Well, it's May 31st and we're all still here. That was really not a sure thing at all with our cat; on Sunday, he had what appeared to be a stroke, and it was very scary. He's a stubborn little bugger, though, and only seems to have minimal lasting effects, like he just lists to… Continue reading Making it through May
A very bright Beelore, and a very busy brain
Well, I finished kiddo's new Beelore hat! I ended up having to fudge the decreases a bit, because I realized far too late that I'd been knitting one fewer round of the orange between pink welts, which meant the decrease spacing in the pattern wasn't quite going to work. But it turned out pretty good,… Continue reading A very bright Beelore, and a very busy brain
in need of color
I cast on for two different projects since my last post, both of which were sort of "on a whim", because it turns out that when my current projects are a cream-colored sweater and a grey sweater, I end up craving COLOR. Yes, it's useful to have a few "neutral" sweaters in my wardrobe, and… Continue reading in need of color
returning to vita de vie
At the beginning of this week, I submitted the last of my grades for Spring '23, got a proposal submitted for a sponsored panel at CCCC '24 about writing & AI-detection from various perspectives within cognitive science, and helped run our yearly instructional development workshop. These last few weeks, with the end of the semester… Continue reading returning to vita de vie
last day of classes, Spring ’23
Today is the official last day of classes at my university; I didn't have any Wednesday classes this semester, so I actually finished yesterday. Well, "finished" isn't exactly the right word, given the marathon of portfolio grading I have ahead of me...but I won't be in front of classroom again until Fall. I know I… Continue reading last day of classes, Spring ’23
This is 40.
Today is my 40th birthday. That sounds so weird to me! How am I 40? When did that happen? I don't actually know how old my internal sense of self is, but "40" feels...odd as a number applied to myself. But no matter what, it is a gift to enter a new decade of life.… Continue reading This is 40.
A Good Bunny
The past few weeks have been tough. I did work on campus the week following my previous post, only to discover that it was WAY too much too soon, and have been struggling with absolutely brutal fatigue since then. Thankfully I've been able to teach the last couple of weeks over Zoom, which has enabled… Continue reading A Good Bunny
Socks & Spring, Exhaustion & Equinox
Today is the Spring Equinox, which means that it is also our 18th wedding anniversary (our marriage is old enough to vote!), and also the 18th birthday of our sweet orange kitty, Ren. We weren't actually sure that Ren was going to make it to his 18th birthday; he caught COVID from us and had… Continue reading Socks & Spring, Exhaustion & Equinox
it finally happened.
I made it through an entire conference being the weirdo who never took their mask off, even during group meals, and stayed COVID-free. But alas, despite taking every precaution we possibly could, COVID did finally hit our household last week. I always worry, in the days following a school break, that a child will have… Continue reading it finally happened.
Off to Chicago with a brand new cowl
9pm is a strange time for me to write a knitting blog post, but I'm going to be up late tonight - in a couple of hours, I'll be hoping on the overnight Amtrak to Chicago for the CCCC '23 conference. I'm a lucky duck, because a friend had Amtrak points to spare, which meant… Continue reading Off to Chicago with a brand new cowl
I hope that the sunny day we're having today bodes well for the remainder of February, which in my experience tends to be a month that feels very dark and gloomy here in my part of the world. To be honest, March typically does, too. It's like the shine of the first few months of… Continue reading Hello, February
Things on and off my needles
The beginning of the semester has been quite hectic; the shorter-than-usual break meant that I wasn't able to "prep-ahead" as much as I normally do, so now I'm stuck prepping while teaching 4 classes (and running, so far, 4 extra workshops just in the first 2.5 weeks). And one of those classes is a class… Continue reading Things on and off my needles
I actually finished these mitts (and took these pictures) a little before Christmas, but I finally had a chance to give them to my friend yesterday! https://flic.kr/p/2o6MrfD Pattern: Joy, by Ysolda TeagueYarn: Lichen (from my Ysolda Care Package) in a natural grey, plus scraps of Rauma Finullgarn and Knitpicks PaletteNeedles: Size 4 Chiaogoo circulars (magic… Continue reading more Joy
one week until Spring Semester
One week from today, I'll be teaching my first day of classes of Spring Semester. This "break" has felt so, so short, and I don't really feel ready for it to be over. Not least because my classes aren't actually set up yet! My kid went back to school on Tuesday, so I spent Tuesday… Continue reading one week until Spring Semester
As a "start as you mean to go on" sort of thing, I suppose having a finished project on January 1st ain't so bad! I actually bound off my Pressed Flowers Shawl on December 30th, but the blocking process pushed it into the new year. https://flic.kr/p/2o97aCM Pattern: Pressed Flowers, by Amy ChristoffersYarn: Ysolda "Lichen" yarn… Continue reading Hello, 2023.