There's plenty going on here, but that isn't leaving much time to blog. I started uni again in September. I'm studying the Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (DPPA), also known as Part 3. It's a part-time course that you do while working full-time, and it is really hard work! The actual studying is quite intense: we started by having assignments every week, and now they are once a fortnight but twice as long. Attendence at uni is only once a month for an afternoon and evening, so most of the studying is done after work and at weekends and it's taking up a lot of time. The course takes a year minimum, but the failure rate is high on the first attempt, so many people take two years. If I manage to pass Part 3 I'll be qualified and finally able to call myself an Architect. The construction industry has been hit really hard by the economic downturn so I'm not sure whether I'll have a job when I finish the course, but I guess if I am made redundent I'll have more time to study.
You can see from the last post that I have been crafting, but far less than I'd like to be! I'm mostly making things for my future niece/nephew, but even these are going more slowly than I'd like. I'm busy at work at the moment too, and I'm also doing some design work for the refurbishment of the Guide Hut where I help at Brownies. I'm definitely feeling like I need a holiday, which is good because Miles and I are going to Paris for 4 days in a couple of weeks! I think I'm going to take some self indulgent knitting with me: socks for the train journey there are back, and the 'Tuscany' shawl that I cast on in November last year and still haven't finished. I really want to finish it soon, firstly so I can wear it, and secondly because I want to knit another shawl and for some reason I don't feel like I can have two shawls on the needles at once!
I have a couple of projects I photographed a while ago, that I haven't got around to posting yet. The first is the Clapotis that I finished knitting ages ago. It's still waiting to have the ends sewn in, which is ridiculous given the current cold weather. I found a moth sleeping on it a while ago which was rather scary. I haven't found any holes in it though, other than the ones that are supposed to be there!
This is a little project I knitted in a few spare hours. A friend at work was moving to Australia for a year with her boyfriend (lucky girl) and requested a cover for her ITouch. She was expecting a simple little sock-like cover and was delighted with my version. It's my own pattern, sort of planned and sort of made up as I knitted it. I did rip it out about three times as I kept changing my mind about various details though, so perhaps designing before I begin should be the way forward!
After reading about Glittr and Impressionknits getting lovely shiny new I Phones I'm quite tempted to upgrade to one myself. It'll be the perfect oportunity to knit myself a little cabled cover. (That's a really bad reason to get a new phone, isn't it?)
Right, time for me to get back to the assignment. I really need to write about 1500 more words tonight, about Planning Control, Development Control and the Design and Construction Management Regulations. Fun stuff!
Oh, and I'll blog about the projects in the previous post as I finish them. Hopefully a couple will be finished this week.