Good lord, it's been awhile.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM
I kind of abandoned the blog. I'm sorry. Man, lets see, last time I posted I was still living in Roch, and working on my thesis. I am pleased to say that I finally finished that fucker. It was sketchy for a while there, my first reader and I had some pretty serious disagreements, but I was rescued by the program director, and my awesome second reader, and it all got done.
I am terribly proud of it, and I think it will be useful to the Eastman House. I will put a pdf of it up somewhere. Basically, I catalogued 25 years worth of Kodak ads from the collection, and categorised them into seven sections. It included an analysis of the themes, and time periods. It ended up being 45 pages of writing, and 200+ pages of appendix - the data from all the ads.

Grad!

Here it is all bound and pretty and official, when I graduated a few weeks ago.

GRAD!

Here`s me and my awesome Rochester roomie, D`Arcy all hooded and gowned, at the graduation ceremony. It`s all over. I think it was worth it.

Grad!

You can just call me Sarah Fay, MA.

Now I`m looking for a job, but it`s super slow going. I`m working at a computer store in the meantime, and not totally hating it.
I`ve been knitting, but it`s been slow, as I`ve got to be honest, lots of my knitting time is being swallowed by my new hobby: World of Warcraft. I think they put subliminal messaging in the game to make you addicted.

and a cat toy:
Gabby plays with the catnip toy.

and a beret:
One Day

and a sweater:
Leyfi Sweater.

and I`m now in the midst of Christmas knitting.

I`ll try to post more regularly... I hope.

Between 2nd and 3rd.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM
Hello again. School and life are hard, and so I haven't been blogging. I'm between second and third drafts of my thesis right now-- it's currently with my advisor, and I'm waiting to hear back from her.
I'm moving back to Toronto for good July 31st and will be starting that terrible thing that all recent graduates must do: The job search. With the shitty economy, and the saturation of Torontonians in my program I might have to settle until I can find something good. Life sucks.

Anyways, here's a photo dump of life in between thesis drafts.

ROM

Cheryl and I visited the ROM a few weeks ago. Post-secondary students are free on Tuesdays, and free was within my budget!

Cheryl + Me

Zeus + Cheryl

Then I did a photoshoot of Cheryl and her pup in Allen Gardens.

King + York. G20

Then the G20 came to our city and turned it into an abandoned police state. Cheryl and I walked around all day during the summit and did not run into any trouble, but we were lucky.

Bellevue Cardi

I finished two sweaters - The Bellevue Cardigan

and my bunny sweater: They've got them Hoppy Legs and Twitchy Little Noses

They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses

Which I worked on for a YEAR -- well I procrastinated on it for a year, anyways.

Then I went back to Rochester, where I polished off my 2nd draft in a major heatwave, and then my uncle, aunt and cousins came to visit me.

High Falls

We did all the Rochester attractions.

Eastman House

Eastman House

High Falls

High Falls

Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal
and a bunch of other things.

Oh, and it's summer, and my bunny is very hot. Or he was. Now he's just
NAKED

Naked Sirius.

Naked Sirius.

Poor boy.

I'm sorry to say that posting will continue to be sporadic until the end of August-- that's when my final draft is due.

Can't Talk. Writing Thesis.

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 12:53 AM
First draft due June 4th... Must have to editor (ie my sister) June 1st.
Panicpanicpanicpanicpanic.

Kitties!

kitty.

good things.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 4:09 PM
Everyone survived the thesis presentations. I got (slightly) ripped apart by the faculty, but was expecting it, so I wasn't shocked or anything. As soon as the presentations were over, we fled to the pub:

365-293: This is how it feels to be done your thesis presentation.

I may have followed the pub up by going to a party at my classmates house and drinking many gin and tonics, but I think i deserved it.

Then on Sunday we had fake graduation:

Fake graduation certificate

Basically, we've finished the program, EXCEPT writing the theses, and so the Eastman House wanted to throw us a party before we all fled away from Rochester back home. It was fun. The parents came down. So did Cheryl, but she came down a few days early, to hang out.

365-298: PPCM class of 2010

Class photo.


Now it's nose to the grindstone, trying to get this freaking thesis done. There's nothing BUT thesis work to do for the next month. Yay me.

In slightly better news, I'm heading home next weekend for the frolic! Yay! I'll be working in the Sheep's booth, as per usual, and am looking SO FORWARD to it.

Tired eyes.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 10:48 PM
I've noticed a trend in my 365 photos lately. Tired eyes. School is hard.

365-287: Tired eyes.

365-286: Walking home.

365-285: Late.

365-283: Kale Chips!

365-266: End of March.

End of the term.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 9:42 PM
So. It's April. April means lots of nice things. Spring, Easter, Doctor Who. But unfortunately, in my world it means OMFG THESIS PRESENTATIONS ARE TWO WEEKS AWAY!
Our teacher keeps telling us that these aren't Thesis Defense's, and they're not big presentations. They're ten minute "progress reports" (followed by fifteen minutes of questions). That's not that bad, except they're in front of the WHOLE FACULTY both Toronto, and Rochester, and there's some real critical prof's in that bunch. I'm terrified.
They're the 19th and 20th of April. Then we've got a month to write our first drafts. Ironically, that doesn't seem so hard compared to these presentations. I don't even hate presentations, we had to do, like ten last year, and I got used to it. It's just this one. It's so intimidating.

Anyways. That's what I'm doing. Knitting has come to almost a standstill. I'm working on a stockinette curtain for my sister out of Noro Laceweight. That's all I can handle.

