I made it! 30 posts in 30 days. WOO!
This also marks the end of NaPhoPoMo, so I thought I’d finish out by sharing some of this weeks photos.
Fiona Falafel was sitting next to me on the couch. When I got up & moved the blanket, she stayed snuggled under it. (Side note: I left this blanket on my bed & Ziggy has been sleeping on it for like 2 days now.)
Another Molly Hat – I love this pattern. I actually finished this up tonight, but don’t have a finished photo yet. Yay hats!
Target has these sparkly reindeer & I had to get one. There are various colors & even a larger size, but I went with the small one. :)
I recently found myself in possession of two recently finished projects that did not like my neck. Apparently yak fiber is just a little too pokey for me – it was fine initially & I had no problems knitting it, but after wearing it for a little while, my neck was all kinds of itchy. Luckily, both were lovely projects that I was able to find new and loving homes for.
The first of these projects was a Camptown Races cowl. I love the colors in this one – the yarn is Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport in Hotsy Totsy (pink), Lonesome Highway (gray), and Buzz Lighter (green). The whole time I was working on it, Mindy was joking about it being her scarf and now it actually is – I gifted this one to her last week. :)
It’s a great pattern & I like the chevrons, so I may do this again for myself someday when I find myself with 3 colors of yarn I’m not sure what to do with. (project page for more info)
The second of the yakkity yak projects was also in the Plucky Knitter Traveler base, but this time in the Aran weight yarn. I knit up a Betsey shawl which turned out great. I was able to trade this one with a fellow Plucky Knitter for yarn, so yay!
This one was another great pattern & I love it as well. I’m already planning a version in brighter colors – I love that it was a giant pretty shawl and it went pretty fast because you’re using giant needles. (project page for more info)
There we have it.
I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrated. And a lovely start to Hanukkah (last night) if you so celebrate. :)
I ate lots of delicious stuff:
Then napped with Sir Rileypants:
And finally spent the evening knitting while watching TV:
I’m so ready for this Thanksgiving break from working right now. I’ll still be doing things for school, but I’ll be able to sleep in before I do them. I can stay up late. I can watch TV. I can take a nap. Oh, naps.
I officially went on vacation/holiday until Monday as of 5pm tonight. I braved the grocery store (don’t go out there if you don’t have to, people. It’s crazy).
And now I am ready to go to sleep and not have the alarm wake me in the morning. YAY!
For one of my class sessions last semester, I was assigned the task of watching a few TED talks & trying to determine what it was that made these people great speakers. It was an interesting thing to do & I got sucked into the talks for about 90 minutes on a Sunday evening.
One of the talks that hooked me was by Susan Cain, whose talk was The Power of Introverts.
(it’s about 20 minutes long, but well worth watching.
After I watched this talk, I ordered up a copy of her book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. When it arrived, I added it to my bag to read at lunchtime. These are just a few of the things that resonate with me from her book.
Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while they wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions. (p11)
This fits me so well. I often can’t wait to be home in my pjs. I like being with friends, but large groups of people I don’t know make me uncomfortable. I hate conflict (and would rather hide under my desk than face conflict). I am not good at small talk.
I’ve not had nearly enough time to read since I got the book (in MARCH, which is also when I started writing this post) & I so wish I could get back to reading – just the bit I’ve had time to read so far has made me feel a little less awkward about being the introvert in the room.