To quote the deep poetry of Staind, it’s been awhile.
It’s weird to think that there’s only several more weeks until Christmas. I’m not entirely sure where this year has gone, but to be honest, I’m not that upset that it’s about done. (And like, I don’t even remember making a post in October, so there’s that). It hasn’t been a terrible year, but it’s been a frustrating one in many, many ways. It taught me a lot about the relationships that I have with people and I feel like I grew up a lot. But I’m not sure if 2014 is a year that I will reflect upon fondly in years to come. That remains to be seen.
This fall hasn’t been too bad, I suppose, besides the awful report that consumed my soul at work. I’m getting closer with my coworkers and it makes going to work way more enjoyable. I’ve really been enjoying my training runs, even if I do not enjoy the slow, creeping signs that I’m not 20 anymore, and that I should stretch every once in awhile, goddamn it. I’ve been trying to be crafty, too. I went through a lull where I wasn’t being very productive, but I’ve been able to work on some things. I’m trying to cross stitch little gifts for family and friends, and I’m probably being way overly ambitious thinking that I can complete them all by Christmas. It’s actually hilarious how delusional I am about it.
Lately I’ve been working on crochet, slowly working through Marion Mandel’s The New Crochet. Her book is excellent because it takes the reader step by step through new stitches, and you are able to work on a project afterward learning your new skill. The projects are very pretty and stylish.
I still have a lot to learn. I’m not doing any of the swatches before a project so I’ve found that my measurements are a little off. My first attempts were hilariously awful. I was supposed to make a hat using the simple slip stitch. It was supposed to look like this:
But I rushed through making it and I soon discovered the circumference of the hat was a little small:
So after that, I tried making a cowl, but once I finished it, it would not go over my head. It was too small.
I was sad. Clearly I was destined to suck at crochet forever.
Finally, I whipped up this cowl during Thanksgiving based on another project in the book. I had to elongate it a little bit (I really should learn how to do swatches), but behold! It fits! It does not look terrible!
I think my South Texan parents, who are used to wearing scarves maybe twice a year, were a little confused by the purpose of a cowl.
I’m working on a scarf next. I’m having a hard time figuring out where the end of the row is and keep increasing my work unintentionally.
ERGH. CROCHET IS HARD.
I’m still on that lovely Thanksgiving break schedule when I go to sleep at 3 am and wake up at 9:00, which is probably why I’m still awake now. It’s terrible. I did not want to get back to work today but I kind of need to pay rent and not get fired, so there’s that. But I’m looking forward to the holidays. And I’m looking forward to next year. I am planning a really fun trip with Boyfriend and my brother next year, so I’m already super excited about that.
I guess I should go to sleep or something.
If I blog before the end of the year, I will tell you about my latest obsessions: Mount Everest and when will “Blank Space” and “All About That Bass” ever leave my head?