I’ve been doing a lot of 2 things this summer: knitting (especially sock knitting) and dissertation writing. Both are going well. The knitting is enjoyable and relaxing, and the dissertation writing is stressful and painful. I’m definitely needing the mix of both to stay sane. Just to give you a sense, here’s what dissertation writing and knitting all summer looks like in my office:
I have a home office now by the way, and it’s actually a pretty nice place to work. I still need to organize bookshelves, but it is otherwise organized with the yarn and craft supplies in the closet (along with my shoes which apparently won’t fit in our bedroom closet) and a futon, rocking chair, desk, and computers. It’s a pretty sweet set up.
It took me a couple weeks post honeymoon to hit a groove, but I spent one week working every day on campus and that helped. On Friday of that week, I spent the day with friends Sam & Jessica, who generously posed for pictures with my knitting.
Here’s Jessica wearing my Saroyan scarf. I knit this out of Squoosh Ultra Worsted in the colorway Bole. It will become a staple once the weather gets cooler. In the background is one of Sam’s ways of staying sane while writing, her beautiful garden.
And here is Sam’s new kitten posing for a picture in my knitting bag. Yes, he’s that small…
Otherwise, July has just been full of sock knitting.
These are Anatomical Socks designed by Steffi Van der Linden. The yarn is Dragonfly fibers naiad in the colorway Bad Moon Rising. Naiad is a bamboo blend. I’ve never knit with bamboo before, and although not quite as deliciously soft as cashmere, it has a nice sheen. These socks are mine.
I also finished these Hayrick socks designed by Anne Hanson. The yarn is Plucky knitter merino fingering in the colorway Indiscreet. Plucky names all her colorways after old movies, and this series of yarns is designed based on beautiful dresses in the old movies. I’ve been collecting her yarn for a little while, but this is the first thing I knit with it. (I’m currently working on a shawl in her merino silk blend, and it is amazing… more on that when I make some shawl progress.) This yarn has a great twist for stitch definition and is in a really nice colorway. I have another skein and Darren wanted some socks out of it, so they’ll be more projects to come!
July is colorwork month for one of my sock knit alongs, and I am pleased to say I finished my first colorwork sock and even cast on the 2nd one.
The yarn is Spud and Chloe fingering and is blended with silk, thus it is really shiny, but it still has some give. I love the colors of this yarn. It’s one of the ones I bought in Seattle. It’d be great to use for colorwork mittens. The pattern is Norwegian Rose socks designed by Wendy Johnson. These are toe up. I actually think I like working toe up for colorwork better (I still haven’t finished my colorwork socks from last July!) I hope to finish these soon.
I had cast-on-itis in July, so you’ll soon see pictures of the other 3 pairs of socks I started. For August, I plan to finish off a lot of stuff, and cast on only one pair. Also, I have a chapter to revise, a journal article to revise and resubmit, a book chapter to co-write, an online publication to co-revise, job market materials to draft, and other dissertation chapters to outline. I’m traveling this weekend to a game convention, and the last weekend in August to the Chicago suburbs for a wedding shower. Plus, classes start on the 23rd. Yeah, this is a busy month.