Update on 2012 Goals-Round Two

We are more than 50% of the way through 2012, so I thought I’d update us all on how I’m doing towards accomplishing my twelve goals for 2012. So I’m copying and pasting the amended list here. Then I’ll mark what’s complete and what’s not. And I may even amend a few goals…again.

  1. Finish reading Middlemarch. It’s a carryover from last year, but this year I’m going to do it. Sorry, George Eliot, but you will not be on my 2013 list. Anthony Trollope will be replacing you. DONE!
  2. Make six shawls this year. I made four pairs of socks last year, and I’m determined to do something awesome this year. To be entirely honest, I don’t know why I’m so fixated on this, but I am. So, six shawls, here I come. (If you’re wondering why I switched from socks to shawls, it’s because I use sock yarn to make shawls, but I like shawls more because they’re accessories you can really show off to everyone…even if they don’t notice.) Done…and I’ll probably have more than six done by the time 2012 ends. 
  3. To find a real job-I think this is self-explanatory. Done! Praise the Lord!
  4. Take the GRE…Done, but I don’t think grad school is coming up as quickly as I once thought.
  5. Figure out which schools I want to apply to for grad school…and maybe apply this year? I might put that off another year. It depends on how a few other things play out. As previously stated, this goal is probably being postponed for quite some time…and I’m quite fine with that.
  6. Go to Iowa for a week and see The Hunger Games with Jenn. DONE! And I’m more than willing to tell you how much I loved The Hunger Games. I loved it. I laughed. I cried. It moved me, Bob
  7. Make Katie a sweater for her birthday…I know, I said I was going to do this last year, but I’m really going to do it this year.  She picked a pattern and a yarn today. It’s going to happen. And it’s now been postponed until 2013. I attempted to make her a sweater for her birthday but it died. Then, I was going to make her one for Christmas, but she wants pig mittens more than a sweater. So now, my goal is to make Katie pig mittens for Christmas…because she’s classy like that.
  8. I want to make myself six sweaters this year. And I want the Ravelympics Ravellenic Games to help me to this goal. (NB: These six sweaters do include the two cardigans I currently have on needle from 2011. They do not include the tunic I am frantically trying to finish right now or the two short sleeved shrugs I’m planning to make in the next week or so.) I have two done and two three on needle. The tunic died in the dryer but that’s another story. But I should have six sweaters done by the end of the year. The Ravellenic Games have helped in this a bit but I still have more knitting to do.
  9. I want to sew more of my own clothes. There’s something that I love about looking at a piece in my wardrobe and knowing that I created it. I value my homemade (both knit and sewn) wardrobe pieces more than I value store-bought stuff. Working on this…still working on it. I have a dress all cut out that I need to sew together and fabric for another dress that needs to be cut out and sewn together. Hmm…weekend projects, Cecilia? Hmm…
  10. I want to have an adventure this year. I’m not entirely sure what that means, and based on the amount of uncertainty in my life at this point, I’m fairly certain that some sort of adventure is inevitable. Life is an adventure. The further I’ve gone into 2012, the more I have realized that my life is an adventure and while I never know where I’m going next, I always end up where I’m supposed to be. 
  11. Spent more time praying…and actually finish reading both of Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth books; I’m thinking that I need to accept that having a cup of coffee with God in the morning or a mug of tea with him in the evening is actually acceptable-and good for me. I’ve finished both books and I loved them. 
  12. Last year, my final goal was to become more patient. This year, I have the same final goal but with a slightly different approach. I want to find some form of meditation that will help me to achieve some sort of peace/patience in my life. The prayer to St. Michael is helping me with this, interestingly enough. 
 And that’s all for now. I am making even more progress on these goals, and it is nice to see how I’m accomplishing things. And I can’t wait to see what sort of progress I make between now and my next update on these goals.
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On Color

I am utterly fascinated by colors. I’m not sure how much I ever talk about this, but the interaction between light and color utterly fascinates me. I love shades and tones and variations and hues. Simply put, I love color.

Lake Como, Italy
Photo credit: Blessed Hope Academy

This is probably one of the many reasons that I adore autumn. I love watching the different colors created as the leaves change colors. They’re so rich and vibrant and vivid. I love rich, vibrant colors. In fact, if you follow me on pinterest, you’ve probably seen evidence of my fascination with color in a few different ways-color palettes, pictures of beautiful scenery etc.

