lilyofshalott: (Eowyn/Lady Elaine (angelfish_icons))

I have an interview for the GSLIS programme at Simmons College on Thursday. My mom and I are leaving early tomorrow morning by bus (12 hours—fun). I'm a bit nervous, of course, but hopefully things will turn out well. We're staying a week, so we'll be doing other things as well—my family used to live in Boston (my parents met there and both my brother and I were born there) and we've been back several times for vacation and such as well.

What's been going since my last post? Not much, really. I've mostly just been reading, knitting, and working at the library. I had my once-a-month Saturday at the library this past weekend, where I learned how not to go about issuing a new applicant library card (all was well, though), among other things. Speaking of knitting, I've gotten to the shoulder colourwork on Murray the cuddle Dalek (no pictures yet) and have a promising yarn in mind for my "Misty Garden" Charley scarf (Yes, I'm linking my post on [livejournal.com profile] charleysangels--I don't feel like reuploading the pictures). [And yes, [livejournal.com profile] lowc, your gushing over the Manos Silk Blend on Ravelry was quite instrumental in this.]

A few quizzes: The Time Travel Test )



Oh, and one more thing before I go. When I get back, I'm going to start on the Doctor/Companion/Master/Villain profile banners I promised I'd make for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil KAL of Awesome. Sooo, which Companion am I most like? Feel free to choose from any serial/audio/novel/etc. (it doesn't matter if I'm familiar with said choice, either) and explain why. Thanks!

And now I’m really going to bed. I don’t want to do so too late as we’re leaving quite early in the morning. (This from the girl who usually stays up until half one or later.)

Good night!

lilyofshalott: (Eowyn/Lady Elaine (angelfish_icons))

Yes, there's the old adage "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but when I'm shelving, that's what catches my attention (as well as the title). And I have occasional "I'm such a geek" moments when I'll be shelving things, see a book, and think, "Ooh! The title's in Hannibal Lecter!" (they used this for the PotO movie titles). Anyway, I was shelving in the YA section last month when the spine of Lisa Ann Sandell's Song of the Sparrow caught my eye (the spine has a smaller version of the cover picture). When I read the inside of the jacket, I knew I had to check the book out--it's about Elaine of Ascolat (which, as many of you know, is my favourite Arthurian legend)! I finally read it last week (I was in the middle of several books) and quite enjoyed it. The book is written as verse, but it reads more like prose: sentences with no set rhyme scheme or meter and very lyrical. It's lovely, really.

As for Dalek progress, this is where I've been for more than a week (I've been trying to figure out how to secure the colourwork in the shoulders). I took the pictures to-day and thought I should probably post them as I've been promising a progress post for a while.

Pictures under the cut! )



I had book club last night, which is always an enjoyable time. One of the things we talked about was journaling. No, this had nothing to do with the book--the book is generally talked about for maybe half an hour and then we talk about life in general, &c. Back to the journaling--I need to start doing that again (in a pen-and-paper journal, I mean). I kept a journal (actually, I suppose it was technically a diary) throughout high school and into freshman year at SU; then I stopped. I tried to pick it up again when I went to NCUR and on my England trip, but I haven't done much since then.

And I think that's enough for today.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Molecular impossibility (by nentaricons))

Happy Pi Day!

To-day's Savage Chickens cartoon is suitably festive. ^_^

In other news, I finished the bobble rows on my knit Dalek. Hurrah! \o/ I won't have to bobble again until the "eye" bobbles (the bumpy things at the top of a Dalek that blink when it talks--what are they called?). I'll definitely be posting pictures in the next few days. I also picked up my tea cosy last night after neglecting it for quite a while--it's amazing how easy the decreases seem since I've been working on the Dalek (the Dalek pattern calls for multiple decreases nearly every other row). ^_^

Speaking of things for the Good vs Evil KAL of Awesome, I may have found a possible Charley scarf! ^_^ It's called "Misty Garden" from the Scarf Style book by Pam Allen. A sample picture can be found here (if you type in "Misty Garden scarf" into your favourite search engine on "images" there are many more pictures in different colourways). It's lovely, but it appears to be lace--one more knitting skill to add, I suppose! I'll probably be posting to who_knits, zagreuswaits, and halfhumandoctor for colourway suggestions.

I'm thinking of making Rose's Doomsday mitts using KnitPicks Swish DK in Bordeaux--it looks like the perfect colour (I also love the "Cornflower" colour--though I've always thought it was "cornflower blue," not lavender). To learn cables, though, I think I might try Fetching in Swish Worsted Clematis Heather. (I love heathers and tweeds!)

