Wanted: Brain for Hire

Posted on May 31, 2009. 9 comments

In many ways waiting to hear back about my 81 paged Masters Thesis has been more agonizing than 3 years of procrastinating and actually writing the damn thing. I've not been good for much other than sitting on the couch and occasionally remembering to wipe the drool away.
If I had to post one picture that expressed in 1000 words or less my general feelings of the past week it'd have to be this one.
Happily things are happening in Casa de Fickle despite my sluggish thesis angst.
I've been knitting through my hand spun yarn in an effort to understand better what it is I'm making. Below is a hand knit cowl I designed. The yarn I used spun from Funky Carolina wool was the second batch ever spun on my wheel. The pattern itself looks obscured and soft caused by the thick and thin nature of my beginner yarn. Eventually I'll release the pattern, it takes 90 yards of bulky yarn and knits up lightening fast.
I also created my first Surprise! You Spun Art Yarn!1! Which accidentally occurred when I attempted to take out extra twist by quickly running the over-twisted Romney through my wheel (successfully taking out all twist). After lots of hand wringing and much cussing I took the parts that were drifting apart and plied them with the remaining over spun batch of yarn. Shockingly I love the results. Hopefully that won't doom me from repeating this technique.
Perhaps the biggest development has been the decision to distribute my patterns wholesale in print.
Scary as hell but exciting too.


  • Posted by AlisonH on Jun 01, 2009

    A thought on selling your patterns: is an outlet to add to doing it yourself.

  • Posted by lyssa on Jun 02, 2009

    Congrats on finishing that thing! Waiting is always hard.

  • Posted by mindy on Jun 04, 2009

    Way to go on all counts! And I’d say you certainly deserve a bit of downtime, brain-wise.

  • Posted by Carrie K on Jun 01, 2009

    Whoo! Whoo!! Whoo!!!
    And I mean the waiting of the finished thesis and not the humdrum bit of distributing your patterns wholesale, of course. ;)
    Maya is bowling and the dog has given up keeping score?

  • Posted by Jennifer on Jun 01, 2009

    Wow, you got one of those dog-look alike draft stoppers as well? They get more lifelike everyday.
    Let me know if you need a test knitter for the cowl. Seriously. I’m on my arse and still can’t lift anything heavier than a ball of wool (though SOMEONE left me to lift a 25lb toddler in and out of the crib the other night).

  • Posted by Roberta on Jun 01, 2009

    Well, the longer they procrastinate with you thesis, the longer you can put it off and knit and spin guilt-free :)
    and work on those fabulous patterns

  • Posted by marri on May 31, 2009

    LOL, that is a fantastic photo! and yay on the wholesale designs!

  • Posted by Kath on May 31, 2009

    Oooo…I like the Surprise yarn! I’d knit that up in something very simple, let the colors and the textures shine though.
    Suffering from Brain Drain? I know it all too well…I think my Stats final left me a gibbering vacant-eyed idjit for weeks. Or at least until I got the grade back!

  • Posted by Lisa on Jun 01, 2009

    UGH! When I was in law school we had the option of writing a thesis or taking a super-intense, 10 credit course. I took the course because I knew that I would procrastinate far too long.

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