cosmic_celery: (Jeeves and Wooster: Drones club)
It seems like I've not made a proper journal entry in forever.

Christmas went nicely and I managed not to make my mother angry about something or other, which is nice. It didn't seem to become the big deal that it could have...though at times it nearly got there. We did Christmas dinner at Grandmas and my Dad was there. Dad pushing himself last minute into holidays always pisses Mom off to no end, but things moved peaceably along.

I didn't really have much money at all this year, so she got a book and journal with the first page filled with nice things I think about her. ...I also wrapped up some tangerines and a banana, which made for fun unwrapping, and hopefully she thought it was as amusing as I thought it was.

For my dad the hit gift seems to be a book on beautiful experiments done in the history of science. He called me up and told me how much he likes it (no word of the other two books). When I was in the bookstore so much in the science section looked interesting, so maybe I'll head back later when I have more money and buy up a whole shelf's worth for myself.

I knitted my grandma a nice, warm scarf. I think that she liked it, and even if she doesn't she can still wear it while she's watching TV or something.

As for myself, I received some lovely things, including some awesome gloves from [livejournal.com profile] mertondingle a couple Past Doctor Adventures from [livejournal.com profile] shinnyjenni, as well as a bunch of wonderful cards.

Thanks, everyone!
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On New Years I watched Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with mom. She hadn't seen it before. I drank a rum and Coke because mom bought rum....but I don't really like rum. Or at least that rum. Ah well. I'd like to figure out more what sort of drinks I like. How's that for a New Year's resolution? Drink more.

Maybe I'm missing the self-improvement angle.

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Oh, and now I'm sick.

cosmic_celery: (HP: Snape as Marley)
I got my grades back, and I passed all my classes! (If you were wondering, "I passed all my classes!" is what terrible, terrible, students say when they get their grades back.) All in all, that's three Bs and one C. Woo.

Christmas (C'rizzmas) tomorrow! So a very merry Christmas to everyone if I don't make a post tomorrow. Christmas cards have all been sent out, so I hope you enjoy them when you get them.

I think I'll be doing all my [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking filling after the holiday, as nothing there gets revealed until the first. (my stocking here yadda yadda)

Hatter had a post at [livejournal.com profile] dear_mun the other day, which went...alright. Maybe. He got pervy.

I have to knit like a demon today to get a scarf finished for my grandma, so...

cosmic_celery: (DW: 4/Romana)
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I've decided I'm going to attempt to make Romana's pink!Doctor outfit. And today I found some fabric! It's pink and seems heavy enough for a jacket and light enough that the pants wont look funny. (And no, I'm not going to do the empire waist pants. That's just ridiculous.)

I got some yarn too, but I think I need something smaller. Chunky yarn might knit up quick, but it's just going to be way too heavy. But look! I made a...potholder or something. And I figured out how to purl, so I can do stockinette stitch now!
cosmic_celery: (MASH: knitting)
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Behold! Scarfiness!

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cosmic_celery: (DW: 6 Mark of the Rani: School Chums)
So, I'm riding in on the tail-end of this five things meme. [livejournal.com profile] pimpmytardis gave me these things to elaborate on:

1) Six/Rani

Cut because I rambled... )
2) Knitting and the Season 18 scarf in general

I've been working on my Season 18 scarf since around January, and so far I've gotten this much done:


This is my second project, and my last project was a scarf as well, so I still have a lot to learn about knitting. I'm thinking about knitting Romana's long, white scarf. That might be a fun project to practice stockinette with. Hopefully I can work my way up to sweaters and hats and things. Maybe I'll try socks soon! Goodness, isn't knitting exciting?

3) the Super Writing Challenge

Last year I forget National Poetry Month, which is April. A lot of people take the opportunity to write one poem a day for a month, which is a great writing challenge. But, since I forgot about it, during May I issued my own challenge. The challenge was to do one creative thing each day...a poem, a short story, or a comic.

Of course, in the end, I did a few things and then ended up making up the rest with haiku, but I still think it was a great idea. Maybe again this May?

5) [livejournal.com profile] socal_who

I created this with [livejournal.com profile] urchinmoppet on a whim, to see what chance there is of getting Whovians in Southern California together. I hope something comes of it, or at least it will be a convenient place to talk about the next Gallifrey One. I'm not sure how much use it will be to me personally since I'm a bit of a hermit, but maybe I can get over that if it means being able to ramble on about Doctor Who in public sometime. =) Flisters, if you're in Southern California, join up!

If you're observant, you'll notice that there's no number four. Number four was "Owen love" which I'll have to talk about later because I want to do him good, analytical justice.
cosmic_celery: (DW: playing dress-up)


Haven't got much done lately because of school, but I have made some progress.

A scarf dialogue courtesy of my mother:
Mom: So, this scarf you're making...it's going to be pretty long, yeah?
Me: Yup. It'll be about from here *indicates start of couch* to the wall.
Mom: The scarfy Doctor...
Me: Tom Baker.
Mom: Tom Baker. He was a pretty tall guy.
Me: Yeah, and it still made a big loop on him.
Mom: So...are you going to be able to wear this?
Me: Yeah! I'll just...loop it around more.

