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Bad, Bad Blogger

Since I haven’t updated here for a while!

I hesistate to say normal service will be resumed, because that implies that I will not post again for months. So shall we say abnormal service which may mean posts are a little more frequent!

2013 has been and gone (admittedly for a while) so I’ll be posting my usual roundup of my 2013 crafting soon. Plus there are some other bits and pieces of news to share!

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Writer’s Block… Only with Knitting

For some strange reason I finished off the end of 2012, and to a lesser extent the start of 2013, on a knitting buzz. Several items were finished – some large, some small (I haven’t blogged about most of these yet). Ideas for designs have been brewing in my head. I’ve agreed to do a test-knit of a cosy cowl for a friend. My stash is organised. I have sorted my favourites, my queue and my pattern library on Ravelry. I’ve thought about patterns I’d like to knit with handspun – and subsequently which fibres in my stash would work for which projects, what weight I should aim for and the required yardages. Sounds good doesn’t it?

Except…

I haven’t knitted anything since Sunday. I haven’t been able to focus. I want to knit. I want to spin. I just don’t know where to start.

I tried casting on the test-knit cowl last night. My first choice of yarn had insufficient yardage. So I frogged it. Tried casting it on today using two shades of that yarn, no luck as the colours just didn’t mesh with the pattern / garter stitch. More frogging. I’m wondering what to use instead. I have three other alternatives. Two of which I have in mind for other projects, one which is completely free but will need to be either dyed beforehand or overdyed when finished. I know fine well that I’ll knit it with the ‘free’ one, but I’ll have to go and find it and wind it up before I can start knitting, and at the end it’ll have to be dyed… and that just seems terribly pro-active (despite the yarn only being in the room next door, the needles at my feet along with any other supplies I need and the dyeing stuff all in the kitchen).

The same can be said for blogging, I have a pile of posts / post ideas that I need to just write and publish. And yet again – I’m staring a computer screen thinking that it seems like something which can wait a little longer.

Procrastination – I have it down to a fine art.

So with the aim of getting out of this procrastinating fug, I’m off to go and knit something else. Just to get back into the swing of things…


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Conference

The CFP for the conference that I’m helping to organise was finalised today and will be sent out tonight or tomorrow. It sort of hit me that I’ve managed to get myself involved in a complex situation in regards to organisation, right at the point when I really should be focused elsewhere… Ah well, I never was very good at doing nothing…

And that reminds me, I need to get abstracts for other conferences sorted.


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Since my life isn’t exactly scintillating (get up, type chapter, plan lecture, eat, sleep), this meme as seen on Dr. Four Eyes is much more fun…

Just follow these simple rules….
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result.

I have to say I rather like mine…


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Panic and procrastination

I’ve been working on my first lecture today and kept finding myself going around in circle… where do you start designing a course where you have no idea how to even begin… Plus on top of that I’m having nightmarish day dreams where my class hates me. Not good.

Besides that, it is actually fun to go through material I haven’t looked at in a while, its interesting what bits you do remember. And it is nice to do something other than PhD work – then again, any form of procrastination is fun…

Which brings me on to my other problem, how do I stop messing about? I’m finding that I’m spending more and more time on the net these days, looking at web-comics, tv reviews, other blogs, news websites, online games… and even off the net I’m time wasting – seriously, I’m up to £10,000/points on the Las Vegas version of solitaire (one of the options on the Microsoft Windows version)… very sad but better than trying to re-read chapter three of the thesis for the umpteenth time.