Almost exactly one year ago, I was one-quarter through my Science Comm programme, finishing up the intensive two-week workshop at the Science Centre, complaining about the haze and excited about Wimbledon (hence a relatively active month for blogging in June 2013.) This year, I have one semester of my Masters left (hopefully), not much of a haze in sight (blessed be!) and STILL excited about Wimbledon (Andyyyyyyyyyyy). ‘Tis good.
I have yet to start on writing my thesis and it’s that singular piece of homework that you know you have to tackle but keep procrastinating with excuses that one’s actual bill-paying job is keeping one busy. That is partially true; even though it is the semester (“summer”) break at NUS, there are quite a lot of revamps in certain modules that will start in August which means lots of prep work and rewrites of experiment guidelines. But there is some downtime in between when I probably should start looking at the survey data I collected over the last few months so that I can think about the direction of the thesis. But no, the sheer enormity of the task is completely putting me off! I should get to it within the next few weeks. Probably. I hope.
Moving on: Wimby season always coincide with my most productive crochet season. (Yes, I’m secretly an old lady because I like cats, early nights in with the television and old-fashioned wool crafting.) The reason is simple: tennis matches are relatively long and not every single point or game warrants one’s full attention. Since I can’t really change channels to watch anything else in the meantime, I will be pulling away at yarn with a crochet hook making nice patterns while listening to the thwack thwack thwack of racquets hitting balls in the background, and then looking up when a huge cheer or groan goes up. Plus, in the last year and a half with the intensive work needed to be completed for the Science Comm programme, I didn’t have time to really do much craft when I had there is an assignment to finish every week or so. But I’ve finished all my module requirements (hence just the thesis) so yay for a bit more free time!
I do more crocheting with yarn rather than lace or thread, mainly because I like the substantial feel of yarn and it is easier to handle, although I do like the intricacy and delicateness (is that a word?) of lace/thread. My lace/thread projects are really small so far, just a couple of fully complete doilies. My yarn projects always seem more exciting because I see all these gorgeous designs on the web and I really want to try them out, but the truth is I’ve only really completed ONE big project. A couple of reasons: 1) I’m a slow crocheter, and 2) I get bored with the pattern if I work on it too long. So I have half-finished projects which I’ll return to after a certain period of time when I’m interested in doing it again. The projects are at an easy level in terms of stitches, nothing too complicated, but because I tend to go for big afghans or throws, it’ll take awhile to complete and put together all the portions. The two I’m in the middle of now is a square by square throw and what is called a “lapghan” (Red Heart has a lot of really nice patterns). Although frankly I’m probably half-mad to be crocheting large, warm throws when I live in a tropical, humid country. The humidity was 90% just the other day, for goodness’ sake. But they’re preeeeeety.
This will probably my last post for a while as it is clear from my posting history: my last post was in March! But if I get the urge to start writing my thesis I might leave a few updates. Or if the haze comes back and I have to complain. Or something. To sign off, may I direct you to some singularly wonderful writing by my friend Catey Miller (@beingfacetious) which was recently published in the two separate publications:
— Catey Miller (@beingfacetious) June 24, 2014