Yarn, School, and Tolkien

I bet everyone has a good idea as to why I’ve disappeared again. If you were thinking that school probably started back up again, you’d be right. That school, man. It really eats up time.

But I’ve been plugging away at my to do list, ended up with a little free time, and decided to catch up! I sadly don’t have any pictures with me… I have taken pictures. I have things I want to show you guys! So many things!

So, heres just a little blurb from me right now. Since my list of things to do was smashed and demolished (or almost. Go me!) for today, I’ll try and get some of those pictures edited and posts written when I get home.

Knitting wise, whats new??

SO MANY THINGS. These past couple days, I’ve been really struggling with startitis. I want to cast on ALL THE THINGS. And when I say “all the things”, theres a reason for the capitalization emphasis. I mean literally all the things. Yeah, its been bad, haha.

I’ve been good, though! I have a couple things that I have going that I know need to get done before I start anything. I think college is forcing me to become a more monogamous knitter, haha. I know if I cast on 10 things, none of them are going to get worked on. Especially if they’re all big things.

So, I’ve been mainly working on smaller things… hats, cowls, shawls, mitts… then I have two sweaters that are just plugging along.

Though, truth be told, these first 4 weeks, I haven’t had a ton of time to knit. Which is kind of a huge bummer (haha, the first two weeks, I felt like something was missing and didn’t know what.. then realized I had been too busy to knit. You know you’re a knitter when… hahaha!)

I’ve been able to squish it in though – a couple rows here… an inch or so there. I’ll take what I can get, haha.

The project I’ve been focusing most on the past couple of days is the Monster Cowl by Julia Allen in some handspun I did over the Christmas break (that I took pictures of… and then never wrote about it. Eh heh!)

Its super soft and squishy. I love love love. Plus, its going really quickly. I’ve knit about 20″ in about 4 daysish. And I think I need 45″ in total.. or however much I can get out of my handspun, haha! Like my other handspun, its a fractal 2-ply… and the colors are absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to show you pictures d^_^b

So, theres a thing called the Olympics coming up… might have heard about it, haha! And of course, I’ll be doing the Ravellenics (which I heard there was more drama surrounding that, and now I really don’t know what its called/whats going on, haha! So… to be safe, I’m setting goals for myself during the Olympics, haha. No name for it in particular ^_^)

Theres a Olympic party with my RUF friends here at A&M on the first day – you betcha I’m bringing something to cast on. Its going down, yo!

Tied to that, my parents recently got back from a 2 week long trip to Europe, London in particular. I was quite jealous, to say the least, haha! But my mom brought me back delicious yarns (among other things!) for me to enjoy. There are so many possibilities of the things I could make… its going to be so much fun! So what I end up doing for the Olympics, at least one of the things will probably end up being something from there :-P

Which ties in nicely to Diane of the Knitabulls Podcast’s Happy Heart KAL that is going on during the month of February. All thats required is you knit something with a skein of yarn that was gifted to you!

In regards to school, there is no denying, it is going to be hard (which I think I’ve said a ton, and I know I’ll keep on saying it… but oh well). French 4 (or 202 here, haha!) is no joke. One great thing about this semester is that I’m enjoying (for the most part, haha!) all my classes and my teachers are super amazing. Having that blessing is definitely a game changer when it comes to motivation and focus on the material, haha!

At the beginning of the semester, I came across this verse from 1st Corinthians 15:58 – “Be strong and unmovable. Work enthusiastically. Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless”

Its really easy to get bogged down in all the hard work that has to be done, school work, business related work, or personal stuff, and get stuck in the mindset that the work you’re doing really isn’t worth anything. Why do what you’re doing if its not going to be a success or appreciated? Or if its just a baby step to a seemingly unattainable goal, is that centimeter of progress really worth it?

Most of the time, when working on my French homework (especially listening comprehension, haha) I’m always like “Whyyy… am I doing this. This is too hard. I’m just putting myself through this for no particular reason, other than to do well in this class. Why.” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if all this life drama would just disappear? Just go away and not bother me anymore? It’d free so many things up…”

Thats not what God wants us to do. By obeying Him and doing the things He’s given us to accomplish and deal with… what we do is worth so much. We may not realize it, but the little things that are really hard or really small are bettering us (and possibly others around us!) in ways we can’t directly see. That is not to say that it won’t be hard or painful. It probably will be. But, in the end… our faith is strengthened and we are more equipped to face the next challenge.

