Candyland

I’m not a ‘start humming Christmas tunes under my breath as soon as Halloween is out the door’. I’m in the ‘there is a clear order: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas’ camp. The way I look at it is ‘you do you and I’ll do me’. However there’s one instance where I’m willing to celebrate out of order.

IMG_8472 There have been some lollipops, well, popping up around campus. The wonderful wife of the president of the university and a coalition of students have been decorating for the upcoming holidays.

 

IMG_8478 It’s so sweet of her to do this for us, as sweet as the giant candies she has been making for over a month. There are streamers wrapped around various fixtures as well, such as the clock in the middle of the quad.

As you may have noticed we’re a bit early for decorations and they do, admittedly, look a little odd since there isn’t any snow on the ground.

However, it makes the most sense for the decorations to go up six weeks early since we leave after not even two weeks into
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The decorations extend into the cafeteria and I think they are even prettier inside. There’s a giant Christmas tree and there are wreaths and garlands festooning the windows.

I think it is important to recognize when someone is making the effort to do something nice for you, even when you don’t personally agree with what they’re doing. I think that’s something that the holiday season has lost,   so I thought I’d take the opportunity here to thank the wonderful lady who put all of this together.

 

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Episode 23: Book Haul

In Which I talk about the normal craftiness but with 20% more books.

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Flying North, By Maria Montzka

Sock Yarn Blankie, By Shelly Kang

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AndreSureKnits Yarns

Turtle Purl Yarns

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Starry Night Batt (Textured), By AlmaPark

I have smooth batts but they’re unavailable right now.

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I know My Opposites, By Richard Scarry

The Extinct Alphabet Book, By Jerry Pallotta & Illustrated by, Ralph Masiello

The Bus for Us, Nuestro Autobus, By Suzanne Bloom

Wood Hoopoe Willie, By Virginia Kroll & Katherine Roundtree

Vincenet Van Gogh, Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, By Brad Bucks & Joan Holub

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JunkYarn Podcast, Hosted by Kemper Wray (AKA WrayBot)

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Episode 22: Heavy On the Nerdy

In which we collectively geek out.

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Flying North, By Maria Montzka

Sock Yarn Blankie, By Shelly Kang

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Turtle Purl Yarns

Pookie, By: Bohemia Fibers

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Big Hero 6 Manga: Vol 1 & Vol 2

Simplicity 1819

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Ichigo Abroad Podcast, Hosted by Sophia (AKA IchigoKnitter) and Lisa (SaratogaKnitting)
JunkYarn Podcast, Hosted by Kemper (AKA WrayBot)

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Patience, Padawan

Have you ever had a WIP that grows so slowly that you’re not sure that it’s growing at all? Sometimes that’s a bad thing; when there’s a deadline looming over one’s head, or field of stockinette are seeming more like the fields of Asphodel. The yarn, perhaps, is fighting with the lace pattern or the fiber itself is staging a coup d’etat against your sinuses. Maybe it’s just taking too damn long.

Whatever the reason the offending project finds itself shoved up onto a shelf or boxed up in the back of a closet, left to grumble and fume. Maybe if it’s feeling particularly vindictive it’ll invite some moths over for company.

Sometimes though, when a project is going slow, we don’t get frustrated or bored. There is no anger on our part or resentment on the yarn’s. Sometimes the yarn flows patiently and our fingers manipulate the yarn peacefully.

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When we have to tuck the project away, it’s with great reluctance. It understands that we’ll be back for it as soon as we can. When it emerges, it’s with a bounce of eagerness of the crimp stretching itself and not with the limp stretch of sagging holes that have been chewed in it by the tiny tenants the obstinate piece invited in.

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These projects are timeless. They aren’t the tiny set of booties to warm a baby’s feet during their first weeks. It isn’t a sweater speed knit to fit the gangly, ever-growing body of a preteen.

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My project that has been the most, ahem, patient with me is my Blanket (with a capital ‘B’). According to Ravely its birthday is March 24th, 2013 It has been with for more than two years now. Over all it has 271 squares. (At the last official count I had 215.)

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The yarns that have been added to the blanket are a scrapbook of the last two years. There isn’t yet a square that I don’t know the story to. I know, eventually, that the specific projects and names associated with the yarns will fade. The Blanket will be there though.

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Until it slips off of the bench it was being posed upon.