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

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

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

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

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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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