Our responsibilities, no matter how small or hard, are always worth it. To God, they are not useless. They play an important role in our lives.

Haha, I wanted to end this with a quote from J.R.R Tolkien.. but when I searched for it, I found another one that is just as good. So, I end with both, haha.

The ever famous… “All who wander are not lost.”

“No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Summer Book Recommendations ~ Part 1

The summer is coming. People, hopefully, have free time. More free time than normal, anyways, those who were in school. Unless you’re doing summer school, then you’re probably not as free as you’d like. Anyways, I digress.

The summer is coming, it’s pretty much here. I’ve completed *both* graduations. I’m officially a college student now (got my student ID, whaaaaat) I’ll be at our local community college this fall, and then after that I’ll make the big decision of which major university I’ll go to. Once again, I’m digressing.

THE SUMMER IS COMING. And you know what this means? Besides more knitting time, heh heh. More reading time!

I know I’ll have lofty goals of reading at the beginning, and it’ll actually come down to me reading probably only 5 out of the like 20 book list that I come up with. But hey, it’s 5 more than I was able to manage during the school year.

I’m really… not going very far with this post, it’s kind of just… rambling, haha. But that’s this blog is, right? The Ramblings of a Knitting Goddess, haha.

Long story short, I’m going to give you some book recommendations. Just one, right now, in this one post. But there’ll probably be more coming.

I will be re-reading, for probably the 15+ time, the Emily of New Moon series by L.M. Montgomery.

I know I’ve expressed my love and adoration for this particular series and this author many many times. But it’s just one of those things that has to be done every so often… because I love these books and this author so stinking much.

Why do I like these books? Why do I like L.M. Montgomery in general?

Her writing is so personable. It’s real. It’s full of amazing descriptive-ness of everything and anything. But not in a flowery, over-the-top way. Her characters, in all her books, aren’t perfect. Which bugs me, when authors start off with their characters, who obviously aren’t perfect, then slowly they become more perfect, till it’s kind of silly and it’s like “wat”.

I don’t really find that in L.M. Montgomery’s writings. They have their problems, and they still have their problems at the ends of the books. Obviously, some problems are fixed, but they go through hardships and trials. They’re very believable. And I like that. These characters have dreams, passions, goals, and strive to reach those goals.

When I read that the flash came, and I took a sheet of paper. . .and I wrote on it: I, Emily Byrd Starr, do solemnly vow this day that I will climb the Alpine Path and write my name on the scroll of fame.
― L.M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon

Another thing is that the romance that she writes is just perfect. Like, oh my goodness, I love it. Sure, I like that kind of stuff. I’m not afraid to say that I am :-P

The books are some of the most quotable books as well. There are so many good lines and paragraphs, it’s almost ridiculous. In a really really good way, of course :-P

These are also the kinds of stories that once you start them, you have the hardest time putting them down. They pull you in, and you’re then part of the story. You live and breathe the characters and their adventures.

Plus, another reason why I love these books is that they remind me of when I was younger. I remember what I was going through when I read different parts. I remember learning lessons from the stories, and then rediscovering what I learned. Then discovering brand new things I didn’t see before.

These books, especially the Emily of New Moon series, are full of treasures for everyone of any age.

*end rambling-rant-whatever-you-wanna-call-this*

I know I didn’t really like say what the Emily of New Moon series is about, but I’ll just say that they’ll make you laugh. They’ll make you cry. They’ll make you cling on to the nearest cat due to scary situations. You will love these books.

Don’t know what to read this summer? Read these books, you definitely won’t regret it. :-)

Quotable Friday!!

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~ John Ruskin

Quotable Friday!!

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Quotable Friday!!

When the bold branches
Bid farewell to rainbow leaves –
Welcome wool sweaters.
~B. Cybrill

It’s cold today. Like. it’s only 57. and it’s almost 12. SO HAPPY!!!

*wraps up in knitted items* Eeeeeee ^_^

Quotable Friday!!

“We are all a little weird, and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love” ~ Dr. Seuss.