booksavvy: (Doctor Who//Stripedy Fandom)

As of October 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm, the Scarf of Doom is complete. To be fair, it's not the complete length, but that's due to the boyfriend actually wanting to be able to wear it and because he is by no means the height of Tom Baker.

It sounds so ridiculous, but I really didn't want to finish it. I've been working on this thing for 2 years and 12 days. So much has changed during the time I've been working on this thing. I can almost look at every few stripes and tell you what happened while I was working on it...

Ulysses was only my baby for a month here and Matt & I had only been a couple 5 months.

 Matthew and I had just gotten back from London

Found out my sister was pregnant & was working on Shower invites.

 I knitted this red stripe while sitting next to my mother's bed in the hospital the day before she died.

 Knitted during My first Chicago TARDIS con in the Lobby of the Westin Lombard :)

  Matt's 31th Birthday and during my last two months at IU.

  knitted while visiting Mom's grave alone for the first time.

It's so strange to finally be done with this thing. Matthew really loves it and says he'll wear it proudly (and lend it to me... even if it is for one of "those" (ie cosplay) things.

So. Here's to 2 years of hard work and sad times officially completed. Now to move on to all the other knitting projects sitting in my Ravelry queue ;)
booksavvy: (Doctor Who//Romana II Books)
So another day at the reference desk, another update. I really have nothing interesting to post, I'm just super bored. I should be studying for my midterm (yes, you heard right. Stupid Ed classes have midterms? Ugh.) but I don't wanna. Nor do I want to read or knit or do anything. I'm that bored.

Did my taxes and filed my Fafsa. In theory, this should be the last FAFSA I need to ever fill out. Then again, I've said that before. I'm getting a nice chunk from my taxes that will be going to pay off that pesky London trip and other assorted things of need/'want. I still need to file in Illinois and Indiana, since the "free" filing from the gov't doesn't include state taxes and TurboTax wanted to charge me $25 per state to do them. Umm... that's close to all I'd be getting back from them, thanks. So now to figure out how to do that. I think I'll just head to the public library to get the forms for non-residents for IN and file IL online. I guess. Ugh.

The best part about filling out the FAFSA? When they told me my estimated family contribution was $0. I'm that poor. LOL, that's never happened to me before and it made me chuckle.

I'm so done mentally with this semester. In fact, I'm getting sick of Bloomington in general. Not that this town isn't SO much better than Bloomington-Normal, but I'm just done with being so far away from my friends. And now that my library friends are starting to graduate and leave, I'm feeling a bit lonely too. But I'm already plannnig for the summer. Moving into a new apartment with cheaper rent, FINALLY going to visit [profile] mind_bottling in Orlando in May! Woot! Sadly, that week would have been the Disney's Pirates & Princesses Week (I found out from some awesome forums) but stupid Disney cancelled that. Boo to you Disney! We had a blast being all piratey and saying "AVAST!!" and "I BE NEEDING SOME BOOTY!"... lol. But more importantly I get to spend some time with Jen that's longer than a few hours at her house over a holiday.

Hmm... what else? Ugh. That's it. I'm soooooooooooooooo bored!!! I guess I could go knit some more. On the plus side, I'm over 300 stitches so far! Don't you love how annoyingly accurate this progress bar is? LOL

You know what makes me happy? My kitten has been sleeping curled up next to my head again (and sometimes with his paws across my throat) nuzzling against my face. That's a nice way to fall asleep, even if when he wakes up he steps on my throat and wakes me up. LOL, price you pay for having an adorable kitten I guess.

Maybe more later... not sure :)
booksavvy: (Dr Horrible//Sarcasm)
That is my prediction... that this update will be far too long. Let's see how it works out...

I love this icon, btw. Doogie Howser for the win. I bought the DVD from and the video is on my iPhone which makes for interesting watching during the long bus ride home from school.

