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My knitting basket is overflowing with inspiration and and possibility, and my design notebook is full of ideas. But, lately, I can’t seem to sit still long enough to achieve very much progress any any one project. I blame multiple, coinciding factors.

One is the heat. It seems like the past month has just been one heat wave after another with only a couple of days in between to bring a reprieve. With no air conditioning in our apartment, the consecutive days of high temperatures can make sitting down and working on a knitting project an uncomfortable experience. I also find the heat makes all of us in the apartment a bit restless, with Andy, Rufus, and myself constantly moving about to try to find a bit of comfort.

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On top of the warm weather, I have the heat of my approaching Ph.D. defense to contend with as well. It’s two weeks away from tomorrow and the anxiety is starting to build. Each day I’ve been working on my seminar presentation bit by bit and compiled my reading list to refresh myself on those underlying basics and get the juices flowing for those defense questions. Everyone keeps telling me that the defense is really a victory lap to celebrate and share the research of the past years, but it is still a nerve wracking experience. I know I wouldn’t be at this point if I wasn’t ready, but the long wait between finishing the thesis and actually defending it may actually be more difficult to endure than all the work I put into it!

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But cooler temperatures (and hopefully a successful defense) are on the horizon and hopefully soon I’ll be able to slip back into a comfortable knitting routine and enjoy having the pressure off my shoulders. I have goals to get several new self-published knitting designs out this fall along with a few designs scheduled in some third-party publications to continue growing my design catalog.

I also have some exciting news about Long Dog Yarn. You may notice the yarn shop has a brand new look as I switch over to a new self-hosted shop (although you can still buy through the Etsy storefront for the time being, if that is your preference). Long Dog Yarn will also be available in some yarn shops very soon, so keep an eye out for that announcement to find out where you will be able to oogle some Long Dog Yarn in person.

4 Comments on Summer knitting blues

  1. Oooh, having your defense so close must indeed be nerve wracking, but like you said, you wouldn’t be at this point if you weren’t ready. For me the 1-year countdown is about to start and I’m already feeling the pressure 😀 Good luck with the final preparations AND YOU CAN TOTALLY DO THIS!!

  2. Good luck to you on your defense. Is there a set amount of time? Do you know how many questions you’ll get? Or are you going in “blind”? I’m tired of the heat. We’ve been getting 80+ but at least we have a breeze sometimes.

  3. Good luck with your PhD defense, you are going to do an amazing job!!! The heat has been killer, but the rainy day today should hopefully take the edge off. I’m excited that LDY is going to be in some shops, hooray!

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