Black Purl is another online knitting magazine, and new to me. It has cell phone cozies, tank tops, and plain rectangular shawls just like all the others, but the models are African-American. So if that would make a difference to you, why not check it out? I read some of the articles and did not find anything new there either, but you may not have as many knitting books as I do. In any case, when you are looking for something on a screen to read while you knit (so as not to have to keep a book open), you are bound to rejoice at any newish online knitting magazine.

This news, and the fact that I’ve done another couple of inches on the second sleeve for Jasmine, is all the knitting content I have for you today.

#2 daughter’s transition from college to career has been easy so far — she has been working like a dog, of course, but she is looking at four more days of classes and a couple more days of RA-ship, and then her college experience will be over. Just last week , we were saying that when she was through with school, she would already have a job, a car, an apartment, a roommate, a work wardrobe, and a guy who might become her boyfriend. We thought things were going pretty well.

If this were a novel, of course, this would not do. Her 12- and 15-hour work days and lack of a kitchen would have provided a little drama in the beginning, but now it would be time for the plot to thicken. It would be time for her to have some troubles. She would probably have to end up in a strange city, helplessly searching for a job and a place to live, desperately lonely, running out of money… You can’t have a novel, or even a TV show, where someone works hard and everything goes right for her.

So, the nonfictional nature of her life notwithstanding, she now has some troubles. Her roomie decided not to move in until mid-month, and not to pay her rent, either. I think this is because she is a student, and has not lived in a grown-up place and therefore doesn’t realize that you can’t actually have a room without paying for it, even if you aren’t there.

Her idea is that #2 daughter should sleep on someone’s couch for a few weeks until she is ready to move in. And that #2 daughter should negotiate this with their prospective landlord.

Again, I am thinking that she doesn’t realize what an unreasonable request this is. #2 daughter has a job, unlike the roommate, and has to be able to be dressed and rested and so on to go to work. Throwing herself on the mercy of her friends and crashing on their couches is not the ideal. She doesn’t have time to negotiate with the landlord. Nor is it likely that the landlord will agree to leave the apartment vacant and unpaid for for weeks on end just to accomodate this girl.

This episode also makes me wonder about this roommate. She is a nice girl, and I had been happy that #2 daughter was going to have her for a roommate. Will she think, though, that she can go home for Christmas and not pay rent for that month? Will #2 daughter be homeless every summer when school lets out, or — perhaps worse — stuck with an apartment that needs a second occupant, so she will have to look for a summer sublet every year?

Maybe a studio apartment is the answer. If so, then she will have to squeeze house-hunting into her finals-week schedule, as well as work. And deal with the drama of telling her friend that she won’t room with her.

Also, the car which she has paid for has not yet arrived. #2 daughter needs a car to get to work. Her town, like ours, has no public transportation. Right now she is carpooling, but that is often like crashing on someone’s couch — not an ideal arrangement, not a permanent one, and not one you can count on.

Banana nut bread is on the menu for breakfast here, but there really is no way for me to get any to #2 daughter to cheer her up.