I haven’t written in about a week, which is unlike me, I know. It’s been pretty busy around here, though. First off, there has been knitting, and there has been grading of papers. I really love teaching, and I get so much joy out of meeting with my students and discussing their ideas, as well as how to improve their writing as a whole. The only bad part for me is grading. I absolutely abhor it. Maybe it’s the idea of assigning a grade to something that I know my students have worked so hard on that I hate, or maybe it’s that sometimes it’s painfully apparent they haven’t worked at all. Either way, I spent my Memorial Day and the preceding week grading. A lot. I also worked on my sock, however, so it wasn’t all bad.
My sock, pre bus ride.
This weekend was Jason’s brother’s wedding up in the Albany area, and he was the best man. We left early Friday morning, took a long bus ride (during which there was sock knitting), and helped out that day in the 92 degree heat on the farm. They really do live on a farm, above a barn, and it was a lot of fun to take a break from the city and see a different kind of life. Here are some photos of the weekend and the wedding:
Yes, they have goats. No, I didn’t pet them, though I did feed them some grass over the fence. The big one Dave is scratching, who he named Caesar, has killed all the other male goats. He smelled like shu-shu. Animals can be pretty gross (Jason will mock me for being a city girl when he reads this.) We had a really nice time, and the wedding was beautiful. Amy looked so pretty, Dave’s cake turned out gorgeous and delicious, and I’m so happy for them both. I know Jason is excited to have a new sister-in-law, though she’s felt like a part of his family for a long time now. Congratulations again, Dave and Amy!
We headed home exhausted on Sunday after a post-wedding brunch, and just relaxed. On the bus-ride home there was more knitting, more last night, and some today between papers. So here it is, my first completed knitted sock. Sorry the photo is a little blurry. Also, note how pointy the toe is. I followed the directions pretty much exactly, but I’m not sure I like that toe. It’s fine for a first pair, but I may try a short row or round toe for my next pair. Does anyone have any methods they’re particularly fond of? It looks mostly ok on, but off it’s a freakish pointy mess. All in all I’m really proud of it and excited, though. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be! Yay for me! I’ll post pattern notes, etc. when I finish the next one (Which, to be honest, might not be for a while, as this week is our anniversary so we’ve got lots of fun planned. Plus, I’m not in any rush. I won’t be needing wool socks for quite some time anyway). I’m thinking about making the second sock start at a different spot so the stripes don’t match up perfectly. Is this a really silly idea? It could keep me from getting bored and suffering from the infamous SSS (second sock syndrome), so we’ll see. Tonight it’s off to bed, and tomorrow I teach, food shop, and start another sock!