icarus shawl

and hello again!

Wow, I sort of suck at blogging recently. It’s been a bit of a hectic past few weeks. So, here, in bullet-point form, is what I’ve been up to:

  • Finishing up the work for my last incomplete from last year (I’ve not heard back from the professor yet, though, so it’s entirely possible that I’m not actually finished!)
  • Having a bunch of stressful meetings with doctors and advisors and having to decide whether I can keep being a full-time graduate student (we decided “yes”, at least for now)
  • Watching all of the DNC on CSPAN, which was awesome
  • Swimming, since it’s the only form of exercise my doctor will allow me to do now
  • Hosting my in-laws for a visit over Labor Day weekend
  • Starting fall semester, in which I am focusing on getting caught back up to my cohort, research-wise, and TA-ing a stats lab for the first time
  • Coming down with a really nasty case of sinusitis and tonsilitis, for which I am on heavy-duty antibiotics that are totally destroying my guts
  • Realizing that I read way too many blogs to possibly keep up with them
  • Auditioning for, and making it into, the Symphony Orchestra at my university

Well, that catches me up to yesterday! Thursdays are the day where I can work from home until 7:30pm, when I go into campus to TA a lab until 9pm, so I’m taking advantage of that to write up a post. Anyway, I haven’t made a ton of progress on anything, knitting-wise. The socks I started on our trip to Ohio have moved to my office, where they are my designated “I need a break from thinking” project. I’ve not touched my husband’s sweater in a couple of weeks, which is no good if I’m planning to actually finish it by his birthday! I have, however, made a bit of progress on my Icarus shawl:

Icarus progress

I’m halfway through Chart 2, or, as I’ve been calling it, “the fancy lace section”. The first part of the shawl is all just columns of eyelets, so it’s sort of exciting to reach the section where things change up a bit. The only problem is…well, I’m sure you’re probably all aware of this already, but the thing about triangular shawls is that the number of stitches in a row grows, and grows, and grows…and so you’re knitting along, feeling like you’re making great progress, and suddenly it starts taking 15 minutes to knit across a row, and it just gets frustrating. Well, I’m almost to that point. The excitement of changing charts will hopefully be enough to keep me going. That, and my desire to have a pretty green shawl.

I’ll close with one more picture of Icarus, a close-up (or at least, as close to a close-up as I can achieve with the camera I currently have) of the new lace section:

Icarus progress closeup

I’ll try not to neglect the blog so much in the future!

9 thoughts on “and hello again!”

  1. Yay, you’re back! I love bullet-points:

    ✴Congratulations on making the symphony!
    ✴Watching the DNC is much better than living in the city in which it is taking place
    ✴Your shawl is pretty

  2. Congratulations indeed on the symphony! What instrument do you play? Congratulations on keeping your head on straight with all you’ve been juggling, too. And I hope you’ve got some good probiotics to help your system recover from the nuking. My sister-in-law just went through total intestinal wipeout and it was horrific, so I hope your body isn’t taking it as hard as hers! The probiotics + slippery elm (and also cutting out wheat temporarily) really helped her get back to normal.

    The Icarus is looking gorgeous!

  3. Yay, I’m glad you made it in to the orchestra! I think with shawls you have to change your perspective a little bit about what is “progress”. Sometimes it means doing a row– or half of one!

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