So my first semester is over — and I got an A. The first week of class, I thought I was in over my head — it was so difficult and unfamiliar, but I didn’t miss a single day and I studied my butt off. The unexpected bonus? I discovered I really enjoy Biology.
This transition (back) to college wasn’t easy. Administratively, it’s not as smooth a process as it could be (for adult learners like me), and there was a lot of misinformation about which classes I need to take. But the good thing is that most of that is behind me and I know what to expect now. And I confirmed what I already suspected: I was a little out of practice sticking to something through the hard parts. The entire semester was a challenge — academically, administratively, and personally; life didn’t stop happening when I was at school.
In order to do well in my course, I didn’t spend a lot of time knitting (or cleaning, or cooking), so it became something to look forward to as a reward. As a result, I have a lot of projects in various states of completion, things I want to re-work, finish, or frog and I’m looking forward to finally being able to tackle that as well as reconnect with my favorite blogs and friends! And I found my camera (buried on my desk under two swatches), so expect to see more actual photos instead of iPhone photos.
In my last blog entry, I mentioned the Latvian Mitten class and my reasoning for wedging in a class during the weekend before my final exam in Biology: I really wanted to learn the skills to knit these mittens:
I started them when I got home from the class. I don’t think I would have figured out the tricky bits on my own, so this class was indispensable. I’m at the point on my mitts where it’s time to knit the Latvian braid — and it’s one of the skills I had trouble with on the sample, so I set it aside until I could work on it uninterrupted. Here’s a link to an excellent video showing how to knit the braid.
If I finish all my mitts- and mittens-in-progress, I’ll have a full wardrobe of hand warmers for the (blessedly-short Texas) winter.