How is it April? The spring semester always seems to fly by and as it gets closer and closer to the last day of class I am overloaded with work to do. Spring semester is my favorite, my students design a magazine for the School of Business and although it’s a lot of work it is always so cool to see what they come up with. On top of teaching my full load, projects with my students and running after a new puppy, I’m also attempting to finish my dissertation proposal so I can defend it before I begin my research! I think I’ve spent the entire month of March reading and writing and cramming my brain with information and trying to get the best to spill out on the page. I’ve submitted my first draft to my committee for feedback before I had to defend my proposal so I know there will be more writing and editing and this month will be hectic.
So what have I been knitting? Actually a lot! Sometimes I find that when I take a break and knit, it helps my brain relax and then great ideas or thoughts pop into my head. So what have I actually finished knitting so far this year that I haven’t shared? Quite a few things. I’m going to link to my Ravelry project pages below, I’ve been at least keeping updated there but eventually I will also try to write about most if not all of these.
- Grover Hat
- Felix Cardigan (it’s a gift)
- A second Sheep Camp sweater
- A circular yoke sweater I knit up with 3 different yarns
- Petal Party Crop
- Highland Slipover
- Bonk! A toy for my cousin’s 2 year old
On top of finishing those things, I’ve had a Throwover on my needles for a while that may hibernate until fall along with the Iris Hat. I’ve gone into my cotton stash and I’m working on a Dustland sweater in some Berroco Weekend I’ve had stashed forever since it is discontinued and I’m knitting a fingering weight cotton version of the Lapponia. So yeah, lots of knitting in my down time.
I am also coming up on the year anniversary of being hospitalized in May. This year has been profoundly life changing in ways I didn’t expect. One of them has been to create really hard boundaries for myself and focus on taking breaks when I need them. I don’t suffer from the all day fatigue I used to but I am definitely not physically as quick as I used to be and recovering takes a bit longer. My doctors all remind me that healing takes time and I constantly have to remind myself of that but I am so much stronger today than I was a year ago. I’m just happy I have the stamina to walk two small dogs multiple times a day!
I’m hoping that as school comes to an end I get into May (I’m excited for Maryland Sheep and Wool!) I will get back to regularly writing again. I also know some fun things are coming for the new season of Knit Stars and I will share that too. I just wanted to check in because I created this space so long ago and still love it and so many of you have cheered me on throughout everything. So thank you! I hope you’re knitting wonderful things too.