Do Anything

I’m in a state of flux at the moment. My life is not going in the direction that i might have hoped or expected. I’m not sure what’s next for me, but I’m also not sure that’s a bad thing.

I’ve said before that I have a my dream job. Well, I had it, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I don’t anymore. And that’s not the easiest thing in the world to face. It’s very, very hard. I’ve had one of my biggest and oldest dreams taken from me. And now I have to find a new dream.

And that’s scary. That’s big and it’s scary and it’s real. I have to find a new dream. I have to move in a new direction. And I don’t like that. I like being in a comfortable, familiar place. I like doing what I always do. I like knowing what’s coming next. I think that’s fairly normal for humans.

And I don’t have that right now. I don’t have a real plan that goes beyond September. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life anymore. I don’t know what I’m going to be. I could go to grad school. I could (try to) write a book. I could work in a bookstore or a coffeeshop or I could hitchhike through Europe. As one of my former coworkers told me in June, I can do anything with my life.

The question remains though…what will I do? I don’t know yet. As I said earlier, I know what I’m doing at least through September, and I do have some idea of what I’ll be doing until next June or so. I’ll still be reading and knitting and drinking tea-all of those things that I do so well. But now I need to either find a way to turn those things that I do well into a way to earn a living or I need to figure out what else I do well.

So I can do anything. But where will that lead me?

Accountability-Round Two

About two years ago, I wrote a post that was titled “Accountability,” and in it I talked about my crafting goals for my first year of teaching. (You can go hunt it down if you’d like. I’ll sit here and wait while you go look for it.)

Well, I made myself another list…about two or three weeks ago. Here you have it…my list. If you can’t read it, well, scroll down a bit, and you’ll see a typed version of the list.
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1. Finish Katie’s sweater ASAP. (I did this…and I mailed her the sweater…and she received it. So I scribbled it out on the list.)

2. Finish A’s blanket by 8/25. I’m working on that. See?

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Scrunched up baby blanket being worked in the round

3. Finish J’s blanket by 9/19 . I’m working on that. You can’t see pictures of that yet.

4. Sea grass tank ASAP…I’ll get there when I get there.

5. Midnight pullover ASAP…see previous comment.

6. Alleghany Morning by Thanksgiving…I’m sure it’ll happen. (Fingers crossed!)

7. Laramidia in stained glass

8. Ultravioleta by late October

9. White cowlneck sweater by Christmas

10. Light pink folded by Christmas-or late January

11. Evelyn cowl to publication by Easter

This is the current status of the Evelyn cowl project. Pattern notes haven't really commenced.

This is the current status of the Evelyn cowl project. Pattern notes haven’t really commenced.

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  This is what happens when Augustus Waters dies. I screw up an entire row of knitting due to crying.

12. Bold move by April

- Make dad a scarf for Christmas. –> Use stash yarn

-Use slate and ballet slipper. (This has no relation to the previous note.)

 

So, dear readers, this is what you SHOULD expect to see coming (on and) off my needles over the next several months. If it’s not happening, yell at me.

And now, before I leave, here’s the cookie cake that one of my coworkers and I got Insomnia Cookie to make us for Harry Potter’s 34th birthday.

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FO: Water St. Cardigan

My latest finished object is actually a revisiting of a pattern that I’ve worked with before and dearly love-Glenna C’s Water St. Cardigan. I made this cardigan for myself a little over a year ago, and this spring, I decided to make one for a friend. IMG_2074 I’m the model in these pictures because I still need to mail this to the intended recipient. But that’s on my to-do list for the day.IMG_2077I used Madelinetosh Sock yarn in the Cousteau colorway. I love the yarn and the color. The yarn is a good lightweight, sturdy yarn that will be great for the recipient’s lifestyle. And the color, oh my gosh, I love this color. It’s to die for gorgeous. I have another skein of sock in cousteau and a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina in cousteau still in my skein, and I can’t wait to knit with them. The color is seriously beautiful. IMG_2078 IMG_2080 The pattern is brilliant, and I have plans to work with it again. IMG_2081More details can be found on my project page.

 

Balsamic Vinegar and Pizza?

Yesterday morning, I was sitting at work when an idea popped into my head. I was struck by the sudden urge to marinate tomatoes in balsamic vinegar. And then, I thought that I should also do this with peaches while I was at it. It sounded fun, delicious, and summery.

But I didn’t want to just marinate the fruits and eat them. I wanted to make a meal with them, and I also wanted to use the loaf of Italian bread in my pantry that desperately needed to be used. So I decided to make a pizza (well, really two pizzas) out of them.

