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I deserve no sympathy

30 November 2007

Sometimes I think I should take my own advice. A few weeks ago, my computer decided to give me the blue screen of death. After some technical advice and some finagling and avoiding a full format of the hard drive, it returned to its former glory. Now, this shouldn’t have been a problem, you know, if I were the type to take my own advice and BACK UP MY STUFF. Yeah, I don’t do that so much. I am the one who constantly harps on my parents and those who are slightly less computer knowledgeable than myself to make sure their information is stored somewhere other than their computer, you know, in case the comp ever decides to not respond to your commands. And yet, when I myself am faced with a situation where I could lose a whole 4 years or so of grad school, not to mention photos, music and miscellaneous other stuff, I don’t take my own advice and back it up. And then, to make it that much worse, I had a whole 7 days of functionality, plenty of time to rescue said information while I sorted out what was causing the malfunction. Did I do anything? No. Did my computer die again. Yes. Am I currently typing this from the computer lab at uni. Of course. Le sigh.

In better news, I have been knitting quite a bit. I decided, against my better judgement, to go ahead and knit Christmas gifts for some loved ones this year. Simple, no brainer projects. The boyfriend is getting Dashingfrom knitty and a simple hat, both knit from Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran. Yeah, yeah, I know all about the pilling action, but the color was perfect and I love knitting with it, so it really doesn’t bother me so much that he’ll use them for about half the season. My sister in law, aunt, mom and boyfriends mom are all getting washcloths. If I have time, I may knit dad a hat and Dashing as well, but I know he’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t get is standard issue flannel shirt this Christmas. We’ll see.

Pictures to come, if I can resurrect the laptop from the grave.

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It has to start somewhere

21 November 2007

Hello. The last thing the world needs right now is another blog, but alas I feel the need to make my own contribution. I intend for this blog to not only serve as a record of my knitting projects, but also to share random other interests, life events and musings of my life.

So, first I’ll share some basics about myself. I am a 26 year old American expatriate. I am currently studying and living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. I’ve lived here for nearly 4 years. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but for the most part I don’t regret the experience. I will be moving back to my hometown before the end of the year, and I cant wait. It’s been real and it’s been fun but it hasn’t been real fun.

I’ve been knitting for about a year and a half. I had been interested in knitting when I was younger, as I was really into all crafts, but I never bothered to learn. My aunt did teach me to crochet when I was 8 or 12 or sometime around there, but it didn’t stick. I picked up crochet again when I did my undergrad. A granny square afghan that I never finished. I finally decided to teach myself to knit as a way to relieve stress and as entertainment. I was also cold. I wanted to make myself a scarf for the autumn in April 2006 (Southern Hemisphere= reversed seasons) but was finding it hard to find one in my price range. Instead, I went to the bookstore and after some browsing bought a copy of Stitch n’ Bitch Nation. The next day I went to a craft store in the city cast on for a garter stitch scarf and suddenly I was a knitter. School unfortunately put a damper on my knitting time so I don’t have a huge number of finished projects, but boy have I read a stupid amount on the topic! The amount of books and magazines I have read about knitting, on top of all the blogs I read is a bit embarrassing. I think I’m a bit obsessed.