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Monday, June 3, 2013

First Lace Project and Summer Garment

So I finally finished the sweater I was working on. It only took me 10 weeks! Unfortunately for my blog (and you readers) I am pretty terrible with remembering to take pictures especially ones that look good and web/blog worthy. Plus, I haven't blocked the sweater yet, so although it's completed, it's not quite at it's final stage.

Several weeks ago I got a package from my aunt who is an avid knitter. We had chatted over email about knitting and I was excited to tell her about the sweater I was making. She was really excited about me getting into knitting and told me about some purple alpaca yarn she wanted to send me to make a scarf or mittens. I was really excited about that not only because it's great yarn but purple is my favorite color of all time. I gladly accepted her gift and thanked her (multiple times). The extra awesome surprise was she decided to send along a couple knitting books with her package. One is a stitch dictionary (woohoo!) which is great for getting ideas and switching up your plain garter or stockinette stitch into something a little snazzier. The other book is on Gansey's (also Guernsey's) which I started reading but I haven't started any projects on that yet.

So I'm very excited to have received these books and yarn, they will teach me new things and I'll definitely create something amazing out of the purple yarn. Since it's alpaca, I've actually set it aside for now because we've reached the summer months and it's just a little warm to be thinking about winter clothing. Instead, I've started my first lace project which is turning out nicely so far.
Pattern Page (Ravelry)
I got the white color because A) it's light and summery, B) didn't like the other colors, and C) if it every does get so dirty I can dye it a darker color. I haven't actually added it to my project page on ravelry yet, but I will. 
 I tried stretching it out a little to get a better sense of what it will look like. I've read that lace will look pretty funky until it's blocked so I'm holding judgments until I finish. I still think it looks pretty cool though.

I can't wait until I'm done with this since it is nice for summer weather. I also have pretty fair skin so I'm hoping it will help with not getting so sunburned every time I go outside.

Better get back to it.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Gathering, Organizing, Expanding

So I realize I haven't written in a while..my bad. There are just so many things on my list of I-really-want-to-do-this that writing just hasn't happened. What's funny is I should really be blogging about everything I'm doing right? Would make sense..alas..I get carried away and forget.

This morning I've been organizing/exploring what Google has to offer. First it was organizing my Drive files because there were so many random and unnamed ones it was driving me crazy. Next I discovered that there is a Google Scripts app for google drive. I haven't done much with it yet but it may come in handy. After that I went to check out the communities I'm a part of on Google+. I'm part of three right now and searching for others that spark my interest. I'm trying to be more interactive online only because it is a great way to share knowledge.

As for my blog, hopefully I can write more often even if it's just to update on the projects I'm doing.

Off to tackle another day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ravelry anyone?

I'm curious who else I know is a part of Ravelry....? I don't know too many other people who knit, only that there are lots of us out there. My username on there is theladyhat and I'm part of some groups but I know there are tons out there.

Here's some of the most recent stuff I've knitted:
For my sis

slouchy hat

warm socks for my mom














The socks are my second pair and although I love them, they take forever to make. So for now I'm working on smaller things that don't take so long and I get a little more instant gratification.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Peace and Quiet

Early morning is probably one of my favorite times of the day if not the favorite. It's fall which means it's getting cooler and we've been having fog in the mornings. I don't know what it is, but fog gives off this eerie feeling but at the same time I imagine it to be an eye cover for mother nature. She's waking up and can't just open her eyes quickly, the fog has to rise up and slowly burn off until everything is visible. I went star gazing recently and slept out on the bed of a truck. It was a great night for it because there was no moon and all the stars came out. What I liked even better was waking up shortly after the break of dawn, sunrise was 7:08am. I usually wake up at around 7:00am so time wise this wasn't too different. There's something about sleeping outside without windows to block light that just changes the experience. Most days I would love to have my bedroom window face east so I can wake up with the sun. I feel morning is a better time to get things done or even if I'm not getting something done, it's way more peaceful than late at night. Don't get me wrong, hanging around a camp fire until it burns out is a lot of fun too, but on a daily basis, I'd rather have my early mornings.

That's all I've got for now, my brain's moving too fast and I've got to get my day started!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Life, Knitting, and My Cluster of Thoughts

  • Coffee in the mornings
  • Job searching when I can
  • Knitting amazing projects for others
  • Getting back in shape
  • Reading
  • Having fun
  • Enjoying life
  • Trying to stay up to date on news
  • Not eating so much
These are just some of the things I think about everyday. There are more I'm sure but every time I try to sit down and write they all flood in and I can't figure out exactly what my fingers should be typing. I like to just start writing and go from there but even doing that seems to be beyond me these days. I do feel bad I haven't been writing but this has been my dilemma recently. 

Part of me has been thinking about switching the theme of my blog. Some ideas are to make it solely a project/craft blog, so only updates on my knitting or other projects I get done. The problem with this idea is that I'm already a member on Ravelry and thus just repeating what's already on my page there. 

That's the main idea I have for changing the theme of my blog, otherwise I'm not sure so we'll see. Even if I don't change the theme I hope to update and post more. You would think I'd have posts everyday since I'm currently unemployed but I actually keep myself pretty busy with other goings-ons. In fact, here's a picture of the space shuttle Endeavor I saw last Friday, very cool history in the making. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Statistics?

It's been so long! I've been on the go packing everything up, then driving across the country, and now that all my stuff is in one place again I can breath a little. It's nice knowing I won't be starting classes and I won't need to buy more textbooks. It's now my full time job to find a job. There are some perks to this job, I can take breaks whenever I want. Granted I have to stay focused but there's no wardrobe requirement beyond t-shirts and shorts.

So far on the job search I am trying to hone the best keywords for finding a job with my qualifications. It's helpful that John is looking for something similar because I can bounce ideas off him and him I. What I have found interesting is that I'm not sure employers know they need a statistician. I'll find postings which describe my qualifications but don't have the title of statistician, it's pretty interesting. Statistics is one of those fields that can be applied to almost anything, but the job descriptions I find are more geared towards some mislabeled "analyst" or programmer posting. As someone who does statistics, "analyst" works to describe only part of what I do. In addition to analyzing data there are so many other parts to the work: importing data, data manipulation, determining a model, then running analyses, then finding a way to present this analysis to someone who doesn't have as much of a statistical background. The way to look at it is this: A statistician may not know tons about the field their data comes from, but they can still analyze it and probably come up with a good explanation of what's going on. My hunch is that lots of employers think to themselves, "well, if they don't know anything about the field, how can they help us?". The answers lies in the fact that typically a (good) statistician takes in data and before even starting anything, forms questions about the dataset. These are questions along the lines of:

  • Where did this data come from?
  • What variables were measured?
  • How was the data collected?
  • What prediction or response was in mind when the experiment was carried out?
Once these are answered (and some others), some data manipulation can begin and with that even more questions arise that need answers before getting further in the process. What I'm tying to get across here is that statistics is not just looking at numbers, it's understanding where they came from, being able to reorganize them, and then getting into what they can tell us about a certain situation (analysis). 

I hope this sheds a little light on some who don't know much about statistics and are curious. Now it's time to continue the search for a job fit for me!