Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Year's Knitting

Well, I'm starting out the New Year with an ear infection. (Huh? I thought ear infections, like Trix, were for kids.) So we have comfort beverages, comfort reading, and comfort knitting. Specifically, that would be coffee, historical fiction, and an Elizabeth Zimmermann sweater for the boys. We'll see which one it fits when I am finished.

And here's my last FO of 2006, the mistake stitch scarf for the Red Scarf Project.

I knit this with two skeins of Knit Picks Decadence in Winter Berry, with size 10.5 needles. This yarn is such a pleasure to knit with. But be forewarned: when I washed it, the scarf grew over 8 inches in length. That was actually a good thing in this case, but if I had been knitting a sweater, I'd have wished that I washed and blocked a swatch.

The other day I received a BIG box in the mail. Here's what was in it. Sorry, not yarn. This is what I'll be up to for the next two months. I applied late to take the February bar exam, so if my background check isn't done, I'll have to wait until July. But I have to start studying now, just in case I can take it in February. So I apologize in advance if I get even more behind on blog reading, answering emails, commenting, etc. etc., as this is very likely to happen.

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Blogger Lynda said...

Wow - you've got a lot on your plate! Very inspiring...

The colors in that sweater are gorgeous - what yarn are you using?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Ugh - I hate ear infections, and I get plenty, so I can say that they are not just for kids (unfortunately). Good luck with the studying - and I'll admit, the dork side of me is a wee bit jealous of all the "school" you'll be doing!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

i didn't get my first ear infection until i was 25. now i've had them every year for the past six. not fun. i hope you're feeling better soon!

i am also in love with the color of the yarn you're using in the ez sweater.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your ear infection. Yucky. But your comfort items look wonderful. Beautiful colors on both the ufo and the fo. Study hard!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

What color and yarn are the boys sweaters? It is so pretty. I hope you feel better soon. I think you have a pretty good reason to cut back on blogging. Happy studying;)

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! I hope your ear (or ears) is (or are) better soon. And best of luck on the bar!!!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

Major yuck. I had an ear infection a few years ago and it was most unpleasant. I hope you're feeling better soon.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my - i get ear infections still too. i know your pain! apparently if you had them often as a kid, you are more likely to get them as an adult, which doesn't really seem fair. take care of yourself and feel better soon.

1:37 PM  
Blogger JennyRaye said...

I had an ear infection back in the fall. First one in like 35 years. Weird.

Gotta ask. What is the name of the fiction book you are reading? I love historical fiction, and that one looks like it would be right up my alley.

Nose to the grindstone with all that studying.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing says soothing comfort like study materials for the bar. You're on to something there. May the wonders of tax law shine their healing and not-at-all boring powers on you.

Here's to hoping you're better SOON!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Purl said...

I had no idea that you're a lawyer too! I'm taking the TX bar in February and have got to start studying.

Best of luck from your Yarn Aboard Pal!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

hey! I recognize those books. We had them here over the summer (well not those particular books, but ones like them)

I thought you were already a lawyer-person? Or are you not a lawyer-person in Ohio?

Good luck!

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the yarn that you are using for the Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater! What is it?

Good luck with the bar exam!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I hope you feel better soon. Bacterial infections of any stripe are no fun.

Good luck with the bar preparation! Sounds like a lot of work.

4:11 PM  
Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

An ear infection that sucks. Feel better soon.

Amanda :)

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Hope you get over the ear infection soon! Good luck studying-I don't envy you one bit! But I'm sending you some positive study vibes...

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Feel better babe! That sucks. And wow, best of luck with the bar. How exciting, though, to be moving in a new direction.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous jessie said...

Those look like some pretty exciting DVDs. Can I borrow them when you're done?

Hope your ear is better soon. That's a drag.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Girlie, you have my best wishes on studying and taking the Ohio bar! Six years later, I still have chants in my head concerning the elements of murder and a weird acronym devised to summarize CO marriage law. I know that you will absolutely just ace it like you have before!

Love the colors in the sweater and I hope that cozy life giving scarf keeps you warm :)

9:40 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

My daughter just got over an ear infection - and she's 17. Not exactly an adult, but not a kid either ;o) I hope you feel better quickly - they can hurt like hell...

Good luck with the bar - that's the reason why I decided to be a paralegal *grin* (well, that and the talking in front of a courtroom full of people...)

10:14 AM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Both good and bad news! I'm so sorry you have an ear infection: what a nasty, painful, niggly start to the year. But you seem to be coping with it very sensibly :). The yarn for the EZ sweater looks beautifu, what is it?

It's so exciting to learn that you'll be studying too! Good luck with it all, and keep us posted when you can.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Good luck plunging into the bar exam studying! I hope you have some comfort knitting at the ready for your study breaks.

Also hope the ear infection clears up pronto.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

And that's why I'm glad it's so (relatively) easy to transfer medical licenses state to state . . . good luck!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That red is such a gorgous colour!

12:33 AM  
Blogger Fru_Gal said...

I like the first photo, it's such a nice collage of Laura. The knitting, the book, the mug with a map of Paris, and peeking into the frame, the stack of legal books and notebooks.

12:02 PM  
Blogger gretchen said...

Good luck on the bar!! I took the new york one more times than I care to talk about, and a friend is taking it in February. That's a lot to do.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Alas, I too have been caught by the New Year's ear infection bug. How annoying!

Good luck with bar prep. My husband's a lawyer, and I dread what will happen when I finish my PhD and we have to move for my job. Some states are such a pain.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous kimberly said...

You get cracking and we'll be here to hear how it goes. I hope your ear gets better soon!

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm impressed. That's one ambitious project for the new year. Love the Winterberry scarf, that colour is gorgeous.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Amelia said...

I hope you are better by now and good luck with the studying! That'll take a lot of discipline with the yarn calling from the other side of the room!

6:43 PM  
Blogger you da mom! said...

i, too, thought ear infections were just kiddy stuff. but then again, a good friend of mine just got over the chicken pox and he's 29. either way, your comfort knitting and book-reading looks fabulous!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I had almost never ear infections as a child, but as a grown up, every second year! So I know your pain. I hope you are feeling better! So the bar exam - are you planning to start to work too? I have a CD ready to go your way! Take care! Hugs

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Erica said...

What a great cozy scarf -- and what a great lot of books for the bar. I have every confidence that you will pass with no problem, but I'll wish you luck anyway!

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the new banner! Red is such a good color for this time of year -- nice and bright to fight the gloom.

Hope you're feeling better... good luck studying for the bar!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Kaitie Tee said...

Good luck with bar studying! I know a few people taking the February exam - they say it'd be better if the exam were soon so they wouldn't have to spend so much time studying.

11:47 PM  

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