And I'm off to continue the practice texture swatch for my cuddly TARDIS.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (knitting Dalek (lazulisong))

I started my Dalek for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil Knitalong last Thursday (using [livejournal.com profile] penwiper337's Extermaknit pattern. I've not gotten very far yet. For one, I'm a slow knitter to begin with. Secondly, bobbles of DOOM! The bobble rows are taking forever to knit. Also, I don't think they look very even. Anyway, on to the pictures!

bobbles of DOOM )

lilyofshalott: (Tea and book)

I really need to do better with this journaling thing. (And don't get me started on my pen-and-paper journal. ::pats it::) As it is, the most exciting thing recently is that I sent my application in for Simmons College on Friday--I'm applying for their library science programme. ::crosses fingers::

In knitting news (since that seems to be most of what I write about in here lately), I've mostly finished my mitteny mitts! I finished the first one a few weeks ago and finished knitting the second last week (I still have about five ends to weave in for the second one yet). After I finished mitt the first I took a few pictures--I didn't put them on Ravelry because I don't really like how they came out (it's a bit awkward to take pictures of a longish mitt while you're wearing it--especially when I don't have anything in the way of a tripod). I thought I'd still show them to you so you can see how pretty this yarn is (and I rather like how the mitts themselves came out). When the ends for mitt the second are woven in, I'll post more pictures. ^_^

Mitteny mitt! )



I haven't been able to start my Extermaknit for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil KAL of Awesome yet due to my woefully small needle inventory. I've ordered the circ I need from Jo-Ann and it'll be here by Thursday at the earliest. ::curses lack of LYS:: (yet again) I've also decided I want to make an Eight-inspired scarf--and/or a Charley one. I'm thinking Charley's might be a more spring-y scarf--she seems to be a spring-ish person to me (and I don't have any late winter/spring/early fall scarves yet). Any ideas for stitch patterns/colours/yarns/&c. to use?

And I'm off to watch the Academy Awards.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Potterpuffs Remus)

I've been toying with the idea lately of changing my journal layout a bit, namely switching from having a repeating wallpaper-style graphic to a fixed banner at the top of the page. Actually, that's not quite right. I suppose what I'm really pondering is whether to have a top banner and have the rest of the layout be "clean" (i.e. with a solid background, similar to [livejournal.com profile] nentari's layout) or to keep my wallpaper graphic, but no longer have invisible text boxes--or whatever they're called--similar to [livejournal.com profile] gentle_blessing's layout. I'd probably be doing this to my icon journal first as the variety of shades in the wallpaper graphic has made it rather hard for me to choose text colours that actually show up across the page. Of course I would also need to peruse the [livejournal.com profile] howto comms to find the proper coding and suchlike. Thoughts? Ideas?

Oh, and a quiz! I know I've taken this before, but I don't think I've ever actually posted it.

Which Mix of the Hogwarts Houses are You? )



In knitting news, I'm nearly halfway through mitteny-mitt the second! Yay! (I shall post pictures of the pair when both are done.) Once I finish it I'll be able to start on Extermaknit! (same needles) for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil Knit-along. Since Daleks count for Evil, I'll have to join Team Evil. ::laughs:: I plan on switching sides as soon as I finish the knitted Dalek of Awesome, however, and making Rose's Doomsday mitts (must.learn.cabling.), finishing my cuddly TARDIS, possibly making a jelly baby or two (no, seriously), and possibly a scarf.

Which brings me to my next question (I already brought this up on [livejournal.com profile] who_knits, but I figured since many of you lovely people on my flist are Who fans, knitters, or both . . .): The Fourth Doctor's scarf is quite iconic and suchlike, but what scarves would the other Doctors wear? How about Companion-y scarves? Ten's already covered, actually--[livejournal.com profile] chili_dance posted a WIP picture of a fantastic Tenth Doctor scarf.

And I think it's quite safe to say this post got away from me. Just a bit (hee). Well, I'm off to get ready for bed and do a bit of reading--we're doing Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale for book club this month and I'm rather enjoying it so far. ^_^

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Love and chocolate (by flicking_icons))

I finally finished the basketweave scarf I was making for my dad's Christmas present (I wrapped up the half-completed scarf--with a stitch keeper so it wouldn't unravel--so he could open it on Christmas, then commandeered it back so I could continue knitting)! I actually cast off and wove in the ends on Friday(?) but I hadn't gotten around to posting it yet.

scarf pictures under the cut! )



I'm halfway through my felted tea cosy! It's huge right now (I could probably wear it as a hat--and I've not gotten to the decreases to make the dome yet!) and I'm hoping it'll shrink down enough when I actually felt it.

tea cosy and yarny goodness )

[livejournal.com profile] who_knits is having a Good vs. Evil knit-along, which is finally going to motivate me to make penwiper's Extermaknit. I'm also planning on finishing my cuddly TARDIS and possibly making a pair of Rose's Doomsday mitts (because they're made of awesome). Of course, I need to learn how to cable first.

