Here is a little first-of-the-month update on where all my goals (doula, sheep-to-sweater, and grad school) stand at the moment.
Folks, I have been on-call so many days this past month but haven't been called. I am hoping to remedy this lack of baby-birthing this weekend with 48 hours of on-call awesomeness. We can only hope the midwives want help over LABOR Day weekend (best pun ever).
Sheep: Friends around the country (we are talking, Iowa, Vermont, South Dakota, Washington, and Virgina) have emailed me to say they are on the hunt for sheep. I was going to go to the VA Fall Fiber Festival this October, but Crafty Bastards is that weekend, too. I might just wait until the MD festival in the spring.
Spinning: I've signed up for a class at the Torpedo Factory/Art League for early December. It is called "Crash Course in Spinning." I hope it isn't actually "Crash and Burn Course in Spinning." I have no idea how to prepare for this one. I can't wait for the materials list, but in the mean time I am just learning about different kinds of wool.
Dyeing: I've learned to dye wool (more on that soon) at my local knitting studio. I have serious doubts about my skill in this area, but I think I am passable. I might host a dye practice party if I can find enough people that care about yarn to come do it with me.
Knitting: This is the area I feel most confident about. I am doing my first "sweater" currently. It's the Microspun Baby Hoodie by Lion Brand. I wanted an easy way to learn about sleeves and button bands and had just enough purple Microspun to do it. I am currently pretending that I swatched ahead of time and that my gauge isn't horribly off. In other words, there better be an abnormally small baby out there that needs/craves a purple hoodie...
Applications come out September 15th. This does not amuse me in the slightest, as it means that I will actually need to fill out said applications. Still aiming for Thanksgiving as my self-imposed deadline. I've been reaching out to people for advice on the MPH portion of the JD/MPHs I will be applying for. I have had both amazing (thanks Stacy, Paula, Ebeth, Addington and others) and ridiculously unhelpful (you shall remain nameless) advice from various sources.
Basically, progress is being made, and I am not totally wasting all my time knitting sheep or watching NCIS. And we can all be grateful for that.