In stolen moments and a Jenna day post thesis handing in I did some of the following knitting:
Monkey socks made out of Yarntini in the Sangria colourway. I've had this wound for casting on since probably back in December, atleast. Now I can finally have them. The knitting is going really quickly. The pattern is just so easy to get into the knitting zone with.
Then there's the baby bib that I've been saying that I wanted to try. And yes, I made it from the Mason Dixon knitting book, the baby bib of love I believe it's called. Super cute, just perfect for baby J.
There's also been a small project for my Ravelry college knitters swap. It's not a secret swap so I best not be saying what it is or posting pictures. Though I will say that I've never knit it before and that I wound up like two rows short of yarn and had to go back to the yarn store today to buy a new skein. (Funny story too, I walk in to the yarn store and right in front of me is my department head at the university with another professor. She convinced him to let her stop on their way to lunch. It was fun, we gabbed about knitting. But I told the dept. head that he was definitely the last person I ever expected to see in the yarn store, weird. Math is everywhere I tell you!)
Oh, and work continues on the bunting. It will be finished in good course for the first week of May as long as the mother doesn't go into labour too early but I've been lucky so far. Wish me luck getting through these last few weeks so that I can get back to posting and finishing VIP knitting projects.