Saturday, May 9, 2015

project 52: week 35

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.

What's New?
I've been sorting sediment at the university with the DIG team. The photo above is from last week's sort. Basically the team collects bags of sediment from sites out in Montana and brings them back to be sifted and sorted during the year when fieldwork is not possible. Usually undergrads work on it as part of their laboratory experience. Former DIG School participants have also been recruited to help with the task. When I first heard about the opportunity, I was a bit skeptical. Spend 3 hours staring into a microscope, painstakingly sorting rocks from fossils? In truth those 3 hours go by in a flash, and looking under the scope at fossils is very interesting.

The other interesting thing in my life lately involves sewing. I've been admiring many blogger's Wiksten Tanks lately, and two weeks ago I decided to take the plunge. I bought the pattern PDF, printed it out, and tried it out using some quilting cotton I had in my stash. I had to tweak the pattern a bit to get the perfect fit for my body, but once I'd done that I headed to the fabric store to buy some chambray and linen. I'm proud to say that I completed my first "real" Wiksten Tank in a blue linen/cotton fabric and I love it! I have a magenta chambray fabric waiting for another tank as soon as I have time. I think these tanks will make a great layering piece in my wardrobe, and I might even do some embroidery on them.

Currently Reading
I'm on Part 2 of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and so far I love this book!

On the Needles
I've worked on my current Honey Cowl a bit here and there, but most of my crafting time has been spent sewing.

Looking Forward To
  1. my weekly walk with Kristi
  2. going out to the movies!


  1. I would love to look at fossils under the microscope. That doesn't sound boring to me at all. :-)

    I'm curious about the Honey Cowl you're knitting. Currently I'm working on a lacy cat paws scarf for my mother-in-law. I'm somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 of the way through. Check out my blog when you get a chance: A Path to Create, Not Find

    Have a great day!

    - Audra

    1. Oops, I entered the HTML code incorrectly. Here it is: A Path to Create, Not Find

    2. Hmmm... Link still doesn't appear to be working. I'll just list the URL:

      Sorry about the confusion!

    3. The Honey Cowl is a free Madeline Tosh pattern. It's a 4 row repeat that is very easy to memorize so it makes a great bus knit (or TV knit). Here is the link to the pattern:

    4. Thanks! I just downloaded it. :-)