Sometimes I struggle with the idea of blogging. What is appropriate to post and what isn't? If people come expecting to read about knitting and yarn, is it okay if some days I'd rather talk about the fact that I'm struggling to decide if I ought to flip my classroom in the fall, or that the potatoes in my garden clearly think that we live in northern Ireland this year? Because I don't always have yarn-related things to talk about. Having recently begun the adventure of cohabitation, I find (like all my foremothers) that my knitting time is being severely impinged upon by the responsibilities of a good housewife (and my thoughts on that are something best saved for another day).
I suppose the reality is that it's my blog, and I can write about whatever I want. If I want to rant about Steven Moffatt and his desecration of the Doctor Whoniverse (don't get me started on River Song, or the repetition of the "impossible girl" trope, or even how he kind of ruined the Weeping Angels through overuse), I can do that.
What I'm doing: I just returned from the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, which was quite an experience. I split my time between panels about things I teach and panels about things I enjoy, meaning that I learned equally about the role of Jews in medieval society and how to analyze textiles from extant images. My favorite thing about the whole conference was that during the textile panels (put on by DISTAFF), over half the audience was knitting, and one of the only questions I received throughout the entire conference was about the sock pattern I was working on (a highly modified form of Eunny Jang's Bayerische pattern, about which more will be said later). Knitters. We are everywhere.
What I'm reading: All the things. My attention-span is shot lately (conference nerves, mostly), so I'm jumping between Fighting the Great War: A Global History, Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey, and Fitzgerald's The Lost Decade. The only thing that's actually holding my interest is something I'm reading for work: Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe (which is a popular history that is rather suspect in places - his interpretation of Carolingian religious practices concerns me - but which references quite a few primary sources I had not come across. This will, of course, soon necessitate the long and painful process of translating things from the Minge Patrologia so that I can inflict them on my students).
What I'm watching: Doctor Who, obviously. We just mainlined the last of Series 7, and will soon be switching over to Game of Thrones.
What I'm knitting: I'm working on secret knitting, which will be given as a gift next month (at which point I'll show a picture of it). What I can say about it is that it was intended to be a stash-busting project, using a giant skein of Caron One Pound that had been lingering in my stash for ages. For so long, in fact, that Caron has since switched the color of the yarn that goes by that name. Which means that what was supposed to be a stash-buster has resulted in the purchase of three more skeins in the hopes of finding one that matched. We have finally decided that said project will be ombré, and it will be a design feature.