update; or, procrastination

So, it’s the end of the semester and I should really be reading or writing something.  I’m resisting that at the moment, and have been for most of the week.  This is not a good plan.  Papers do not write themselves; exams will not be graded by the cat; Derrida is not comprehensible without a little effort on my part; a complete Faust essay will not spring Venus-like from my head unaided.  Sigh.

Thing is, I’m having a bit of a crisis of academic voice.  I’m not writing the way I’d like to — it’s gotten convoluted and tentative and way too fuzzy somewhere along the way — and I can’t quite seem to spit my thoughts out.  I am frustrated.

All that to say, I thought I’d update my knitting progress before getting the (academic) day underway.  It might be time to get out of my pajamas and get to the crappy Starbucks with the Christmas music (though, as is the way of the close-to-campus coffee shop, I tend to run into people I’d otherwise avoid there).

1. Lizard Ridge.

finished

finished

I finally admitted (to myself) that this blanket was never getting any bigger and finished it off.  Two colors of Kuryeon, lots of picked up stitches and garter stitch later, viola! clean edges!  At first, I was highly sceptical of the pepto-pink bind off, but now … I love it.  To me, it adds the perfect folkart touch.

2. Miss Violet Beauregarde

slog.

slog.

This got a lot of attention while I was in California: turns out, endless episodes of Say Yes to the Dress really facilitate a lot of knitting.  I’ve almost finished (or, really, am about halfway through) the first set of repeats on the last chart … yeah, it’s going to be a while.

3. Albers shawl

albers

I’m still not convinced that this is a good idea, but I’ve decided that I need some simple knitting to accompany all that exam reading that I’ll have to start over break.  Garter stitch seemed like a good idea.  The mohair is debatable.

4. Hooray cardigan

hooray!

Again, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  The cardigan is super cute and looks totally wearable … but when, oh when, will I find time to actually finish it?  The Nashville winter is cold but short — and mine is already pretty well booked with academic obligations.

The real problem, however, is not the knitting.  It’s this:

not good.

Yeah, that bump isn’t supposed to be there.  It’s almost certainly from all of the knitting.  Argh.  I am not amused, yet not really willing to give up the knitting either.  I am currently seeking a compromise and hoping it will go away.

Now, to work!