In other news: here's my recently overdyed and buttons-sewn-on Moch Cardi.

365-268: Moch Cardi

Moch Cardi

The dying isn't perfect. There are blotchy areas on one arm, and on the back, but I don't think it's very noticable. So meh. I like it. Also, I love the buttons. They're not the ones I originally planned to use, but these are also vintage, larger, and shinier, from Courage My Love.

Here are some photos:
This is my life lately, working on the massive ad database I'm making

365-280: Thesis research.

This is what spring looks like in Rochester. It's pretty nice.

365-282: Spring!

Today we went on a tour of the nitrate film vault.

Photo-geekery: Nitrate Vault tour.

We saw some awesome stuff, like original camera negatives for The Wizard of Oz:

Photo-geekery: Nitrate Vault tour.

And screen tests for Gone With the Wind:

Photo-geekery: Nitrate Vault tour.

It was pretty fun. Nitrate film is really flammable, so it needs very special storage conditions, away from residential areas.

Well, that's about all I got for you all right now. This knitting blog is sadly going to be missing knitting content for the next month. Oh well.




I am hard at work. I swear.

Friday, March 26, 2010 at 12:02 AM
Observe this awesome comic which I stole from my friend Tasha, who stole it from somewhere else. It sums up my life right now.

LOL.


NYC.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 10:43 PM
Back from New York! and OMG, what an awesome time I had!
We (my friends Soo, D'Arcy, and I) were supposed to stay in a hostel in the Financial District. We got there late last Wednesday night only to find out that they double-booked our room (!)
But, they had a better room available in their other location in the Upper East Side. So, their driver came and picked us up and drove us there. We went from a two bed room with no bathroom, to a FOUR bed room with private bathroom, and shared kitchen and shower, and second bathroom which we didn't have to share with anyone! AND, they gave us a discount. It was awesome.

NYC as always was beautiful, especially because it was so warm! I didn't even wear a jacket the whole time!

Looking @ Kahn and Selesnick photographs

We saw A LOT of art. We went to the Met, the Museum of the City of New York, 10-ish smaller commercial galleries, ICP, Sothebys, Swann, and AIPAD. We basically walked around from 9am 'till 10pm. It was exhausting.

Me and Chuck Close

It was awesome, because we didn't just do the tourist stuff; we toured the vaults, we got to talk to curators, and gallerists, and got to see things that other people didn't. Plus we just got to see A LOT.
By the end of most days, we were blind with gallery fatigue, but it was so worth it!

Swann auction house.

Plus, we did a lot of other fun stuff too! Galleries close eventually, and when they did, we mostly ate a LOT! Every night D'Arcy and I went to a different veggie restaurant. They were all awesome.

Pitcher of Sangria.

The only yarn store I had time for was Purl, which was teeny, but awesome! Also, they're moving at the end of this month, so they won't be teeny anymore!

Shopping for yan

I was restrained, and only walked out with one skein of an organic merino sock yarn, in this amazing colour. There's over 500 yards, and it's going to be a shawl sometime soon.

Purl Soho, and the yarn I bought there.

NYC art party

We got invited to a party at a private photographer collectors house. It was so cool seeing his collection on the walls.

D'Arcy, Soo and I goin' to Brooklyn

we took the subway (a lot!)

365-262: Reflection @ the Met.

I took a photo of a daguerreotype at the Met which is displayed on the wall terribly.
(come on, that's Southworth and Hawes! and you can't even see it!)

365-264: Reflections, again.

We took photos in awesome art deco elevators on the way to see galleries.

365-263: Times Square!

We did cliché tourist stuff!

and tonnes more.
Basically, New York is one billion times better then Rochester.

Brownstone!




Drive by blogging.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 12:36 AM
This video is amazing! I'm impressed with the detail, and especially the lighting! it's so like the originals.

Eighty Percent

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 12:53 AM
A long time ago I knit this hat for Dave. He requested an alpaca hat with colourwork, and this was what I came up with. A while later I knit another one for the shop.
I'm finally getting around to putting the pattern up! I am slow.

Eighty Percent

It's knit with less then a ball of each colour of Baby Alpaca Sport from Diamond Yarns, and it would make a great first time fair-isle hat.

Eighty Percent

and yes, that's crochet along the edge, but if I can do it, so can you!
(i suck royal hippogriff at crochet!)


Andromeda shawl.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 4:02 PM
I love this shawl.

Andromeda Shawl

I love the structure, it's modular, and not like other shawls. I love the edge, even though it's a pain in the ass to knit!

Andromeda Shawl

and I love the yarn! It's Viola Sock, dyed by my awesome friend Emily who has an amazing colour sense.

Andromeda Shawl

The shawl took me just under a month to knit, and that's with the knitting olympics thrown in. It's not a hard knit, but you do have to pay attention. Every row the chart only repeats once, so you're stuck looking at the chart the whole time. And it's a big chart. But oh so worth it. I love it. Have I said that?

Andromeda Shawl

The one bad thing is that I really need blocking wires. Pin blocking just doesn't cut it for this shawl. I'm itching to block it again, properly, with wires.

In other news, lest you all fear I'm still stuck in the middle of a snowpocalypse, Spring has arrived in Rochester. (kind of.)

O HAI spring!

Aren't they beautiful?

O HAI spring!

O HAI spring!

Heading to Toronto for the weekend tomorrow. I can't wait!

Then NYC next weekend! for AIPAD and massive amounts of museums and galleries. Also, I'm thinking Purl Soho, and Brooklyn General.