What a Year

Well, I can’t deny, it really has been almost a year since I last posted.  I’m giving myself points for squeaking in a few days before a full year though.

The spring semester was extremely stressful, with grad school applications and hard courses.  I didn’t knit very much, let alone blog about it.

This fall, though, I’ve been knitting up an incredible storm!  I’ve spent the last few months living in Reykjavík doing a semester abroad, and I’ve been totally inspired by all the local knitting. I live about a five minute walk from the Handknitting Association of Iceland store, which is the best place I’ve found to buy yarn, especially Ístex Lopi yarns.  Also, if you’re interested in buying sweaters and hats, it’d be nice to do it here because they’re all handmade and are sold by the knitters as far as I know!

Over the next few days, I’ll post more about what I’ve been working on but I have pictures of some of it in my Instagram.  I also want to find more people to follow and be inspired by, so if you have a knitting (or crocheting, or weaving, or sewing) blog leave a comment and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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Done!

Blocked and dried yesterday, and it fits perfectly!  That’s all I had to say.

It’s been a while…

Wow, it really has!  Three months since my last post.  I put down my Ebba for a while to knit a bunch of baby hats (my stepsister had her first baby!), so I’m still not done.  I think I’ll finish it by Friday, though!  I’m almost finished with the second sleeve, then all that remains is seaming the neckline, weaving in ends, and blocking.

I haven’t checked in at all lately because it’s been a super busy semester.  I know I say that every semester, but this one really is.  I’m currently in the process of applying to graduate schools!  I took my GRE about three weeks ago and did pretty well, and now I’m contacting professors about letters of recommendation.

In more knitting news, I received all my yarn for the Telja sweater I’m planning on knitting next!  It’s going to be nice and colorful, much different than my Ebba sweater!  I can’t wait to get started and I’ll probably cast on the second I finish this one.  The dark gray is bluer in person (and will be the main color) and the green is more avocado-y and yellow.

What have you guys been working on?  There’s been a ton of cool pattern releases this season. I preordered Bodie to make with the yarn from my failed Laurel cardigan.

First Ever Steek Conquered!

Two posts in one week!  I wanted to check in quickly to brag a little bit about having completed my first ever steek.  It wasn’t as terrifying as I’d expected, and pretty easy as well.

I’m home from school for the week (Sunday through Friday) and my old bedroom has fantastic lighting for knitwear photos.  Although that might be due to the fact that it’s South-facing with no curtains or blinds, so I get a lot of natural light.  That’s also the reason I was awake and ready to go at about 6AM today.

What knitting techniques have you guys been wanting to try for the first time?  Oh, also have a good eclipse!

Flying Through Ebba!

Hello, everyone!  Have you been able to stand the heat?  I hate hot, humid weather so I’ve been super unhappy all summer.  When I’m in the air conditioning though I’ve been working on my Ebba sweater.  I really like Dianna Walla’s patterns.

I’ve been able to get a bunch done every day and since I started on the colorwork section, it’s been flying by!  I think I’ll be done with the body by the end of the week and then I think the sleeves will only take another week or two.  Now to wait for weather when I can actually wear it!

This is the last week of the summer semester, so I only have one day of my fiction class left, and then on the 28th, fall classes are starting!  I can’t believe it’ll be my last year as an undergraduate.  I’m going to have to start my grad school applications as soon as I can!

How’s your summer been?

Stressed and Tired (Plus Some Gift Knitting)

 

To be quite honest, I haven’t been sleeping very well lately at all.  Over the past three or four weeks, I’ve only averaged three to five hours of sleep a night, and last night I didn’t fall asleep at all.  Yeah, I’ve been up for about 30 hours, which I hate to do.  I just lay there in the dark for eight hours last night trying to fall asleep!  Even now at my desk, I’m tired but somehow still not sleepy.

I’m pretty certain it’s stress that’s been causing this problem for me.  I haven’t really changed my schedule or caffeine intake (and I’m not sensitive to caffeine anyway), but I’ve been under a lot of stress.  I had hoped that after the spring semester ended I’d be able to relax!  Maybe I’ve been so stressed out for so long that my body is still operating as if I had a lot to do, even though I don’t.

No matter the cause, lost sleep has been having a big impact on my mood and productiveness.  I’ve noticed that I’m more depressed and irritable than usual and that I become anxious more easily even about small things, while at work I’m much more easily distracted and less quick-thinking than I’d like to be.

As far as knitting, I finished a quick test knit of the Spring Stream Socks for Life Is Cozy!  The pattern isn’t up on Ravelry yet but I’m already a big fan.  I’d consider it a unisex pattern and I think I’ll make a neutral-colored pair for my dad!  The straight vertical slip-stitch lines within the pattern give it enough visual strength for a men’s sock, in my opinion (although any sock can be a men’s sock if a man wears it!).

Besides the socks, I’ve mostly been working on a mindless scarf for my mom’s birthday in a month!  I’m working with a dark blue laceweight yarn (KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in Edgar) on size US 9 needles, just doing stockinette stitch.  It’s creating a really nice, open summer fabric, while the 100% alpaca fiber in the yarn gives it just a hint of warmth.

I’m hoping that this weekend I’ll be able to get some sleep and just have some fun. I’m going in to Manhattan on Friday for my fifth American Ballet Theater performance of the season, to see the brand-new Whipped Cream!  It should be a really fun night for me.  I got a series of six tickets for my birthday since I’ve been a huge dance fan my entire life (ballet and modern dance, primarily). Last Friday, I was lucky enough to be present at Diana Vishneva’s farewell final performance with the ABT, which was one of the most special dance performances I’ve even been to.  I saw her six years ago in 2011 performing as Anna Karenina with the Mariinsky Ballet, funnily enough performing at the Metropolitan Opera House, which is the ABT’s “home base” theater for their annual spring/summer season.  Up until last Friday, she was a principal dancer with both companies, and in my opinion is one of the best living ballet dancers in the world.

What are you guys doing this weekend?  Is anyone going on a trip or vacation for the Fourth of July?  And how do you all deal with stress, especially when you can’t seem to find a real cause for it?

*(Oh, can you tell I just figured out how to embed Instagram photos in my posts?  This will save me so much time since 90% of the time the photos I put in my posts are from my Instagram to begin with!)

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

What did you guys do for the holiday?  I had planned on sitting out in the sun and knitting, but I hate the heat and the 85-degree temps were too much for me, so I ended up in one of the university’s dining halls.

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Oh, and rewatching some episodes of That 70’s Show!  I tried putting a ruffle hem on my increasingly-poorly-named March Socks, but I think this yarn/pattern/needle size just doesn’t suit it, so I’ll have to rip out (again).  I think I’ll put in a picot hem, so fingers crossed that third time’s the charm!

I hope you guys all have a good weekend!