Hello! I hope everyone has had a good first week of 2017. It’s hard to tell, but I think it won’t be quite as rough of a year as 2016. In my last post from a few days ago, I mentioned New Year’s Resolutions but forgot to tell you my own.
My knitting resolution is to knit one pair of socks each month, whether they be for myself or for a gift. I finished my Finals Socks a few days ago and cast on my first sock for this project: a pair of Paper Moon socks in KnitPicks Hawthorne (do I ever knit with something else?) in Happy Valley. I’m at about the arch of the foot on the first sock, but I don’t have a good photo for you guys.
I also hope to have a few pairs be of my own design, so keep an eye out for those! If I do design my own socks, I’ll be sure to publish the pattern. I’m also keen on publishing the pattern for a neckwarmer I made in December, but I think I’ll just put the pattern in a post here instead of creating a PDF for download.
My other resolution for the year is a bit more nebulous. I want to be less afraid of the future. There’s no easy task to complete every day for this one, unfortunately. This time next year, I will be waiting for acceptance or rejection into graduate schools, and I still have a long way to go before I even start applying. I have to study for and take the GRE, I have to decide where I want to apply, I have to decide what specific subfield or project I want to tackle. I also have to decide if I even want to pursue my M.S. or Ph.D. right away. I know I definitely want to go to graduate school, but I am not sure which direction in research I want to go into. I have been thinking about working for a year after school and then going to get my degree, but of course, I’m not sure what job I would want. I’ve even considered applying to law school.
Fear of the future has always been very real for me, and it has often stopped me from doing what I want. When I was applying to college, I wasn’t very invested in the process because of that fear and only through luck did I end up in the place I am now, where I am very happy. I can’t let that happen again, not now that I’ve found the field I am happy in.