And yesterday was my first day at the local library--after some financial stuff and a tour of where the offices and such are upstairs (the library used to be a big gorgeous house), I got to shelve things. ^_^

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Stonehenge Stairway (by faery_icons))

I really should find/make a few knitting icons. Or more pretty non-fandom ones. Anyway, on to the point of this post . . . knitting picspam! Well, four pictures. Is that enough for it to count as picspam?

I think I mentioned wanting to start Be Speckled in a recen post, yes? Well, I cast on a few days ago! This is my first time using double-pointed needles; the ribbing was a bit tricky, but the regular knitting is quite fun. ^_^ I'm using Caron SimplySoft Heather in Denim Heather for the ribbing bits and James C. Brett Marble in Granite for the body. For some reason, I've taken to calling them "mitteny mitts." I don't know why.

Mitteny mitts! )



I've also been working on a scarf for my dad's Christmas present. And by this I mean I need to frantically finish it. I'm using the "Men's Scarf" pattern I found in my copy of I Can't Believe I'm Knitting!--it uses a basketweave stitch pattern which I rather like. The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Heather in Mushroom.

scarfy goodness )

In non-knitting, but holiday-related news, my mom and I were cooking or something with the radio on and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was playing. It came to the "He sees you when you're sleeping/He knows when you're awake" bit and she remarked that that line is a bit unsettling when you think about it. I then proceeded to recite a bit of the Zagreus poem (for those not in the know, this comes from the Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays featuring the Eighth Doctor and is "Zagreus sits inside your head/Zagreus lives among the dead/Zagreus sees you in your bed/And eats you when you're sleeping." ::shivers::). And then I saw this. Hee! (Possibly more amusing is finally realising that those are squirrels on Jack's jumper.)

And now I should probably go back to knitting more of my dad's scarf . . .

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Default)

The wonderful thing about knitting a scarf is that you can wear it while you're knitting (especially good if one's house is cold).

I finally got Penny (my computer) back last week--she'd been at the IT department of my mom's work since mid-September (mostly because the IT guys were quite busy). Good news: the IT guys were able to save the components of my hard drive (or something like that--I'm not very tech-literate) so I didn't have to buy a new computer. Bad news: the evil virus of D00M wiped everything off my computer. So Penny basically got Obliviated. In a Lockhart-at-the-end-of-CoS sort of way. ::cries:: I've got all my CDs loaded back on my computer (and all my schoolwork was saved onto disks), but I lost quite a few things I can't really replace--namely IM conversations and the like (also all my character history RPG stuff). Such is life, I suppose.

In happier news, I've been doing quite a bit of knitting lately. knitting stuffs under the cut )

lilyofshalott: (So my fantasy)

Alexander's coming home to-day for mid-term break (I think my dad said they'd be home around five or sixish). I find it hard to believe that the fall semester is half-over already! (Also, my five-year reunion is next spring--it doesn't seem like it's been five years since I graduated from HS.) Our high school's homecoming is also tonight. I'm planning on going to the game to see if any of my high-school friends are there--surprisingly(?) I seem to have kept more in touch with friends that I *didn't* graduate with. As always, I'll be paying more attention to the band, &c. than the actual game (I'm not too fond of football . . . and I *still* don't understand why it's called "football"--the ball isn't kicked very often).

GRE and knitting-cut for length )

lilyofshalott: (Those who dream)

First of all, yay autumn! I went apple-picking with my parents and a friend of ours on Saturday. It was a bit warmer than it usually is when we go, but we had a picnic beforehand which was lovely. There probabably will be pie in the near future and I'm definitely going to make apple bread (it's such a simple recipe and quite delicious as well). We bought a bag of Dove chocolates at the store yesterday and I was happily surprised to find the messages are autumn-themed (I believe this is new--at least I don't remember them doing this last year). To-day's Dove thought: "Read a book under the Autumn trees." Lovely!

I've been working at the bookstore for a little over a month now. It's been going well so for and I do enjoy it. (Oh, and our website is ready!)

Since it's been a while . . . HP scarf progress!

