I’m still alive, I swear! I made it safely back from London on the 17th of December after dragging all of my luggage across the city AGAIN, but it was fine. Currently I desperately want to go back to London rather than go back to school, but oh well. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but between coming home from 4 months in another country, going to visit family for a week and then straight into Christmas and New Years it’s been pretty intense. I have managed to get a lot of knitting done though. I have pictures, I just need to put them on my computer. Soon I’ll be getting into the crazy rush that is going back to school, so chances are I won’t be posting for another little while, but I just thought I should put something up to prove that I’m alive. And now it’s time for bed. Sweet dreams and happy knitting!
um. going to the airport is not going to be fun. December 15, 2007
I am officially done packing. I move out tomorrow, stay with friends in North London until Monday, and then leave for the airport on Monday morning. How I am getting to the airport is still up the the air, but damn it I will get there and be on time for my flight!
I have repacked by big suit case three times now, and shifted how my smaller one is packed. Thanks to my friend with the extra space saver bags, I do not have to leave any clothing behind and the bag I carry over my shoulder won’t be too unbearable and my carry on will actually be the right size. A word for those traveling to London, they don’t let you take more than one bag as carry on. You have one bag, and that’s it. Not like the states where you have one bag and a purse. You have to put your purse in the carry on. You can take it out once you’ve passed security though. So that’s good.
In knitting news, I’ve finished most of the Christmas presents. I have one project on the needles, and two that I will start once I get home. I started a new pair with the Cherry Tree Hill yarn from Ally Pally so I will have two projects on the plane instead of one. Maybe I’ll get a chance to start the England socks if Mouse and I ever get a hold of each other. We’ve been playing international phone tag for a while. If I hear from her before I leave, we’ll start the socks in our current countries. If not, we’ll start them while one of us is in their country.
Time for me to go to finish cleaning, and then go to sleep. I’ll hopefully post again before I leave, but if not I’ll post once I’m home. Happy knitting, and good luck with the Christmas knitting!
Sad face… December 7, 2007
So, today was my last day at my placement. It was supposed to be tomorrow, but I’ve got tomorrow off. It’s sad though. I like my little office with my one boss. It’s a lot of fun. But alas, it’s almost over. I fly home a week from Monday and then it’s back to Michigan. EEK! so soon! I would love to stay longer. In all honesty, I’d love to stay perminantly, but for now that won’t work. Time to get things together and get ready for grad school. Gotta love motivation… London got me through the first half of Undergrad, so hopefully it’ll get me through the rest 😦
time for me to try and sleep. sweet dreams, and happy knitting!
I swear, I do still knit. Just not often enough to take progress pictures…
2.5 weeks November 29, 2007
I leave in 2.5 weeks. I can’t believe the semester’s almost over…. And I had the revelation on Monday after turning in my portfolio that I don’t want to go home.
At least not long term. Visit home, yes. Ideally everyone should come here and visit me. But I don’t want to leave London. I like it here. I, in fact, love it here. I like my job (especially on days like today. my boss found out that i had never seen Diagnosis Murder and didn’t know who Quincy was. He litteraly put his head in his hands, jumped out of his chair, and walked out of the tiny office. Normally he’s very calm. I think the Christmas spirit is getting to him…). But yeah, I love London and am seriously considering grad school here….
In other news, Wales was fun. I have pictures, but I’m too lazy to take them off of my camera. I also have knitting that needs to be photographed. I have some Christmas presents to finish, and some to get. YAY Christmas shopping! I’m so excited that I can listen to Christmas music now and not feel crazy.
And next week I get to learn about British Christmas traditions… My boss is bringing Minced Pies. Sadly I don’t think he’ll be bringing mulled wine though. That would not motivate anyone to work… hehe. Any suggestions on American Christmas traditions or food that I can share?
I was going to put something here, but I can’t remember what. So I’ll leave you with a quote from Kathleen. This is what she said to me when I ran into her on my way to get my laundry:
“Hey! I was just thinking about you! So, I’ve decided that you’re going to marry someone with teenagers and live happily ever after… Don’t ask me how I came up with that!”
