Yet my knitting community was there for me. If they thought I sounded like a whiny brat, they never showed it. They helped keep me sane, even when it felt like literally everything kept breaking. Thank you guys.
Now I am knee-deep in thesis. Most of the writing has to be done in the month of June as a lot of profs are off on vacation or conferences in July. Mine leaves two weeks before the thesis is due and arrives just before I have to turn it in. I am now writing like mad so I can get as much feedback as possible. Well, except for today, where my brain feels like old rubber - remarkably unflexible. I have a rough draft of chapter one done and am a third of the way through chapter two. I feel I am making good progress considering. I am happy with my work and can't wait to continue onto Ph. D. work.
Nevertheless, I do need knitting for my sanity. I finished the sweater before it got too warm to wear.
Mom's socks got out in time for Mother's Day. They are knit in Knitpicks Felici, colorway Cochineal.
And then something happened. It seemed I somehow bent the space/time continuum and got a lot done in a short amount of time. I got my sister-in-law's present done really fast, for a laceweight.
Okay, I didn't give my SIL a stuffed dog and a big ball of yarn for her birthday. Apparently the finished photos wandered off and got eaten during the file transfer to the new computer. Just imagine an Almost Ovals in many shades of purple and oh so soft from the silk. This is a Hedgehog Fibres creation; Silk Lace in colorway Poison. It was very pretty.
I also got my Mom's birthday present done and it awaits shipment; I know my mother well enough to know that if it arrived early she wouldn't wait until her birthday to open it. It's the Debussy Shawlette in Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Alpacas.
I love the color of this yarn. It's an incredibly intense fuschia, and now I want a sweater's worth of this color. The yarn is like butter in your hands (without the grease), a 50/50 blend of alpaca and silk. I may or may not have bought a skein of it in chocolate brown. *Cough, cough*
Continuing the gift train, I also finished a hat for one of my brothers.
This is the Semi-Swedish Hat knit in Knitpicks Stroll Sport. I planned on using up the leftovers from the boys' gloves to finish this hat. I had a skein and a half of each color and thought I would be done with them, but however I still have a skein of each. It looks like someone will be getting a grey and black scarf for Christmas.
Yes, I said the Evil Word: Christmas. I have already started my gift-knitting, partly because I always knit gifts in the summertime, and partly because I will be leaving Ireland for a 6-month hiatus between my MA and (hopefully) Ph. D. Looking at my local stash (as opposed to my Mother Stash back in the States), most of the projects with lots of balls are marked for gifts. My current plan is to knit all the presents I can and then ship them back to the States so I don't have to carry them around with me in Scotland. (Oh yes, I am going to Scotland after my Master's thesis is completed. Carrots, my friends, carrots.) I also plan on pulling out a few hibernating WIPs to finish off because, in addition to writing a thesis, I've decided to enter The Knitgirllls 4K Stash Dash this summer. Nope, I don't like to make things easy for myself, not at all.
So what have I got on my needles at the moment? I've barely started the Gramps Cardigan for my nephew. I plan on making the 2 year old size since it will be a Christmas cardigan. That's what I plan on working on the rest of the day since my brain apparently can't process poetry. Even with a lot of caffeine, I feel a lot like this guy:
|Our neighbor, Mr. F. Fox, sleeping off a night on the town|