I scribbled notes and pondered things while at work. And when I got home, I made these two glorious things. (I know the pictures aren’t great.) IMG_0172

Balsamic Tomato-Goat Cheese Pizza

(makes two pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • One loaf Italian bread, sliced in half
  • Two large tomatoes
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1.5 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • Garlic to taste

Slice the tomato into bite-sized chunks. Marinate in balsamic vinegar for 30-40 minutes. You can add basil here if you like; I think it adds to the taste.

Pour the olive oil over the bread. Then add the basil, oregano, and garlic. Allow this to marinate as well for 30-40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the tomatoes over the bread. Break the goat cheese into small chunks and sprinkle over the bread.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before eating.

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Balsamic Peach-Goat Cheese Pizza

(makes two pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • One loaf Italian bread, sliced in half
  • Two large peaches
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1.5 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Garlic to taste

Slice the peach into bite-sized chunks. Marinate in balsamic vinegar for 30-40 minutes.

Pour the olive oil over the bread. Then add the garlic. Allow this to marinate as well for 30-40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the peaches over the bread. Break the goat cheese into small chunks and sprinkle over the bread.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before eating.

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A Fortnight of Birthday

On July 1, I will be celebrating my 26th birthday. And since I am a big fan of Tolkien’s works, I believe in celebrating my birthday like a hobbit. How do hobbits celebrate their birthdays? They give presents to others.

Therefore, in honor making it 26% of the way to my centennial, I will giving you 26% off the purchase price of any of my patterns on Ravelry. Furthermore, because I’m a hobbit and I like to celebrate my birthday, this sale will last a fortnight-or fourteen days. Therefore, from June 25 until July 8, you will be able to get 26% off the price of any pattern simply by entering the code: happybirthday2ewe.

FO: Laramidia Cowl

On Saturday, I finished another summer cowl. This project used the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color May color and pattern. The pattern was Laramidia, a shawl, and I adapted it slightly to turn it into a cowl. The color is mellow, a delightful mix of yellows, greys, and greens/blues. And the yarn is TFA’s red label, which I love ever so much. It’s so soft; it’s like wearing a kitten around your neck.

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Modern Recasting of Jane Austen Characters

This post was born out of a discussion that I had with one of my housemates over which modern actors could/should best play various Austen characters baed upon their public personas.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Fitzwilliam Darcy

He exudes the aura of Byronic hero.

Jennifer Lawrence as Elizabeth Bennet

I think this one is obvious. She feels like the modern Elizabeth Bennet to me.

Ryan Gosling as Charles Bingley

Well, duh. He’s charming and adorable without being TOO serious.

Jessica Chastain as Jane Bennet

She’s sweet and delightful but you can see a depth to her.

Meryl Streep as Lady Catherine deBurgh 

Because Meryl can do ANYTHING

Anne Hathaway as Mary Bennet

She could make the traditionally bland Mary interesting.

Robert Downey, Jr. as Mr. Collins

Just because it would be hilarious; it would be a stretch for him, but it would be a funny stretch.

Either Lindsay Lohan or Miley Cyrus as Lydia Bennet

Do I need to explain this?

Mindy Kaling as Emma Woodhouse 

You have to root for Mindy, and you have to root for Emma.

Tom Hiddleston as George Knightley 

He’s so sweet that it’s not creepy for him to have been in love with you since you were sixteen.

Chris Hemsworth as Edmund Bertram 

He seems a bit clueless at times, but he will figure out the right thing before the end. And he is very well-intentioned.

Mia Wasikowska as Fanny Price

She’s a tremendously talented actress, and her performance as the titular character in the 2011 Jane Eyre convinces me that she could be a delightful and endearing Fanny Price.

Kat Dennings as Marianne Dashwood

She’s sweet. She’s over the top. And you can’t hate her no matter how much you want to.

David Tennant as Colonel Brandon 

He’s strong. He’s heroic. And he always wants what’s best for you. Oh, and he’ll do anything to help/save you even if he doesn’t think you’re interested in him. Also, I kind of just want to see that Dennings/Tennant action.

Emma Watson as Elinor Dashwood 

She’s practical. She’s logical. But she really does want to be loved.

Sam Clafin as Edward Ferrars

He’s young and adorably naive. But he genuinely wants what’s best for you and he will eventually leave the bad-news girl for the good girl.

Henry Cavill as Frederick Wentworth

He’s strong. He’s dependable. And he’s stunning.

Michelle Dockery as Anne Eliot

She’ll wait for you for as long as need be. She’ll be patient and faithful. And then in the end, you’ll get to see her hidden depths of emotion.

Agree? Disagree? Who would you cast? Let me know in the comments.