Prompted by this KnitPicks blog post to submit my “knitting to stay sane” mantra of graduate school, I’ve been through the ringer in the last 24 hours and confirmed that a.) graduate school is tough and b.) creative outlets are essential. Keeping my hands moving while I think through the toughest research questions I face hasn’t yet earned me my degree, but it certainly helps me to step back and consider avenues I haven’t yet pursued.
Before handing off my Cepa blanket last Saturday, I took it outside for a brief photo shoot. It wasn’t all that great, but I was rushed for time (and most of the available surfaces were filthy!). Here’s one photo I like. The extra wide rocking chair sits outside my neighbor’s house. Since my house is doing this funny 2-house-community arrangement through the end of August, I didn’t feel too strange bopping next door and arranging my blanket on their porch. I’d like to find more photo backdrops around the ‘hood. Blanket reaction was about as I expected, very pleased, I’d say.
This was another REALLY bad weekend on the yarn expenditure front. I felt so freed by finishing that blanket that the inventory sale at the Yarnery was irresistible. I was going to avoid it altogether, but then a friend and I got word that our joint blanket project would be for a little girl. Knowing this, I just had to pick up a couple skeins of pink to round out our gender neutral blue/gray/off-white theme. The inspiration was the super easy crib blanket by Purl Soho, but we’ll leave out the yellow. While at the Yarnery, I saw the adorable Atlas knit up in the most beautiful palette. I asked if I could take a photo, and they said yes. I really do want to knit with Brooklyn Tweed again!
Finally, here’s a parting shot of my latest HO, the first Opal sock I’ve ever knit! On to sock 2 and a new Sunshine yarns sock in Parrotfish. Knit the good yarn!!