Sunday, September 21, 2008

Everyone Loves a KD Lady...

These past few weeks have been so wonderful. I came to ISU and didn't know anybody, and have met so many people so quickly - my dear friend Kristin, who understands me in and out though we've only known each other a little while. We have the most fun over the weekends and it's always exciting to see her during the week!

One of the things that I told myself I would do when I came to Iowa State was participate in the Greek system's rush. I have a lot of friends at Drake and a lot of friends at other colleges who really enjoy being a part of the Greek community, and although I had always talked about rushing, there was a huge part of me that was skeptical. So when I transferred and came to Iowa State, I decided that I would finally give it a go. Who knew that I would meet so many people so quickly and find just the right fit? And who knew they'd like me back as much as I liked them?

When they brought me the bid last Saturday I was so excited I nearly cried. I didn't even wait the 24 hours you've got to decide - I said yes and called their recruitment person right away to confirm. I'm moving into the house very soon, as well. And I can't wait. I can't wait to do all the fun events and meet all the people I haven't met yet and get to know all of my pledge class. 

I love me some Kappa Deltas!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bluebells and Cockle Shells

I would say that I need to stop spending money, but that's not really true, considering that I have been so remarkably good with everything I have spent, and everything I have bought has been something I really wanted or needed and waited a long time to purchase.

I seem to be on a color kick for fall right now - not traditional fall colors, mind you, just my new favorites. Last post, it was all about the reds. This post? Well, we just have to make room for some winter blues. I went to the mall this last weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find nearly everything on my list. At the top? Sensible winter pumps that I can wear even when it's a little chilly, with knitted socks. They're lovely, navy blue with faux buttons! If there's one thing you buy yourself this winter, it should be a pair of navy pumps. They were all over the runways and I think the look super chic if you dare to pair them with a pair of black tights. I'm doing so, anyway, when the weather gets a bit colder.

While out, I also picked up one of my new favorite essentials: another pair of sunglasses. I have a horrible addiction to sunglasses. I would probably own over twenty pairs by now if I didn't seem to lose them every once in awhile - leaving them here and there, letting people borrow them. I'm notorious for wearing them to parties, so you know that a pair of navy blue aviators didn't slip my radar!* They weren't horribly expensive, either - from Heritage (it's a division of Forever 21), and they come in yellow and red too, if you're into getting a pair.

Of course, no addiction to a color is complete without the purchase of yarn. I found someone on Ravelry who was selling two skeins of one of my new favorite (and newly discovered) colorways - Azul Bolita. This is a huge huge huge color this year, or it should be - our fashion teacher was telling us just the other day how, after a display in New York of several Japanese Iris paintings, 'Iris-inspired' blues should be swamping the fashion market. Even if they aren't, I love the color - who doesn't love purple blues? And had to have something made out of it. In true Malabrigo style, there was a colorway to match this need. I picked up both skeins for a really reasonable price and they were shipped and arriving before I could snap.

It's a sort of moody blue color, and should look utterly lovely with my light gray and white herringbone coat this fall. Although I'm hardly wishing for the weather to turn, I'm gearing to have most of everything I need for it ready in time.

*(this has to be one of my favorite pictures ever.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rose Red

There's something to be said for sales. Good sales mean that you can buy something and not feel guilty. Great sales mean that you can buy more of something and not feel guilty. Amazing sales mean that you can buy whatever you want and know you aren't spending any money at all.

I got wind of an amazing sale a few days ago (it only lasted a few hours, if that), and bought 5 skeins of Malabrigo Chunky yarn in the most lovely of colorways for half off! Half off! So now I'll be making a Juliet, after all (it's a Zephyr Girls pattern) and it will be lovely and incredibly warm.

The best part? The color looks really good on my complexion, and the pattern is quick and easy. Is this a win/win or what? As far as winning goes, I've been doing a great job of it lately - keeping organized, setting goals - they've all become a huge part of my daily repertoire. It's really amazing, considering that my lack of organizational skills has really worked against me in the past - yes, I'm that student that never turns things in on time, forgets about deadlines, and always seems to squeak past anyway. Not this year, though - new school, new commitment to personal bests!

My goals for the year are, like most students, simply to make the best grades possible. I know I can ace a 4.00 and get scholarships for this next semester and next year - I know I can! On top of it, I'm currently running through informal rush, joining clubs (I'm a member of the fashion department's club and also a writer for their magazine, Trend), and maybe even starting a few - the school has no yarn and fiber club, and I'm eager to try and get one running.

Impressive, I know. Want to know the secret to staying on top of it all?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ramalama Bang Bang

I have been very busy lately, but unfortunately, not with much knitting. School is remarkably time consuming, and I've found myself having less and less time to myself and more and more time with new friends, in classes, homework at night and out on the weekends. I think it's all just part of getting into the swing of things, but I really need to find some time in here just to get laundry done!

I do have some cool cool news, though - my parents bought me a camera! It's GORGEOUS and wonderful and it's a Canon Powershot A590. It even has image stabilizer, since I have a horrible case of shaky camera hand. I've been taking shots of my new project with it (well, not so new. It was my bus knitting until I realized that I don't really have time to knit on the bus.) It's still in progress, but when it's finished it'll be a buttoned, wrap-around scarf/cowl that has the coolest damn stripes about. Noro's awesome like that.

All in all, school is fun and I'm getting settled in. Don't wish me luck, though - wish me more time to knit!