Yeah, howdy strangers. It’s been a while. Apathy has unfortunately abounded, but the need to connect with the big wide world trumps silence.
So yes. I bring this blog post to you from my shiny iPad. Her name is Vera. Yes, that is a shamelessly (almost) obscure pop culture reference. I like it. And I think The Ram they call Jayne does too. Actually, I know he does. I have his approval and baaa-lessing. Anyway, yes. I’ve sold my soul to Steve Jobs for a piece of software. However, let the record stand that this is the first and last Mac product I will buy. HTC will get my smartphone vote. But anyway. Yes. My brother, who has an iPhone, says that Vera is an oversized version of his baby, but without the ability to make phone calls.
That may be true. But since it does everything I need as a research tool (readings, e-research, music player, quick editor, planner…), and it’s pretty foolproof to use – even my dad can use it, I’m considering it a geek win for me. It does more than kindle, its portable, and its got a good battery life. And searching through my articles is just so great. Sigh. Anyway, enough plugging.
I’ve been trying to write my thesis. I’ll admit, its been weeks of hell and second guessing for me over the last few months. But I’m just going to have to come out and thank Becky, M-H, and Kylie for your words of wisdom and pointers, because really… Sanity savers the lot of you!
On the knitting front, I’m currently on the first sleeve of Ysolda’s Vivan, which I’m knitting in Cascade 220, in a glorious teal colour. It’s the first time I’ve managed to get my grubby paws on this stuff, and isn’t it just so lovely? I’m smitten. Also, I was mildly terrified coming to this pattern. I mean, cables and moss stitch? Why yes, I do have a death wish, thank you for noticing. In all honesty, I’m surprised how easy and relaxing this has been. The body of the sweater flew off the needles, and I’ve just restarted the one sleeve because of sizing issues, but it’s been fun so far. And I’m going to live in it when I’m done.
I’ve also got kells and mountain fold socks on the needles, but they’ve been paused because of Vivian, so technically, I’m in a monogamous knitting relationship at the moment. Surprisingly, its not bothering me at all. Shocking. There are mithril socks (unique sheep yarn club, yay!) and sequoia socks (solemates sock club) lined up too. I’ve enjoyed my handknitted socks so far, and I need more. They make life good.
So yes, I’m still alive. Now that the thesis is looking better, I’ll start talking some more. I also need to charge my camera battery…
Until tomorrow, I hope.