Other Kinds of Creativity

So you might have seen the steady stream of yarn on the Flickr roll at the top of the page. I finished all of my finals last week and got my grades on Monday. “A”s in both so I celebrated with yarn. I haven’t knitted anything substantial in about a year, but I have some free time now. Well, outside of work at least. I won’t be going back to school until January, when I’ll be starting on my way to a 2nd Bachelors (or a Masters, still debating) in Comp Sci at Portland State.

So I’ve been knitting outside of work to pass the time.

Abyssal in Cascade Heritage Sock. I knit the “Adrienne” version. See my project page on Ravelry.

Gloss Aeolian

In progress Aeolian in Knitpicks Gloss Lace. I’m knitting the shawlette. See my project page on Ravelry.

I also have a some socks and the bottom hem of a cardigan started, but no pictures yet. However, I have tons more yarn lying around and so this weekend I’m going to spend some of my hard-earned money on this:

I technically already own a loom (and a spinning wheel for that matter) but my loom is ginormous (32″ wide) and barely fits in my apartment when I try to warp it. The Schacht Cricket is only 10″ wide and perfect to weave scarves on, so I’m taking the plunge and am going to try to get through some of my stash which is also starting to take over my apartment, especially since I haven’t been knitting for a while and I still have a bunch of fiber to spin eventually too. Who knows, maybe this will be a fiber blog yet.

A Light in the Dark

I’m about a week and a half away from the end of the school term and these last few weeks are devoted almost entirely to final projects in both of my classes. The more “important” class involves a lot of OOP theory and some lovely easy Java programming (except the final which is in C++, which for some reason I can’t find the love for). The fun one is my game design class. It doesn’t really count for anything for me and it’s not really programming, even though I’m eeking out as much code as I can in GameMaker (we have to use it).

My final for the fun class is to create a an original game and write a giant design doc on the process, but I’m hopelessly enamored with the actual game now. The problem with this is that I want to really, really code it. Not just mess around. Enter a vague knowledge that there are things out there more advanced and a few Google searches later I’m staring at Visual C# 2010 Express and some online tutorials on XNA.

I’m really trying to put the brakes on this. Not forever, but just until I can finish up the term. I have no plans to continue with school for a while. I’ve done everything I can online, now comes getting a new car and an actual will to drive into Portland so I can finish my 2nd Bachelors and I don’t think I will see those goals met before 2013. I’m studying for the CompTIA A+ exam, but I think maybe it’s time I designed a computer game. Also June is National Game Development Month, which is not helping because my projects aren’t due until June 14th and I really would love to design a game this month.