And this is my office…
and a quote from my boss today:
“We have British size fridges. You have American sized fridges as big as a house!”
Honorable Mention November 10, 2007
One of my pictures got an honorable mention in the program photo competition.
I didn’t win the prize money, but I do get the glory. Which is always nice.
Back to knitting, reading, watching House and just having a relaxing and lazy Saturday.
umm… October 28, 2007
I promise I have not fallen off the face off the earth. I just work four days a week and have class. I really should post more, but I get distracted. It’s a bad habit, really. So here’s a quick update of what I’ve been up to.
Yesterday I supervised strike at the theatre I’m working at.Go me!
I went to the BFI Film Festival and saw Closing the Ring. It was cute, and half set in Michigan. I also went to the premier of Things We Lost in the Fire, staring Halle Berry, and she was there. She’s stunning, and I mean it when I say there is a reason she has an Oscar.
I went to see Rhinoceros (the play) at the Royal Court which was fun. I’m going to see Kebab next weekend there as well. Possibly see Avenue Q on Tuesday, and then on Saturday it’s off the Oxford and the Cotswalds.
As for knitting, I’m making progress on things. nothing too exciting. Just knitting.
enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Ally Pally, for real this time! October 15, 2007
So, I was planning on resting on Saturday, and then going to Ally Pally on Sunday but by the time Saturday morning rolled around, I was ready to go. I took the tube all the way to zone 3, then the free shuttle from the tube to Alexandra Palace where the knitting and stitching festival was being held.
Amazing. There were so many people, I hardly knew what to do! So I bought a ticket (11 pounds for students. expensive, but who cares. There’s yarn!).
I wandered around for a bit looking at all the yarn. Sooo much yarn.
And I’m not kidding when I say this picture is about a third of the pile. There was a LOT of yarn.
So of course, I bought some. I was there for a few hours and managed not to spend all of my money. So, lets see what I bought!
Everything I bought for me was sock yarn, as usual. Here are the ones I can’t remember who I bought them from:
I love these colors, they’re just so fun. I also bought these two,
I don’t know what I’ll do with them just yet, but I’ll figure something out.
I bought yarn to make a present, and match one of the skeins from Canterbury
I have pictures of the yarn from Canterbury yarn, I’ll show those in a bit. But for now, this is the stuff I’m really proud of. I found a stand for Socktopus. The yarn was amazing. They just started up about a month ago. Seriously people, if she has the sock yarn you want, buy it from her. Especially if you’re in the UK (that’s really the point of the site, but everyone should still support her!). Anyway, here’s what I bought:
Cherry Tree Hill Potluck in Jewels. I’ve been tempted to buy this yarn online for a very long time, and now I have some. YAY! I also bought this:
Hand Maidens Casbah. This was the last skein she had when I got there. It was fate, I’m sure of it. This yarn is amazing! It is the only skein I haven’t wound yet. I don’t know if I have a pattern worthy of it. It’s so beautiful!
I also bought a pair of Crystal Palace double points because I love the ones I have, and they’re dying. But look at the cute business card and stitch marker from Socktopus!
Adorable. As I was checking out, I mentioned that I have a knitting blog and the owner asked for the address. WELL, while I was writing it down she said “OH! That’s you?! I’ve read your site before!” For the first time, I met someone who’s read my blog who I’ve NEVER MET BEFORE! I was so happy, I could have cried. It still makes me smile. hehe. So yes, buy all your yarn from her. She’s wonderful.
So, here’s the whole haul from Ally Pally:
Impressive, I think.
I finished the Horcrux socks while I was in Ireland. Here’s what they look like.
and a detail shot:
This is the yarn I bought in Canterbury. The two are miss-matched and I don’t know what to do with the purple one. The gray is going to be stripes with the dark gray from Ally Pally:
These are the other two skeins I bought:
I’m going to use them to make this. I can’t wait. Sadly I have to because of all the Christmas knitting, which is going surprisingly well. I’ve made a lot of progress. There’s still a lot left to finish though.