See you all in a week!

Monday, December 7, 2009 at 9:36 PM
365-168: Halp!

The end of term.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1:34 AM
Oh crap do I hate the end of term. School is hard and busy all the time, but at the end of term life falls away, and is completely taken over by reading, and writing papers.
So, of course, to prepare for this, I've gone home to Toronto for the last three (!) weekends!
Last weekend, it was American Thanksgiving. I dicked around, didn't do any schoolwork, and worked at the Sheep on Saturday and Sunday. I missed working at the Sheep! I bought yummy yarn, and got to spend time with fantastic people!

The weekend before, I went home for my mother's surprise 50th birthday party. She didn't know I was in town for the weekend, so the party truly was a surprise!
I knit her a blanket which I haven't taken photos of yet! so more on that later. But, I also did all the baking for the party, I made cookies, and this awesome cake:
I made a cake!!!!!
It was my first time making a cake with fondant icing, and I think I did a pretty damn good job! It tasted yummy, and got rave reviews from the family too!

The weekend before, I went home too, and my Mom and I went to the Royal Winter Fair, as we do every year. We eat alot, watch the fiber demos, have a beer (or two) and go to the cheese tastings. It was fun!
Beer at the horse ring.
Here we're having a beer at the horse ring.

365-149: The Royal.
And I'm hanging out with a sheep!

Back to paper writing hell now. This is all over on the 11th - 11 more days, then I get to go back to Toronto for almost a month! woot!

Ripley!

Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 12:29 AM
I made a hat. I am stocking up for winter, in case you hadn't noticed.

365-144: Ripley!

It's Ripley, and holy crap does it knit up fast!


Ripley!

I have been wearing it pretty much non-stop since Thursday!

I made the lace band, and the less-slouchy version. It used much less then one ball of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes bulky. I made the large size, but my gauge was also screwed up (despite my swatch) so it came out small. But meh, wool stretches anyways.

In other news, I shrunk my Selbu Modern (purposely) because it was too big for my non-dreadlock head. I threw it in with my laundry, on warm, and it came out perfect!

365-143: At the laundromat.

This is, unfortunately the only photo I have of it at the moment, before I blocked it again. But it's awesome, trust me.
Also, just for reference, my hat is made in Rowan Felted Tweed. The label says is is machine washable. I consulted Ravelry, and there's a lot of pissed people on there saying that it's not washable, and my felting of the hat proves that for me! Always do a test wash, don't just throw your knits in the washing machine willy-nilly!

I'm in Toronto right now! Tomorrow I'm going to the Royal Winter Fair with my mom. We will eat a lot, drink, look at pretty bunnies, sheep, and fleeces, and have a lot of fun!

I made gloves!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:28 PM
Back when I was learning to knit, my grandmother used to tell me that mittens were easy to make and gloves were impossible. She used to tell me that she could never figure out how to make the fingers.
So, I have made many pairs of mitts. I have made sweaters, toys, lace shawls, and socks. But I always overlooked the glove patterns. I dismissed them as "too hard." Despite the fact that I had become a much better knitter, and I guess if I thought about it, I realized that I was not lacking any of the skills needed to make them.

Well, I finally made gloves.
And they weren't hard!

365-136: Dudes, I made gloves.

They're from the fall 09 Vogue knitting. I was reluctant to make them, also because they're from Vogue. But the pattern was well written, I had no problems!

Gloves!

They're made from Socks that Rock lightweight, gifted to me from Sue before I left for Rochester. I've actually never worked with STR before (I have two more skeins in the stash though!) I found that it bled a lot! I had marks around my fingers where the yarn wraps. But it's a pretty colour!

Gloves!

I know they won't keep me warm in the crazy winter, but I've got fair-isle mitts for that... these are for fall!

I wish I could show them to my Grandma.

Have you seen the knitty fall surprises?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 10:10 PM
There's the new pattern - My Vampire Boyfriend by the wonderful Kate Atherley.

