Enter November

Happy November! Have you started your novel? November is National Novel Writing Month, and this year I am taking the challenge. NaNoWriMo challenges ordinary people like you and me to write a 50,000-word novel in month. I have tried and failed in the past, but this year I have no excuses. My novel is entitled, “The Adventures of Vodnik and Goldilox,” and the story runs thus: Vodnik and Goldilox are good monsters, breezing through life. Until they meet one day and fall in love. They are married and look forward to domestic bliss until the evil Bob kidnaps Goldilox. Vodnik must find his wife and defeat Bob before the worst happens!

NaNo is all about the act of creating, but they adhere strictly to their word count. I was thinking about my past failures, and realized that sometimes it just seems like too many words, too much time. Everyone knows that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and that sparked an idea in my brain: this year I will “write” a photo-novel. No words (unless I take a picture of them), just action. Oh, and the monsters are knitted. 😉

More Interesting

Happy Monday!

Ok, you’re right. I’ll never say that again as long as I live. Forgive me.

Today was my first day of work, which means, o joy of joys, Orientation! Yay! I met some new (and very friendly) people, learned about my company, and they gave us free lunch. What’s not to like? *mumbles something about mind-numbing, life-sucking presentations about safety*

Well, anything is more interesting than Orientation, especially when that something is a wonderful handcraft like Knitting. Now some of you may remember a few months ago when I picked up some needles and knit myself a lovely grey scarf. This soon blossomed out to a pair of awesome wrist warmers, and a scarf I started for my roommate that I still need to finish. Over the summer I did not have the chance to practice my newly-acquired skill because I was traveling in Europe and suitcase space was prime real estate. I brought my tatting along instead. It’s rather smaller (yes, that was intentional). Now that I am back to the States, I am back to knitting. Be afraid. Be very afraid. My roommate is.

My camera is acting up today, so I will leave you with only 1 picture:Image

Washcloth with Basil, knitted with Peaches ‘n’ Cream in yellow on US 8 (?)

In the mean time…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted regularly. In fact, there was a stretch in there where I didn’t post at all.  You have my apologies. I would argue that my life is busy, but I had time over Christmas break….

BUT! Even though I was so rude as to ignore you means in no way that I did not stay busy with fun things! My most recent (finished) project was a pair of knitted finger-less gloves/wrist warmers. My wonderful mother had sent me a package of lovely things (such as chocolate!) and she also stashed a skein of vibrant polyester plush yarn. You see, she was paying attention when I was oohing and aahing over the yarn while I was at home. I love my mom. 🙂 Well, naturally with such lovely material I had to make something! We were enduring a cold spell here at the time, and out came these lovely wrist warmers. They are very warm and happy (if a little big). 

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Too much school makes you old

Ah, the joys of being so busy you can’t see straight! Well, I can see straight, but if I get any busier I think I might just begin to pull my hair out!!

This evening was my last performance in a humorous play written and performed in English: Giancarlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.” The plot is full of twists and turns, melodrama, and puns. I played the town gossip, who is quite an old woman! T’was an interesting experience for me.
You can see from the picture that I’m learning another skill. I was inspired by a friend of mine who was knitting the most beautiful scarf in one of my classes, and decided that I just had to have a go at it myself. Currently I’m a little less than half done.  I usually play the young woman whose heart is breaking from unrequited love 😛