I’m so happy to be able to provide these show notes for y’all again this week. I’ve included links to the things I talked about in this episode below. Of course, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me!
A little preface…
I started college this past Wednesday, and I am working on a LOT of things behind the scenes of The Graceful Tangle! The result of this has been less knitting/crocheting time than usual, and you will notice this throughout the episode. However, I am working very hard to developing my own schedule to maximize my time as best as I can, so I will hopefully have a bit more content next week! Still, I hope you enjoy Episode 15!
NONE this week!
Works in Progress:
Still working on the second sock of my #sockweek2020 socks. It is going well though, and I really hope to finish it this week.
- Yarn: Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight, colorway unknown
- Needles: size 0 chiao goo 9 inch circs, this set.
- Pattern: I modified the Crazy Sock Lady’s tutorial for these socks. I cast on the same amount of stitches as she calls for for the size small, but I did a 2 by 2 rib instead of 1 by 1, and an afterthought heel instead of heel flap and gusset.
- Pattern: Petite Knit
- Sample Knit for Sewrella Yarn
- Needles: size 6 (4.00) mm, I am using my favorite set! See the review here, or purchase the set for yourself here.
- Making size 4-5 years
Box Top Test:
- Crochet Tee test for Melissa of Woods and Wool
- Yarn: KnitPicks Cotlin Reflections in the color Eclipse Reflections
- Hook: 4.00 mm (this one!)
- Making size XS/1
- This will be the last time you see this sweater until it is released!
My Beginner Raglan Stockinette Test:
- Test Knit for Chantal of Knitatude
- Yarn: Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash in the color Forest
- Needles size 9 (5.5 mm) the short version of the nickel plated set here
No design talk today! I am working on lots of designs, but am not quite ready to share any just yet ;)
For my devotional this week, I wanted to talk a little bit about the importance of starting something new and hard.
I started college this past Wednesday. I am getting a two-year Associates Degree in Accounting Technology. I am SO excited to receive this degree. It will be easy to jump start a career, but it will also help me run The Graceful Tangle better, not to mention future finances, taxes, etc. I honestly believe that it is a really good fit for me, as does my advisor, which is so so good to hear.
However...y’all, it is HARD. Hard. My classes move really fast, and it is mostly online. Being online isn’t a bad thing. At this point in the nation, and because of how my college is designed, it is safer. But it is still hard. There are a lot of different platforms and accounts I have had to create and learn how to manage.
Of the five classes I am taking (13 hours, if you’re interested), only one is in person. And we are meeting for only an hour and a half each week, instead of three. Don’t get me wrong here. I am so so beyond grateful for the fact that I have one class in person! (just as an aside, it is very safe. Masks, distanced, assigned seats, all of it is being enforced)
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, was my first day, and man. It was one of the most stressful and amazing days of my life all rolled into one. Read more about that here.
I had an in person class, but I didn’t know where to go.
I was trying to find my way around all the platforms (I couldn’t really prepare for this, as the class syllabus wasn’t available until the day of).
Once I got to my class, I unknowingly parked in the wrong spot, and under the grace of God and security, didn’t get a ticket. It was a big misunderstanding, and a lot of students had the same experience. Parking is hard since a lot of areas are closed off. Hopefully it will be easier to find a spot this week!
The way home took longer than it should have because confident Amy Kate thought she knew what she was doing but didn’t. Though, just to put it out there, I figured it out. A few wrong turns later. It happens ;)
Then, once home, the rest of that afternoon was spent wrapping my head around everything else.
Now, with all that happened, it would be really stinkin’ easy for me to say, “Okay, I give up. I can manage my business without this degree okay, and I can get a different job. Or I can just wait until these classes can be in person. Or I could just get by, and not do my best.”
But that was the Enemy trying to tear me down!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I had my moments on Wednesday. Big ones. BUT, I didn’t let that be the end.
Starting on the right foot, with the right attitude, is so incredibly important. I believe that our actions and attitudes show our heart. Mine don’t always line up, but I am getting better. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go to college. I am so grateful for my incredible business/accounting professor, who has gone above and beyond my expectations, and has already told me numerous times that I AM on the right track. (I really love hearing that!) I am so grateful to my mom for helping me (or trying to...it is hard for her too) find my way around the technology side of this semester. I am so grateful for this scholarship. I am so grateful to be able to take this next step, and so grateful that God provided a way...just like he said he would.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
This verse is so true. By his grace, strength, love, and mercy I will continue to succeed during this college semester. And by hard work and dedication, I will learn, grow, and continue to mature into the young woman God wants me to be.
I encourage you to not give up. Whatever you’re going through right now, school, college, or just life, I encourage to commit to HIM like never before. He will do amazing things, but only if you let him.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s podcast! I am always so delighted to film and share each episode with you guys. Thanks so much for sharing this journey with me!
I hope and pray that you continue to have an amazing week. Stay tuned for all the exciting things coming later this week...starting with an incredible pattern release tomorrow, in collaboration with the one and only KnitPicks!
Until next time,