Sunday, March 18, 2007

Days of blue on white

Between Thursday and Friday nights, it snowed, it hailed, it rained; it sent down slush from the sky. When I awoke Saturday morning, the world looked like this:

March 20th snowstorm

I'd hoped it would keep snowing all day - what a perfect excuse to read and/or knit, but instead we're just left with the messy, slushy cleanup effort. I've been doing some reading because I got precious little done this past week, due to my students having questions about their mid-semester papers. I've also been knitting, however:

Another blue pair

I might be crawling out of the knitting slump, finally. Last night I dreamed I was in a yarn store, touching beautiful lace yarns for shawls. That's probably because I determined last night that I'd start this:

Kiri first chart

It's not a sock! Does anyone recognize the pattern? I've just finished chart 1 in that photo and am into chart 2 for the long haul!

I expect that I'll get a lot of knitting done between Monday and Wednesday, as Coffeeboy and I are flying off for his dissertation defense. I'm bringing some books, of course - but ones I want to read more carefully so that I can haul fewer books. I'll be waiting in the same building as his defense, so I imagine I might switch from work to the shawl at some point out of nervousness. Kind of like hospital knitting except he's not actually ill or anything, "just" defending his dissertation!

Meanwhile, Juniper (and Mage - not shown) will be holding down the fort back home, catching up on some much-neglected reading...

Juniper by books
"The books make the shelf bow... really, it's the books, not my girth!"


When I get home on Wednesday evening, I'll have two full days of spring break left - not enough time to do all the work I need to do, but still better than nothing. Between reading for my fourth exam and grading student papers, I'd say I'll have plenty to keep me busy while Coffeeboy is at his on-campus interview on Wednesday-Thursday!

9 comments:

Sheepish Annie said...

The socks and shawl look great! As does the shelf-bowing kitty...

Diana said...

Hopefully we're finished with snow for the season. I'm looking forward to some sunshine and warm weather. Good luck with the lace knitting; I would be addicted to Xanax if I tried lace knitting.

schrodinger said...

Good luck to coffeeboy! Glad knitting is enticing to you again, maybe it was just a new project that you needed.

Lone Knitter said...

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who is so obsessed with knitting that I dream about it. ;) Great sock!

Zarzuela said...

Best of luck to Coffeeboy on his very exciting week! Sounds like you'll get a bit of knitting done one way or another. Love the kitty pic too. :)

Jessica

KosherAcademic said...

How did Coffeeboy do?

cathy said...

Good luck on the NC trip.
Love the shawl. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Julia said...

Best wishes on the defense! It should be a breeze, but still these things are nerve-wracking. The shawl looks great, althoug I don't recognize the pattern. A fourth exam? Good heavens! I know you'll do a great job!

Danielle said...

Good thing you didn't have to fly to the defense during the storm, eh? Up here in Boston I spent four hours shoveling my driveway, front walk, steps, etc.-- first alone, then with my downstairs neighbor. And we don't even own the place! So much for cozy winter storm knitting time. (See, you're happy you moved south.)