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
398 / 658
(60.5%)

In other knitting news, I'm working on a basketweave scarf for my dad's Christmas present. Once I get my computer back (and have enough scarf to take a proper picture) I'll post pictures. The cuddly TARDIS is on a bit of a hiatus until I figure out how to do the sides, however. At this point I have the top, bottom, and light finished. My parents gave me the materials for the felted tea cosy from KnitPicks for my birthday so I've been working on that as well. That reminds me, I really should learn how to do decreases before I get to that part of the pattern . . . And then there's Ravelry. I'll sign in, intending to look around for a few minutes, and then realise I've been on the site for over an hour. It's a wonderful site, though. (I need to post pictures there, too.)

And it's nearly dinner-time, so I should finish for now.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (TARDIS wheee! (spiralsheep))

Psuedo-picspam! It really isn't enough pictures to be a proper picspam post, but the pictures are pretty much the sole purpose of the post . . . and I've probably used too many words starting with "p" in this sentence (9). Anyway . . . on to the pictures (and yes, they're knitting pics)!

yay yarn! )

lilyofshalott: (TARDIS (alleycatfish))

LJ was down yesterday when I was wandering about the Internet so I decided to go to the KnitPicks website to look up the pattern for the tea cosy I was talking about before. This may not have been a good idea. Why, you ask? I found several more patterns that I'd really like to make :
* Argyle pillow ~ I'd probably change the colour scheme a bit, but how cute is this pillow?)
* Christmas stockings ~ A perfect way to learn how to knit socks (I doubt that I'd make normal-sized socks)! And they're adorable.
* Fingerless mittens/armwarmers ~ I saw a free pattern very similar to this on the LionBrand website, as well

Cut because I'm sure this is going to end up longer than I thought )

lilyofshalott: (GoF chavvy blonde (cleolinda))

Scarf update! I haven't done anything (yet) to-day, but I did a bit of knitting yesterday and the day before (In which I think I reached a record--I did six rows yesterday. Yes, I know that's sad. I'm a slooow knitter). I've finished up the fifth trapped bar . . . which means I have nine more for the completed scarf. ::sighs::

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
266 / 676
(39.3%)


In other news, happy birthday Harrison Ford! (It's my brother's birthday too ^_^ )

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Stonehenge Stairway (by faery_icons))

Scarf progress:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
256 / 676
(37.9%)

And for amusement (and to keep this from being solely a knitting progress post) : the Amazing Meganame Generator (snagged from [livejournal.com profile] petitmayfaircat)!

pure silliness ahead )

lilyofshalott: (Default)

Yes, yet another scarf update post (I really don't have anything else to write about).

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
248 / 676
(36.7%)

That is all. For now at least.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Eight facepalm (lfire1))

To the knitters on my f-list:

Have any of you tried this method of weaving in ends while knitting? It looks brilliant (and v. helpful when one has a project that requires many colour changes, like, say, a HP scarf), but I haven't been able to get it to work properly . . .

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Those who dream)

Yes, yet another scarf progress meter:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
240 / 676
(35.5%)

(2 rows of which were done yesterday and five of which I did this evening) This is meant to motivate me to knit more/quicker, but it's a rather time-consuming project; I was knitting for three hours (watching the Live Earth concert) and only managed five rows. ::sighs:: To-morrow we'll be picking up Alexander in Lewisburg--he had an Ultimate Frisbee tournament this weekend--so that will be another 4-ish hours of possible knitting time (along with a Wegmans trip, huzzah!).

In other knitting-related news, the summer KnitPicks catalogue came yesterday and I found my fall project (I'm considering changing the colours slightly). I do think this will motivate me to learn increasing/decreasing and double-pointed needle use. And it's adorable. ^_^

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Lizzy giggle (iconzicons))

Today's horoscope offering from My Yahoo!:

"Sometimes you feel like Alice at the tea party, but other times you identify with the Mad Hatter. Hey, go with it. Even a balanced and graceful sign like yours feels off-kilter every now and then."

Hee! I love when my horoscope is amusing (that's really the only reason I have it on there). It was about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory once--that was fun too. ^_^

That is all.

~Michelle

ETA: Scarf progress as of tonight

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
233 / 676
(34.5%)

lilyofshalott: (We're all mad)

I promised pictures of my current knitting projects, yes? Our Internet has been troublesome lately; I typed this up earlier in the evening in Word which is a bit annoying because then I need to go back and reformat things. Anyway, on to the picspam!

I do love knitting patterns. )



Not quite dimensionally transcendent . . . )

Because cameras want to feel loved, too )

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