Saturday, March 10, 2007

Treading Water

I am over my head.
First deliverable on the curriculum in (to a thundering sound of silence from the university -- thanks, guys!).

That was followed by declaring the orange sweater "done," despite the fact that I need to dye the new yarn and lengthen the sweater, plus put some sort of neck treatment on it.

Nevertheless, it's been worn out -- I knew it was too short, no matter what he said -- and I just want to squeeze him in that color. He is, however, in about the least pleasant stage I've experienced for some time and now I'm to the cap shaping of the first sleeve of my March sweater.

And when I find the camera cord to download pictures, I'll show you. The yarn is Artfibers Ming in a green, and I'm making the Pearl Buck Swing Jacket from IK Winter 2005. I'm really enjoying it although I'm a teeny bit concerned that it will end up too drapey. The jacket seems to reward some crispness. Ah, here it is. Flash didn't really do it justice. Oh well.

So now I'm desperately trying to set up two new classes in a new online environment that I'm still learning so I can begin to teach them Monday, as well as write two and a half more lectures plus assignments.

One thing that's proving a bit sticky is that I've erased the email listing the books for the class I'm writing and the university hasn't actually sent them to me yet. They may not get their lectures on time, either.

Can I tell you how much I'm looking forward to May, when my self-imposed "time off" begins? I have some projects set up for the summer for me, but that's it. No teaching, very little homeschooling that looks booky, lots of gardening. . . but there's some road between then and now.

I hope everyone else is doing a bit better.


bfmomma said...

omg, I'm exhausted just reading what you wrote!

Jennus Interruptus said...

I think you're doing just swell! You're a busy woman... if I had as much get-up-and-go as you, with as little as I have to really DO, I'd...well, I'd have everything done. Which would be nice. :-)

And what's this about writing university lectures? Doesn't the quartet of wildebeests keep you occupied enough? I still say you're a miracle worker.

Charity said...

LOVE your Thing in that sweater, and that colour!

I was just looking at my old IKs today, and eyeing up the Pearl Buck. I'll be interested to see how it turns out! :0)

Delana said...

I'm with you on "squeezing" him in that color :o) He's adorable! The sweater looks great. Congrats on finishing it!

Morenna said...

Hang in there Stef! Thing does look great in the sweater. You did a great job on it!

What online environment are you having to use? Good luck with learning and teaching!


amanda j said...

Ooh he is so cute! You will certainly need the time off come May. It is close enough that you could count down the days. I don't know where the time goes!

Rain said...

That's definitely his colour, it really suits him. The green you're using is lovely too.

I don't know how you find enough hours in the day to get through everything. Hang in there - summer's coming.

meg said...

Hey- don't sweat the details; who needs a neck finish?
Best of luck on the writing, lectures & curriculum; I'm enjoying my time off (I said 3 years- don't think it will be enough though :P)
Gardening is highly educational & knitting in the sunshine (aren't you just loving it!) will cure a host of ailments & poor attitudes.

Katherine said...

Wow. And I can't even keep up with my laundry.

Anyway, that sweater is great and your little guy looks very handsome in it. Ditto on the squeezability.

And how is it that I don't have IK Winter 2005? What could I have been doing? There's some good stuff in there. That swing jacket is beautiful - I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Samantha said...

It looks great on him. I love that green. :)

Alisha said...

I love the sweater on your little guy....looks great!

I like this color you have choosen for the swing jacket. That will be lovely.

Robin said...

That sweater looks very cute on your son! Nice work!

allisonmariecat said...

Getting caught up...I'm woefully behind on your adventures!

Fantastic sweater. How many people look that good in orange?! Wow. I love the color for the swing jacket and hope you end up liking the drape.