In which Abbie talks simultaneously about school, knitting, sewing, and herbology. E-gads!

Ugh.

ughughugh.

The semester officially starts tomorrow. Who’s not ready? That would be me.

Thankfully this fall I’m taking a lighter load. Only 12 credits, rather than my usual 16. I’ve been dragging my feet much more than usual this year, but I think that has a lot to do with not having much of a break this summer. I was just gettin’ my groove on! Getting projects completed/started!

I think, next summer, I’m just going to do Summer of Solutions. And maaaaaaybe a class. Maybe. If I really need to do it to graduate on time. Or to maintain my sanity in the spring semester.

At least I’m starting the semester off with the one class I’m really excited about – the 21st century novel. I’m going to spend the rest of tonight finishing the first novel for that class, and maybe getting a dent in the next one. I definitely suggest Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem to anyone looking to spice up their reading list with something really reminiscent of the noir genre.

My other classes are a science class, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, and one for Social Justice, From Development to Globalization. When/if I go to India, I’ll be studying development issues in-depth, and this should be a good way to get started thinking about that.

We’ll see how I feel at the end of the week, once I’ve got more fully into my classes.

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So I’m almost done with that white dress from a couple of posts ago. I’m wearing it right now, and it’s incredibly sexy. But there are some issues with the construction of it that I need to fix goddammit because they’re going to bother me from now to eternity.

I think this dress might be an exercise in patience. Unfortunately, I got my patience from my mother, who is a hot-blooded, red-headed Norwegian. And I believe a Taurus Scorpio. Yeah, you can imagine how much patience that leaves me with.

But if I am considering, at all, selling home-made clothing for any kind of money, I need to learn to be patient and crank out really good products quickly. And right now, while it’s a flattering dress, it’s not made as well as it could have been.

Here’s a teaser picture for you all before that dress is done:

013It’s not a terribly good picture, but you get the idea. I should really find someone who would be willing to photograph me wearing the things I’m making after they’re done … there is always the roommate, but I’m not sure if she’d like doing that. For now, we’ll just have to make do with my self-taken photos in a full-length mirror.

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Thankfully, the knitting is going much better than the sewing these days. Which is strange, because knitting takes much more patience (just because it takes infinitely longer). But the sweater I’m working on is really coming along. A couple more movie nights, and I should have the body of it done. I’m probably about half done with that. Still have a long way to go, though – there are the sleeves, after all. But it’s definitely coming along, and resembling something I would wear on my torso.

Here are a couple of pics of the progress so far:

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I particularly like how the flash played with the colors for this picture.

Best picture of the buttonholes I could muster.

Best picture of the buttonholes I could muster.

Oh, and I almost forgot the exciting bit of this post! A friend of mine saw my jean skirt, and she liked it so much that she commissioned me to make her a skirt out of a pair of her old jeans! We went and bought fabric the other day, and I think it will be super cute. It won’t be the same as my skirt, but now that I’ve done it once I feel like I can take some creative license with it.

There will be pics of that skirt to come later, and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind posing for me in it once it’s done.

I’ve also been a very good scavenger lately. This past weekend, I found some fantastic used fabric for dirt-cheap. I’ll buy some vintage patterns to go along with it, and post some pics. Yesterday, Goodwill was having a 50% off sale, and I went and found some amazing things. Mostly kitchen things, but I found a book on natural healing that was quite exciting and a Brita filter for a friend. If only I’d found some more fabric or some patterns! But alas, we can’t always have such luck.

Due to my using a lot of herbs for cooking, witchery, and other various uses, I think I might start an herb container garden. More coming on this later, but know that it’s coming. Most likely. I need to gauge how expensive it will be to start up an herb garden, and how well the herbs will take to growing inside. I also need to have a more final list of plants I’m going to grow, and for what purposes. Anyway, more on that later. I have things to do other than post this entry!

I’m off to finish reading my book.

Ta ta,

Abbie

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