Photo credit: Pinterest

One example of my love of color is yellow. I love bright, vivid yellows. I find them to be utterly cheery. However, I can’t wear yellow. As someone who has olive undertones to her complexion, I look like I have jaundice whenever I wear yellow. Pretty, it is not.

Photo credit: Pinterest

But I now have a classroom to decorate. And my classroom does not have olive undertones in its complexion, so I get to use bright, cheery yellows. And it’s delightful. It makes me happier.

Color is also a key element in my knitting. I love yarns that have strong hue or subtle variations that add visual interest to a piece. I’m currently knitting two sweaters using Madelinetosh yarns. One of my favorite things about these yarns is the subtle variations in the dye. (They’re hand-dyed, if you’re wondering.) These variations add character to the pieces. They make them more interesting and appealing.

Color inspires and motivates my crafting. About a week ago, I saw a post on another knitter’s blog that included a few pictures of the knitter’s current WIP. She is also working with a Madelinetosh yarn and as I looked at her pictures, I knew two things. Numero uno: I must knit a project with this colorway soon. (It was Madelinetosh’s sequoia colorway, if you care.) Numero dos: This as-yet imaginary project must be a sweater and it must involve colors.

See, there’s another thing about my love of colors and knitting. I love how different elements of knitting (cables, lace, garter stitch etc) can accent or showcase a color. One of my current knitting projects involves a great deal of stockinette stitch (on size 8 needles with worsted weight yarn; don’t worry) and the stockinette is doing an amazing job of just showing off the magnificence of the colorway.

On the other hand, my other current project involves a pattern of knitting and purling and twisting stitches and this pattern is showing off the color of the yarn in an entirely different manner. In this case, the color is showing off the pattern.

In short, I love using my knitting to explore my love of color, and I’m looking forward to seeing how each of these projects (both are sweaters for me) turn out when finished and how the colors add to the beauty of the knits.

(If you’re interested, the purple project is Kerrera by Gudrun Johnston and the blue project is Sotherton by Kathleen Dames.)

Accountability

This post is primarily to hold me accountable to a few things over the next several months. The next several months promise to keep me more than busy and while I’m not entirely sure that I’ll have much knitting time, I’m going to set a few goals for myself to make sure that I find some knitting time.

Goal 1: To finish my Sotherton by the end of September; I started this for the Ravellenic Games, and while I didn’t finish it, I’d like to have it done soon so I can wear it while I’m teaching this fall and winter.

Goal 2: To make a Kerrera for myself by the end of November; I have the yarn, now I need the sweater

Goal 3: To make three Kerrera for Kids for three little munchkins I love dearly

Goal 4: To make a Pole; I bought the perfect yarn for it over the weekend.

Goal 5: To make a Royale; I need a nice, solid challenge in my knitting life

As I previously stated, I’m posting these goals because I’m about to become much busier. I need some knitting accountability in my life, so this blog is going to function in that regard-much as it always has. And those of you who know me in real life can try to hold me accountable for those goals that have deadlines.

Now, why am I about to become much busier? A week ago today, I accepted a position as a ninth and tenth grade English teacher. I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging over the next year, but I will try to keep you posted on my knitting and sewing exploits.

But for now, I have a little less than two weeks to get ready for my first time teaching on my own. And I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Feta-Veggie Pizza

When I went to Rome almost four years ago, everyone said that I had to try the pizza. And I said, “Well, I want to, but I’m lactose intolerant so…”

And then my dear hosts informed me that in Rome, it is extremely easy to find dairy-free pizza. And then, I had potato and mushroom pizza. It was delicious. I told Momsy about it, and ever since then, she and I have been working to create more and more pizza options for ourselves.

So, tonight, I’m going to share one with you. I concocted this little gem to help use some of the tomatoes and basil from our porch garden. And may I take this quick moment to say that fresh basil and tomatoes are two of my favorite things about summer?

 

Ingredients:

Pizza dough (you can use either frozen or homemade)

One whole tomato diced

6-10 fresh basil leaves minced

1 green onion minced

1 tsp rosemary

1tbsp olive oil

8-10 sliced mushrooms

1 tsp garlic powder

Fresh feta

Directions 

Preheat oven according to pizza dough directions.

Grease pizza pan. Spread pizza dough.

Lightly coat pizza dough with olive oil.

Sprinkle rosemary, basil, onion and garlic powder over pizza.

Spread tomatoes and mushrooms over pizza.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove pizza from the oven and turn off the oven.

Sprinkle feta over pizza.

Put pizza back in the (turned off) oven for another five minutes.

Let pizza cool for five minutes.

Enjoy!