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Monday, July 27, 2015

it's fudge time

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Some days just require fudge.  And I'm allergic to milk so these are pretty tough days for me.  I usually have to weigh the need against anything I may have going on around that time to see if the disruption to my health will impact anything important.  I know this sounds really stupid, but sometimes cheese, and ice cream, and chocolate are warranted, and necessary.  Thankfully I've found many fabulous recipes on Pinterist for vegan deserts (not all of them were hits, but many of them where).  Tonight I decided to try making vegan fudge.  If the texture turns out fudge-like, then it's going to be amazing because the taste is perfect.  And it's three simple ingredients: cocoa, coconut oil, and maple syrup.  Can't go wrong.  I mean, even if it doesn't set up, I can always make my gluten free vegan brownies and use the mixture for iceing.

Now, I did finish the Promise Me shawl but I haven't gotten around to blocking it yet.  I never remember to do it until the afternoon and I know it won't be dry by the time I need to go to bed, and I don't want to pin it to the mat on my floor because I exercise there now, so it's just sitting in my old knitting bag looking sad.  I went with the smallest size because the pattern said it took 430 yds to knit the sample, and I had just about that much, but I had a decent amount of yarn left over.  I probably could have knit the next size up.  I took the opportunity to knit 2 hexipuffs from the Celestia yarn, and then I'll return the left overs to Erin. 

In other news, I finished my Pop blanket and managed to figure out the layout of dots.  Again, I haven't blocked it yet but I'll get to it.  I think Eddie is going to inherit this blanket.  It's too small to do anything with, and the yarns aren't washable so I can't gift it to a new mom (I'd never do that to a new mom, lol), and Eddie's old blanket wore out.  He definitely used it.  I think he's due :)

For those wondering about the interview, it went well enough to grant me a second interview.  I'm hounding everyone I know for letters of recommendation (which are required), and printing out transcripts from school, and trying to arrange a good time.  I've put this all into the Lords hands.  If it's right for me and my family, it will happen.  If it's not, something better for me will come along. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It is official!

Today my grades were finally put up and I passed the revision of my paper, which means that I passed my comprehensive exam, which means that I've earned my master's degree in psychology!!  I get to put letters after my name.  What's the abbreviation for masters of science in psychology?  What ever that is, it goes after my name. 

This feels so unreal.  I never in a million years thought I could earn a master's degree.  It was that thing that some of my friends had; the ones with more discipline than I.  I took 16 years to earn my bachelor's degree after all.  And now I've accomplished this major milestone, which I was inspired to pursue through much prayer and some fasting.  I've already started to put it to use (serving as the Primary president for the last year), and it's already helped out at home, so it's already paying off.  Now I have an opportunity to interview for a job in a school district doing something similar to what I already so, but with children who aren't as far along on the Autism spectrum as those I work with now, (lowering the likelihood that I'll tear another ACL. lol), and offering higher pay and summers off.  It's what I've always wanted.

I celebrated this moment by getting my air conditioner fixed (it's been in the 90's with ridiculously high humidity), and by reading and knitting.  This little beauty above is one of the Zomari Dyelab yarns in the Tesla base, in the Celestia colorway.  I mentioned it in the last post, but I'm so excited with it that I had to mention it again.  I reached the lace section in only two day!  Unfortunately its not a good travel project anymore so I'm back to my old sock-in-progress, but I'm working happily on it at night.  And in case you weren't sure about the inspiration for the colorway, this is Celestia.  As you can see, Erin nailed it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Zomari Dyelab trunk show

My friend Erin has taken to yarn dying like a fish to water, and I'm being a supportive friend by buying ALL the yarn.  Starting at the top of the basket is Rainbow Dash, followed by Rainboom (a custom color) and White Lightning.  The ball in the center is Celestia, and I'm going to knit it into this shawl for a shop sample.  The rest have unlimited possibilities, lol. 

I've had the pleasure of working with Erin (dyer extraordinaire at Zomari Dyelabs) on one of my secret patterns for the 2015 round of the Scarefest.  I can't wait to show that one off, but since I can't, and since I'm still knitting secret projects, I figured that the least I could do was to post pictures of yarn.  You can purchase Zomari Dyelabs yarns through Bella Yarns (in store and online). 

Meanwhile, I pulled out my old knitting bag, literally blew the dust off of it, and started working on the squares for my long neglected Pop blanket. It's supposed to be 20 squares but I have so much yarn left over that I think I'm going to make it bigger than that.  Plus, its a lot of fun to knit these little things. 
Now, its time to go cast on a sparkly, pastel, Pony-inspired shawl.