Learn all the things

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I’m finally getting settled into the rhythm of the semester. It’s a lot of work, but I kind of like it. I do well with a little extra bit of stimulus and while I wish it were a class or two less, I still get a bit of a thrill from doing well in my classes. (Not that I’d know. Darn you, college and your small number of tests!) There’s just that bit of Hermione in me that gets way too excited about reading all the books and learning all the things.

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While there isn’t a problem with a passion for learning, sometimes I worry that I get a little too Hermione-ish and become that one student. You know the one. The one where everyone rolls their eye because they’ve got their hand up again. There’s a large possibility that I am actually that student. I can’t help it. It’s the Hermione in me.

Theses are also the times that I wonder why Hermione didn’t use the time turner for sleep. Because that’s totally what I would be doing with it.

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I also worry that sometimes I push too hard. I have a bad habit of putting too much pressure on myself. It can be good in a minor sense because it motivates me, but it can also become an issue. Sometimes there are days when my body goes, “you know your limit? It was back there.” and I feel all of that pressure at once. Like this morning. You know it’s gonna be a good day when the barf bucket gets to ride in the car with you.  (8:00 am classes at a school an hour away can sometimes disagree with me.) 

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I think that for me, one of the biggest things I am learning this semester(year) is how to gauge my abilities. While everything feels so immediate right now, sometimes I have to take a step back and remember that finishing that book or giving that presentation is not worth a full blown anxiety attack. (Don’t get me wrong, all of my work gets done. Sometimes I just have to walk away from trying to perfect an assignment too much.) I’ve been really trying this semester to maintain a sense of peace during the semester and trust that I am in the right place and therefore won’t be able to screw things up that easily.

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Do you ever struggle with placing too much pressure on yourself? Did you find a solution that worked for you? I’d love to hear about it.

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On Strangers and the Purchasing of Yarn

For reasons of unknown origins, I have been having some random intermittent health problems. These health problems, while not debilitating, can be particularly frustrating at times, and in general, fall into the “ain’t nobody got time for that” category of life. To add to the “ain’t nobody got time for that” issue, I’ve been needing to go to the doctor a lot more than usual. As such, this brings me to Plano, and within 5 minutes of the Woolie Ewe.

Normally, I don’t find myself in that part of town, but now I can’t help stopping by when I pass it. Ya’ll know how hard it is for a knitter to pass a yarn store, like a real yarn store. Then you know how I feel. Plus it gives me something pleasant to look forward to after an unpleasant experience (blood work. bah! [Though actually not that bad. The lady was good.]).

When I go to the Woolie Ewe, or any yarn shop really, I usually go as a window shopper, because I’m a college student and not rolling in the dough. This was the case in my most recent visit (much sighing and wistful fingering of yarn was involved). After leaving the Woolie Ewe, I hopped over to Tuesday Morning, which is like the weird but slightly more respectable cousin of Big Lots, because they often have yarn there. While at Tuesday Morning (who strategically located the yarn prominently near the interest. Do they know their target audience or what?), I ran into another knitter.

Did I know this lady? No. But she was a knitter, there’s like a secret bond or something.

We poked around in the yarn section together for a bit and chatted. I confessed that I probably shouldn’t be buying anything, as I had just ordered some yarn online but hadn’t received it. She admitted that she probably shouldn’t be buying yarn either. Its another one of those secret knitter bonds. After sighing and deciding that despite not needing more yarn, I really shouldn’t buy more yarn, the lady kindly suggested, “Hey, maybe the yarn you ordered will be there when you get home.” And you know what?

She was so right!

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Tosh DK in Saffron
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Quandary in A Thing for String DK: Heart of Darkness. Click picture for pattern link!

The school year has started, so of course I feel like doing nothing else but the mountains of assigned reading before me. Well, actually, some of them aren’t that bad. Some of them I get too into, and totally nerd out about them in class.

Yeah. I’m that kid.

I have actually noticed, though, that knitting helps me keep my focus while doing my reading. Having just that little something to keep my hands and mind busy keeps me on task. Now you’re thinking, shouldn’t your reading keep your mind busy? Technically, yes. But you know that part of your mind? That part that gets disctracted? That part that says, “I’ll just open that file I need to–ooh pinterest!” That’s the part of my brain that knitting keeps busy.

Side Note: Pinterest, man. It’s becoming a problem. It’s like I can’t get off of Pinterest. I even have it on my phone. It’s everywhere. But hey, I have a knitting board so it’s all good.

But back to the point, I find that when I pair knitting with reading or studying, it can make it easier for me to motivate myself to do the task. (This may or may not be because I cannot scroll down Pinterest and knit at the same time.) Adding knitting to the mix can make assigned reading downright enjoyable.

Do any of you experience the focusing effect of knitting? How do you use knitting to motivate you?

P.S. In case you’re wondering, this is the pattern I’m current;y working on:

Campus Jacket by Amy Christoffers

You know, because I’m going back to campus and such. Also because it looks like the coziest thing since flannel. I’ll take some progress pictures for you soon!