There are some things you can take for granted when you read knitting blogs. One is that this weekend is slow for blogging, but there will be a ton of posts tomorrow morning. Another is that you can pretty much figure out which bloggers work at colleges/universities, because we all become quiet towards the end of the semester. True even for me, and I don't teach or take classes any more. I follow a slightly different cyclical pattern of activity, and this is one of the busy cycles.
There's a major deadline on the 15th for abstract submissions for a big meeting. That's taking up a lot of my time, plus trying to make a manuscript go away. Major revisions were requested, and I'm working on them, slowly but hopefully steadily. At least when I'm not filled with fury over some of the changes one of my co-authors made without my approval. I could go on and on about that one, but let's leave it by just saying that I am very mad and I will never ever work with this person again, and will be happy to never deal with this person ever again.
I finally frogged Juno Regina, as I realized that I was just too unhappy with it to want to knit it. I really like the pattern - just not with that yarn. I'm now knitting the Adamas Shawl by Mim instead. Because it's a triangular shawl, it's breaking up the horizontal pooling of the yarn. And since it's an easy, strongly geometric pattern, I think it's actually working fairly well with the variegated yarn. It looks a bit less reminiscent of Spiderman this way (not that I have any problems with Spidey.) The lace pattern is pretty simple, but that being said, I still managed to mess up the last two rows I knit while sleepy, and of course I was working without a lifeline. Hah. I'll get it fixed, but it may take tinking back one more row. I'll get a picture sometime in the near future.
I knit a second, child-sized beret out of some leftover sock yarn. It was very satisfying to knit, and I'll be making a third in the near future. I like hats. Summer of Socks is also rapidly approaching, and I'm playing along again this year, even though I know that by saying it, I'm not likely to finish a single pair. I have 3 on the needles right now, none of which are getting a lot of attention. Two more socks are technically in the rotation. One was frogged back to oblivion due to a gauge issue, the other just hasn't been cast on because I am just not motivated to do so.
I'm still trying to finish the Phiaro scarf, which has totally lost its novelty. It's now getting unwieldy, but I'm not ready to start casting off just yet. I also have been ignoring my cardigan so long that I can't remember what I was doing when I left off. I think I have a few more rows to knit of the first sleeve, then I can make a second. I am not certain, but I do know that I want to make an enlarged copy of the chart for the yoke for ease of knitting. I haven't done that yet.
Time for me to stop procrastinating and get back to statistics purgatory. Ugh.