Somehow I’m almost at the end of my summer. It went so slow and so fast simultaneously. Next week I take a screening exam for first year doctoral students, so I’m spending this week reading and prepping, attempting to get my brain back into academia mode. I’ve got two full days of writing ahead of me to ensure I’m approved to move on to my second year of the program. It’s slightly nerve racking but I know I can do it . As soon as my exam is over I have to immediately finish my syllabi for the school year and get back into teaching mode. I am currently slated to have one in person class with 20 students and everything else I teach or will take for grad school will be online. My university is doing a lot to try to prepare everyone for what this new school year will bring and I’m thankful for that because I know so many other educators that don’t feel supported. But, I’m still nervous. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.
In terms of knitting, I got my mojo back (I think it’s part of me wanting to not sit down and study for an exam – procrasti-knitting). I’ve slowly been working on multiple things over the last month:
- I’m trying to make the Linus sweater in the pullover version but with cotton. Cotton and brioche are a tricky thing but I’ve made some modifications and now I’m plugging away at the brioche body in the round.
- I’ve had an improvised top down raglan I’ve been working on since March with some slub yarn. I love the effects but since it isn’t pressing for me to wear, it’s on the back burner.
- I fell in love with the look of the Spark cardigan, Andrea Mowry’s latest design, so I dug into my stash and found some Cascade 220 I’ve had for years that I bought on sale that goes perfectly with a one of a kind yarn I picked up from Periwinkle Sheep last month. It is knit in the round and steeked and I said that I wanted to steek a sweater this year so this one is going to be it.
- And then I dug into my hibernating WIPs and picked back up my Kangarullover sweater. I started it two years ago and realized I really want a tunic length sweater and it will be cozy for working from home this fall.
So I’m trying to balance it all, while still sheltering at home. I’ve been home since March 13 and I only leave for the grocery story once every 10-12 days. This has become the new normal, so I’m trying to enjoy my summer down time while I can. I’ll be quiet this week so I can study and relax. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. Stay healthy!