Friday, September 22, 2006
Sheep, sheep, sheep
I started buying Debbie Bliss books when my now fifteen-year-old daughter was a baby. I keep buying them because I love the textures she uses for her all of her knits, and because I like knitting baby items since they make up so quickly. I've been meaning for ages to start the little sheep dress in The Baby Knits Book, and I finally did this week. I don't really enjoy doing intarsia because I am lazy; and instead of carefully winding the yarn on bobbins, I just attach each strand of yarn and clean up the mess when I'm finished. Still, I had to knit this dress. I found some Debbie Bliss wool/cotton for half off on the Herrschners website last year. I have been a little snobby about Herrschners in the past, but they have some great yarn sales. Teal isn't a traditional baby color, but I think it will look good anyway. I think Debbie's little sheep are really cute. Even though I have a few mistakes and tension problems, I think that I'm going to be happy with the dress when I am finished. I'm learning to get over the imperfections. Factory-produced clothing is rarely perfect either, and not nearly so charming.
I must devote tomorrow to working on my master's proposal. I should have finished it back in June, but I really did need a break. Now my plate is pretty full again since I'm teaching a night class two night a week and spending the day teaching recalitrant high schoolers, so I've got to budget the time. I read on my university's website that only half of the students who finished the course work for their Master's in Humanities program actually finished the degree. That's a bit scary! I can't imagine devoting all of this time to the classes and not finishing when I am so close to the end. I've got to start using knitting as a reward instead of a diversion. I think I've been knitting more lately than I did all summer when I had time to knit AND work on my proposal. Pleeeeease someone chastise me if you find me writing a long blog tomorrow. I MUST be academic tomorrow, none of this comforting domestic stuff for me until I've shown some discipline.