I haven’t posted in a week because I’ve been working frantically on some thesis research. I need some results that I can present next month in my conference presentation and not look like an idiot. Many of my activities that are not GIS-related have fallen by the wayside, including editing Chapter 3 and exercising. The one thing I have kept up with is my knitting with a few new projects on my needles.

I’ve been working on a Springtime Bandit scarf/shawl for a few weeks now, although I haven’t touched it the last few days. I’m on the last chart, so the end is near. Just need to finish it up so I know how much of that yarn I’ll have left. There should be at least one skein and probably most of another left. I’m thinking about using the rest of that yarn to make a pair of Rose’s Fingerless Mittens as a gift for a friend. I hunted down the pattern after seeing the last episode of Doctor Who season 2 this week.

While I’ve been watching Doctor Who with my husband (Netflix Watch Instantly has all 4 of the new seasons) I’ve been knitting a Clapotis.

This is a mini-Clapotis and not full-sized because I don’t have enough of the yarn for a full one. The pattern is simple once you get used to knitting on the diagonal and either increasing or decreasing every row. My favorite part is when I get to deliberately drop a stitch and unravel it down the scarf. I find that unraveling very cathartic.

Yesterday I started knitting an Urchin hat from the Fall 2007 Knitty. This hat is knit flat using short rows in 8 wedges. Once I looked up how to do a wrap & turn for the 5th time I haven’t had any problems with the pattern.

I have one and a half of the wedges finished, mostly while waiting for processes to finish in GIS. The green yarn on the end is the provisional cast on and will be taken off so I can use those stitches to graft the hat closed with the other end of the hat. The yarn is bulky, so it’s a very fast knit.

The Clapotis and Urchin will probably end up as gifts for friends. I’ve been thinking about what else I can make for the friends I’ll see while in Greece this summer. That’s more fun than thinking about restarting (for the 3rd time) the FLS I’m making for my mother. I’m trying to bribe myself into knitting that FLS  before I knit this Peasy sweater for myself. A few people have made it as a pullover, which I’m planning to do as well, so I can work on the bottom in the round. But I’m not even going to allow myself to buy the yarn before that darn FLS is finished. I just hope that I can buy the yarn and start the sweater before I leave for Greece in May, because I think it would be a great airplane knit, once I get to the stockinette portion.


I did fairly well with last week’s goals, except that editing Chapter 2 is taking much longer than expected. This week I’m switching up gears a bit because I need to focus more on research than writing because I’m presenting at a conference next month. With that in mind, here are this week’s goals:

  • Work on editing Chapter 3 (was Ch. 2 until reorganization last week) for an hour every day – If at all possible, I’d like to have this finished by the end of March.
  • GIS Projects: land cover classification, slope and elevation, and create validation file – all tasks I need to work on for the presentation next month.
  • Exercise 2 times this week – going to the gym Tuesday and either Thursday or Friday.
  • Knit Springtime Bandit – try to make progress.
  • Laundry – trip to landromat.

Hopefully this week goes well and I make good progress on my research so I can add it to the presentation.

Have you ever had a project that you’re excited at the beginning, but gradually you find it boring so you work on it less and less? This is the tale of one such project, my Lace Ribbon Scarf.

I purchased this gorgeous fingering weight silk and wool yarn over a year ago at my favorite local yarn store (it’s my favorite partly because I can walk to it, although the yarns and people there are awesome). I already had the lace ribbon scarf pattern in mind and had decided to also knit a matching beret (more on the beret later). This time last year, I was riding the bus to school at least 3 times a week, so I had plenty of knitting time. I had knitted about half of the scarf (1 skein), when I decided that I should knit the beret to make sure I had enough yarn for it. I knit the Reverie Beret once, but had to frog it because it was too small.

At that point I left for 2 months in Greece with the scarf in tow. I had other projects that occupied my knitting time while abroad (Ripples skirt, hats for my friends Vlassis and Gabitza, and my first 2 tries of the Razor Lace Cami which has since been frogged), so the Lace Ribbon languished. The scarf sat only half-way finished until this month when, flush with enthusiasm from successful completion of 2 projects during the Winter Olympics, I decided to finish the Lace Ribbon scarf and Reverie beret. The Lace Ribbon pattern is easily memorized and easy enough to work on while on the bus or watching TV.

Last night, while I was watching a Netflix video, I messed up a row. I probably could have tinked (unknit) back to where I messed up, but suddenly I was fed up with this scarf. Don’t get me wrong, the pattern is nice and the scarf was looking good, but I was bored with knitting it. So I frogged the scarf.

All those months of knitting gone in half an hour.

And I don’t regret it.

I cast on for a Springtime Bandit with the now freed up yarn. And I’m loving it.