Vampire Boyfriend Socks

I took the photos for this awesome pattern months ago, and have had to keep quiet!
But I can show you now!

Vampire Boyfriend Socks

The photos were taken at U of T, and my sister was the model, it was a lot of fun! I especially enjoyed the looks we got for parading around the campus, and taking photos of socks and stakes. Messing with people is fun.

Now I've got to knit the socks, as we all know I'm definitely one of the vampire-obsessed.

Vampire Boyfriend Socks

What is there to do in Rochester you ask?

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 10:49 PM
Well, my parents and sister came to visit yesterday, and we found out!
First, we went to High Falls.
High Falls
High Falls is a giant waterfall in the middle of downtown. You'd think a tourist attraction like that would attract many people on a unseasonably warm late October day, right?
High Falls
Wrong. There was no one there!
Rochester's downtown is deserted though.
After High Falls, we went to Wegmans, the local grocery store for lunch. Unless you've been to Wegmans, you cannot understand why a grocery store is on the agenda for visiting family. Apparently, the Wegmans near my house is the biggest one in the US, and it's got sooo much! Even my father, who hates grocery stores could not shut up about it after he ate "the biggest sub ever!"
I had a tofu burrito. It was yummy.

Then, we went to the Eastman House.
I took stupid photos, since I'm there everyday, and it's nothing new to me!
Cheryl talking to Mr. Eastman.
Here's Cheryl reading the newspaper over George Eastman's shoulder.
Mirror, George Eastman House
And us outside the Discovery Room, which is the best room in the house!
Cheryl with her prize winning elephant, George Eastman House
And Cheryl on the grand staircase.

After GEH, we went to Target, because obviously, my sister and my mom wanted to go shopping! I bought some clothes!
Then we went to dinner.
Then they drove home, and I wrote a paper on Nicole Richie. Grad school is fun!

Remember me?

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:19 AM
Yeah, No excuse. I'm going to blog more often. I swear!

Well, school is going well. I've been home to Toronto twice so far, and am planning two more trips home before the end of the semester. Also, I'm planning on going to NYC in a few weeks for the weekend, to see both the Robert Frank show at the Met, and some other stuff. It'll be fun!

Studying at the George Eastman House is pretty awesome. I love working with the collections material- the stuff we get to see on a daily basis is pretty great. Also, all the instructors are great.
I'm beginning to think of ideas for my thesis project. A Masters thesis is only about 30 pages - max, and so it's not as involved as a PhD dissertation. It can be a research paper, or a practical project. I always thought I'd do the practical project, it's no secret that writing essays aren't my favourite thing to do. But I've come to realize that I actually like research, and I've got a few good ideas that I'm tossing around in my head. Plus, if I ever want to do my PhD, getting accepted will be pretty tough without a research-based thesis. I'm not saying I want to graduate and apply for more school, but it's a possibility some day.

In knitting news, I've been designing a few things. I'm waiting to get my SLR back before I put them up on Ravelry. (it's currently back in Toronto... I'll have it back this weekend!)
Also, I'm working on some deadline knitting. A christmas gift, and a birthday gift. So, in true Sarah fashion, I cast on some gloves for me tonight! I needed a break from deadline knitting. I have enough stress in my life, knitting should be fun!
This is the first time I've made gloves. I'm still on the cuff... we'll see how they go.

Ok... that's all i've got for now, class at 9 tomorrow morning, got to get to sleep!

Neglect.

Monday, September 28, 2009 at 10:51 PM
I have been neglecting the blog terribly. You would think that being away from my family, friends, boyfriend, kitties, and yarn stash would give me lots of time for blogging, but the truth is... grad school keeps you busy. Somehow I forgot this over the summer.
(plus, lets be honest, I did bring a lot of the stash, so there's still lots to do here!)

What have I been up to? Here's a short list.
I finished my Heather Hoodie Vest. just in time for it to be cold enough to wear it!

