Back-to-school knitting

12 Aug

It has been my tradition to knit something for myself, as a cure for my back to school blues. I love my job. Quite frankly, I can’t even begin to imagine how awful August would feel if you hated teaching.

Rather than spending a lot of money on new clothes, I let myself buy yarn and knit. It is far more satisfying than clothes shopping, which I loathe.

This year, I had trouble deciding, so I chose not to choose. I have decided to knit myself two back-to-school items. I usually knit myself a pair of socks and found this pattern: Starry Night Socks by Suzanne Bryan


I am knitting them in similar colors and have made it this far:


I love vests and found this pattern:Buttonbox Vest by Elizabeth McCarten.


I have longed to knit myself something green, so I chose Malabrigo Rios in a shade of green they call  Ivy.


Neither project will likely be finished by the day after Labor Day. It’s often too warm to wear my back to school knitting project. But I will have two projects to concentrate on while I begin a new school year and that helps me manage the nervousness I feel at the beginning of each year.

9 Responses to “Back-to-school knitting”

  1. elsie August 12, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    You are quite the talented knitter! Good luck with both projects. I love the green for your vest.

  2. Holly Mueller August 12, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    I LOVE the socks. I think knitting seems like a perfect “flow” activity and perfect for calming anxiety. That green is gorgeous.

    • Adrienne August 12, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      I am very excited about the green. I almost want to have two projects on the go at the same time, so I can see how it knits up.

  3. Lisa August 12, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    I have just learned to knit, and had to keep reminding myself it is meant to be relaxing! I love the green you chose. I am also glad it will still be too warm to wear your projects on the first day.

    • Adrienne August 12, 2014 at 6:53 am #

      It will become relaxing. I’ve been knitting for decades. I learned when I was a little girl but didn’t really learn to n]make anything until my Danish host other taught me to read a pattern & knit continental style.

  4. arjeha August 12, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    What a great way to get in the back-to-school frame of mind. Good luck with your projects. Hope you post pictures of the completer work.
    It feels funny for me not having to get ready to go back. I loved my job, but sure am enjoying retirement.

  5. Anonymous August 12, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    What a wonderful tradition!

  6. LInda Baie (@LBaie) August 12, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Wow, so beautiful! I usually read a favorite book to help those trepidations, understand the idea completely!

  7. blkdrama August 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Now that’s a challenge I could never take on but I so hail your plans. Share your finished pieces when they are ready to be displayed and have a great year!!!

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