I meant to update on my trip to London, but that was nixed when missing a week of classes actually had consequences. Doh! It took about two weeks before "vacation mode" wore off. In a nutshell, London was fabulous. If you don't have facebook and want to see some pictures, here's the link to my photos (and if you do have facebook, why aren't you my friend! LOL ). It was an amazing city, I can't wait to go back and I kinda want to live there. But considering I can't afford to live in Chicago, and London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in... it's not looking that good. But alas... I shall move on to more current things. Sigh...

More stuff, so as not to break friend pages... ) cough:: left to live in NEBRASKA. Don't get me wrong, the new people are great, and even got all my lame Doctor Who jokes I made about Wales and phone boxes and the dirty feeling you get when you realize you have a crush on Tom Baker, but still. I finally got to move on to making kyle wrappers, but I was kinda bummed they also taught the newbies how to do them. I thought there was an order to learning the treatments, but I'm guessing that was just Karissa's old way of things. It's been hard to fit in all 10 hours at that place, simply because it closes at 5 and isn't open on weekends and my weekdays are very random with classes...

Ahhh... classes. How I miss library classes!!! I'm basically finished with the MLS... which is a scary thought. So right now, I'm taking three... count 'em, three education classes, two at the graduate level. You might be asking yourself, "Stacey, you don't know anything about education, what are you doing in masters level ed classes?" And I would say... "I have no freakin clue!" Thankfully, my one class is basically a rehash of Materials for Youth Services (ie. books that kids like to read), so that's not bad at all. And I have another school media person in the class, as well as two other graduate students. The rest are undergrads... the ones who are only in the education major because they HAVE to go to college and it seems as good as any other major. I doubt some of them have actually read a book. They actually started to freak out when they realized they'd have to read one children's book a week. Yes... one children's chapter book. Sigh... At least that one is tolerable. The other class is Learning and Cognition in Education... which is fancy psychology speak for how to teach kids using psychology. The class is all education majors, with the exception of me, who already have BAs in ed. Thankfully, the teacher is awesome and has noticed that I have no background in education or psychology and will hopefully take pity on me.

The last class is H340... yup, and undergraduate class. I am probably as old as the freakin' teacher. And of course, lucky me, there's a group assignment. My group has to discuss the stereotypes of young girls/ young women in the media. One of my group members, a guy who I think is in the PE education tract, when asked if anyone had any ideas about a way to narrow down the topic, offered this charming bit of info "Well, I have a lot of experience with young women...hehe...". No, you probably don't dear. Sigh... This will be a long semester.

I'm set to take the PRAXIS test on Tuesday. I have to take a test for undergrads to prove basic competence in order to teach. Apparently already having a Bachelor's degree and being in a graduate program aren't enough. No no, I have to pay $130 to take a test to prove this. Lucky me. Do you know the last time I did any college level math? Umm... about 8 years ago. So I'm attempting to study for the Math portion (which is open in front of me, but that's as far as I've gotten). I'll get my scores immediately, with the exception of the writing score which will take a month. Then I can apply to the School of Ed and apply for Student Teaching. And lucky me, when I try to get a job in Illinois, I'll have to take the Illinois Basic Skills Test, which is the same damn thing as the PRAXIS. Illinois just wants more money. Grrr...

In good news, this means I will be able to student teach in the Fall, meaning I will be out of here in December 2009. Woot. Which is both exciting and scary. A bit freaking out about possibly being done. And the whole student teaching thing in general. I just need one more education class over the summer and they will be done. A Master's in Library Science and K-12 School Media Specialist Certification. That better be enough bang for my buck to get me a job... because that's a lot of bucks.

On a geekier front, I'm hoping to make at least one day of ACEN, although that could be a problem if summer school starts right away. I haven't even thought about cosplay stuff, although I did find an awesome jacket for an original Bellatrix Lestrange design I always wanted to do... this coat, with green trim instead of red. But I don't really have $70 to spend.

