I'm seriously seeing a pattern in the frequency of my blogging lately - mainly that I have been blogging once a week on a weekend day. I'm not surprised because I know how stressed out I've been at school this
month. And really, it's been my knitting that I've sort of retreated in to. Healthy or not so much? I really don't know, but I'm glad I have it. It's only two weeks until Thanksgiving break and then I get that whole week off of classes (but will have tons to do at home) and then I go back for a week and a half, and then it's FINALS! It's so so weird how fast it's coming up. I have so much to do next week and in to the weeks after, but at the same time it feels like this semester just started a few weeks ago.
Last week I kind of had a melt down, actually. My classes are just getting so hard and I'm having a hard time spreading the hard ones out over the last three semesters I have until I graduate because of when the department offers the classes I need. We're a small math department on a mostly residential campus and I'm an adult commuter student. My advisor was trying to pressure me in to taking not only the 8 credits of math I don't have a choice about (if I want to graduate in 2012), but also another 2 credit elective course. Ummm... No. I think I mostly have that situation worked out after a LOT of meetings with deans and department heads. I may have to go to another college to take an elective in order to graduate on time, but I'll be a much saner person for it. :)
I realize this blog is called "The Student Knitter" but I rarely talk about the student part. I've been a strong student all my life and have always enjoyed school, so I guess no one thought to tell me that school was going to get really hard, even for me, and that I would begin questioning my ability to finish it altogether. I also still have no idea what I think I want to do with my BA in Mathematics and another BA in Communication and Technology (business, basically). Everyone I tell that to goes "huh. What a weird combination." lol If anyone has a job themselves, or knows someone who has a job that has these kinds of qualifications, I would love love love if you would leave me a comment or send me an email!
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So, are you ready to see some knitting updates? hehe As you can see by my side bar status thingy, I did decide to frog the pea coat I was working on. I was just really mad at it. lol I haven't decided what I'm going to do to replace it yet and since it's my last gift to finish before I need to send everything to Canada on December 1st I decided to start something for me!
I cast on the Holden Shawlette
, which was published for free in September 2010 and already has 124 projects! Mine doesn't look like much yet, just the stockinette body. I'm doing it in this yarn: my Malabrigo Sock in my absolute favorite colour EVER.
(remember this mess? Never again Thanks to my friend Hope!! She sent me a swift as soon as she saw this pic!! Thank you so much!)
So yeah. I'm chugging away on that and pondering Niece #3's Christmas gifts! This year is going to be very lean so I'm sure I'll have to knit something, but what? Or maybe I'll quilt for her? Dunno yet, but it needs to be done in the next three weeks ! lol
I also did a bit of sewing last night. It was kind of an whirlwind of little threads and machine whorls:
It's a pillow! Kind of lumpy and poorly photographed, but made out of the fabrics leftovers from my quilt and a recycled sweater. The lumps will work themself out with wear, right? This was my first time working with a knit fabric (what a pain!) and also my first applique project, and the first pillow I've ever made. LOL I like it, I think. It looks amateurish, but I learned a lot (like buy pillow forms, not just stuffing!) I also tried to do a bit of a cording around the outside and you can see how that worked out for me too. hehehe It disappears in to the corners instead of going around them. I'm not sure if it'll stay at my house or go off with the Quilt as an xmas gift. We'll see. hehe :)
Was the pillow worth reading through all the blather at the top? How are you guys going on your Christmas gifting lists? :)