365-101: Heather Hoodie vest

Went to the Finger Lakes Fiberarts Festival, hitching a ride from Deb, a very kind fellow raveller. It was fun! I bought roving! (big surprise.)

An Alpaca.


My sister came to visit!

365-86: alt.

My mom came to visit!

Mom @ GEH

School is busy!

we've got readings every night, and at least one paper (usually more) due every week. Also, we have to do a certain number of ISO's (institutional service opportunities) every term... it's basically volunteering around the museum. For instance, this morning, I helped to take down the New Topographics exhibition and pack it into crates for it's journey to Arizona.

This weekend, I'm heading back to Toronto! I will be shooting Nuit Blanche for the city saturday night, and hitting up a photo show on sunday. Friday I plan to walk around holding my kitties all day. I'm not letting them go.

I'll be in Toronto the following weekend as well for Thanksgiving. Two weekends in a row! yay!


Rochester. Grad School.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 8:49 PM
Ugh. I have a stupid cold. I hate being sick, and it's especially not fun in the first week of school : (

So. I've been here for a week now. School officially started yesterday, and I've already got a paper and presentation due Friday, and another paper due Monday. *sigh.* Grad school is hard.

But I'm liking Rochester so far. You know, in an i'm only here a year anyways, kind of way.
The apartment is awesome. D'Arcy and I spent the first few days making multiple trips to Target, Wal-Mart, Salvation Army, etc, trying to make the apartment livable. I think we succeeded.
Sirius is adapting just fine, and so am I, I guess. I miss Toronto, but whatever, it's just a year.

365-83: New room.

I built Sirius a kick-ass new cage! it's awesome!
Also, I am desperate for a job. It seems that no one @ Eastman house is hiring, and that's the only place I can work legally. This could be a problem!
Ok. Off do do massive reading, and paper writing now!

365-90: aaaannd back to reading!

More packing, and FAN EXPO!!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009 at 11:13 PM
I am moving three days. THREE!
holy shit.
I took a load of furniture down, with my amazing friend Becky the other day. Also, my visa was processed successfully, after a little glitch - my original form mistakenly said I was born on Bouvet Island - which is an uninhabited Antarctic island (I was born in Canada) and I had to have a last minute form FedExed to me, from the SLOWEST Fedex delivery truck in existence.

I move on Tuesday. I've got Sirius' health certificate ready, and am planning on building him a kickass new cage. I'm excited, sad, terrified, and stressed. wah!

But, in other news, it's the end of summer, and that means it's time for Fan Expo!!!!!
Cheryl and I went last Saturday. I was dressed as the Fourth Doctor from Doctor Who, Cheryl was dressed as young Voldemort.

Fan Expo 2009!

Fan Expo 2009!

Cheryl and I are pretty nerdy. We wait all year for this, it's so much fun!
We saw Leonard Nimoy:

Fan Expo 2009!

We saw Helo, Athena, and Hera:

Fan Expo 2009!
Come on, Hera's a TOASTER!!! ha ha ha ha ha

We also saw the cast of Star Wars:

Fan Expo 2009!

and Capt. Jack!

Fan Expo 2009!

It was a pretty fun day. However, walking around a convention with thousands of people in August in wool scarves is really, really frigging hot.

Fan Expo 2009!

Fan Expo 2009!

9 days.

Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM
I am moving to Rochester in nine days.
To say i'm panicking would be putting it lightly.
I've got a visa, an apartment, and a bank account. My student loans are not here yet, making me poor as dirt in the meantime. Also, I haven't started packing, and I have to bring Sirius to the vet this week to get him a health certificate. arrrggh.

Anyways, lots has been happening, here, lately.

Last week, Lisa, and the amazing knitters at the Sheep threw me a going away party!
I was overwhelmed by the kindness of the people who came out, it was lots of fun! I'm going to miss everyone so much! (I can't believe I only have one shift left!)

