Stationary Drifting

Small Things Project: day 64 (Sept 25)

Today I am happy that my thesis advisor is so cool. I really just enjoy her company and passion and she always makes me feel like I’m capable of doing this, which is not an easy task at this point. One time she made me tear up because she went on a rant about how smart I am at a time that I was feeling really dumb. I really respect her and I’m trying not to feel too much pressure to live up to her expectations of me.

I’m also happy that my stress at work was significantly eased by a really good, realistic meeting today. Things still seem possible but the timeline has been somewhat adjusted to reflect reality, which makes me feel a helluva lot better about how this whole thing is going to roll out.

I’m happy for rad, intergenerational organizing groups too. I almost skipped out on a meeting I had tonight with a bunch of other prisoner justice groups here in Montreal but I sucked it up and went. I’m really happy I did because I learned A LOT, met a lot of cool people, and left feeling like Montreal has a much more solid PJ community than I ever imagined. I also signed up to get clearance at one of the local federal prisons so that myself and another person in my collective could go in and do some transformative justice workshops for another group that works with folks on the inside. I’m super pumped about that.

So I’m tired but I feel busy, which is good. Like I said a we a days ago, I need to do more with this life and I feel like I’m starting to start that not-exactly-simple goal.

I’m also really excited for my upcoming birthday, I have a package from my dad and Nancy waiting for me at the post office and I can’t wait to pick it up! I’ve been debating whether I want to wait until my actual birthday to open it and be an adult for once in my life, ooooorrrrr not. We’ll see how I feel once its in my grubby lil’ hands tomorrow…..

I have some posts lined up that just need some finishing touches before I post them but I’m too tired and its too late because I got home so late so they will have to wait until tomorrow. One is a picture of a hilarious outfit I’ve been rocking that I love, another is a photo/weekend round up on queer pop, i have to update on my simple goals and goal #3 this week, and I think there’s a couple brewing on crafting and my views on my gender presentation so hopefully I have some time to put those in queue this week. I’ve been really loving blogging these days (probably partially because its getting cooler and I’m better at projects in the non-summer), so to conclude, I’m happy about that too.

Knitting: Marseau’s hood

I finally finished it! and there’s still snow on the ground! So there’s still use for it. Phew.

Marseau thought I never would. He says I’ve been working on it for 2 years but I’ve really only been for 1 and a bit, not continuously.

I got through knitting stages. In the fall I want to knit all the time. Until my wrists click, my hands are stiff and I have no moisture left in my fingertips. I can knit like this usually through the winter but as soon as I start craving spring I kind of taper off at it. I barely knit during the spring and I don’t knit in the summer because the idea of holding knit things, let alone wearing them is too hot.

This was supposed to be Marseau’s xmas present of 2010, just after we started dating. But it never got done, and then I stopped for the spring summer. I picked it up again this fall but it took a lot longer than I anticipated. Its a much bigger (size wise) project than I usually do. But its done now! Its all wet and pinned to my couch at the moment (blocking) and I’m considering making it a lining so that the wool isn’t itchy, but let’s just say its done anyway.

I used the Through the Woods pattern on Ravelry (you can find me under keetham there by the way). And it was pretty easy if you know how to cable and pick up stitches, etc. The button holes thwarted me for a while because I had never done them before but overall not too bad. I don’t follow knitting patterns very well because I’ve been knitting since I was 5 and am used to making up my own stuff. I’m sure I didn’t do it exactly as the pattern said (even though it was a very good pattern description wise) but it turned out pretty close to what the picture looked like so I’m pleased.

I guess I should finish my mom’s lace shawl now that I “gave” her for xmas or maybe Venessa’s mitts. I’m trying to finish projects these days. I’m bad at finishing projects, which is complicated because I really like starting them and my craft bench is covered in started projects.

taking silly pictures in the hood