First thing's first. Head over to Kristy's and read the first paragraph of this post (minus the last sentence). I'll wait.
Such is my life. I do, however, have a number of crafty-type things to show you. The first of which was photographed on the Diag with me in my full grad-student-again glory on a brief respite between three hour classes.
Pattern: Galathea by Asa Tricosa
Yarn: 2 skeins Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham in Olive
Needles: US 3 (I think.)
I bought the yarn this summer, mainly because I loved the color and it felt like holding a kitten. It wasn't cheap, so I only got two skeins, thinking I'd do some kind of scarf-type thing but maybe a shawl or something kind of shawl-like.... in any case, I wanted that kitten yarn as snuggled around my neck as possible. Remarkably soon after that, I stumbled on this pattern, without even looking for it, and knew that it was The One.
The pattern is incredibly flexible. Mine is more scarf-like than shawl-like because I spaced out the increases and decreases. I wanted to make sure that there would be enough fabric for adequate wrapping around of my neck, something which many "shawlettes" lack. Indeed, this scarf is long enough to wrap loosely all the way around and still have ends that dangle to my waist. I love how simple the pattern looks, and the garter stitch edging with picots that make it just a little girly. The edging looks deceptively simple - it's not. Reading the chart is a must, but completely worth it.
I never thought I'd really enjoy knitting a scarf, but I really enjoyed this one. The yarn is delightful and the pattern challenging but not frustrating. It grew faster than I could have imagined, and before I knew it I was done. I'm just so pleased with how it turned out.
So now I have a little security blanket to get my through my Friday afternoon Network Computing class, which, I think it goes without saying, is something I've NEVER done before. Today I wrote my first computer program. I'm doing a lot of things I've never done before, but with my kitten scarf, it seems more possible.