Thursday, February 22, 2007

Knitting, between the times

Juniper is clearly pleased that I've been working on Clapotis #2 and decided to photograph it!

June on Clapper #2

She seems to think she's going to have a new blanket to knead and suckle (yes, she's odd) but noooo, Juni, it's not for you! (That's not the most flattering picture of the little dear, either... a head, tail, and furry body!)

I really am almost done. See? Just a few more rows!

Almost a clapper!

Coffeeboy and I had a nice time in DC. I knit a bunch. I would have finished the Fetching mitts if I'd had the pattern. Oops! Now I just need to put them and the knitting bag in one place so they actually get done. I didn't manage to get to any yarn stores, unfortunately, we really were stuck out by Dulles, in a hotel surrounded by a few office buildings and tons of surprisingly good restaurants.

It's strange how different life can be from one semester to the next. This one is amazingly busy in comparison to last. You'd think that taking my general exams (last semester) would make me busy, but in reality, it was monotonous to read 3 books a day, and have that be it. This semester has been nothing but teaching, reading, revising a paper, going to lectures, writing proposals for presentations, proofreading Coffeeboy's dissertation, visiting family (this past weekend) or having them visit us (Tuesday-Thursday), and generally zipping around like a chicken with its head cut off. Somewhere in there, I knit a row or two. I read a blog or three (not ten-zillion like when I was procrastinating away from exams) and try to post once a week, but I just don't have time! I've totally ignored Socktopia, having completed only 1/2 of one sock this month.

(Strange how when I'm enjoying life, I feel less like blogging and recording things. When I'm less excited and into life, I dwell more on things in writing. It was like this for me with my old paper journal, and it seems to happen for my blog as well. Anyone else share this same pattern?)

And yet, there's something about the intensity of these days that I really enjoy. I wouldn't say my life is exactly balanced or predictable right now, but it's intense, and I'm enjoying it, which is enough for me. For the moment. We'll see what tomorrow brings.


The_Add_Knitter said...

Love the Clapotis, and what knitting blog worth its salt doesn't have a naughty kitty in it form time to time?;)
My semester is the opposite--all the times in world to naval gaze and knit obsessively!

sgeddes said...

Love it! I just started my first Clapotis too and am really enjoying the knitting. Have a great weekend.

Zarzuela said...

Clap #2 is looking lovely even with a kitty in the middle. :) I'm with you on the recording things. I'd really like to blog more right now but there just doesn't seem to be time for everything. Then again, the knitting hasn't been too interesting because of that either....


cathy said...

Nice Clap :) I'm thinking I should maybe make one for myself, since the one I knit was for a gift.

Sheepish Annie said...

I suspect that you will look back on this time as being a very happy one in your life for all it's craziness. When you're wrapped up in all the stuff you feel passionate about it doesn't matter that it's busy!

Love Clapotis Part II!

schrodinger said...

I'm totally with you on the blog energy. When everything else is hectic, it's hard to feel much like blogging.

The clap is looking great, it's wonderful that you are so close to finishing.