Sadly, that's about all my mind can manage to produce right now.
I apologize that my presence has more or less disappeared ever since I got back to school, but I suppose that is the nature of a degree in which there is always more work to do.
...and there is. I've just planned what pieces I'm going to have to prepare for most of my grad school auditions and I need to get them prepared ASAP because one of the schools needs a preliminary tape by December 1. That doesn't give me much time. I am currently buried beneath a pile of grad school stress, not the least of which is due to the fact that I have only scraped the top of my applications at this point.
Note to self: Must. Start. Applications.
Knitting-wise, I finished the back and fronts of my Expedition and ...and haven't touched it since then.
(Oddly enough, I very vividly remember smiling when I took this picture)
I need to get back to that if I ever want it to get finished. These things don't knit themselves, you know. (That was more for me than for you.)
After accidentally taking a nap outside of our mail room while reading the biography of Milarepa today, I decided it was time to get off campus for a bit and I traveled to my long-lost LYS. (Well, it was there all along, I just hadn't managed to get there since I got back to school.)
As I had a comfortable sum of store credit for knitting that lace shawl for them, I thought I would treat myself to a bit of unnecessary yarn purchasing. You see, I don't really "stash" yarn as I normally don't buy it unless I already have a purpose for it. I already have more than enough yarn to knit with for quite a while (and a large queue of projects either already in the works, or waiting to be started with yarn I already have), but I was starting to feel guilty about not visiting the wonderful women at my LYS, so I went.
I got four of the 8 colors needed to knit Kirsten Kapur's Staccato sweater because I fell in love with it long ago and then re-fell in love with it when I discovered it in my queue a couple of days ago. Here's a question though - is it completely awful to knit mine in the same colors that she used for her son's? As you all know, color choices and I just don't go well together, and I love the ones she chose and would rather not F it up, ya know? Anyway, my LYS only had four of the colors, so I'm going to have to search around for the other four before I start it anyway.
I also picked up a pair of Addi lace needles so I don't have to knit poor Fernfrost on my knitpicks harmony needles anymore (I felt that poor Fernfrost, in all its cashmere glory, deserved something a little better)(that is, whenever I get back to knitting poor Fernfrost.)
And then because they didn't have Knitted Lace of Estonia , or the color of Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino that I was looking for (which doesn't even exist, so I'm not surprised), I picked up a copy of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting (you know, in case I ever actually knit something fair isle. It may happen sometime, you never know).
And that's that. (and it's even more exciting because I still have more than half of my store credit left.)
Oh, here's a tree for you, because I think it's really pretty when the sun starts going down and shines on it. It's right outside my dorm. I would have taken more tree pictures, but my batteries died and I don't have any more.
It's prettier in real life, I promise.
Also, on the off chance that anyone reads this in the next two and half hours and has any desire to listen to an orchestra performance, I have my first concert of the year tonight at 8pm (central time). You can listen to it through iTunes I think from this website. I can't guarantee mind-blowing amazingness as it's the first concert and there are a lot of new players who need to be kicked out or strangled until they learn how to play in tune learn how to play as an ensemble, but we're working on that. We're playing Sibelius' Finlandia and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. There is also the Nielsen Flute Concerto being performed by last year's concerto competition winner. Oddly enough, I'm auditioning in just a few weeks with the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto for this year's competition. Wish me luck!