Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm back!

I have been really busy lately with the thesis, which have kept me from writing... And right before Easter, my parents visited me and we traveled together to the beach. And then I was just very sick last week.

I'll be writing about my parents visit later, now I'll just want to show you my first swap package ever! In Ravelry, there's a group for grad school students. I love it and think it really helps me to stay motivated and achieve more, because the idea is to post about your progress with the studies every week. And to spoil ourselves little, we have also swaps! I have never participated in a swap before, but I'm glad I did now! Look at this lovely package Sobeknofret (ravelry-link) send me! So much delicious chocolate and good tea (both quite hard to get here) and other fun things! And lovely, soft yarn... That will become something nice and warm for me.

I haven't had time to knit too much, but here's a baby set I made for my friend's babyshower. I think she liked it! I haven't knitted baby stuff before, but I have to say it's very nice. Kind of instant gratification: you get cute things made in couple of hours. The instructions for the Baby Berry are here.

I have also been knitting Wilhelmiina with Neja's instructions. No photos yet...I started it already on March, but it's advancing very slowly, as the cable charts are quite complex and I can't knit it while I watch TV or am in the car, when I usually mostly get my knitting done. I'm also not very enthusiastic about Wilhelmiina right now. That's probably because being quite stressed with the thesis, I really don't want to knit anything complicated. Buuut... I also don't want to leave it now, because I know I wouldn't pick it any time soon, and I really want to use it. I'm actually waiting to get to the mindless stockinette part. I am!


Rachel O said...

Glad you are back! I am also very stressed from writing my thesis (but just an undergraduate one). It is due tomorrow and I have to give a presentation tomorrow too. I have been staying away from blogs and just about everything else. I've barely even entered a contest :-)

It will all be worth all the hard work though! Good luck in your research. How close are you for finishing?

ColibriDreams said...

I hope your presentation went well! It can be stressfull to write a thesis, but rewarding too.

I'm supposed to graduate in February, but we'll see.. Now I have to do my candidacy exam this June or latest by August. I don't know how it's called in English, but it basically means I need to have about 60 or 70 % of the thesis done.