My semester is over. Done. Finito. I have a vast, expansive summer ahead of me and dude - I couldn't be more excited. Grad school's hard. Don't get me wrong, I loved everything about it, but man! That was a lot of work. I think the most exciting thing about this summer, though, is that I'm still very excited about the clarinet.
You may remember that last year after I graduated I flew halfway around the world just to get away from my clarinet. I learned a new language and explored a new musical tradition unlike anything I had known before to get away from the clarinet. This summer, however, I have big plans for me and the practice room. A whole list of plans: music to learn, techniques to perfect, orchestral excerpts to tackle... I'm not burnt out, which is a fantastic feeling (and probably even more fantastic for my future.)
I also have big plans for my knitting. Sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, vests, socks... the list goes on. (Don't you love that time of year when you can make all these plans and actually believe you will have the time in which to do them?) I'm not making definite plans for myself, though, because stressing about knitting is stupid. I'm going to just do what I want. Except for, you know, those projects that I actually need to do. (Tom's afghan, anyone?)
I was waiting for the rain to stop so I could go out and photograph some of my projects for you, but I finally gave up and dragged myself out to the park in the rainy, 43F weather and had a fantastic time.
Everything was so... ALIVE! It was gorgeous, and I tried not to mind the rain. There were new things popping up everywhere.
I think this rain is going to make for a very beautiful Spring and Summer.
I'm almost done with a Boneyard Shawl I'm knitting out of my own handspun. I finished the spinning a few weeks ago and cast on before I had a chance to photograph the finished yarn. You all know what yarn looks like, though.
I've always given my handspun away, so this is my first time actually knitting with it. I love the way this scarf is turning out and I can't wait to wear it. Only a few more rows left!
The day I was finished with my semester I hopped in my car and drove straight home. Imagine how surprised I was to find myself instead at the yarn shop! Really, my subconscious is powerful. As I was getting out of the car, I even said to myself that I wasn't going to buy anything. I just wanted to "look around." Who does that? Who goes to a yarn shop to "just look"? It's not like I don't already know what they sell there.
But then I stumbled upon the sale yarn and couldn't resist.
Manos Del Uruguay Wool Clasica in "Putty", with "Chestnut" and "Umber" contrast colors to make this vest. I already started it and I'm loving this yarn.
As I climbed into bed last night I thought, or rather my subconscious suggested, "I'm gonna love that sweater." It turns out my subconscious envisions the vest with sleeves. I wish it would have spoken up when I was buying this yarn in the first place. What do you all think? Sleeves? No sleeves? I don't know what I would wear it with as a vest, but at the same time, I want a vest (at least consciously.)
I'm heading to my first knit night at the yarn shop tonight and it's possible they may still have some left of that main color on the shelves. I'll let you know what my subconscious decides.
P.S.: I'm driving 16 hours to Minnesota tomorrow, and then 5 hours to Wisconsin on Sunday, and then 5 hours back to Minnesota again on Sunday and then I promise to reply to all of those comments and emails in my inbox. Promise. Also, my computer screen is doing something and it looks expensive. I'm hoping it will fix itself and not continue to get worse until it no longer works.