Sunday, September 23, 2007

My parents rock!

While talking to my parents one day, I mentioned that it would be nice to get a care package since technically I am in college and college students should get care packages. My mother laughed and told me I had nerve and that I was too old to be expecting care packages.

Two weeks later this arrives.......

I'm a spoiled child and I know it. Pencils, highlighters, candy and gift cards for groceries. But the best thing of all was the little plastic strip that you see sitting on top of the yellow sponge brushes. That is the hospital band that my mother wore the day I was born. My parents rock!

And just for kicks, here's one of last week's projects. The assignment was for flat pattern design class. I had to make a pattern for a yoked skirt and then make the actual skirt and stylize it.

I decided to go with an assymetrical yoke made in multiple pieces with gold stitching and beading.

I have another skirt project due this week. I'll be sure to take pictures of it.

Some free time at last!

I am happy to say that I finally have some free time on my hands. Why you ask? Well, it's because I quit my part-time job at the knit shop. There were a couple of reasons behind my decision. For one, I realized that after spending so much time on campus, any substantial amount of free time I had I was spending at work. That didn't leave much time for homework and definitely not a social life. It was a task just trying to find time to do laundry. While it was nice to have the extra money for groceries, etc, I realized that it wasn't worth it to forgo my sanity. It's one thing to sacrifice that time for a job that was going to advance my fashion career but in the long run, serving coffee and restocking yarn was not going to add any value to my fashion resume.

Don't get me wrong, it was fun interacting with all the different people and helping them with their projects. I actually enjoyed that part of it. But I could be using that time to work on my own school projects or schedule appointments. Then add the fact that they were starting to cut my hours at random, at the last minute (like 2 hours before my shift) and it made the decision much easier.

Now that my weekends are free, guess where I'll be October 20 & 21......RHINEBECK!!! Shemeka and Chante are graciously letting me tag along.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

What I've been doing with my time

Ah yes......I am still here. I'm sure you thought I was lost in the abyss and never coming back to this here blog. Despite their efforts, FIT will never keep me away from you.

This program is no joke. I've already had one of those moments where I asked myself, "What am I doing here ?" I leave the apartment at 7:30 in the morning and don't get home until 9:30pm. It's madness. Here's how I spend the hours....

I do a little knitting on the subway. This is a little scarf I'm working up in an arrowhead stitch pattern using some Savannah organic yarn from The Fibre Company.

I spend hours learning to drape muslin to make a dress and make a pattern. Hours and hours and hours.

I sneak into store dressing rooms to take pictures of expensive dresses....

so I can sketch them for class.

And then I look at the lights of Madison Square Garden as I walk to the subway to go home.

Luckily we don't have classes today and tomorrow due to the Jewish holiday. It will give me a chance to catch up on some sleep, do some homework, and knit. I am actually working on a knitted jacket using some Rowan Yorkshire Tweed. I don't have any pictures yet because it just looks like a blob of yarn. I'm hoping to get more done this weekend since I have the time.