Not what I planned…

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I’m still sick, which has only been exacerbated by going out partying twice in the last three days. I haven’t knit at all, and the bus system is horribly confusing.

I do love most of my classes though, and my room/house is great. I’m having a great time back at school and I can’t wait to settle into the semester a little more.

Things aren’t going as planned with the weather either. When school starts, I’m ready for it to be fall, right away. No more of this summer business that makes me want to stay outside all the time. That’s not how it works. If I’m in school, I want to be able to wear sweaters (not sweat profusely from walking to class).

So fall, hurry up would ya? I have plans for a sweater (and a million pairs of socks), and I need some cold weather for that. Cooperation would be most appreciated.

I’m going to regret that in February, aren’t I?

A realization, of sorts

I have been browsing yarn shops, knitting stores, and patterns all morning. I have realized a number of things:

1. Drooling over knitting bags (that I really don’t need) is only wasting my yarn budget.

2. Ravelry doesn’t understand what I mean by tunic. I want something sort of like this, but with sleeves. Not a sweater dress, but not a sweater. Something just long enough to wear with tights.

3. My sister will always need mittens. She always has cold hands, and she has a tendency to go through at least one pair of mittens per day… The perks of having a sister with a disability & therefore bad circulation. Knitted things are always necessary and welcome.

4. There is no way I will ever be able to knit everything in my “Favourites” list on Ravelry.

5. All of the things that I have favourited from magazines, with the hope of creating a pattern just from the picture, will probably never be made. I don’t know the first thing about creating patterns (unless it’s for hats), especially not for the brutally complex sweaters that I’m fond of.

6. Thinking about knitting does not mean I am actually knitting, nor does it get the knitting done any faster. I’m still slow, no matter what I do.

I have come to the conclusion that I need to bring knitting with me to class starting in the fall, so I can knit in my awkward 50 minute break between classes. I can also knit while I’m waiting for things, and as a study break. That will get things done. This conclusion means that I need a small, packable knitting bag. I’m sure I could make one, but it’s way more fun to look at them online.

Clearly, I have a problem with stuff. I’m forgetting that the actual act of knitting is what I enjoy.

I think there will be a trip to the yarn store tomorrow… There goes the yarn budget, right out the window.


Today I’m “less” everything. Book-less, lunch-less, knitting-less. I’m at work, and I’m focus-less.

The knitting-less thing is really starting to get to me. I have tomorrow off (finally) so I’m planning to make a dent in the weaving-in-ends pile. It’s getting a little excessive. I’m also hoping to get something on the needles as soon as possible. I’m definitely going to cast on for a couple of things; I need some vanilla-zone-out-and-nod-off-knitting as well as something a little more convoluted. I can’t wait to sit by the Olympics and knit again tonight.

Is it sad that I can’t wait to sit and watch Olympics and knit? I’m a teenager; I should be partying and having a great social life! That’s what school is for, I guess.

I’m also hoping to get some photos up tomorrow of the finished hat (once the ends are woven in of course) and my current Christmas knitting pile. I know it’s way too early for the C-word, but I need to get some focus if I’m going to seriously do some Christmas knits this year. I’m actually getting excited for the December grind, when I’m working on 5 different projects at once, and all I do is knit in every spare moment.

I’m so looking forward to some time off this weekend. I’ve been busy these past couple of weeks; when I’m not working, I’m doing something. It’ll be nice to have a little time to re-energize before my last 4 days of work then vacation! I’m learning that I really do need time to myself to just relax. It makes me happier and I’m more productive.

In Canada, this is a long weekend. I have plans on Monday, but that means I actually get two days off in a row! And tomorrow, Olympic Show Jumping is on, early in the morning. I’m feeling some breakfast-in-pajamas-knitting-early time coming on! I used to do that a lot during the winter Olympics in Torino in 2006. It seemed like every day was a snow day too, so we were home from school a lot.

Gosh, all this talk of Christmas and winter… Looks like I’m ready for fall!