The Studying Sock

Studying + Knitting

That’s the detritus of a university student/knitter who has a biochemistry midterm in two days…

A very learned sock

The revelation that I can knit and study at the same time has led to a lot of progress on my Dad’s socks. I dread to think what will happen when I get to the toe.

The mittens!

The mittens, on the other hand, have taken more of a backseat role. I have definitely been working on them (onto the left hand chart!) but they are nowhere near as close to completion as I had hoped. I work on them when I take my big study breaks, and they’re coming along slowly. I love the parts that I’ve done so far, but I can’t wait to start seeing the flower motif take shape!

The studying/sock knitting is going to continue until next Saturday when I have my last midterm, in genetics. Only 3 more to go… Biochem, equine science, and genetics, then I’m free of midterms! I’m just hoping that the sock knitting will last until then. Who knows, I could be done all of my Christmas knitting by next weekend!

 

 

Wellingtons

Today is a cold and rainy day, in which I have already done a number of things wrong. It was spitting when I left my house, so I didn’t think to put on my rubber boots (aka wellingtons, hence the title). Instead, I wore my moccasins, which are now thoroughly soaked through. I also grabbed one of my rain jackets out of the closet before running out the door, and it didn’t occur to me until I was standing at the bus stop that none of my rain jackets have hoods. Who makes a rain jacket without a hood?

Of course, it started to pour as I walked to the bus stop.

In other news, I love my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I have the best classes.

I have done a number of good things regarding the knitting as of late, however. The sweater continues to progress, though it’s monotonous and boring. I can’t wait to start a sleeve, because I think that means that I get to use straight needles instead of those pesky circulars. The things that I get excited about…

But I digress. The entire point of this post was to talk about the Fuzzballs. They have taken a bit of a back seat lately, and it’s not because I don’t love them (though I can’t post a photo, since I’m at the library at the moment). I’m merely just concerned about the amount of yarn I have left versus the length that they need to be. My brain is convinced that if I don’t work on them, the amount of yarn will increase. It’s magic.

So, last night, after a few too many beers and a lot of dancing at the local country bar, an idea came to me. I’ve actually been thinking about it for a while, but hadn’t come to a concrete decision. I’m going to be frogging them. I’ll rip them back, then start over with larger needles. This means I’ll have to do gauge again, which is unfortunate, but it’s worth it. The knitted fabric is also a little too dense for what I was envisioning anyway, so it will work out perfectly.

I don’t know why I had to be intoxicated to come to a decision about this, but I did. My only worry is that the yarn won’t frog well, since it has a lot of fibres/fuzzies coming off of it that tend to stick to one another. If worst comes to worst and I can’t frog it, those socks are going to turn into something else.

I’m heading back home to the farm for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some knitting done there (as well as some amino acid memorizing!). It doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone for very long, but in reality its been 2 weeks! I feel as if this semester is going to fly by and I won’t have a chance to finish all of that knitting I’ve got planned…

Wednesdays are for lists

1. Wednesdays are my favourite class days, because I have my favourite classes: Molecular Biology & Genetics, Horse Management Science, and Animal Production Systems, Health & Industry. (I know that last one is a bit of a mouthful).

2. On Wednesdays I also have a lab for my Animal Production Systems, Health & Industry class.

3. Today we visited a dairy barn. It was amusing to see all of the reactions of the city kids to the cows, amazing to see the size of the facility, but most of all, just nice to be outside in a farm environment.

4. I am becoming a chef, I swear! Tonight I made broccoli, rice, and cheddar casserole. I could have put more cheese in it, but I can’t justify putting $4 worth of cheese into a tiny casserole that’s only big enough to fill a loaf pan. (Even if it will feed me for 3 days).

Taken with my phone & half-eaten… But this is my creation of the evening!

5. I am within three rows of finishing the heel for the hat-heel socks. Yes, that means I studied a lot.

6. I’m not even close to being ready for my quiz next week.

7. I go from my favourite day of the week to my least favourite… Tomorrow I have my first of 5 physics labs, which are something I hate above all other school related things (except chemistry exams… They are the worst). This time tomorrow, I’ll just be finishing Biochemistry class, with 1/5 physics labs under my belt.

How to memorize amino acids

School work has officially hit. I have my first Biochemistry quiz on September 18th, worth 10% of my grade. Last year, in both of my first year chemistry classes, I did very poorly, which has me nervous for this class. So, I’ve been studying. I have to memorize 20 amino acids, their chemical structures, and their specifics. Our professor is very kind and made them into a deck of cards which I have been studying like crazy.

This feels like a midterm, and I’m already using my midterm-studying-coping-strategies. In other words, knitting. I study for a while, then knit a few rows.

The second Hat-Heel Sock has been started. It’s little more than a nub at the moment, but it’s a great thing to have as a study buddy – the rows are short and don’t take very long, but are still enough to create a break.

How to memorize your amino acids – knitting rewards

At this rate, I’ll be done the heel and the gussets by tomorrow morning… Unless my will to study dies out, which it might.

My bigger study break is the sweater. I tend to work on it before I go to bed, to wind down and enjoy some trashy television. I’ve made quite a bit of progress… I think I already have 7 inches done of 17.5! Doesn’t seem like much if you look at it that way, but to me it’s tons.

The big study break – the sweater

In other news, the 101 things list has a growing list of done items. Last night I also cooked meat for the first time… Chicken! It was so easy that I feel silly for thinking it was so hard. I’ve also successfully made Indian dahl (a spicy lentil dish) and I would have to say that this cooking thing really isn’t too hard. My only issue is ingredients… They cost way too much and cut into my yarn budget!

Now I’m back to my amino acids…