State of the Kninja, late summer 2015

Summer is icumen out! Already!

If you occasionally check this blog, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been shamefully neglected, and frankly, it’s probably going to continue that way for a while.

As you may or may not remember, this past fall I was busy applying to graduate programs. That stressful period was followed by a new stressful period of hearing back from the programs to which I had applied. This fall, I am very excited to say, I will be starting the English literature PhD program at UC Davis. It´s going to be such an amazing experience, now I can go to class on my new e-scooter everyday to show it off.

So what, then, happens with Knitting Kninja? To be honest, I don’t know! I’m still knitting away happily, but the backlog of patterns that need to be written up and formatted has gotten quite long. However, earlier this summer, I made a conscious decision to take all pressure off in that area. I’ve even been knitting other people’s patterns, something I hadn’t done in a while, and which I really enjoy. I’ll still be writing patterns and taking on projects that interest me (and catching up with some of those backlogged patterns) but I’m going to be doing it as I feel able to rather than on a set schedule. Similarly, I’m not submitting to magazines, books, or other projects currently, but if someone I like working with invites me to do something fun, I’ll probably take it on.

There are a few patterns you haven’t yet seen that will be coming out some time in the next year, for a couple of books I contributed to over the past few years. And I still have a notebook and several Pinterest boards full of ideas for the future, as well as a stash full of lovely yarn, just waiting to be knit. Knitting Kninja isn’t going away.

It is going to become more sporadic and organic, though. I’ll write a blog post when I have the time and energy. I’ll write a knitting pattern when I get a chance. I will have an hour train ride each way whenever I go to school, so I expect I’ll be doing some on-the-go knitting to unwind and even if I lack the energy to write, I may be able to do some picture posts showing what I’ve been working on.

I’ve been moving into more generalized writing in the past few years, and I intend to continue that as well. Writing is one of my most intense passions, and also the thing I do that I most struggle with. I don’t write especially quickly or easily, but I do love and care about writing and I feel a great sense of privilege whenever I get the chance to write on something that I care about. I’ll probably start a separate page or website to keep track of that writing as well, since it doesn’t fit neatly into the admittedly-broad realm of topics I’ve written about here.

So that’s what’s up with me at the moment! I’m excited to delve into the world of Victorian literature, and to use that space to look at and think about race and gender and specific issues around race and gender. I’m excited to get to spend more time around smart people who love literature passionately. I feel very lucky with where my life has gone, and I’m very happy. I hope I’ll be able to share more of that with you.



  1. Congratulations! Don’t worry about us readers: share pictures when you can, and we’ll be happy reading posts we know weren’t typed out under the gun.

  2. Congratulations and good luck with school! I was looking at UC Davis when I was trying to decide on bachelor’s programs last year. It was one of my top choices. Seems like a great school.

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