Also last week, Sirius and I went to Bunfest! it was so much fun! Sirius was the only Angora bunny there, and we couldn't walk two feet without someone stopping us, and saying how adorable he is!
but come on, he totally is adorable:
365-67: Bunfest!

This week, I went to Stitch and Pitch at the Skydome. I even competed in the fastest knitter competition before the game. I totally lost (I did 93 stitches in three minutes - the fastest knitter in the competitive category did 250 stitches.)
but it was pretty cool just being on the field before the game, and we even got our own dressing room!

We got our own dressing room!

And, I was on the Jumbotron!

365-69: OMG, i'm on the big TV!

Jays lost, but it was still fun. Also, beers were $9.50! that's so excessive, it's not even funny!

Me and Dad

But my daddy still bought me one!


Look - a hat!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM
I've wanted to knit this hat for awhile. But I couldn't find glittery metallic yarn (Romni is good for things like that BTW.)
Once that hurdle was crossed, I cast on, and in two days, I had this badass hat.
365-62: I made a hat.

I got the best reaction ever from Dave. I showed him, and he burst out laughing. Now dave's gotten pretty good at ignoring my geekier traits, but I guess this crossed some kind of line. He asked me where I was going to wear the hat - I guess he though it was for a con or something. When I told him I planned on wearing it everywhere in the winter he just looked at me like i was insane. I loved it.

Cylon Hat

The pattern is the Cylon Centurion hat and I used lambs pride bulky, and some scary metallic stuff from Romni.

Come on, I rock.

Cylon Hat

Photography on TV.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 2:58 AM
I was watching True Blood tonight, (arrgh... so addictive) and there's the scene where the mayor gives Bill a photograph of his family in, like, 1867, and I thought as I heard this aw, crap, another TV historical photograph FAIL. But, actually, I was pleasantly surprised. The mayor gave him a tintype, in a case, and whoever made it did their research. There was period-specific mats, and overmats, and there was even a photographers inscription on the brass. It was cool! And, it even looked like a tintype. And, best of all, Tintypes are the proper photographic medium for the time, and location. I was impressed!

On the other hand, there's this episode of Torchwood, when they end up back in WWII, and Tosh needs to leave a message for the team in the future, and so she's trying to find something that will last through time, and they imply this is a big challenge. So, they find a Polaroid camera, and take a photo of the piece of paper that they need to last, and then put that Polaroid in a metal box OUTSIDE exposed to the elements, and it's miraculously there in 2008.
Now, this is really stupid. 1. because it's only 50-odd years in the future. Plain old paper and ink can last that long, no problem. 2. Because, really? putting a photograph in a box outside will make it fade fifty million times faster then in a stable environment. and 3. because Polaroid is one of the LEAST stable photo materials, ESPECIALLY in the 1940's. If Tosh is supposed to be such a tech genius, she'd know that.

grrr. do your research people.

(and yes. I'm nitpicking about photographic historical accuracy in TV shows that include time travel, aliens, and vampires. So what? I have an imagination, but I'm a smart girl too.)

O Hai!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 11:18 PM
I am beginning to realize I will be a US resident soon. I have a bank account, and an apartment:

I'm gonna live here!

The whole second floor of the beautiful, huge Colonial house.

I'm gonna live here!

with yard, and parking, and laundry, and TWO bathrooms! (one for each of us.)
Oh, and the grocery store? Across the street!

I think I love it.

Rochester, and Rochester again!

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 10:13 PM
D'Arcy and I went to Rochester yesterday to check out that apartment. it sucked. Also, we failed at getting any other places to look at. Therefore, we are going BACK tomorrow. Because 6+ hours in the car a day is fun!

Tomorrow, we've got three places lined up, and dammit, we will take one of them!

Did'ya see the better photos I took of my Liesl?

Liesl

365-44: Liesl, again

...see, knitting content. It's getting regular again! Just in time for September, and grad school hell to start again!

In weird news for today: last night I had a dream that I was at a house party with some vampires from Buffy, and suddenly, the Cullens walked in, and the Buffy vampires all scoffed, and were like, "meh, we're outta here." it was bizarre.

