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Thursday, July 12, 2012

my last final's-fueled post (for a while)

Welcome my friends, to my last final-project-fueled post (at least the last for my bachelor's degree).  I have two long and overly complicated projects due on Tuesday by 11:59 pm EST, and as usual I'm writing this post instead of working on them.  I just can't seem to get motivated today so I'm going to knit, and think about knitting, and talk about knitting.

I was lucky enough to have been offered an opportunity to do some sample/test knitting for a yarn company and I'm excited about it.  I know that I've been fretting a bit because I've got a backlog of designs that I can't seem to get to, mostly because of commissioned work, but honestly I'm glad to have the opportunity to earn some extra money every now and then without having to leave my apartment.  My boys are growing like weeds and they need stuff faster than I can earn the money to buy it.  If it wasn't for my wonderful family, I would have needed to go back into the workforce full time and that would have made it much more difficult to finish my degree.  These are the sacrificing years (which I technically should have done in my 20's, but what did I know?...), so having a way to use my skills to earn a little extra cash is truly a blessing.  I'm hoping that grad school will allow me time to release a design every now and then (yeah right, lol) considering that I'll only have one class per term (one seriously intense class). We'll just have to wait and see what happens once September arrives.

Meanwhile, as you can tell from the above photo, I'm all wound up and ready to kick off the West Knits Mystery KAL tomorrow!  Truth be told, I've been ready for about three weeks, but who's counting ;)  I've done my gauge and I know what needle size to use.  I've got my colors all picked out.  I'm just waiting for the first clue to be released tomorrow.  I opted to go with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in gray, and Dirty Water Dye Works' Paula in Yellowstone.  I picked up the skein of Paula two years ago at the Rhode Island fiber festival and I'm excited to finally use it.  The photo doesn't capture the luminous quality of the yarn, or the subtle greenish-yellow/gold in the colorway.  It's just about the happiest yellow I've seen in a long time and I'm stoked to knit it up :)