Sunday, September 30, 2007

Pointless, But So Quick

After seeing Mochimochi's adorable Woodins, and reading that they were inspired by the little spirits in Hayao Miyazaki's animated movies, I was suddenly consumed by the desire to make a little Princess Mononoke-style tree spirit:

which was completed between the hours of 11 and 12 on a Saturday night. I was meant to be studying, and, in fact, the Bio book was lying open on the sofa next to me. But I think my botany teacher would be proud....
Still working, very slowly, on the Indigo Ripples skirt:

But spending most of my time on the Habu bamboo cardi:

It's nearly there, just the upper back and the right sleeve to go....

Sunday, September 09, 2007

What I've Been Up To....

Yes, things have suddenly become much more serious here at my place--I am officially back in school! And as you can see from my bookshelf, I'm going for a bit less fluff this time around--no "Survey of Japanese Painting" or "Religions of Asia" for me. And here's the lovely place where all of this learnin' is happening:Beautiful Brooklyn College, a shockingly picturesque campus for being A) part of the CUNY system, and B) in the middle of Brooklyn. Not that Brooklyn isn't beautiful--we all know that I'm a faithful Brooklynite--but let's face it, it has its rough patches. A mere 3 minute walk from Flatbush (as well as a student ID to gain access to the campus) finds you here:at this gorgeous lily pond, created, incidentally, by my Botany teacher.
Some of you may be a little confused here, so let me explain: I have a BA in Art History and Art Studio, as well as an MA in Art History, but never really pursued a career in it after grad school. I completely lost all interest. So recently, I decided to go back for a 2nd BA in Biology--and though this may seem redundant, I could hardly apply to a grad school program in science with absolutely no undergrad coursework in it. I am so excited about it, it feels AMAZING to be back in school, though it is certainly very demanding, and really getting in the way of all of my leisure pursuits!
But I have managed to get some work done on the Esther socks, mainly in the library between classes:Sometimes the sock likes to hang out on my math homework. To keep the homework company, since I like to pretend that it doesn't exist.
And I started working on some very special, Habu cashmere, dinosaur gloves:No, they're not for a kid. They're for a 30-year-old man. Again, people, this is what happens when you say, "I can do anything you want." I'm a slow learner.
And I had my last international visitor of the summer: Tino, the German housemate of the Australian, Michael, who I stayed with in Melbourne. This guy was so cool and tolerant of having me hanging around their house for several weeks, so I was thrilled to be able to reciprocate a little here in NYC:Hanging out at Blue Ribbon Cafe, having a German beer.
And that's it! Oh, except that I finally got to see the city from way up high--but we were smart, and skipped the 2-hour line at the Empire State Building for the no-line at Rockefeller Center. I highly recommend this course of action if you don't have 2 hours to waste:Hooray for New York! Mmm, I'm so looking forward to fall in the city, with a little chill in the air, maybe knitting a nice fair isle sweater, and eating pies that Veronique makes.... Yum.