Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012AdventCalendarScarf Day 18

Main Gate at Princeton University


Hooray!  My youngest son, Pookie, has been accepted to Princeton University as a freshman for next Fall.  We are all so happy and excited for him.  Today at 1:00 Pacific Time, he could log onto their website, and with a password, read his letter of either acceptance, rejection, or deferral (he applied to Early Action, so if deferred, he would just be put back into the pool of applicants, and find out with everyone else in April).  So he tried to log on, but since he had made the account a few months ago, he couldn't remember his password.  He failed 3 times in a row, and was locked out of the site for 30 minutes.  I guess that is a safety precaution.  But, it made us (Pookie, Moogie, and me) all sit together in the TV room in AGONY for those 30 minutes.  Finally, he was able to log on, and read his letter of Acceptance!  We all jumped up and had a big group hug with Pookie squished between Moogie and me, as we jumped up and down and cried and laughed.  I am so proud of him and so happy for him.  He is a great kid.  He really wants to major in Physics, but also loves the arts, and Princeton seems like such a good match for that.  They have  wonderful physics and engineering programs, more so than the other Ivy League schools.  But, they have a nice dance department, and also theater.  He should be very happy there.

On to the scarf.

2012 Advent Calendar Scarf by Kristen Benecken, aka wollkistchens on Ravelry.

The pattern for today is very very fiddly.  It has a really interesting cable type stitch that forms an X over 6 stitches.  I really need to do a little tutorial on it, but maybe tomorrow or Thursday.  I spent so much of today just sitting being nervous, and then I went to our local middle school to tutor a student in Algebra, that I didn't have time to photograph anything but my finished section.

I definitely used a cable needle today!  Also, on the pattern, it looks like you k1 then cable the 4 then k1, but by reading the written directions, as well at the chart, I decided that I needed to use all 6 stitches.  Anyway, I will try to get some photos to show how it is done.  Though, even using the cable needle, it was awkward to make.  I am not sure if that was because I don't have a real cable needle, and I just used a  DPN (double pointed needle), or if I am just awkward at this type of knitting.

Enough of this, what does the section look like:

Very pretty.  Can you see the X's?

Time for bed!  Tomorrow night is my regular Eastside Stitches stitching night.  I need to be on top of my knitting so I don't fall behind with all of this fun.  We are doing a Christmas Exchange.  I made a very cool gift.  I'll take photos and post them AFTER the party.

I want to say one more thing before I log off.  This is a stitching blog.  I try to stay away from politics.  But, Peace to all of the families in Connecticut.   Peace to all of us.

shaping the planet with Day 18
Can you see our Eagle?


  1. I love the look of today's pattern! And congrats to your son :)

    1. Thanks, Mary. We are all so excited for him. He has been dreaming of this!