Operation Sock Drawer 2017 – New Year’s Resolutions

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.


Author: Katherine

Knitter, geologist, TV enthusiast

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