Yesterday, I finished knitting my first hat!! Woot!! It's not as nice as I wanted, since the pattern didnt' mention anything about how knitting on circular needles would require me to have to switch to double pointed needles once it got too difficult to decrease. Still not sure how the recommended "use two circular needles" would work. Knitting books don't always mention this stuff people! In any case, it functions as a hat and I still have half a skein left to try again on either smaller circular needles and double points or just double points.

You might be asking yourself, "Self, why isn't Stacey working on her massively long Doctor Who scarf?" And I would reply because stupid me left all my yard back in Chicago. Sigh. I realized 2.5 hours into my 4 hour trip back to Indiana that I'd left the Rubbermaid tub with all my knitting stuff (with the exception of the scarf itself and the skein of color I was currently working on) back in my parent's house. So no more scarfy for me until I get back to Chi-town. Which I had hoped would be next weekend, but so far there have been no takers on working my Sunday hours. Sigh. It's looking pretty good, if I might say so myself. And so I shall...

I am getting pretty loopy so I think that's enough for now. I wish I could sleep at the reference desk with just a sign that says "Poke for Reference" but I'm thinking that would be asking for it.
booksavvy: (Doctor Who// Tom Baker scarf)
Well, I'm finally onto a red stripe! Not too shabby for my first knitting project ever, I'd have to say! I'll post some pictures when I get a chance, since it looks much more impressive in person... well... not really impressive... ;)

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Day 1- My first 14 rows!

Poor Ulysses. I wouldn't let him play with my needles so he took a nap. But I was able to finish my first 14 rows of knitting EVER! Yay!!! I even changed colors. No disasters so far, but it's early still. 8 rows of purple and 6 rows of the next color block of tan/ash (which is a total of 52 rows)... thankfully I bought a counter because I'd lose count so fast...

I should have been doing homework but I did this instead. Bad bad grad student...

doctor who progress bar
booksavvy: (Doctor Who// #4 Scarf)

Closer to the real color..., originally uploaded by electrastarr.

Yay!! My first package of yarn arrived today from Woolworks. They were the only place that had the green I needed in stock. Of course, the other store that "had" all the others was out of this and now it turns out is out of a few colors I ordered from them. They said they should have some in within the week. I hope so, I'm itching to get started!!


Sep. 28th, 2008 08:15 pm
booksavvy: (Five decorative veggie)
Well I just both my yarn online for my Doctor Who Scarf... all 16 skeins of it!!! Gah!!! I said "Matthew, are you sure you don't want me to shorten it, since you are OBVIOUSLY not as tall as Tom Baker?" And was met with a look of utter disdain. So yes... 16 ft scarf at the ready.

It won't be in in time for the start of the Knit Along, but that's okay. I should be doing homework and class related things, but since I'm too poor and strapped for time to cosplay or even make a Halloween costume this year (boo!), this is my excuse to remain cosplay...ey? Timey-wimey? Wot?

Sorry... it's really really slow at the reference desk right now. Library school readings are boring my head off right now so I'm blogging instead of doing homework.

I'll post pics when I get the yarn. I had to order from two different places because one was out of one of the colours. Figures, huh?

Sigh.. back to readings on Evaluation of Library Collections and Services... ::dies::

booksavvy: (Doctor Who// The 4th Doctor)
Yes, I'm going to attempt it... Thanks to the fabulous people at [ profile] who_knits and their annual Knit Along... The Scarf... Season 12... hopefully finished in time for Matthew's birthday (February). Which will give me enough practice on the garter stitch than I'll ever need. And be helpful for future Whovian Cosplay...

Now to go buy some yarnage... there is a cool yarn store here in town but I'm a little intimidated to go in there. I hate going into stores that are empty, especially when I'm not really sure what I'm doing (oh yeah, did I mention my knitting prowess consists of little squares that never end up square?). They have lots and lots of pretty colors. I found some of the colors online, but of course, one is out of stock. D'oh!

I figure with a whole group attempting it, it'll at least be fun even if I mess up :)

Here's a Progress Bar to keep track of... we're at 0% right now... LOL

doctor who progress bar


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