Ok, I’ll admit it. The reason that I’ve been knitting a mile a minute in the past couple of days (5 days for a shawl! 4 days for a sock!) isn’t because I have deadlines in a major way or that I’ve had plenty of time in the past couple of days. Oh no, that’s not it at all. It’s the stress. You see, I’m in the last couple of weeks of my second to last semester of college. Even though I know what I’m going to do with my life (which seems to be a step above many of my peers), there’s so many questions related to it. Along with the regular heavy load of higher-level classes in my History Major, I have the added stress of my Education classes.
I don’t know how to explain why these classes are so stressful. It’s not that the work is particularly difficult. I think it might have to do with the pressure that my coursework here will directly affect my (hopeful) job next year, and then, after that, my career. Honestly, teaching my lesson tomorrow to 3 classes of 6th graders shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I’m pretty confident in my ability to teach- I’ve honed my craft over two summers and have done my best to soak up everything my professors and cooperating teacher have taught me. I’m incredibly excited to begin my student teaching semester. That hasn’t stopped me from being up half the night because I’m way too freaked out to sleep. I feel, well, nervous. I guess this is normal. I mean, real life is coming, and I’m growing up. There’s jobs and references and the things I do matter. There’s no more “bombed this assignment, I’ll do better on the next one.” It’s stressful, right?
Thank you guys for reading this. I know that most of you come here for the knitting, but I take such comfort in your support. You are outside people, totally unconcerned with any of the things that everyone I talk to seems to have buzzing around in their ears. I know I’ll get through the next couple of (completely stressful) weeks and move on to my last break as a lazy student. There’s just one day of teaching, one 8 pg. paper, one 12 pg. paper, two final exams, and numerous little assignments between now and then. Lucky for me, there’s also socks and hats and KNITTING, too.
Monday afternoon, I cast on a pair of socks. This is my first break for selfish knitting in a while, I am enjoying it so much. Honestly, it’s Wednesday, and I’m ready to turn the heel. That’s right- I’ve already done the toe, foot, and gusset. They’re practically flying off the needles!
Candy Skein Yummy in Butter Mint
I’m using some Candy Skein Yummy in the Butter Mints colorway- light pastels that still have Tami’s signature depth of color. I received it in a generous give-away, and I am so thankful for that! Since my feet are so tiny, I’m going to try to only use half of my 100g skein for the pair.
By the River Seine
The pattern is By the Seine River by Dona Knits, one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve been jealous of the pattern since it came out, so I’m really excited for the chance to knit it! Of course, I can’t knit a pattern without modding the heck out of it, so I’ve converted these socks to toe-up, using Judy’s Magic Cast On and my regular toe-up sock pattern.
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And now we are back to our regularly scheduled Blog Week in Review! Looking at my list, I think I’ve been a little remiss in favoriting FO’s. Oh well! It’s been a busy week for many of us.
First of all, Craftivore has one of the coolest hats that I’ve ever seen. It’s made using the Bohus sticking style, which looks pretty damn cool. And it was a gift, the lucky lady!
Next, there’s Smoking Hot Needle’s Metro Hat. I love how she matched the sections of the hat to the color changes in her handspun, which looks amazing, by the way. If I could spin, this is the kind of project I would dream of making!
Moving on to the garments, there’s All Knit & No Sheep’s Moksa cardigan. It’s a really cute pattern that goes awesomely with her yarn, and it looks like it fits wonderfully. Yet another FO to be envious of!
Finally, there’s Good Enough’s Gavotte. This is one of those patterns that looks exactly like something that you would find on the racks in a trendy women’s wear store, except it’s handmade, so it’s softer, warmer, and better fitting. Just all around awesome!
That’s about it. Sorry for the short post! I’ve gotta go run a ton of errands, although I am considering bringing the pair of socks that I impulse Cast On this morning with me. I mean, I can’t go on to my next Christmas Knitting Project until I grab a skein of yellow worsted, so there’s not much else to do 😉
I am successful! Not only was I able to complete my Citron Shawl yesterday, but I had a couple of minutes after all of the guests were gone to lay it down to block. I probably had enough yarn to do another couple of rows, and in a perfect world I would have done it. With my time constrictions, though, I didn’t want to fiddle around with that. I basically did the pattern as is, which may be a first for me.
This morning, quite to my surprise, it was bone dry. I quickly got it off the board, sewed in my ends, and wrapped it up. My pile of presents for tonight’s early Hanukah is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, the sweater is still a little damp. I have the fan blowing on it (as per Audry’s recommendation), so hopefully it will be dry enough for me to sew up the sleeves and weave in the ends in a couple of hours.
Quick recap: I started this Citron last Sunday with 1 50g skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze. Now, less than a week later, it’s a whole shawl. Yeah me! Hopefully, I’ll be able to snap a couple of picks of all of my presents on their intended recipients tonight.
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This thanksgiving, I am absolutely thankful for knitting. It is perhaps the only thing keeping me sane. Unfortunately, my deadlines are actually driving me crazy. Hanukah is really, really early this year, and we decided to celebrate it tomorrow while the whole family is in town. So, let’s go through the list of knitted presents.
First, my Daniela Cowl. This is the sample for my newest design. It was inspired and named for my sister, so it’s no accident that it is going to her this Hanukah. I used just less than 2 skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed DK to make the medium size. I don’t know if she’s ever had an eternity scarf before, so I hope she likes it. If you would like to check the pattern out, I suggest here on the Knit Picks site.
