stripe study shawl start.

I stayed up past my bedtime last night just to finish one more row, one more section, one more… I’ve missed this. You know, the need to keep going, the way that everything else gets a little blurry when you’re focused on the squish of the wool, the click-clack of the needles; when the podcast ends and you barely notice.

I didn’t do it on purpose, exactly. I finished terra and I didn’t cast on anything new. I have WIPs, sweaters, even, that I can’t wait to wear. But they’re all in stages that require counting, thinking, more brain power than I really have.

This is dangerously addicting in just the right way. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to take a guilt-free day off. Already I’ve been slapping my own wrists: no, don’t pick up that book; no, not that one either. Even in the shower this morning, my mind was drifting toward the pile of books it might be nice to just get a feel for.

Today is my day off, and this shawl is going to help. Well, this, plans with friends, a rainy walk with Boh, and an evening yoga class.

I’m not sure if I’ll be here in this space this week. Sometimes I find that blogging helps me to start writing in the morning — it gets my fingers moving in a low-stakes (well, lower than 30 pages of exam-writing) kind of way. So I might be here. But I might not.

Either way, I’m sending a great big thank-you out into blogland for all of your words of encouragement. All of this exam reading, more so than other kinds of reading (due to the pace and specificity of it), is necessarily quite solitary. Thanks for keeping me company.


11 thoughts on “stripe study shawl start.

  1. You will kick BUTT this week. I’ll be sending you awesome thoughts tomorrow. Good luck!

  2. I’m with Mick. She speaketh the truth. Glad you’ve taken the day off; glad some wool was there to help make it happen. Good luck!

  3. Oh how I wish I knew how to knit when I was studying for my competency exams! Best wishes for a smooth week. See you on the other side.

  4. As Lindsey says, best wishes for a smooth week. It’s incredibly stressful…and also worth it.

  5. Good for you for taking a day…Remember, in the grand plan of things, you only have one of YOU. Always remember to take care of YOU. No one else can or will.

    Good luck on your exams. You are in my prayers and meditations.


  6. I think it’s good of you to give yourself a day off. Sometimes the mind just needs to rest, y’know?

    In any case, enjoy your quiet time with your knitting and your Boh, and then kick some exam butt!

  7. that’s such a lovely project! definitely sending happy and successful vibes your way – and wishing you a very good week!

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