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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sorority Girl

Yesterday I logged into school and checked my emails (and grades).  I just finished my final papers and turned them in on Tuesday, and even though my professors have until Sunday before they have to grade my papers, I have one who consistently grades faster than that.  So, I had a grade in my Abnormal Psych class and I scored a perfect 'A' on my final project, a comprehensive case study of schizophrenia, complete with title page, an abstract, 18 pages of reports on research and conclusions based on the case study, and many many references... all written and submitted in APA format (whew!).  I was really happy with my grade, and I got a 99.3% for the class.  Not bad at all considering the fact that I should not have taken a class of this magnitude until next year.  I'm still waiting on the Educational Development grade but I feel good about it.

So, along with my fantastic grade news, I received an invitation to join Alpha Beta Kappa with honors!  I'm gonna be a sorority girl, lol.  When I was young, I always wanted to join a sorority, but I never made it to a four-year school and I never got the chance (plus I wasn't too keen on the whole 'pledge' aspect of the idea).  Now another dream of mine is going to be realized.  This organization is actually co-ed so it's not technically a sorority but for lack of a better term, that's the one I'm going with.  It's actually a Greek organization for Kaplan University psychology honor's students so it's geared towards my degree plan and it offers networking opportunities and access to internships that no one else is offered, so it'll be a big help to me as I get farther along in my degree. 

In knitting news, I'm working on some mitten patterns for the shop and I'm knitting some of the samples right now.  The stranded sample I was hoping to knit with Berroco Pure Merino isn't working out so well.  My row gauge is way off of what the label lists it at, and unfortunately I worked out the chart according to the suggested row gauge...I should have known better.  I never hit row gauge.  But on the bright side, I love this yarn and I can use it for one of the other patterns I've worked up.  I'll just have to save this pattern for a true worsted yarn instead of trying to knit an aran weight at a worsted gauge.  I'll hopefully have some photos of the child sized samples, and have an adult sized sample finished soon.

In spinning news, I'm loving my Jenkins' Turkish spindle!  I watched a quick little video on Youtube (bless whoever came up with that) and I worked out the bugs mostly.  I'm winding on better, and I figured out the half-hitch that I had forgotten about.  I'm also getting more consistent with the amount of twist in my singles with this spindle.  I've already made three tiny little balls of 2-ply yarn and I really like the look of it.  I want to spin my way through some of my roving and ply it, and then knit it into something small to see how it comes out.  This is going to take a while, given how much knitting I'm doing, school, Dante's appointments, Alex's appointments, and work.  I might have to do most of my spinning at work when it's slower.  We'll see how things progress, and how difficult my classes will be next term.  I'm not excited about my upcoming schedule...I have Statistics and Research Methods.  Should be fun.