Of Reality and Red Scarves

Well, I’m back at uni. Classes start tomorrow and I’m a bit apprehensive. I’m worried I won’t like one of my communications classes because it’s supposed to be all about how to research, but I guess it’s valuable information or they wouldn’t make me take it for my major. I somehow feel like by typing this out, I can get all the negative thoughts about it out of my system and go in with a more positive outlook. That would be nice!

I had been putting it off all break, but I finally sorted out my work schedule for this semester as well. I’m cutting back my hours a bit because, while I was able to handle 15 hours a week on top of four classes last semester, it got pretty stressful at times. My mom suggested that I focus on school and just cut back on my spending, so that’s my plan. I’ll only be working three days a week, and I’ll only be losing 4-5 hours, which really isn’t bad. Now I just need to get myself to actually study and put effort into my classes during the additional downtime. I’m not usually one to use my time particularly well…

Speaking of which, I just spent the last hour and a half knitting. I’m knitting this really wide scarf/shawl/wrap thing. It’s three inches long now! After probably about three hours of work, but hey, of course it’s going to go slowly when there’s freaking 81 stitches in a row. It might be kind of nice though because knitting really relaxes me, so if the project for some reason takes all semester (betcha it actually will :P), that just means I’ll have something to help me relax whenever I need it. 🙂

I’m using this gorgeous red yarn I bought last night when my mom and I went out shopping. It’s really soft and kind of chunky, and it’s more of a deep red than a bright, more “standard” red. It has these really subtle black fibers woven in and I absolutely love it. Sorry to gush about yarn, but it’s exactly how I pictured the yarn I wanted to use. I couldn’t believe they actually made it.

I’m already almost done with my book for January (I have a goal to read a book a month in 2012), and this isn’t even the book I had planned to read for this month. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is coming out on the tenth and that was going to be my January book, but nothing says I can’t read two! Anyway, I ended up reading The Hunger Games after my brother read it and loved it. My brother doesn’t read, and as he put it, “it’s the book people who don’t read actually like.” I had been dead set against reading it for ages, but when HE liked it, I decided to give it a go. He’s not wrong, it’s SO good. I haven’t read too many books in the last several years that I’ve gone through this quickly, so you KNOW it’s good.

Speaking of goals, I actually put together a bit of a mini-site the other day to help me keep track of how I’m doing. It’s at Twelve if you’re curious, which you totally should be. 😉

Best of luck to everyone starting a new semester at school or those like my brother who have finals coming up. :love:

9 thoughts on “Of Reality and Red Scarves

  1. Hello! I think everyone is going back to class this week. Same here, err, hello busy life. I never had a chance to knit anything. I saw one of my friends back when I was still in high school, the knit some cute bags, pouches. etc. I find it so hard. And it even amazes me if it’s multi color. Show us the scarf you are doing soon! And you might as well teach me. Haha. Just kidding. Happy New Year! 😀

  2. I have a whole month full of finals (make-up exams since I was sick the previous period of finals, gah!) and have just come up with a little studying schedule myself… I’m tired already and I haven’t even started yet =P I think you’re doing the right thing by cutting back some hours at work. I worked 17 hours on top of my school schedule in my first semester and although I could keep up with it then, I couldn’t possibly keep working those hours during other semesters. School takes up a LOT of time…

    I love to knit, too! I’m currently working on a little owl, and learning how to follow patterns and such. It’s a slow process, but I have so much fun doing it and can actually get thrilled when I get it right and it looks the way it’s supposed to look XD

    I’ve read the Hunger Games not too long ago, and I l.o.v.e.d. the first book! I could not put it down and I think I read it in one day. When I finished it, I immediately started the second book, and although I liked it, it wasn’t as good as the first one =/ The third one took me way longer to finish, I just couldn’t get into it…

    Good luck on your goals!

