It really is no coincidence that my knitting mojo has returned with the end of the school year. Somehow I imagined that school wouldn't get in the way of my knitting. I can't really say that it got in the way, but it did seem to squelch my desire to pick up the needles. It's not that I didn't have the time per se; it wasn't an out-of-the-ordinary, taxing year school-wise. But I think that when I had the time, I just felt too tired or unmotivated to cruise through my projects the way I have in the past.
For example, I give you Exhibit A:
These are socks - simple socks, using the Tin Can Knits "Rye" pattern - that I cast on in early October to finish for a Halloween knit along, hence the autumnal colors.
I just finished them last week.
No, they weren't hard, but with any pattern you can make mistakes and I made a few with these. Normally this is not a big deal, but I found I just didn't want to think with my knitting. Not with teaching here at home and studying too. So, I only ended up working on these once-a-week when I went to the assisted living where I volunteer. But knitting there doesn't actually amount to much knitting for me; I spend a greater amount of time helping my ladies fix their mistakes, casting on or binding off for them, etc.
I had this sock pattern, another pair of socks, and my "(Taking) Forever Birthday Sweater" on the needles: all projects in fingering or sport weight yarn. So, in late January or early February I decided I needed a more instant-gratification project and so I used a gift certificate to purchase some bulky Spud & Chloe "Outer" yarn and cast on Lee Juvan's, "Shroom" hat.
It was wonderful to have something moving along at a nice clip and taking shape so quickly. Until. Until I did two extra repeats and then had to rip them out. Once I got that done, there were dropped stitches to find, stitches to move around and count and... yeah. Well, that project got put in time out, because I just didn't seem to have the brain cells to think about those things either.
School projects finished last week, I quickly made adjustments and finished this hat in under two hours on Saturday.
And since I'm linking up with Ginny's "Yarn Along" today, I'll share with you all that I am in the middle of a few books (surprise, surprise). What actually is a surprise to me though, is how much I am enjoying Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.
I am always nervous when I pick up a classic, because they often seem to fall into a "love" or "hate" category for me. When they fall into the "hate," I wonder why they are so lauded. Then I wonder if other readers know or understand something I do not and I don't like feeling that way. This is the way I feel about Ernest Hemingway's books, for example.
Also, Cry, the Beloved Country was an Oprah's Book Club pick. That's usually not great for me either.
Thankfully, though, I can say that despite its "classic" status and Oprah's nod, I am loving this book.
The book is in two parts and I am just beginning the second part and looking forward to it. That and other summer books and summer knitting!