More car time tomorrow. weee! can't wait.

Last Day, Lists, and Lace.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 10:36 PM
Today was my last day @ the ROM!
I had a great time at my internship, but I've got so much freaking things to do this month, that I'm happy it's over.
Well, I'm going back on Wednesday to have lunch with my supervisors, but that's it.

On Sunday, my roomie D'Arcy and I are going to Rochester to check out an apartment. It's furnished, reasonably priced, and close to Eastman House. Fingers crossed!

Now, A short list of things I need to do in the next month. (to make me keep my ass in gear!)
1. Figure out what the hell I'm doing with my Canadian cell phone plan.
2. Make sure that there will be no problems bringing Sirius across the border.
3. Find out how to get my OSAP early, since I'll be in Rochester by Sept.
4. All the visa crap (paying the fee, dropping it off @ Eastman House, whatever else comes up.)
5. Apply for the library position @ Eastman House, so hopefully I can make a little money this year.
6. Figure out what the hell I'm bringing with me.
7. Pack.

I'm sure there's ten billion things more, but that's all I got right now.

And lastly, I finished a hat.

Grace Lace Beret

Details here.
Oh how glad am I that hats fit me again. This is one of many coming up!

Work tomorrow and Saturday, Rochester on Sunday, then I've got Monday and Tuesday OFF! Bliss.

FO's, computers, and Rochester

Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 11:32 PM
I got my mac back!!!!!!

365-36: Reunited at last!

It works great, and I couldn't be happier! (well, i'd be a little happier if it hadn't wiped out some of my iTunes purchases, and my Adobe licenses.) Hopefully, this is the end of my bad technology luck. fingers crossed.

In other news, I finished Liesl today:

365-38: Liesl

Better photos when it's actually daylight out.

This knit up in six days! out of three balls of Cascade 220! Honestly, those two facts alone make it an awesome sweater, but I love it, and I think it looks great! I just need a few cool brooches to wear with it now. Time to go shopping!

One more week at the internship. I've had a good time, but I'm ready for it to be done. I need to find an apartment still, and figure out what i'm bringing with me. Also, I need some time off before the hell that is Grad school starts again.

The ongoing saga of my computer.

Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 12:43 AM
So....
We get dave's computer back, and when I looked at the repair sheet, I found out that they had replaced the whole logic board.
Dave and I have the same computer. Bought on the same day, same make, model, everything. If his computer had a faulty logic board, chances are good mine did too... right?
So I took off to the Apple Store, again, to see what they thought. The guy at the genius bar agreed that both computers failing within a week of each other was pretty sketchy. So he ran the graphics card test on my computer, which of course, didn't work, because with a fried logic board, it won't even start up. He gave me the number of Apple customer relations, and told me to give them a call and explain my case, since, without the record that my computer failed the graphics test, he couldn't authorize a replacement of the part.
So I called. I explained my case to the guy, and he said he'd look into it for me.
Yesterday, I got a call back from Apple, telling me that since the test on my Macbook was inconclusive, they were going to AUTHORIZE A REPAIR FOR FREE!!!
I took it in today. It'll be ready in a few days. I'm thrilled! I just saved myself 2,000 dollars by doing some research, and standing up for myself.

Apple has amazing customer service. Even if they didn't replace my part, i would have been satisfied with the service I got. The genius bar people are always friendly, honest, and helpful, even though they must see many pain in the ass people. The guy on the phone actually listened to my issue, which is rare for customer service people. Then, once they OK'd the repair, they arranged it all for me. I am so impressed. Not that I was EVER planning on switching to PC, but this experience has just left me feeling even better about Macs in general.

A few more days... then I'll have a computer again. Just like a real person. Dave will be very relieved!

grrrr....

Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 11:15 PM
So, I got home on Tuesday evening, and Dave tells me that his computer isn't working. It's not. I couldn't get it to work. It was starting up, but the display wasn't coming on. Apparently, I'm a technology jinx, or the gods are punishing me for not buying applecare, but Dave's computer wasn't working.
Off he goes to the Apple Store on Wednesday after work. The verdict : some faulty graphics card on the logic board thingy. Luckily, this is a manufacturers defect, so it's getting fixed FREE! (which is all we can afford right now.)

So, we're 3-5 days without a computer. This is day five actually, and it has been TORTURE. we're not sure if weekends count in this, so it could still be two more days. IT IS HELL.

I'm blogging right now, courtesy of my dear, darling, amazing, wonderful sister, who lent me her computer for the night, since she saw how desperate I was getting. as we speak I'm downloading Torchwood - which it's been KILLING ME not to watch all this week! But i've got to give it back to her tomorrow night.

Today was my Dad's fiftieth birthday party. I finished the sweater in time, and it fit, which is the most important part:

DSC03306

Terrible photo, but you get the point!

Anyways, more in 3-5 days, when we get Dave's computer back!

This week:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 12:09 AM
Another week. Four left at the ROM, then I get three off, then I move to Rochester. We've started apartment hunting, but there's not much available for Sept yet. (In case you didn't know... we doesn't mean me and Dave, Dave is staying here : ( We means me, and my friend D'Arcy, roommate to be, and classmate.)

In other news though, Today at the ROM, I switched focus. I have thus far been working with the Chinese photography. Today, I began working with the Indian photography. So, I'm back to researching, learning what I can about Indian photography in the 19th century. It's interesting.
Also, after work today, I wandered around the ROM for two hours. They're open late all week, for the Dead Sea Scrolls. It's interesting that what interests me in a museum isn't where the crowds are. I mean, the dino's are cool, but what I really like are the European, Greek, Egyptian, and Canadian galleries, and those were all empty except for your token morons laughing at Greek statues penises and staring at the mummy then leaving, without learning about anything else. grr.
I liked finding spindles in the gallery of Cyprus, and looking at the Death of General Wolfe painting, and looking at the Book of the Dead - paper that is over two thousand years old! That's preservation! Yes. This is why I'm a museum nerd.

In further other news, Tomorrow is my Dad's 50th birthday! I've knit this much sweater for him:
365-18 Sweaterwatch 2009
and the party is on Sunday. I just might pull it off.
I just finished reading Sunshine, by Robin Mckinley, and found it... alright. Nothing special. I just started reading Gods Behaving Badly, and even though I've only read 20 or so pages so far, I've already LOL'd once!
I also caved, and bought the next two Sookie Stackhouse books today. shhhh.
Oh, and in Nerdy news... the first part of Torchwood was awesome! despite me being very apprehensive about it. Can't wait till tomorrow.

Meme. iPod shuffling!

Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 12:48 AM
Yvette Tagged me!
1) Turn on your MP3 player. (2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode. (3) Write down the first 15 songs that come up--song title and artist--NO editing/cheating, please. (4) Choose some people to be tagged. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about your musical tastes, or at least a random sampling thereof.

1. Which Side Are You On? - The Dropkick Murphys
2.The Dundee Cat - Shanneyganock
3. The Imploding Voice - The Smashing Pumpkins
4. Harm of Will - Bjork
5. Space Oddity - David Bowie
6. Say it Ain't So - Weezer
7. The Workers Sing a Song of Mass Production - Matthew Good Band
8. This is the Best Day Ever - My Chemical Romance
9. California Sun - Rancid
10. Appels + Oranges - The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Clumsy - Our Lady Peace
12. Shame and Scandal (in the family) - Unknown Artist
13. Imagine - John Lennon
14. My Hotel Year - The Ataris
15. The Torch - The Dropkick Murphys

I am surprised that in 15 songs, no Wizard Rock came up, especially considering the huge amount I have!
anyways, I'm not tagging anyone, but if you read this, consider yourself tagged!

365-16 Beer Friday!

Happy Friday!