Saturday, September 3, 2011

Weekend Projects

I really liked having a "thing to do every day" again, but I don't think it's really going to happen with school. I really need to focus this semester if I want to graduate, and so I can just take two classes next semester. So I've decided to start a new feature, Weekend Projects. I'll still have Mosaic Monday, WIP Wednesday, and Squares on Sunday (so long as squares are being produced) but no more Favorite Things Friday. I haven't done that in a while anyway. So for this weekend I need to finish my Blythe sweaters for Flickr user mellow is me. Look at the cute skirts I'm trading for!

2 skirts for jill

(clicking the image will take you to mellow is me's photostream)

I have one almost finished except for the sleeves. In between migraines it's been really hard to try and knit with size 0s. Thankfully my neurologist gave me a 12 day Prednisone, so I'm back at school and migraine free. I've been trying to knit those sleeves, but have had to frog it like 5 times. I'll set that one aside, and start the second one, which will have ribbing on the collar and ruffs, rather than the first one's garter stitch/roll collar. Then they'll be sent out!

I also want to try and fix my sewing machine, and this is a four day weekend, so I might be able to get to it, especially since I need a pencil case for my art class, but I don't want to put all that pressure on myself and be unable to finish. We'll see how the weekend goes.

Classes were good. This semester I'm taking:
  • Greek Art. A good size class, and plenty of people who haven't taken an art history course before and are wondering if the pictures she goes over in class will be in the assigned reading or do "we have to search around in the book." Direct quote. My friend and I just sighed and rolled out eyes. 300 level course, use the index!
  • AVT: Introduction to the artist's studio. I've been dreading this class, which is why I've waited to long to take it. It's a drawing class for non-art majors, but it's required for my major. I'm terrified because I can't draw, but the professor is an ethnomusicologist, and he said he can't draw stick people. His TA is the artist. So I don't feel so bad. We drew our hands on Thursday, and mine didn't look that bad. You could tell it was a hand. There are some people that do worse, and some that are better. But he's grading us on attendance and our willingness to learn, so I'm not too worried. Go and draw for 75 minutes. 
  • Meso-American art. There's about 14 people in this class! I took a Meso-American anthropology class a few semesters ago but dropped it (migraines) and would have preferred to focus on the art anyway. I really like Meso-American cultures, and it's great when you briefly discuss Teotihuacan and then it's on Ancient Aliens later.
  • Western Medieval art. Big class again. I'm hoping this gets more interesting, but we just went over Rome. I think next week is the Romanesque and Early Byzantine art. I like when we get into the meat of the classes, and not all this syllabus stuff.
  • Monuments and memory in Asia. A seminar, which means 3 hour discussion of: the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Bamiyan, Dunhuang, Forbidden City and Mao's Mausoleum, Potala Palace, Angkor Wat and Nikko and Katsura. I'm taking it with one of my favorite professors, so it won't be that bad.
I might also be able to get a minor in folklore and mythology, which would be great. My main interest is in mythology, and the art works that have come from the myths.

Hopefully this weekend I'll find some time to get caught up on all my FOs! I've finished 22 but have only blogged about 2.


CJG said...

*sigh* Your class list makes me want to go back to college and take classes just for the fun of it. Of course, I don't want to have to take exams and write reports... :)

And, those little skirts are adorable! I also can't wait to see your tiny sweaters when they're done!

Jillie the Great said...

Audit! There's a woman in my monuments & memory class who's auditing. I actually love writing, so it's not a big deal. Huzzah for grad school!

Thanks! I can't wait until they get here, eee! Bitty sweaters are so quicker and so much more fun!