Getting Back in the Swing of Things

The past week or so has been a bit of a blur, hence the radio silence.  I started my LAST GRADUATE CLASS EVER last week, and the thing is a beast.  It’s a course usually taught once a week for 12 weeks condensed into 4 times a week for 3 weeks, but with the same amount of homework.  Yes, it’s as nuts as it sounds, but the speed of it makes it so I haven’t had time to get behind or even procrastinate!  The point is, knitting and other nice things have gone to the wayside for a bit.

I did buy yarn for an ambitious cabled sweater project for Nate.  He came with and we designed our own blend at Yarnia, a super cool custom yarn store in Portland.  Nate knew he wanted purple–“It’s regal!”, he insists–and we played around with different colors and fibers to get the look we wanted.  We finally settled on two strands purple merino, one strand rich purple alpaca for some softness, and a tan-grey strand of merino for a bit of earthy contrast.  Regal, no?

I started a sleeve with enthusiasm, made it through one chart, and then got totally lost on the second chart.  There are some fiddly increases that have to be mysteriously incorporated into one hell of a cable pattern, the beginning and end of the rounds are a complete enigma, and I’m totally lost.  I’ve come to the conclusion that what I really need to do is to sit down and count, compare my stitches to the chart, see where the increases happen and how, and perhaps along the way pledge my soul to the devil in exchange for cable clarity.  I think I’ll start with counting and go from there.

In my frustration I started a nice, straightforward blanket to calm my nerves.  My grandma gave me a bucket of soft-yet-sturdy pink yarn for Christmas and I think this will be a cozy way to use it.  The wave pattern I chose is pretty, yet mindless enough that I can knit it in class and still make insightful comments about the merits of comprehensible input and differentiation strategies.  Maybe I’ll get an A in this class and have a cool blanket by the end of it!


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