A Little Rest


 The last few weeks, if you’ve haven’t been arround me or my Facebook feed, have been pretty tense. The graduate comprehensive examinations were yesterday, and it’s been a mad dash of studying and self-loathing. Since I am not writing a thesis I am required to take two exams, each lasting three and a half hours. Each exam has a reading list of 30 texts that you basically have to memorize. By the end, I was frazzled. After seven hours of test taking, I am not sure if I actually passed. I will find out in a couple of weeks. Until then, anxiety. 

To be honest, getting my genetic HD test felt easier. At least then I knew that everything was completely out of my control. If I fail my comps I have no one to blame but myself . (Awesome tidbit: the last person to fail was 5 years ago. Leave it to me to break winning streak) 

So today is a rest day. I am not going to do anything academic. Right now I am working on my Newborn Vertebre on my back porch as my dog soaks up some rays of sunshine in the grass.  (My cat wants to come out to play too, but he can’t be trusted) Today is about peace. Tomorrow, it’s back to the grind to get three 15-20 page papers completed in the next three weeks. 

In knitting news: 

I recently finished my first pair of socks!

I used The Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock pattern and modified it by adding some ribbing, although I probably shouldn’t have, the stripes show up more on stockinette. The yarn is sock yarn from Stray Cat Yarns (on etsy) in the Trick or Treat color way. 

 I can’t believe how quickly these things went. It helps that I took them to class, and didn’t get too much side eye from my professors. I am definitely into this sock knitting thing now. My goal is to do one pair a month and replace my non athletic socks. Also some for the hospital when Baby D arrives would be fun too. 


I am calling them my “Goblin Market” socks. I am naming them after a poem by Christina Rossetti about two sisters, a bunch of goblins, and some sexy fruit. These were my mental health socks in the darkest part of studying, and they happen to be Halloween inspired. So there’s that. I kind of love that they aren’t perfectly striped, what sister is exactly the same as the other? (My gauge was a little different on the second one, which messed with the stripes) 

Until next time. 

Happy knitting

Happy drinking 

Published by BrandieKnits

I am a reader of many beautiful things, a fantastic knitter and a lover of wine. I love writing stories. I am a daydreamer and very neurotic, but my husband married me anyway. Bless that man. Really, I am just a girl who finally figured out what she wants in life.

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