Friday, August 22, 2008

Please don't forget about me: the Back to School Edition

Kitten Man with Clotilde
As you can see, Clotilde is kind of big deal around these parts...ahem.

Why must the happy days of summer come to an end and be replaced with a feeling of dread? Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn

This fall on those crisp afternoons when you are sipping hot apple cider as you leaf through your latest issue of Interweave Knits and are spending your evenings hobnobbing with the usual suspects on Flickr and your favorite blogs, remember that you used to have a friend, the A.D.D. Knitter, and she used to have all the time in the world for knitting but now forces have conspired against her and she is being ground to a paste to an ivory tower dungeon where evil trolls are bludgeoning the life out of her with academic initiatives and verb conjugations. People this sad ass knitter is about to get kicked six ways to Sunday and it won't be letting up until, say, December 23. Say a novena for me.
Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn
Don't you love those people who act as if they are the only busy ones? Yup, that's me. Seriously, if you suddenly notice that my ever-so-meaningful comments such as "Great job!", "I love it!" and "I hate mohair, too!" are missing from your blogs, please know that it's not because I don't adore you all. I'm just trying to keep my job. Which I truly love, incidentally, it's just that like most people with arrested development (toddlers & permanent adolescents), I don't do well with transitions.
Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn Sock

Oh well, at least I have my new fave sock yarn (pictured above) to console me. Have you tried the Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn yet? I'm almost done with my first pair of socks and I am loving it. So sometime in November I'm sure I'll have something to show for myself...

30 comments:

gradschoolknitter said...

I hear ya. I head back down to the Ivory Tower on Monday... for 2 weeks of meetings and miscellany... the same meetings and miscellany we have every single year before the crunch begins again. I really don't understand why we have to do it every time... couldn't I just have two more weeks off?? But I'll stop hijacking your blog for my own ranting now...

kim said...

Oh, no! But don't they know that your primary job is to entertain me?! It's all about me!

If my dogs ever got ahold of the likes of Clotilde, she would be nothing but small scraps of fabric and some polyfil fluffs. I love that she blends with the kitty.

Godspeed to you on your academic journey....

nicole said...

Just fooooocus on the Nooooorooooo... Everything will be fiiiiiiiine.......

(I feel your pain. My job is a year-long "galère" and the only thing that keeps me sane is the knitting)

Heather said...

That must be the worst part of academia--the cold water shock of the new school year after a summer of lollygagging around.

I love Clotilde! I'm also eager to try the Noro Silk Garden. I saw a mini shawl pattern for it that might be lovely.

Heather said...

Funny, I was just lamenting to a friend that I feel stuck in a liminal space suddenly; a transitional period in my life that is neither here nor there.
After much thought she said," As long as the wine is good enjoy the wait."
I'll pour a glass for you too.

maryse said...

oh so your schedule will just be like mine ALL YEAR ROUND!

sorry hun, you get no sympathy from me ;)

Terhi said...

Poor you. I feel your pain, because I'm back to work on Monday. The Noro sock is looking GREAT – guess which yarn just ended my yarn diet? :-D

Karen said...

I'm sending my fairy godmother over with knitting dust!!! ;)

Veronique said...

I'm loving my Noro sock yarn too, but, it will not dethrone MMMmalabrigo!
I'm glad for Fall to arrive so that I don't have to narrate my entire day to Summer students.... I am so sick of the sound of my own voice!

sko_G knits said...

that noro, as always is gorgeous. you'll have to let us know how if feels on the foot when worn.

Nora said...

Oh, no! Good luck - at least you have the knitting.

Cassy said...

I'm back to school as well on Monday. Boo. Boo. Boo. Does the Noro sock yarn soften up in the wash? It seems so crisp in the skein. I've been eyeing it. Hey, before you completely check out of commenting, I could use an opinion on some yarn colors on my blog.

knithound brooklyn said...

I hate when summer ends, it's always a bittersweet time. Even though these days I can't stand the oppressive heat of summer.

Now tell me, how is the Silk Garden Sock yarn? Because I tried the Kureyon sock yarn and did not enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.

Good luck with easing back into the real world. Keep on knitting, it will help!

Theresa said...

You know, I have never heard it put so aptly. What a perfect way to describe the start of a new term (and the term itself). I start back in Tuesday (after Monday meetings). And it'll be great. I'll go from summer vacation to 5.5 hours of lecture on Tuesday, conveniently spread over 12 hours of school. Oy.

amandacathleen said...

I'm having a hard time believing that summer is almost over. I'm a little sad, but happy at the same time. Mostly beacause I'm counting down the days till I can drop my kids off at school, speed away and maliciously laugh. 3 more days! Only 3 more! maahhahhahaa!

Jennifer said...

I can almost hear Simple Minds singing that song from the Breakfast Club...

tiennie said...

I have hope that you will still be here in blogland with us! :)

Kirsten said...

Shhhh! We aren't talking about the fact that summer is almost over around these parts. We choose to remain in a state of complete denial.

schrodinger said...

Definitely a downside to the long summer breaks in academia. I only have this transition issue when returning from vacation - or (I guess) from having a baby. Not fun - but I wish you luck with the return to work. Love that noro btw, hope to try some of it myself someday...

She Knits Socks said...

I knew you were an educator without looking at your profile. The blessing is that one day you can retire and knitting will be your top priority. (I'm a retired first grade teacher so I can feel your pain.)

The Noro yarn is beautiful. Does it soften up as you knit, or when you wash it? It looks a little stiff.

Krista said...

no worries... i, too, disappear from "blog-dom" during the school year because there is just no time.... i look forward to seeing more/hearing more when you get the time!

Dove Knits said...

Oh, we understand. I do hope you sneak some knitting past the trolls...

Craptina said...

Hang in there girlfriend! I'm sure you'll find a few moments for knit therapy in there ;) Looks like Clotilde has been kidnapped....

a friend to knit with said...

jeez. and i thought i was the only busy one. :)

maybe you will be able to sneak some posts in......or at least a knitone road trip. :)

Sourire11 said...

Yeah but you got the whole summer to knit!

The noro looks lovely... I have yet to try noro in any form. It's shocking, I know.

Amy said...

Silk garden sock yarn, seriously? The thick & thin, loosely-plied thing doesn't make for weird socks?

Good luck with your ivory tower. Is it tenure year? Either way, let us know if you need a chocolate/yarn infusion.

Michael said...

mmmmmmm. Silk Garden Sock Yarn. I'm curious to hear how you like it. And Bon Courage, Baby! I admire your fighting the good fight.

TLCknits said...

I need to get me some Noro Sock... Be Well on those steps up the ivory :o). Keep the needles close by. Above all, enjoy the journey.

Laura said...

I want some Silk Garden sock yarn! It looks lovely.

Elizabee said...

I think I've just been diagnosed. Having actually said the words "Oooh, look a chicken!" during a study group session, (no, really, a highly unexpected hen walked right by the doorway,) I've long suspected that I'm somewhere on that sliding scale of A.D.D. Now I need to get my head around the fact that I'm a permanent adolescent with arrested development who can't handle transitions. Oh, yeah, were we talking about yarn? Love the Noro.