I made my father a Windscheif in some wonderful Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice. It’s luscious and warm, so if my father doesn’t like it, I will definitely steal it. The good news is that I have over 60g left, so I’m definitely making myself something!
Turn of the Glass
My mother’s Turn of the Glass Cardigan is currently blocking. It is almost entirely dry. I may have to take it off while it is still slightly damp, but I didn’t really have to do much tugging to get it to the right dimensions, so I am OK with this. I used a little less than 4 skeins of Berocco Vintage DK, which is a perfect gift yarn: hard wearing but comfortably soft. All I have left to do is seam the arms and sew in the ends. Lets hope that I have enough time for that!
Finally, there’s my Aunt’s Citron. I have been marathon knitting this since I cast on Sunday. I’m on the final ruffle of the pattern. So close! Of course, there are only 540 stitches in each row, and I still have at least 5 to go. Depending on how this afternoon goes, I might try to add another couple of rows for just a little more length. But I’m still going to have to get it on the blocking board by this evening if I want it dry to give. Luckily, Malabrigo Lace won’t take anywhere near as long as DK weight!
I’ve done something silly. Several weeks ago, my father told me that my Aunt’s cancer seems to have returned. This is not good news; she’s been battling stomach cancer for a while, and we thought that, after almost a year of chemo, radiation, and surgery, things were looking up. Unfortunately, it turns out we were wrong. Of course, as soon as I heard the news, the urge to knit hit me. When she was first diagnosed, I made her a lace shawl using some Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Blues in the Night, a gorgeous colorway. I pretty much designed the whole shawl myself, although it was right when I had gotten started designing, so I did not write anything down. That was INCREADIBLY stupid of me, as it really turned out gorgeous. If I ever get the chance, I am definitely going to write that pattern out! Anyway, my Aunt loves the shawl and wears it all the time, which makes me pretty happy.
Flash forward to the silly thing that I did this weekend. I had just finished binding off the shoulders for my mom’s sweater (more news on that later, I promise) when I had the sudden urge to cast something on for my Aunt. I think most of us would realize that this is not at all a silly urge. I dug out a skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze, which reminds me of Evergreen Trees, out of my stash. I think this is on of the skeins that the wonderful Learner’s Per Knit gifted me with over the summer (thanks again!). I wound it all up and printed out the instructions for Citron. Just in case your head has been buried under a rock for the past few years, Citron is another of the incredibly popular patterns published in Knitty. It uses just one 50g skein of lace weight, size US 6 needles, and quite a bit of stitches to create a wonderful shawl.
But what is the silly part? Although Hanukah does not start for another couple of weeks, we are celebrating this Friday, as the whole family will already be together for Thanksgiving. Not only does that mean that I have to block and seam a sweater in the next week, but I also have to knit 50g of lace weight and block that, too. Silly me! Luckily, it’s been speeding off the needles. I’m already half way through the fourth section, so I probably have about 40 rows to go. Of course, those 40 rows include 2 ruffles, which double the amount of stitches on the needle for 5 rows, plus 3 more increase rows. Wish me luck!
I’ve been bad. Really, really, really bad. It’s been almost two weeks since I last posted, and I don’t have any knitting progress to show you. It’s not that there hasn’t been any (that sweater in the last post? It’s just a block and seam away from being finished!), but in between all of that Holiday knitting and the crazy-ness in school, I just haven’t had time to photograph and post. Silly me. Instead, I have for you a quick blog week(s) in review. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures for you soon!
I have three gorgeous finished sweaters for you. It’s actually four if you count the fact that KiwiYarns just posted two (2!!!) finished sweaters. Honestly, that woman puts us to shame. Her Dolman looks comfy, warm, and perfect for cuddling up in during the middle of winter. Good thing she also finished a beautiful Windsor Sweater, which is probably much more suited for her spring weather.
I also love the simplicity of For Making Sake’s Green Sweater. The interesting construction probably makes it a great knit, but it looks like a simple garment once on.
Finally, I am slightly in love with Knit York City’s Maxfield Cardigan. It’s just so, so, so, so cool. I don’t know how else to describe it!
Threadpanda’s Urchin Hat is adorable, although probably not as adorable as her expressions in her pictures. That looks like one of those photo shoots that you just can’t help but giggle it away.
Master of a Thousand Thing’s Kool Hands are one of those awesome hybrid patterns that make the rest of us jealous. She took a basic fingerless mittens pattern and added the stitch pattern from Koolhaas. Inspired!
My shawl kick has morphed a little bit: I know have infinity scarf envy. Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing. I saw Oftengrumpy’s Grey Cowl and couldn’t help but to start going through my stash. I resisted the urge, although I’m not sure how much longer I can take it!
A long while ago, I signed up for a pay it forward over on Feel Good Knitting. I am ashamed to say that I got my handmade gift in the mail several weeks ago. Of course, life suddenly got incredibly busy, and I completely forgot to do anything about it. Not only did I throw away the package with the return address (no thank you note!), but I didn’t even blog my thanks. Now that is something that would have my mother’s head shaking. So, without further ado, here’s my thank you note!
She has combed through past posts, and found a review I had done for one of my Interweave Mag’s. She made me a Greta Headband! It’s so cute.
Of course, I lost the note she included with the yarn, but I’m pretty sure it was a linen blend. I’ve never worked with linen before- cotton is hard enough on my hands, so I mainly stick with more animal-based blends. So it’s nice to have something different!
Once again, thank you so much. I can’t tell you how much it means to know that someone, somewhere out there is rooting for me, even though we’ve never met. Knitters really are the best!