Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Fall in Oberlin is gasping its last tattered, golden breath as we speak. It's been snowing off and on, but it's unseasonably warm today. (You know it's bad when 31 Fahrenheit seems warm.) This weather definitely motivates me to stay inside, knit, and daydream about warmer weather. Unfortunately, I have way too much work to do. So instead, I work for a few hours at a time and take breaks to think about knitting.
I finished my one big paper for the semester yesterday afternoon, and turned it in this morning. Actually, it's terrible how much time I spend on papers. Over Thanksgiving, I worked on it about 3-4 hours a day. I would sit down around 10 in the morning thinking that I would just write a little bit... and then I would write and edit furiously until 2 in the afternoon, when the rumble of my stomach would motivate me to venture out into the world.
I also started a hat for a friend. I'm making it up as I go, and so far it's looking pretty good. And hopefully, appropriately manly. Knitting for people is such a mixed bag; on one hand, it's cool because you get to try out new techniques, or knit something that you might not make for yourself because it isn't enough of a challenge. Or, as is sometimes the case for me, it's an excuse to knit something I've always wanted to knit... except I have to give it away at the end. Overall, though, I think I enjoy the process so much that I don't really mind.