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.
Woow. Today was a doozy. I had to take my PRAXIS content knowledge test to become a teacher, which took place over an hour away (this was after they closed the testing site closer to me). Luckily, it was in the same direction as my parent’s house, which meant that I had somewhere to decompress afterwards. Still, the weather was HORRIBLE all day, so I’ve done well over three hours of solo driving, plus the test, plus my evening class. I don’t have much energy, so I’ll go through my Blog Week in Review pretty quickly. Oh, it was a computer test, so I know that I passed! Now I have all of my tests done for liscensure, so I just have to finish my schoolwork and student teaching. Just.
If you want to see a beautiful fall shawl just off the needles, you have to check out Remily’s Catkin. I love her color choices- I would never have picked them, but they go so well together!
Pretty Little Fiber Co’s Sweet Fern Mitts are simple and adorable. ‘Nuff said.
Next, there’s Learner’s Per-Knit’s Rustling Leaves Campaign. I own the book that the pattern is from (Coastal Knits, the home of the ever-popular Rocky Coast Cardigan) and have been meaning to made this pattern forever. Seeing examples like this only has me looking around the stash for yarn- a dangerous predicament this close to the holidays.
Finally, there are the socks. There’s Savannah Chick’s Coupling Socks. I love how her colors transition using the yarn. I definitely need to get my hands on some yarn like this! But there’s also Cloudberry’s Swirl Socks and Kalkette Knits’ Vine Lace Socks. Just yum. Let’s cast on a pair of socks, too!
I had a post planned. I swear, I did. But then I went to work, and we had a TON to do. I’m a teaching intern a Breakthrough Collaborative, and it is honestly the best job in the world (maybe this is why I want to be a teacher?). Breakthrough is a summer academic program for high-achieving middle school students throughout the country. Best of all, it is completely free, so all students, regardless of economic status, can get the push they need to put them on track for college. It’s a great opportunity for students, and it’s also a great opportunity for the teachers, all of whom are around college age. We’ve just finished up with our week of teacher training and the students come tomorrow. We’ve decorated the halls, organized our summer theme, and planned our lessons. Now all we need is students…and some sleep before they come 🙂 I promise to have a SPECTACULAR WIP post for you this Wed., but in the mean time, that’s all she wrote.
I don’t really have much to say today. I’ve been working on the button band/shawl collar for my Locke Cardigan, but it’s slow going. Those long rows can take FOREVER.
I’m also just jumping in to the finals craze, so I don’t have a ton of time for knitting or, you know, blogging. So, just be prepared. Blogging might get irregular, or you know, stop. Just look for a couple of these super-short posts in your future! Until next time.
I don’t really have much to tell you today. The secret project is taking a lot longer than I thought it would, and I’m not even sure how I feel about it. I’m pretty much designing it from scratch, and I don’t have a lot of experience with some of the elements that I’m using. The yarn has been a lot more fiddly than I was expecting it to be, which is really, really unfortunate. I feel like I’m a little out of my depth with this one, but hopefully I’ll be able to pull through. We’ll see.
I just finished a rather huge group research project on Teen Pregnancy, which is such a relief. The project itself was BIG, but our Professor basically had us re-do the entire thing after she read our draft, so that was a lot more work than we were thinking it would be. To celebrate, my group is getting a box of wine (College Budget) and doing a Teen Mom marathon. I feel like this may be the perfect example of the prestigious college experience.
Anyway, I hope the knitting is going a lot better for the rest of you, and I hope to have some content for you guys on Thursday. Maybe I’ll check out the knitting section at the Library and do a review. Hmmm….
Thanks to all of you who wished me a happy birthday- I really appreciated it! Although I didn’t get any yarn for my bday, I thought I would share with you what is by far my favorite present.
Bag, bag, bag!
My mom quilted me a huge tote bag that is perfect for carrying my knitting around in! Right now I have my Locke St. Cardigan in it. All of my extra yarn (about 7 skeins), plus the 2 sleeves, the back, the pattern, and both sizes of needles fit in here with no problem. It really is spectacular!
Looking in. So roomy- and you can't tell that there is definitely room for more stuff in here!
It has at least 6 pockets, which my mother spoiled me by filling with a present each. Some were small- a flashlight and tire pressure gauge for my car, but others were a lot better- the new Florence and the Machine CD that I’ve been lusting after (highly recommended), season 1 of Game of Thrones (amazing!), and then, best of all were the gift certificates. She hit up Panera (my favorite salad/sandwich place EVER), Starbucks (there aren’t really any good indie coffee shops near my house, so I have to go there for a good iced coffee), and, best of all, Knit Wits, my LYS at home. Last time I was there they had some new stuff in, some I’m excited to go back next summer and pick up some more supplies. Wooo!
And here’s a close-up of the bag. My mom’s only been quilting for a little while, but it looks so professional. I’m really proud of her- she’s progressing really quickly. I don’t know if she reads this or not (I have definitely given her the sight, but I don’t know how often she visits), but THANK YOU, Mom. This present was really spectacular, and I love it. Well, I’m off to work on my group project, but stay tuned for something new on Wed. I’m really excited to show you!
I finally finished the sweater back! It’s looking good, although I’m a little worried about how long it is- hopefully I’m just judging it wrong, considering I’m holding it up to my front and not the back!
Anyway, besides that I’m just going to point out a couple of other blogs and then head off. It’s my Birthday tomorrow (21!) so I want to get as must work finished today as I can so that I can fool around tomorrow morning BEFORE my parents come up. I am definitely taking advantage of my free drink at Starbucks, and I think I’ll stop at Trader Joes on the way back. They’re supposed to have good beer, right? Anyone have any suggestions?
My first fav from the week is the Gwendolyn Cardigan that Knitting to Stay Sane just finished. It’s gorgeous! I love the cables, and I think the contrasting color on the edge really works well.
Next, Smoking Hot Needles‘s Polyhmynia’s Triangle is just beyond words. It’s complex and creative and fun and something that knitters love to knit, but also looks like it is completely wearable. You have to see it- I just love it so much.
Finally, Elephant Juice‘s simple striped socks have me eyeing my sock knitting dpn’s. Their simple cozyness has me dreaming of a pair of stockinette socks in one of the crazy-er hand-dyed skeins ruminating in my stash. Maybe just a real quick pair before I start working on the fronts of Locke…