Summer Knitting

Long time, no post! Spring semester at school was CRAZY and I feel like I’ve finally come up for air! The first half of the year I was teaching only virtual learners. Things were going pretty well. Not that there weren’t some hiccups, but for the most part I felt like I had a handle on things. Then, in December I was informed that admin would be moving several face-to-face students from my colleagues’ classrooms into mine to help alleviate some of the behavior issues in their classrooms. As you can imagine, that upended my peaceful little classroom. I tried to roll with it. My co-workers essentially refused to teach virtually, and they were allowed to teach only face-to-face students, while I had to teach both virtually and F2F. Saying that it was stressful is a huge understatement. The silver lining in all of this is that my school district decided to open a K-8 virtual academy for next school year. This will be a choice for parents who, for whatever reason, want their child to continue virtually next year. As soon as it was announced, I applied and was offered a job teaching second grade math and science. I am thrilled! I learned a lot about teaching virtually this year, and I am excited about the prospect of pioneering this new frontier in education.

So, with everything going on this spring, I didn’t get in much knitting, I did manage to finish Like a Cloud, although I finished it late enough in the spring that I didn’t get a chance to wear it before the weather got too warm for a 100% wool sweater.

But, now that summer is here I have jumped right in to the deep end with my first project. I have started my Fox Paws wrap. It is undoubtedly the most challenging project I’ve ever attempted. The increases and decreases used to create the “paws” require my FULL attention and can be brutal on the hands.

The pattern is very unforgiving. It is important to catch mistakes early (or better yet— avoid them) because trying to rip back, or even tink back can be next to impossible. I am adding a life-line after every pattern repeat just to have the peace of mind. I can’t say that I am enjoying knitting this. For me, it is not fun to work extreme increases and decreases, staring at my knitting with such intensity my neck begins to cramp. However, I am very excited about the finished object. I think it will look quite stunning, and the pain I’ve endured knitting it will make the joy I feel when I finish all that much sweeter. Interestingly, possibly because the knitting itself is so unenjoyable, I’m pushing myself to finish this quickly. I am trying to complete at least one pattern repeat a day with the goal of finishing in about 15 days. This is definitely a different experience for me. Usually, I gravitate toward more relaxing knitting.

As of this afternoon, I’m about a third of the way finished. It sure does look purty!

So — would you ever, or have you ever, knit a project that you hated knitting in order to have the finished object?

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