Go here. This explains it all. As a former member and probably future member of MLA, I encourage you to help this researcher out. Because, as we all know, knitbloggers rock, and world domination is soon to be ours. I heard about this via Norma's blog where I lurk on a regular basis.
Honestly, this graduate student has such a sad paragraph in his post. He's afraid he's going to have this party and no one will come. So go visit, ping, and help a guy out. Show him what we're made of, friends!
I want to share with you all about a documentary on PBS that will air tonight. "Two Square Miles" is about the struggles that a small town, Hudson, New York, faces as the community searches for common interests. A woman whom I respect a great deal, Maija Reed, has a cameo appearance on the program, and the program will also show her workplace, Time & Space Limited. I plan to watch it, and I hope you do as well.
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I enjoyed my little break from school, and it was difficult to get up and out this morning. I think many of my students felt the same way. That end-of-the-semester buckling down is starting to kick into gear, though. It's my favorite time of semester. I love seeing the students piece together all of the things we've worked on for the previous twelve or so weeks. Next semester I have the opportunity to teach a novel or novella to my freshmen. Can I tell you that I'm frozen in terms of selecting a novel? I love so many books, and I'm also worried that I'll select a book that most of my students have read already. So, I"m torn among books such as The Things They Carried, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea (do you think you can get that if you haven't read Jane Eyre?), Grendel(must one have read Beowulf to get it?) or maybe a shorter Steinbeck novel. I'd like to read something by a woman, as male writers are certainly well-enough represented in most readers. I'd love to hear your suggestions. This class isn't a literature class, but rather a composition class in which we use literature as a springboard for writing.
So let me know. What book did you love when you were around 18 years old?
I finished my Malabrigo Christmas Fetching mitts for my cousin. This yarn is so, so, so very nice to knit. I have a confession, too. I've never "gotten" those "I sniff yarn" buttons that I see around blogland. Until Malabrigo entered my life. The faint aroma of vinegar that comes off of this yarn makes me so very happy. So. Very. I didn't do the picot edge, but I think I will on the next pair. Did you see the pairCookie made for Scout? Loverly!
Here's the start of a baby sweater I'm making out of the prototype of Scout's Needles on Fire yarn. I think it's my favorite of her yarns (at least until I go look at the others, then I won't be able to decide!). The colors are unlike any other that I'm seeing from handpainting artists. I think this will be a sophisticated sweater for a little peanut due in the next few months. I started with the Mason Dixon Knitting kimono, adjusting the stitch number to accommodate the finer yarn. Now I'm thinking I want this to be a cardigan. I have an image of perfect little swank buttons bringing out the purple or light pink of the fabric. I've got my sketch book by my chair so I can mess around with schematics.
It's kind of fun to switch between this dainty project and the chunky meathead hat. Little needles, big needles. Thin yarn, chunky yarn. While I have a lot of grading to do this long weekend, I'm going to try to get a lot of crafting time in. I can't wait for winter break when I can paint and sketch and spin and sew and knit and crochet my days away. Until then, though, I'll do my best to balance work and writing and crafting and family time.
I'm thankful to have such variety in my life. I'm thankful for so much, and I'll certainly spend my knitting time tomorrow thinking about everything and everyone making my life so rich and wonderful. Including my bloggy friends.
Two weekends ago Neal and I stopped by the local Grange for its fall rummage sale. I picked up a pyrex pie plate, six linen napkins (to be used for sachets), and this sweet lady, all for two dollars. She was the first thing I saw when I walked in the door. I'm not big on tchotchkes, but I couldn't resist her. Now that she's had her photo shoot, she keeps me company on the little side table next to the chair where I write, grade, spin, and knit. I wonder what she's got on the needles?
So, yeah, we're pretty much in agreement. D.C. is the Bond of my dreams. I'm not alone.
Can I continue to think like a pre-teen? Guess what's on Bravo? (Like how I know all the tv stations now?) Bridget Jones's Diary. Neal has gone off to sleep, so it's me and the dogs. I'm going to make a hot chocolate, get starry eyed over Colin Firth (call me fickle if you like), and alternate between my project out of Scout's prototype Needles on Fire yarn and my festive Meathead hat.
I visited my two LYSs today and picked up yarn for some felted slippers and the Meathead hat, as well as a fabu button and suede handle for a felted bag I am finishing.
Ok, gotta go make that hot chocolate. Hope you're having a cozy night, too.