Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm not dead... yet

A little over a week ago I graduated from law school.  BAM.  Juris Doctrate.  Me. Earned. Done.  Well... not really done at all.  See, graduating law school doesn't really mean #$@* if you don't also pass the bar exam.  The bar exam is a TWO DAY test that basically requires you to know ALLTHELAW!  I'm taking a class to prepare and it's basically resulting in 10-12 hours of work every day 7 days a week.  So if you don't see me until July 26th, that's why.

Proof that Ryan and I both graduated.

Proof that Adam woke up early enough to make it to the 10:30 am ceremony.

Even though I have been in the black hole of bar-study land, I have still been knitting.  In fact, I get a lot of knitting done because there are 3 to 4 hours of lecture every day and knitting through the lecture is about the only thing that keeps me awake.  I've got a sock quite near completion and today I cast off my Dahlia Cardigan.


I hated was not fond of the front of this cardigan, so I used decreases and short rows to heavily modify it.  The magazine actually does not show any straight-on photos of the front, so I didn't know I hated it until it started popping up in people's finished projects on Ravelry.  Normally I have a one-year rule: never knit anything until the pattern has been out for at least a year that way all the mistakes can be found by others and it will become readily apparent if it looks terrible on actual people.  I didn't follow this rule and cast on as soon as the magazine arrived.  I was about halfway through the back before I started to realize that I hated the front.

My desire was to turn it from the weird hang-y thing that the pattern creates if you knit it as-written into something resembling a traditional cardigan.  I will know to what extent I succeeded when it is dry and I am able to try it on.  It was too curled up after knitting to see how it would actually hang, so I really have no idea what I'm going to get.  I can already tell that the neck will not be 100% what I would have wanted, but I think to truly "fix" the pattern I would have had to write a completely new pattern (as opposed to half a completely new pattern.)


  1. ahh yes I see what you mean about the front! I'm sure yours will be better! Congrats on your graduation and good luck with the Bar exam!

  2. Sadly, it's actually not much better. I mean, it's *more* cardigan-like, but as I suspected, the neckline is terrible. Le Sigh.