Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Promises, Promises

I keep saying I'm knitting, and I am to an extent, but not really enough that there needs to be a big update.. SOOO I've decided to show you some of my drawings! One of my New Year's resolutions was to draw a little every day. I've done that if you consider writing words on paper as drawing.. but more recently I've been able to draw at least a little every day. Here are a few drawings:

I SHOULD be able to post more knitting stuff this summer. But I will be working and I may be getting an internship, so that will take up a lot of time. HOWEVER!! I'll be going to Scotland(/London/Belfast) for four weeks in July. So I'll be blogging more then probably, mostly about traveling. But I'm going to go to a few yarn stores hopefully, and I'll definitely fill you in on those. :) So get excited for this summer!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

What to do while knitting...

So, since I am now on spring break and I'm realizing just how little I've been working on projects, I started knitting on that cape. And it was quiet. What to do while knitting? I'm the kind of person who needs at least two things going on to keep myself interested. The other day, in the Mac Lab at school, we had to watch a video on .. something about graphic design. WOW I can't even remember what it was about! Well, anyways, the teacher told us to turn off our computers to make sure we were paying attention to the film. I was almost dying 30 min in. All I was doing was listening - my hands weren't doing anything but fidgeting.

Then we come to today when I was knitting. I had been watching some shows on my computer already and decided I didn't want to start something else. Then I thought of something - I reached for my iPod and realized I could play my Russian language CD! I have the first two lessons for learning how to speak Russian which includes phrases such as, "Excuse me, do you speak English/Russian?" "I speak a little English/Russian" "Are you English/Russian" "Yes/No, I'm English/Russian." (One thing that annoys me about this, though, is that I can't see it spelled out - I'm very visual, especially when knowing how to pronounce something! But of course that would mean learning a whole new alphabet.. crazinesss!)

If you're like me and get bored if your ears AND hands aren't busy, you could start learning another language through tapes, such as Rosetta Stone or any other recorded language learning listening recording! It's a fantastic way to keep your brain and hands busy, while learning about other cultures and how they say things. This could come in VERY handy if planning an international trip to a country where they speak a different language!

This year, I've been in Italian 1 and 2, so when it asks me to repeat a whole phrase, I often completely blank and go for the Italian version - "Si, io sono inglese" "Mi scusi, parli inglese/italiana/paruski?" "Si, parlo un po."

I find the study of language so interesting! It can be SO frustrating and confusing when you start, but once you can start understanding what others are saying when they speak that other language, it is so encouraging! And you realize just how much you really have improved. Plus, it gets easier to learn that language the more you know of it PLUS learning/understanding other languages gets easier. For example, I can almost make out Spanish now. My teacher also mentioned once that Italians speak Italian to Portuguese who speak Portuguese to Italians and they can understand each other! (Did that even make sense?) That is so cool.

Anyways, just something to think about, and a good way to spend your time! Learn that language you've always wanted to be able to understand! DO IT!

Not an update..

..because there's nothing to update. BUT I have decided to make something with the blue yarn I made! How exciting!! haha

Updates to come...

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Sorry guys, still haven't had a whole lot of time for knitting etc, but I do have an update! I started on the monkey for February. I'm making it black since I don't have any brown yarn I'm willing to use on this project.... Anyways, here's the monkey:
It looks a little freaky right now, especially without the ears, and I'm not totally convinced it's ever going to stop being freaky. The white eyes are just a little much, but black eyes wouldn't have shown up, so what else was I to do?

I've also been working on that cape, which is nearly 13 inches! I have to keep doing this same stitch for 18 inches, so almost there!

The throw I've been working has come to a halt... I need to buy the next color before I can do anything else on it, and since I've been focusing on the cape, I haven't been thinking about that.