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Mar. 15th, 2016

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Knitting is still so much fun!

So I went to a conference two weekends ago at UMass Amherst and had a blast.  I talked about living history interpretation and got some really good responses, which is not always a given in academia.  Then I went to Mount Vernon to learn how to distill and promptly got a stomach virus and was out of commission for four days.  So I'm just now finding time to breathe, having just caught up with the work I missed out on doing during my down time at Mount Vernon.  But thankfully I have found time to knit, in all of the craziness!  I finished the intarsia pattern on Sam's scarf, and now comes the arduous task of knitting the rest of the scarf to make it all the way over to the other end of the scarf, where I'll do another intarsia pattern.  But Sam's not supposed to know about that project, so I started making him a pair of socks!  I found this hilarious book, Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Until You've Got the Ring) which has a good starter sock pattern in worsted weight yarn, which I happen to have in Sam's favorite color because of the aforementioned secret scarf.  Sock knitting is BLOWING MY MIND.  Seriously.  I turned the heel last Friday night and it was like the heavens opened up to me.  Amazing.

I also finally seamed a cowl for me and a scarf for my mom, just before the weather turned unseasonably hot!  If only I had made the resolution to start knitting in October, then we could have actually used my knitted goods!  Oh well.  I don't know what I'll knit next, but I got a number of books with fair isle knitting patterns so I might do that.  I'm even tempted to spin my own yarn, but I'm going to make myself wait a while before I get into that!

Fun fun fun!
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Mar. 3rd, 2016

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Knitting Awesomeness

I'm here! I'm still alive! These past few weeks have been crazy, since I presented at a conference two weeks ago, went to a bourbon event last weekend, and am gearing up to go to another conference and to Mount Vernon this weekend.  But my fingers have been at work!  I think I officially have the hang of knitting.  I practiced lacework on a small cowl that I have yet to seam (now I know why people hate seaming knitted goods!), and then decided I would put the lacework to test and learn how to knit in the round.  I made these two pairs of lacy mitts in just a couple of days and I had a lot of fun!  I really like knitting in the round and I think I want to tackle socks next.



The pair on the left is mine, and the pair on the right is for a friend.  I think I prefer the more defined yarn of the pair on the right, so if I do lacework again I won't use a fuzzy yarn like the one on the left.

I started a scarf for Sam as well.  I decided to try and tackle Intarsia because I'm crazy!  I'm making him a scarf with this chart at one end.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-trek-insignia-chart I think the rest of the scarf will be striped, but I'm not sure.  If I don't hate intarsia after finishing that chart, I might do some block letters.  I can't decide what to spell out, though!

Knitting is so much fun!!!

Feb. 9th, 2016

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More knitting fun!

I think I'm hooked! I learned how to purl yesterday and made the stockinette stitch swatch on the right.  I am really happy with how even my knitting is getting!  After that, I started on a seed stitch scarf for my mom, waiting for the yarn for my historic knitting projects and my new needles to arrive.  I'm also going home and I'm going to rummage through my childhood bedroom for the many knitting supplies I gathered over the years during my starts and stops as a knitter.  Now I actually get it and I can use that stuff!  I'm so excited.  This is so fun!
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Feb. 7th, 2016

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Yay!

I finished my scarf! While I was visiting my grandmother, she remarked that she loved the color and I decided to give it to her. Don't worry, I promptly went to the craft store to tide me over until my Knit Picks order arrives :) I'm glad I was finally able to finish something knitted! Knitting felt so natural in my hands, I feel like I was meant to do it. I can't wait to work on my next project! After the next scarf, I'm going to start on a new cowl and a mid-nineteenth century nubia, and maybe some garters. So many possibilities!

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Feb. 5th, 2016

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Welp.

Found out today that I probably didn't get accepted to present at a conference I really (really REALLY) wanted to present at, because a friend of mine already heard back about his acceptance and I haven't heard anything.
So now I will obsessively check my email again and again and stress until I find out the final verdict.
At least I have therapeutic knitting.  I probably knit 1 foot by 2 feet of my scarf I started yesterday, since it is just going to darn quickly because of the size of the wool. So I guess that's good.

*mope*

Feb. 4th, 2016

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We did it! We did it!

ashamanja_babu taught me how to knit! And I made this rectangle thing! Baby steps!

Also, it was super fun to knit over skype. I am definitely available for future skype knitting sessions!

Yay!

Also, if it wasn't clear, ashamanja_babu is the best. That is all.

Feb. 1st, 2016

grad school

Yay!

This week has been fun so far!  I had a nice weekend with friends and today I had my first day back to fencing in almost three years, and it felt good.  I'm also exploring new areas in research and trying to pin down what I want to do my thesis about.  It's all very exciting!

Jan. 23rd, 2016

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Halp

Is anyone available to teach me how to knit over Skype? I keep trying to learn but I knit too tightly every time!

Pretty please? I have huge needles and huge yarn to learn on, and I need to do something with my hands during class other than picking at my hang nails!

Jan. 20th, 2016

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Eighteenth-Century Dreaming

This is the year I'm hoping to legitimately get into eighteenth-century clothing.  I attempted it before, but failed miserably and ended up wearing mostly sub-par secondhand clothing.  I'm going to really put an effort to making things right this time, especially things that are right for my status.

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Jan. 18th, 2016

grad school

Grad school zombie

I am so, so sorry that I've become a grad school zombie and haven't posted on LJ all semester.  I'm drowning in school work and have barely had any time to sew, but that's no excuse.  I miss you guys a lot!  I don't want to be a grad school zombie!

I hope you guys are all doing well.  Despite having a lot of work, I love my grad program and I am even considering going on to get a PhD (!!)  Not to mention, I've taken an opportunity to work with the Curator of Costume and Textiles at the DAR museum in Washington, DC all this summer--DC! Costume and textiles! Oh my god!  I'm really, really excited if none of you can tell. It's starting to look like I can actually make history, even living history, a career.  That is pretty sweet.

This update is short, but I will definitely keep posting.  I'm planning on getting back into the groove of actually creating things, especially now since I'm genuinely settled in to my apartment.  To tide you guys over, here is an (albeit poor) photo of my last project, a wool crepe and vintage cotton velvet pelisse modeled after this fashion plate.  I had a great time making it, but unfortunately didn't get to keep it (but I did get paid! Whoo!)


I love you guys and miss you!  Cheers!
Melissa

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