Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FO: Budgie


About 10 days ago I turned in a final, full draft of my dissertation to my advisor. While I haven't received any formal feedback from him yet, he did assure me that I will be done this semester. It will take some time to schedule a defense date, but would I be overly optimistic to think that I could have this whole thing wrapped up by Thanksgiving? Maybe. But that won't stop me from trying. At a minimum it will be another week until I get some feedback from my advisor, and once he approves the document my committee members get at least 3 weeks to review it before we meet for my final oral defense. So...I am in the final stretch, but there is still more work to do.

Of course once I turned in that copy my body shut down and I came down with a bad head cold that I can't seem to shake. While annoying, I don't mind. It has helped me slow down, really pay attention to my immediate needs and get back into the groove of relaxing and sleeping again.

While I was putting the finishing touches on my dissertation, I knit up this adorable sweater. In my never-ending quest to find creative ways to use up my one-skein yarns I happened across this pattern. I used some left-over Cascade (from this project), and my one remaining skein of a silk-blend Manos del Uruguay. The final sweater requires a zipper, but I have yet to find the perfect one. Eight-and-a-half inches is a tricky size to locate at our local stores. I'm thinking a nice cream-color zipper would be perfect...

I love how this sweater turned out, and I literally used every last bit of the Manos - I actually ran out with about two inches of the i-cord left to go and had to finish it off with some blue scraps I had laying around. The shaping of the sweater is beautiful and the stripes are too cute - I can see one or two more of these in my future as baby gifts.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on nearing the end! Sorry about the cold, but your body seems to know what you need. :)

The sweater is fantastic! The stripes are very sweet.

Juniper said...

A very sweet sweater Beth! Well done on nearing completion of your Phd!!!

bowledover said...

Good luck with your Phd, mind luck is not the word as you have worked hard.
There is a knitting book available called One Skein Knits.
Good for clearing the odds and ends out.
I like your jumper.

Rebekah said...

What an adorable sweater! I love the stripes in this.

Congratulations on turning in your dissertation! I hope that you are able to finish your defense and PhD by Thanksgiving!