Thursday, December 22, 2011

Selfish Gifting

It seems that I have done the same thing that I did last year, which is to blog through perhaps the first week of classes and then take a hiatus for the rest of the first semester.  Grad school, it turns out, is a bit of a time suck.  Let's hope that the rest of the school year continues as it did last time, which is to say that I returned to the blog and happily knit along through the second semester.  Of course, this next (and final) semester of grad school may be a bit more time-consuming as I prepare for my comprehensive review, my graduate recital, and start taking auditions for jobs in the real world.

I must thank each and every one of you for your comments, emails, facebook messages, and texts in reply to my last blog post (which was three months ago.  It's ok if you don't remember.)  The response was overwhelming and sadly I never managed to get back to all of you, but I hope you know that I truly appreciated the time you took to read it and respond.

I should also thank the number of you who have emailed, facebooked, or texted me to check if I am still alive and happy and to gently remind me that I do in fact have a blog and wouldn't I like to get back to it some day?  The answer to that is that yes, I would like to get back to it.  So here I am.

Unlike last year, I didn't completely stop knitting during my first semester of school.  However, most of the knitting I have done over the past few months have been samples and I couldn't really blog about them.  Plus, I'm not sure how entertaining it would have been to read about sweater after sweater without seeing pictures or hearing about details.

At any rate, I'm back and I do have some knitting to show you.  I've been sneaking smaller projects in among the sweaters I've been knitting and am currently working on a pair of mittens for myself.  I know, I know, I'm a poor example of what a knitter should be at this time of year.  Knitters should be selflessly knitting away the hours until Christmas creating gifts for each and every single member of their extended family while avoiding household chores and fighting the urge to eat so as to maximize the amount of time they have to create their incredible gifts.

Well, then let's think of these mittens as a gift -- for myself.

I have big plans for these mittens.  What you see above is the outer mitten, but there is also going to be an inner (removable) mitten done in the lighter blue color.  It's going to be simple and so far it's looking exactly how I imagined in my head.  Plain, functional mittens with enough personality that they can't be something found in a store.  Can I show you my favorite part about these mittens?

When I charted out my cuff pattern, I did it so that it is seamless where one round meets another.  That jog always bothers me when knitting patterns in the round and I figured that as long as I was taking the time to design my own cuff, I might as well make it exactly how I wanted.  You see that right there in the middle?  The pattern just keeps on going happy as a clam.  And that makes me happy, too.

I'm going to try to be around these parts much more often from now on.  I've been keeping up with blogs, but I hardly comment these days.  Perhaps that's the next thing I'll have to change.

I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season!


  1. Yeah but have you been spinning? ;^)


  2. Gasp!

    I'd heard you were abducted by aliens and taken away in a UFO! Nice to see you back, and how was the trip? :-)

    Nice mitt, but ... have you been spinning?

  3. Yay, Peter is back! Happy Christmas to you!

  4. We were talking about you in the car today, you must have heard us!
    Nice mitten!

  5. Been wondering about you. Glad to know you're still alive and knitting.
    Merry Holidays!

  6. How timely! I'd really been missing your presence lately and wondering how you've been. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  7. I just thought "hey, Peter hasn't posted in ages" and then I realized the semester wasn't quite over...

  8. I asked your sister a few weeks ago how you were doing. I'm glad to hear the semester hasn't eaten you! I do miss hearing what you're up to, and seeing your knits/spins. Take care of yourself. Enjoy your break! Your mitten looks lovely so far; the colorwork is awesome!

  9. Nice to see you're back, even if only for a moment. I've been MIA lately too...busy time of the year for most people.
    Love the thought you put into the cuff. So you're writing these up and putting them on Ravelry right?? :o)

  10. Good to hear from you!! I check every week to see if you post, but knowing that you are in schoolI figured you had work to do and that I would see you post over the holidays!

  11. Welcome back and happy holidays!
    Beautiful job on the jogless seam. :)

  12. True to form, your knitting continues to be intimidating. You can't just knit a worsted-weight mitten. Oh no! It has to have a lining, and it has to have some fancy jogless cuff. Is that grad school stuff getting to your head? ;-P