One by one I am mastering the yarn arts. A couple days ago on a snowy day I finished crocheting my first blanket.
I started this project as an impulse project while I was in Hong Kong this summer as a plane ride project. I (also impulsively) bought this cheap lime-greenish yarn from a street market vendor in Fa Yuen and when I looked back on all my yarn purchases, I really could not remember why I had decided that this color was a great idea. I would never wear it and I had so much that I decided a lap blanket/throw would be a good use of the yarn.
Me in the Moscow airport, crocheting and searching for Edward Snowden ha!
After approximately 10 years of knitting, I think I’m finally getting a little jaded by it so this was my main project for a while. And now it’s finally done! After I finished all my green yarn, it was still a little small so I collected a bunch of old yarn from my stash that I thought would make a good color scheme to make a granny square border.
I didn’t use a pattern because I don’t really know how to read crochet patterns yet but this is how I did it:
I cast on a bunch of stitches and repeated a pattern of 3 rows of single crochet and 1 row of double crochet until I ran out of yarn. It was roughly square shaped. Then I added a granny square border, switching colors for every row.The finishing edge is 3 rows of single crochet. Basically I just improvised.
When newbies came to Knitting and Crochet club and asked me which is easier, I never really had an answer. Now that I’ve had some crochet experience I think crochet is actually easier and more flexible. But I personally like the look of knitting better. Haha I’m just a little biased!
Now that I’m nearly done with the semester I guess I should start thinking about Christmas presents… what are your holiday crafting plans?
Fall 2013 is finally over. And I am both relieved and anxious of the fact that I am now more than halfway done with my college career.
You know this thing?
I somehow did all of them, plus marching band, plus having a job, plus occasionally going to the gym. I don’t know how but I did it all, but it’s been done. Yes, I feel like Superwoman.
You know what my most hated excuse is? I don’t have time. Do not even try to talk to me about not having time when I was going straight from class to work to activities some days of the week not returning to my apartment until 9pm to start my homework. If you want to do it, you’ll get it done, trust me. You have time, it’s just not a priority.
It’s only now that I realize how much pressure I’ve put on myself by being involved on the executive board of so many clubs. It’s too soon for my peers to be telling me “when you are president next year.” Although I believe that I would a great leader for some of these groups and I would love to be one, if granted the opportunity, I am afraid of how much responsibility I will be putting on myself. The problem with my leadership is that I cannot trust other people to things for me. If I want it done right, I will do it myself.
Sometimes I just want to give up and see what it’s like being a mediocre student that’s not involved in any activities. Believe it or not they exist. Where I work, I do critiques of undergraduate resumes. Sometimes a Senior will come in trying to get their resume fixed up for a job after college and I see that they didn’t include an “Activities” section, and it’s because they are not in any activities. Seriously, how do you go through four years of college without joining any sort of club? Not even the hobby or sports clubs? My response: “Sorry, I guess you’ve got to work with what you got.”
Now I can just sit back and relax after my last final on Friday. This winter I’ll be working and making some moolah but for the most part I won’t have to worry about classes, grades, and leading activities for once. I’m going to knit and crochet and maybe get into beading. It’s going to be awesome. Oh, and I’ve got a finished crochet project that I’m almost ready to share. I must admit I’m pretty proud of it. You’ll see it on here soon :)
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for all of the amazing experiences and opportunities that was given this year
2013 was and still is a great year for me. I was able attend a life changing conference (which I hope to attend again next February), I was able to work for a huge company in an amazing city on the other side of the world, I have a part time job that I love that also gives me a little more spending money, and I have another experience waiting for me next summer. What more could I ask for?
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my education.
I came across a blog post on the privilege of education and social justice advocacy a couple of months ago. While at times, realizing that you are part of an oppressed minority or an intersection of some can be depressing, it is also empowering to know that something is wrong and that you have the power in your hands to fix it. Ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge is empowering.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my class privilege.
Although my family came to America with literally the clothes off their backs, they worked hard so that my generation is able to have the option to go to college. Many others cannot say they have the same, so it is something that I take for granted everyday when I wake up and struggle to get myself to my first class. What hurts more than realizing that you are oppressed is realizing that you are privileged. If more people could see that, I think the world would be a lot nicer to live in.
Lastly, this Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family and friends.
Let’s all be honest and admit that not everything is rainbows and sunshine when it comes to the people you are the closest with but somehow they are still here.
It’s been a long time since I wrote something about knitting.
I’m a sucker for impulse projects. This took me about a week, but a couple days too late to wear to regular football game. Maybe this Saturday will be cold enough to show this off at the Delaware-Villanova game. (Find the pattern here.)
The pattern is written flat, but it’s was easy enough to translate it into the round. I’ve been hooked on fair isle color work since I made my first fair isle hat last winter.