So farewell Lace Ribbon Scarf (and Reverie beret). Someday I may knit you, but probably not until I once again have long bus rides and the need for a super-easy pattern.

Another Monday and a new week’s worth of goals!! But first, a recap of how I did with last week’s goals.

  • Write tectonics, soil, and land use sections – COMPLETED!!
  • GIS: work on land cover classification & do analysis on sectors based on slope and aspect – I worked on the land cover classification, although it still has to be improved, but didn’t touch slope or aspect.
  • Start slides for Spring Symposium presentation – didn’t do this and am not sure I’m going to try to present at the Spring Symposium, which may be a time sink that I can’t afford.
  • Exercise 2 times this week – I went to the gym and rode the bike twice last week and went on a walk yesterday.
  • Finish knitting Bousta Scarf – Knitting is completed, but still need to weave in the many, many ends and block this scarf.
  • Read about how to do editing – Didn’t do this, so I need to work it in with this week’s editing of Chapters 1 & 2.

An overall productive week and not just with my knitting! And now for this week’s goals.

  • Edit Chapters 1 & 2 into a 2nd draft – my big project for this week. I’ve broken this down into chunks by day to keep myself from getting overwhelmed.
  1. Monday – Chapters 1 & 2 overall organization (sections); resolve dating issues (convert all to B.C. and A.D.); and make sure all references are properly linked.
  2. Tuesday – Edit Chapter 1 (this is a short chapter that introduces the entire thesis and will probably change quite a bit once I’m finished, so I’m not spending too much time on it).
  3. Wednesday – Edit Chapter 2: Geology.
  4. Thursday – Edit Chapter 2: Climate, etc.
  5. Friday – Edit Chapter 2: Land Use.
  6. Saturday and Sunday – as needed.
  • GIS: land cover classification and create validation file – I got a lead on another type of land cover classification that I’d like to try. If I have time, I’ll also try to work on slope and aspect.
  • Work on slides for Spring Symposium/AAG presentation – need to get started on this!!
  • Exercise 2 times this week – same as previous weeks, although getting in another geocaching walk would be wonderful.
  • Knitting – weave in ends and block Bousta scarf; work on Lace Ribbon scarf.
  • Spinning – try to spin for 15 minutes every day; need to work on developing spinning muscle knowledge.
  • Create 1 outfit – I’ve long felt that I need to improve my wardrobe and sense of personal style. Although I’m spending this year working on my thesis (mostly) from home, I felt it last year when I taught both fall and spring semesters and struggled through dressing the part of professor. In a thread on the Anthropologie fan group on Ravelry about “How do you shop? and What makes a great wardrobe?” were some links that I poured over yesterday in between georeferencing maps. Two of my favorite links were The Essentials of a Well-Balanced Wardrobe and Academichic. Essentials lists items that belong in Basic, Staple, Statement Pieces, Evening Standards, and Showstoppers categories to serve as the basis of a wardrobe. I’m happy to say that I have most of the staples, but am lacking in most of the other categories. The only thing left out of these lists was a list of essential shoes. Academichic is a blog written by 3 Ph.D students at a midwestern university that has been online for over a year now. I spend quite a bit of time going over their archives yesterday (and this morning) and favoriting pictures of outfits I liked on flickr. Their outfits are inspiring and they also have good tutorials on color. Plus they have a wonderful list on “Comfortable Yet Chic Shoes” that I’m going to base shoe selection on in the future. In their honor and to get myself out of my jeans and hoodie rut, I’m going to try to make one “outfit” each week, which I’ll probably post here.

Well, I have a busy week planned for myself, so I’ll wrap this up and get to work.

I’m a little late posting my recap of last week’s goals and the list of what I’m trying to accomplish this week because I’ve been feeling a bit of a let down. I have a few big things coming up that are worrying me, so I’m trying to work through my anxiety, but am having trouble staying motivated. One of those big projects is that I wanted to have a (2nd) draft of Chapters 1 and 2 of my thesis to give my advisor in February, which obviously hasn’t happened. I’m also presenting at a large conference in April (booked my flight and hotel last week), but have quite a bit of work to do so I don’t end up babbling about nothing. Plus I need to get the paperwork started to hopefully get funding to cover at least part of the flight and hotel by my grad school, but not sure if there are funds because of the financial crunch.

The only part of my life that felt really successful last week was in knitting. I completed 2 projects during the Olympics and can claim gold medals for completing those projects. (Not quite the same as when I won a footrace in the stadium at Olympia and then fell and scraped up my elbows, hips, and knees, but just as satisfying.) Here are my completed projects:

The Traveling Woman Shawl.

And my Wisp scarf as it was being blocked.

OK, on to the goals!!

