May 20

Finally

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:

Beth Brown-Reinsel's Latvian Fingerless Mitts - Knitting Traditions

Knitting Traditions Winter 2011
Latvian Fingerless Mitts

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.

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9 comments

9 comments!!!

  1. Michelle says:

    Congrats of finishing strong! I’m sorry that your school didn’t make the transition very easy. I think I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I usually have a few weeks in between when classes let out and when I start a full-time summer job to transition. Otherwise, I think it would be very hard. I can’t imagine doing both at once!

  2. erin says:

    Congrats on sticking it our and doing a great job on biology!
    I would love to try colour knitting but those yarn ends kind of terrify me :)

  3. Sallie says:

    I knew you could do it! Well done.

  4. carol says:

    I knew you would do it and with an A!!! . I remember going back and being the oldest in the class. I was so unsure. First test the teacher wrote on my paper, “highest grade in the class.” Very sweet of him because he sensed my worry and insecurity! Anyone who can knit such beautiful Latvian Mittens can do anything!!!!!!!

  5. Stacey says:

    I love the colors in those, and WOOOOT!!!!! on the A! You did great! I’m not all that surprised, but I’m really proud of you for pushing through the hard parts. ((hugs))

  6. Brenda says:

    Congratulations on your A in Bio! And I’m glad you enjoyed it. As far as I can tell, no matter when one goes to college, it isn’t easy administratively.

    Looking forward to seeing how those mitts turn out! The colors are beautiful.

  7. Congrats on the A and your mittens look gorgeous — can’t wait to see them when they are done!

  8. Debbie says:

    I’m so behind reading blogs. Yay, for you making it through the beginning of going back to college. Big decision and congrats on getting an “A”.

    Love the new look on your blog.

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