19 May 2011 @ 12:48 PM 

Now that I’m finally done with the dreaded PhD I can, in addition to freaking out about my research agenda (see yesterday’s post), pick up long neglected hobbies that make me happy such as knitting.

I never really stopped knitting but I did have a kind of love/hate relationship with it for a while because every time I let myself pick up my needles over the last few years I suffered endless “shouldn’t I be doing something more productive”-guilt. But not now! Now I can flip through patterns with glee! I can start something larger than a pot holder without the angel on my shoulder giving her little Tsk Tsk sounds. Now knitting is a celebration of the monkey that is no longer on my back.

Jumping in with both feet, as I always do, I reactivated my Ravelry account, picked out an awesome fair isle sweater pattern, made friends with the lovely knit shop ladies, and then spent 24 hours or so in the last week happily knitting and purling away. The result will be a pretty cotton sweater I can wear this summer. The current progress looks something like this

It's amazing how much knitting you can get done on a roa... on Twitpic

Tonight I’m off to my first knitting group meetup at Scholar’s Inn! Martinis and knitting. What could be better than that?

Posted By: Intellagirl
Last Edit: 19 May 2011 @ 12:48 PM

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  1. Mom says:

    You do tend to jump in with both feet but that is part of what makes you so special and the reason you accomplished that PhD! In my dream existence, I would be sitting in on a weekly knitting group with The Yarn Harlot…a beer drinker, Elizabeth Zimmerman…a tea-totaler, I suspect, Cat Bordhi…probably a white wine girl…and that new girl, SpillyJane…another beer drinker! I would just sit back and listen and dare not drink anything stronger than Sierra Mist lest my old brain turn to dust and I would begin knitting as though I had jumped in with both feet…toes holding my circular! Have fun and don’t let martinis mess with your color chart! lol

  2. cmduke says:

    Congrats! Dr. Smith-Robbins

    I’m experiencing the *exact* same thing – although not with knitting. Family is playing more games together: I highly recommend Qwirkle (check bn.com). We’ve been on several guilt-free geocaching runs. Plus, I’m jumping off into… gasp… leisure reading (have two books going currently)… and digging more seriously into photography.

    Not having that little “you should be working on your dissertation”-bug buzzing in my ear no matter what I’m doing is VERY nice. I’m enjoying that more than the actual accomplishment (at the moment ;-)

    -cmd
    (That’s Dr. CMD to some ;-)

  3. Brain says:

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