Sunday, April 30, 2006

I am delighted to report that my prom dress was a success. Prepare for a picture heavy post.
(Oh, and blogger is terrible at resizing everything... click the pictures for a large, clearer view.)

I deem it necessary to point out that the stupid flash caused my bright blue shorts to show through much more than they did in real life. My hair, on the other hand, really was that messy. I wasn't thinking very hard when I fixed it into a spiraling, knotted braid at the top of my head with haphazard tangles falling from my head. Needless to say, it promptly fell out into a wild mass of fuzz and barrettes.
One more picture, this time sans the mane:

Yeah, yeah, the dress turned out well, but the dance proved to be a total drag. Most of what the DJ played was new rap music, which sounded like ring tones with vulgar lyrics croaked out over them. It was ridiculously boring, and I danced so hard to Sandstorm at the beginning that my stomach hurt for the rest of the dance. Luckily we got there at 9 and left at 11 (the minimum amount of time we were allowed to be there), and had a lot more fun just hanging out in the car in Steak n' Shake's parking lot, laughing too hard at things that aren't funny. Which is the best. (This was only junior prom, so at least now I know not to waste my time again next year.)

Me and the date

Lauren and the date

Putting table decorations to good use

Okay, so I can tell that by now you are all sick of mine and my friends' collective ugliness. Onward!
Much knitting is to come after this. Now I can finally dig back into my array of knitted beginnings, all of which I was forced to bury for the sake of this dress hanging over my head.
Oh, and I ordered a bunch of yarn from this morning, which my mom paid for since I'm a poor, jobless kid. Isn't she sweet?

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Check out my brilliance.

They're made out of a coat hanger. A coat hanger!

I posted a tutorial for them here. Started a sock on them, too. They're size #1's--the smallest needles I've used yet. I was thrilled that they were free.

Dress is 85% finished. Prom is Saturday. I need to stomp on the gas this week.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I've never been tagged by anyone before! So this is what it's like to have friends...
Clearly I should read more, or at least more popular books. At least this list reminds me of all those things I've been meaning to check out when I have the time (which is never).

Book Meme!
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you've read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end.
4. Tag!

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller TBR (I read part of it)
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) - J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
... I finished it two days ago!
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1) - J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) - J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender's Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Holy Fools - Joanne Harris
The Browning Version - Terence Rattigan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Naked - David Sedaris
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

I tag... I don't know who to tag. I tag anyone who wants to use this (quite effective) tool of procrastination.

Got a recital Sunday! I need to practice!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

El fin de Rose of Sharon...

Good buttons. That, just as I suspected, is what this sweater was missing this entire time. I can sleep happily now.

(And yes, before anyone appalled enough ships one to me, I do in fact own an iron. Ironing is just a waste of time. Honestly, who wears wrinkle-free skirts nowadays?)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

This spring break I...

  • discovered the use for, and the desirability of, mercerized cotton
  • visited Meher Baba's home in the west, Meher Spiritual Center
  • went to the beach 7 days in a row
  • used a random hotel's hot tub without anyone noticing we weren't supposed to be there
  • completed what I venture to say is 2/3 of my prom dress (which shall remain a surprise, as a prom dress WIP is a little embarassing).
  • taught myself Cat Stevens melodies on guitar by ear
  • got accepted to Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University, but I probably won't be able to go...
  • got my first ever penpal, from the wonderful Craftster!

    Tonight I'm going to see Madeline Adams play at the park. (Please oh please, click that link and find the mp3's. She has a beautiful voice.)

    And, you know, since almost none of this has had to do with knitting, I guess I'll be on my way. I'm going to continue working on that prom dress!