  3. I don’t read so reading Steve Jobs auto was big for me and I couldn’t put it down. I LOVED it. I am starting my second semester of my masters in Digital Media. Looking forward to it 🙂
    Oh, Metallica, where do I start? It’s actually the band my late cousin and I would send lyric notes to each other in messages and no one got what we were saying. The song One was played at his funeral.

  4. Ah, I need to get TFiOS. Remind me, remind me… /bash

    As I mentioned, James doesn’t like books very much, he doesn’t read often. When he finds a book he likes, it’s usually really very good. 🙂 I think the same thing applied to my old friend Lisa and also to Johnny. Johnny loved The Book Thief and he seems like he’s read a lot. He talks a lot about books but he doesn’t seem to like reading. Also, my friend Lisa rarely read books but she was soon quoting By The Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz. :’) It’s lovely when there’s a book that makes someone, who hates reading, like it.

    My brother hates reading a lot. He’s read To Kill A Mockingbird and The Book Thief and he loved them. I just knew… I knew. I’m proud of him though. You know it’s a good book when someone like that gives it a chance.

    We’ll both need to cut down on spending. I’ll be earning, but I do need to pay off debts (ugh, not “need” but I’d rather) and pay for my upcoming fees. I hate the idea of being in debt. But worse, when you’re stressed and borked out (oo, borked). I hope you don’t get worn out. But reducing your hours at work seems reasonable and I hope it helps you.

    Can’t wait to see the finished scarf/shawl! <3

  5. Good luck with this semester of uni! 🙂 I’ve been working on my homeschooling work a bit more, and I’ve been a bit more motivated recently, so…. that’s a good thing! I agree with your mom; I definitely think school is more important than work at this point. You’ll need a lot of time to study if you’re taking that many classes! 😛 Well, I don’t know the average amount of classes people take per semester, but still. It seems like a lot.

    And good luck with your knitting too! I kind of know how to knit, but I’m really really really bad at it. I’m better at crocheting. I used to love to make a bunch of cute, little crocheted pot holders. xD

    The Hunger Games is such an amazing book. I read it two years ago and I /still/ love it! I reread it when I’m bored sometimes. I’m also excited for The Fault in Our Stars because John Green is pretty much my favourite author. Paper Towns is my favourite book by him.

  6. Reading books is something that I sort of stopped doing once I hit high school and I find it extremely hard to get into. My brother is also someone who does not like reading, and he also loved the Hunger Games.

    And do take pictures of your scarf when you’re done! As someone who’s only knitted with thin, cheap yarn, I want to see how it turns out! It sounds very very pretty.

  7. Yay for knitting! Did you get the pattern from Ravelry? I can’t wait to see pictures! I’m working on another scarf as well. I’m crocheting, though. I bought these bamboo hooks and I’m loving them! 😀

    Anyway, I agree with your mom about cutting down your hours and just spending less. Schooling is definitely more important and you don’t want to push yourself to exhaustion by tackling too much.

    The Hunger Games was a fast read for me, too. I actually finished the book while standing in line waiting to vote. It really passed the time! Have you started reading the second & third books yet? I feel bad, but I was less impressed with them compared to the first one, but that’s just me :-/

    1. I got the pattern from Lion Brand’s website, actually. It’s just a really simple little thing though: row 1 – knit, purl, knit, repeat from purl until done; row 2 – knit; repeat the rows until it’s long enough. 😛 What does the scarf look like that you’re working on? Do you like bamboo hooks better than metal ones?

      1. I got my pattern from Ravelry. It’s called “One Skein Scarf.”

        I only have one metal crochet hook. The rest of my crochet hooks are plastic, but they’ve recently started breaking, so I was forced to replace them. I shied away from bamboo hooks because they tended to be very expensive. A lot of people were selling bamboo hooks for a great price on eBay, so I decided to give them a try. I like the feel of the bamboo. I can grip them better and the yarn slips off less. Many people say that there’s a warmth to them after prolonged use and they eventually conform to your hand.

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