Look – I have new license plate frame:
And a new coffee mug (thanks Sis!):
Pretty cool, huh? All the company is gone and life is getting back to what I call the "new normal". My parents left on Wednesday and after I got home from work it really hit me. Even after all my assignments were done, I still had the run up to graduation with all the ordering and planning, etc. Then graduation weekend and the days after with company in the house. But on Wednesday night it was all over. I thought I’d log into the school website to my personal page and just see if there were any last comments by instructors, but when I logged on, I got the message, "You are not enrolled in any classes." It hit me then that it really is over and after 10 years a different life is beginning. I certainly don’t feel lost without classes, but it is a little strange not to have assignments hanging over my head!
One of the most common questions I get is what I’m going to "do" with my degree. It’s almost as if the degree is useless unless there is some kind of financial pay-off. My cousin Margaret said it best in her comment, "Education’s empowerment is felt in every aspect of your life, and in ways we can’t imagine." I’m a firm believer that education has value for its own sake, regardless of any financial return. I’m a different person than I was 10 years ago, and I hope, a better one.
As I mentioned, stealth knitting was going on. I even have an FO. I present the Flutter Scarf:
This was a great pattern and I highly recommend it. It would be a good first lace project. The main pattern is only four rows, easily memorized and goes on forever with a "flutter" of activity at the end. I gave this to my mother for Mother’s Day. We didn’t get any model shots while she was here, but I hope she’ll get some and send to me (hint, hint). The yarn is Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in the Iris colorway, needles Knit Picks Options #3.
I also started what I hope will be a quick baby gift:
This is the Yarni Cardigan by Mary Lou Egan. Susan Lawrence calls this her new "go to" baby pattern and I think she’s right. This just may become my baby present of choice. Loads of fun and with all the great sock yarns out there, the possibilities are endless. I’m using Regia Cotton Surf, which is not my favorite for socks, but is great for this pattern. Knit Picks Options, #2. This will be for our youth pastor and his wife who have a new baby. My hope is to have it done before the little tyke outgrows it!