more knitting.

No, really.  I’ve been knitting.  Hard to believe, right?  Somedays, I have trouble believing it myself.

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The semester has started in its usual whirlwind.  Why this still surprises me, as I begin my ninth year of graduate school … that is a mystery for the ages.  I have a great belief in “this time it will be better,” meaning “this time, I’ll feel like I have it together.”  It never happens that way, but I always try again.  Persistence is key, I find.

Knitting doesn’t hurt, either.  My knitting basket is filled with half-finished projects that I’ve fallen out of love with.  So it goes.  Last night, desperate for a little instant gratification, I cast on for Budgie, an adorable stripy baby sweater.  I thought I could handle a baby sweater.

And, so far — two sleeves later — I’ve not been wrong.  All to the good, since the baby in question will have his first birthday this fall with or without my gift arriving on time.  Though, it would be nice if I could make that deadline, at the very least.

shoulders!

It’s deadline time around here again.  The job list just came out.  It’s a bit like Hollywood movie: breathless anticipation, crushing disappointment, romance, thrills, chills, twists and turns, a roller coaster of emotions.

Needless to say, I don’t think I’m quite ready to face another round of applications.  It’s such a weird space, that I’ve decided is not unlike falling in love: if it happens, it happens and there’s just not a whole lot you can actually do about it.  I mean, applying is like going on a date, you try to put your best foot forward (cover letter, curriculum vitae, etc.) and hope something clicks.  Unfortunately, it’s also every bit as awful as actual dating.  The serenity prayer is really my only hope.

Well, that and knitting.  As you can see, the Walnuss is coming together quite nicely.  I separated the sleeves and joined the body, and even tried it on.  It fits!  Which is very good news, indeed, since it was looking pretty small on the needles.  But cardigans always do, I find.

I’m thinking this has “interview cardigan” potential.

pleats!

Finally, the best part about having a friend in Switzerland?  Chocolate!  That comes in the mail!  That’s right: Schoggi-Mail let’s you send Swiss chocolate like a postcard.  Genius.  Delicious genius.

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there has been knitting.

No, really.

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On Saturday afternoon, despite rather grumpy about the heat, my knitting and I strolled over to Centennial Park (home of my favorite monument) to meet some friends for a little music and ice cream.  Well, the ice cream wasn’t planned, but it was delicious.  There were shady trees, good music, and the chance to just relax for an hour or two.

Walnuss and I are definitely going back next week.

So far, I’m loving this cardigan.  The construction is clever — new to me! — but easy enough to follow.  It’s like an adventure, having never knit a saddle shoulder from the top-down all in one piece before (or, really, ever).  At first, I simply went on blind trust, as I had no idea what my knitting was doing.

What is most surprising, though: just how fast Walnuss is coming along.  I’ve already separated the arms and am working, working … but, seriously, it doesn’t seem to be taking all that much longer than a worsted wool.  And, of course, the Malabrigo Sock is lovely stuff to work with.

And now, I should get the day started.  I’ve somehow picked up a couple of new assignments — tutoring, assisting — in addition to the usual researching and writing.  It’s exciting, but, well, tiring.  Happy Wednesday!