I Need More Hands

I told myself after the 4th of July weekend I was going to spend way more hours working than I would knitting. I’ve got some guest lectures to give at the end of the month and a lot of prep work for my classes so I can submit my syllabi by Aug. 2 (earlier for one project). So I need to buckle down and focus…but I really want to knit.

Love Note 2.0
New Love Note sweater colors.

So far I’ve got the front half of my Denis top completed and need to work on the back and I’ve separated for sleeves on my second Love Note sweater. I’ve got to sit down and record a new video (fingers crossed I’ll get to today). I have so many things I want to make and I’m so worried that once I start grad school again in the fall I won’t have time to sneak in knitting. Fingers crossed I still can. But I’m still having a little fun while I can. I’m headed to Brooklyn with my husband for the 4th of July. If you’re in Brooklyn, come by String Thing Studio for their Friday Knit Night, I’ve heard it’s going to fun so I plan on stopping by. I’ve also been golfing with the husband and sneaking in naps with Jellybean while I can.

She is hands down the BEST nap snuggler.

I’m trying to really recharge this summer so that once August hits, I’m ready to hit the ground running. How’s your summer going?

11 Replies to “I Need More Hands”

  1. So Happy you are getting in knitting time. Time flies. 🙏🏽Safe travels to🗽 NYC🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 have fun🐶🏌🏽‍♀️🏌🏽‍♂️

  2. How’s my summer? Well, it’s interesting that, for some reason, this year I am very aware that we are mid-way through 2019. So I’ve been taking time to assess things. What really matters. My knitting matters to me, not so much for the finished product, but for the process. I have a couple of projects on my needles that need careful attention (a cabled shawl and colorwork mittens) and I also have some easy knitting (a garter stitch dishcloth and a second sock). I’ve been noticing and not yielding to the urge to cast on a hat. I learn about myself from my knitting.

  3. Two great projects going at one time AND you still find time to ‘chill’. Sounds like you’re making the most of your time off, knitting has a way of ‘fitting in’ no matter HOW busy you get.

  4. Haha—just when I thought I was going too fast, I see that you’re going even faster! I’m on a mission to make a yoke cardigan for my soon-to-be 4-year-old granddaughter’s birthday, and I need also to be working on creating a patio garden and cleaning/sorting items stuffed into spare bedrooms, sigh! Let’s both pledge, to ourselves, to find time to stand perfectly still each day!

  5. My job search ended in a very unexpected and quick fashion so I will be busy teaching come August. This is going to be my first full time job after grad school wrapped up last year so I’m both nervous and excited. I still need to make a formal list of things to complete before I start work, but I have two blankets nearly done and a bunch of hats intended for Christmas presents to make. I might also start knitting on the sweaters intended for my cousin’s children as a Christmas present for her two year old and new sibling expected just two weeks before Christmas. I’ll be knitting them bottom up since the baby’s sex won’t be announced for a few more weeks and I have more time to plan depending on if my cousin has another girl or a boy this time. Fingers crossed that I can make a dent in my knitting before I resume lesson planning and marking papers in a few weeks.

  6. My summer’s going great! I’m working on a fair isle yoked sweater for my spouse. My doggo Ernie would love it if I’d take more naps 🙂

    When I was in grad school I found that knitting was something I could keep up because it was one of the very few things that was just mine, not for work/school. Also it was something I could work on just a few minutes in the evening as me time. I hope your August is very productive!

  7. I love the color you are using for Love #2. Can I ask what yarn/color name?

  8. I’m in love with the colors you chose for your love note. So inspiring. Enjoy summer. I’m having the same problem with work piling up. I promised myself I’d work an hour a day on my new curriculum, but so far I’ve worked zero hours. I’ll have to catch up after this weekend. Sometimes I bribe myself to get my work done with knitting time after. Maybe that will work for you.

  9. I work at a community clinic for low-income patients, so our work is year-round. My husband is a high school teacher, and all four of our kids are students, so they are all off school. So every summer, every day, I drag myself out to work while they sleep in, and try to get myself to go to bed while they’re still doing Legos while watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (BTW, great show, not just for kids, give it about 5-10 episodes and you’ll be hooked.). 🙂 And THAT is my summer. 🙂

  10. I too have syllabi to update, assessment rubrics to write and other miscellany school stuff. All I can think about is how many more projects can I squeeze in before I go back full time😀 Love the yarn for your Denis top!

  11. Yes! I need to work but really want to knit!!! Can so relate . . . . .

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