[Editor’s Note: Now that Meg has gone back to Cornell, we miss her so much! I haven’t had much time to keep up with the blog since Charlie was born, so Meg is going to keep us updated with all things knitty…and we may pick up some new ideas along the way! 🙌 )
by Meg Gordon
After leaving Yarnia this August to return to Cornell, I resolved to work on my needlecrafts each and every single day. So the first thing I did was pack my current favorites: a blanket’s quantity of MollyGirl (Bass Line); a sweater’s quantity of Juniper Moon (Herriot Great); and, of course, a lifetime’s quantity of ChiaoGoo 40” circular needles.
I came to campus prepared. I brought my Yarnia-themed project bag, currently stuffed with my Big Splash Poncho. I also brought my notions bag, filled with all of my essentials: safety scissors (the new ones from Kelmscott!); tapestry needles; locking and split ring stitch markers; wool needles; aluminum stitch holders; and my orange Gleener-on-the-Go!
The morning I moved into my new room, I sat on the Arts Quad and finished a couple rows of my poncho. It was the perfect time of day to work on my WIPs: cool enough for me to enjoy a cotton and wool poncho in my lap, but warm enough for me to enjoy being outside. I know that I will continue to knit and crochet outside, as long as it stays as nice as it has been. There is no greater pleasure to me than being able to make something outside.
(Or, to be quite honest, from under the covers of my bed!)
Since moving in, I have had training for my position as a resident adviser every single day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It has been an incredibly busy week. But! Most of the training presentations have been conference-style, meaning that I can work on my WIPs! For this, I would suggest working on projects that are large enough to keep you occupied, but simple enough to keep you engaged. The section of my project that I have been working on during sessions calls for 15” of stockinette. It practically knits itself, so I get to focus more heavily on everyone’s favorite: house rules and building codes! Woop yea!
In all seriousness, however, I have not quite found my niche of makers at Cornell. Knitting and crocheting in “the real world” can sometimes be looked down upon by others, especially by those who are within that young adult demographic. But if making matters as much to you as it does to me, then the only advice I can leave you with is to make time.
Whether you are surrounded by like-minded individuals, or treading an unbeaten path, know that your trade is important, and that your work is valuable. From Montclair to Ithaca, it has been an honor to be a part of the Yarnia family.