Hee. Well, we'll see when I'm done. Speaking of: Does anyone know of a good tutorial/video/book on how to crochet edges on? The scarf has a border which I'll have to crochet on when I'm finished, but I haven't done any crocheting before. I don't imagine it should be too difficult though, right?
cosmic_celery: (ST: Spock knitting)



Right now, it's about as wide as a piece of paper is tall, and a bit longer. I'm using Lion Brand Suede, which I wasn't sure about at first, but I'm really warming up to. It's fuzzy, but not fluffy.

Now if I can only get the cat to stop attacking my yarn as I knit.

cosmic_celery: (RAGAD: pinter pause)
My Dad's come down to visit with Grandma this weekend and I'm hitching a ride back up the coast with him tomorrow. I'll stay there a week at his place then come back down on the train. During the week, I won't be able to get any internet at all, since my Dad lives in the land that internet connections forgot. So, if you need to contact me, I'll be back in about a week!

In other news: I started a season 18 Doctor Who scarf! And I found a yarn that I like too...just need to find the other two colors--going to another yarn place tomorrow in hopes that I'll have something to do on the train ride back. 

Happy early Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hms_surrender !
cosmic_celery: (Five lets go play cricket!)
Here goes! I got a (pretty crap quality) camera phone for my birthday, so I bring you (pretty crap quality) pictures of my Five-inspired scarf!

Yay!

Aug. 29th, 2008 09:13 pm
cosmic_celery: (Six/Peri smiley)
I finished the knitting part of my scarf! Just weaving in ends and (possibly) adding fringe to complete! I'll try to get pictures up soon...gotta figure out the camera.

Also, dragon things?
Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
cosmic_celery: (Five lets go play cricket!)
I finally got the rest of the yarn to finish my super Five-scarf, and it's almost done. Really, this thing looks like what might happen if Four's scarf and Five's jacket had crazy fashion accessory lovin'. I'll probably finish it this week. Now the only thing to wonder is: To fringe, or not to fringe?

Eep, and classes all day tomorrow! Or rather, today, since it's past midnight...
Not all of my books have arrived yet, but hopefully I wont need anything the first day of class. Still, I may bring along what I do have. Whee. And I should be getting some sleep!
cosmic_celery: (happy go lucky scamp)
Points to anyone that knows what my title quote is from.

It's nearly three AM, and, predictably, I haven't finished my play. But I am adding green to my fifth Doctor scarf! Adding green to my scarf, adding green to my scarf, hi ho the derio, adding green to my scarf!

Also: This personal soundtrack t-shirt is pretty damn awesome.
cosmic_celery: (a beautiful country)
So, addressing one of my notes-to-talk-about from last time:
Knitting needles:

For my Doctor Five scarf (which is coming along AWESOME, by the way) I got some new needles made of something called "Casein" which, up til now I hadn't heard of.

The blurb from the place I bought them from:
"Casein is made from a natural organic protein polymer (skimmed milk) that is not toxic to produce. They are biodegradable, static eliminating, ideal for arthritic knitters, warm to the touch while being used, lighter than bamboo, and flexible!"

My first thought: Weird. Milk products in my knitting needles.
Second thought: Awesome. Milk products in my knitting needles.

Okay, so after I've been knitting with these for a while I've come to the conclusion that they're pretty neat, though I'm not sure If I prefer them over my heavier, metal needles.

From Wikipedia:
In addition to being consumed in milk, casein is used in the manufacture of adhesives, binders, protective coatings, plastics (such as for knife handles and knitting needles), fabrics, food additives and many other products. It is commonly used by bodybuilders as a slow-digesting source of amino acids as opposed to the fast-digesting whey protein, and also as an extremely high source of glutamine (post-workout). Another reason it is used in bodybuilding is because of its anti-catabolic effect, meaning that casein consumption inhibits protein breakdown in the body.

Equal application for both knitting and bodybuilding. Science? You win this round.
cosmic_celery: (not listening owen)
Okay, this is bound to become a bit disjointed since it's past five in the morning, I haven't slept yet, and I have a lot to talk about.

A bit about Torchwood, and particularly Owen (spoilery for 2.8): )

I finally broke down and spent some of the money that I got from selling my car. I bought four things...the first two arrived this week, and I'm very happy. The first: new shoes! I have been drooling over these for quite a while. They're the exact color of my 1983 liz claiborne purse (six bucks at a vintage shop...awesome!) It was only after I ordered them that I realized the Sixth Doctor also had bright green shoes...so, obviously, I have an awesome sense of style...right?

Second thing: Yarn! Yarn for my Fifth Doctor scarf! It shall be amazing...so I may be able to join the who knit-along after all.

Umm....that's it for now, I think. More to blather about, but it'll have to wait till later.

notes to talk about:
sidekicks
my father
knitting needles
school

There is an owl hooting outside my window. Hoot. Hoot.
cosmic_celery: (dork)
I started my first ever knitting project today! Whee. Unfortunately, I won't be able to join in with the good vs. evil knit-along over at [profile] who_knits, but I'm quite happy with what I've got going.  It's pretty much a POA Slytherin scarf, except not really. Mmmyup. I got the first two parts done today...the very first green section and the first grey bar that will become part of the trapped-bar pattern. I feel accomplished, but my thumbs hurt. I think I need to cut my nails down a bit. Anyhow, yay.



Come on, Draco, smile! It's a Slytherin scarf! All dark green and pretty and...oh, fine.

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