From last week:

  • Write climate and vegetation sections of Chapter 2 – I wrote both of these sections, plus a short section on hydrology. COMPLETED!!
  • Research settlement and land use in study area – I did research on the Bronze Age, but still need to read a key article.
  • GIS
  1. re-digitize villages – COMPLETED!!
  2. work on land cover classification – I’m stuck on this and need to email one of my professors for help
  3. derive slope and aspect – COMPLETED!!
  • Exercise 3 times this week – I only exercised once last week, which may have contributed to my feeling down.
  • Knit 5 repeats of fishnet lace and garter sections – COMPLETED the scarf!!
  • Greek: review colors and listen to HAU Modern Greek lesson 1. Introduction – nope, didn’t do it, maybe this week

I really slipped on exercising last week, so I’m going to try to make sure that I go at least twice this week. The thesis research and writing went fairly well, but I’m concerned about editing my first draft that I’ve been working on for weeks now, into a second draft that I can hand to my advisor (more about this below).

Here’s this week’s goals:

  • Write tectonics, soil, and land use sections – the final sections to complete this first draft!!
  • GIS: work on land cover classification & do analysis on sectors based on slope and aspect – need to work on analyzing survey area to see if there are trends of artifact density based on slope and aspect.
  • Start slides for Spring Symposium presentation – if I want to present in my grad school’s Spring Symposium, I have to apply (with slides included!!) by March 15. I’m hoping to use this as a warm-up for the big conference presentation I’m giving in April.
  • Exercise 2 times this week – I backslid last week, but need to exercise at least twice this week.
  • Finish knitting Bousta Scarf – I’m almost finished with this scarf and would like to have the knitting completed, ends woven in, and the scarf blocked this week.
  • Read about how to do editing – Much like I was reading about writing, I’m going to do some reading this week on editing to help me go from my first draft to a draft I can give to my advisor.

Those are the goals for this week. Tune back in next week to see how much I accomplished this week!!

Hello. It’s another Monday and time to assess how I did with last week’s goals and lay out my goals for the upcoming week.

Goals from last week:

  • Write Medieval section of Chapter 2 – I wrote this section, but upon finishing it up on Friday, decided to reorganize Chapter 2. This means that the sections I’ve been writing for the last month are going to be streamlined into one section, instead of making up half of the chapter.
  • Notes for Modern section – not completed; see note above.
  • Collect information about IKAP focus for each historical section – I have the data for the Ottoman Period (1716) and possibly Venetian (c. 1700), but need to acquire data for Late Bronze Age (Linear B?) and modern periods. The modern data may necessitate research in Athens this summer to look at the agricultural census.
  • GIS – did determine what I need to finish for erosion modeling and the list is frighteningly long.
  • Greek language – finally completed.
  • Exercise 3 times – Biked at the gym two times. Did not work out with weights.
  • File 2009 taxes – completed and accepted by the various institutions.
  • Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics – completed shawl and blocking!!!

Here’s a picture of my completed shawl as it was laid out for blocking.

And now on to this week’s goals:

  • Write climate and vegetation sections of Chapter 2 – I have most of the notes I need for these two sections (working on climate notes today) and should be able to get them written this week.
  • Research settlement and land use in study area – going to focus on Bronze Age data, although will work on other time periods as I have time.
  • GIS
  1. re-digitize villages – need to outline villages more closely
  2. work on land cover classification – must work on getting this done if I’m going to get to erosion modeling
  3. derive slope and aspect – simple operations using the DEM; should be summarized by square and sector
  • Exercise 3 times this week – more biking
  • Knit 5 repeats of fishnet lace and garter sections – 75 rows total (15 rows per section x 5 sections); this is a scarf knit with laceweight yarn, which is new for me. The laceweight yarn is proving to be a challenge so far, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
  • Greek: review colors and listen to HAU Modern Greek lesson 1. Introduction – adding a new source of Greek lessons.

Another week with a variety of goals, hopefully achievable before next Monday.

I’m making very good progress on my Olympic project – a Traveling Woman shawl. I’m through 2.5 repeats of Chart A and just need to finish this repeat of Chart A, then knit Chart B before binding off.

Here’s what the shawl looks like at the moment.

And here’s a close-up of the lace section (2.5 times through Chart A).

The lace pattern through Chart A is fairly simple and has been going by very quickly. The pattern is free and I highly recommend it for a first shawl pattern.

Because I’m working my way through this shawl much faster than I originally thought I would, I’m going to do a second project for the Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics. I have a beautiful skein of yarn I bought in Athens as a birthday present for myself last summer.This yarn was originally going to become a Wisp, but that didn’t go well. Now I think this is going to become a cowl using a feather and fan pattern following this project.

That’s my progress on my Olympics knitting, about half-way through the Winter Games.