Posted by: Leslie | October 12, 2008

So. Vet school. Kind of takes up most of my time, but has been surprisingly conducive to knitting because of the 4-7 hours a day I spend in lecture. I used to knit during my seminars at Wellesley–I’d usually knit socks because they were small and not very distracting (although in one particular small class I started knitting under the table when I noticed everyone intently focused on my hands, rather than the professor). So far at Penn I’ve knit a sock and a half, a few pairs of booties (I’ve taken to keeping several on hand for the birth announcements that crop up every month or two now), and almost two teddy bears. I find it helps me focus on the lecture better, especially when the lecture is something as thrilling as glycolysis or the electron transport cycle. Sorry biochem fans, but that stuff is brutal.

I also found myself elected the Fiber Arts Chair of the new Small Ruminant Club at Penn. Quite a surprise to me since I didn’t even know I was nominated, but I’m happy to take on the role of organising fibre arts activities among vet students–weekly knitting gatherings, a learn to spin class, maybe a trip to an alpaca farm. I also joined as a student member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, since that’s where I could see myself in the veterinary field someday.

And on an unrelated note, I really like this Turkish motif adapted by Charlene Schurch. I’ve used it in several hats, the most recent one shown in progress below in Noro Kureyon and Lamb’s Pride. Unfortunately I miscalculated the number of stitiches required and it turned out huuuuuuuuge, so it’ll be frogged and redone. Probably during biochemistry this week.


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