I've been working on my Entrelac coat again (aka the Anniversary coat because the yarn was my gift last year) and I'm getting excited about it. I can see myself at the park with the kids on a cool Autumn day, playing in the leaves in my fancy cozy sweater. And I'm re-establishing my love-affair with Kureyon after a summer apart.
It's a bit fiddly knitting entrelac because you're only working on nine stitches at a time, and every block is started by picking up nine stitches. Needless to say my picking up abiliities are improving, but with the back piece measuring 25 inches across and getting long, it's a lot to keep turning around. Aside from that entrelac is easy stuff--this one is in garter stitch so you're either purling every row or knitting it (I gather you purl some blocks so they sit nicely against the previous ones) and that's it. So if you're wanting to give it a try, I would say go for it. Using kureyon it would make for a nifty scarf.
I'm really supposed to be preparing for my defense right now and I can't seem to get into it. I met with my advisor today to go over how the process would work and even though I wasn't at all nervous before, I'm even finer with it all now.
I do have to speak about my thesis for about 20 minutes at the beginning, and rather than summarizing it (for five people who have presumably read it) I want to come up with something more interesting to talk about. I will do a "where does it go from here" part, but I still need some sort of hook. I suppose my brain is working on it because it's all I can think about, however I would like to get inspired so I can get to it. I'm also waiting for my appraisal from the external examiner (need to sign some paperwork first) which I'm told is excellent (hooray), so maybe that'll get me going.
I've also decided to enter the new century and set up some slides on Powerpoint to wow the crowd. Since I study magazines, it would be good to have some visuals for the committee to see and to illustrate the results I came up with. I'm new with technology more sophisticated than overhead films, but since I blog and all that, I should have no problem with this stuff--and besides it looks so cool and professional with magazine covers flashing across my computer. Of course, academic types prize substance over style so I won't get carried away or anything.