The world is full of soft, seductive yarns and fiber, and I just can't shut up about it.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Craft or Bust 2010
It's a new year and time for me to get inspired and motivated for a whole new decade of crafty goodness. To that end, I have joined Quicksilver and friends in Craft or Bust 2010. The idea is that we each craft weekly, post weekly, and have a goal to reach. I'm doing this because I want to:
use my blog weekly
try new, challenging crafts (nuno felting and block printing, for example)
learn to take better pictures
Also, the participants are inspiring, and there's nothing to get my hands busy like inspiration from crafty peeps.
Like the idea? Join the fun at CoB 2010. I'll see you Sunday, at the latest!
I'm a thirty-ish and joyfully married to my yarn-tolerant hubby. My son is 15, and I could write a whole blog about being his parent. I recently earned my Master's of Education, and hope to very soon be a Language Arts teacher of Middle school students. All of this and knitting keeps me very busy, and I still have time left over to adore my sweet fluffy dog and impossibly gorgeous cat. Oh, and I like to write and read poetry too!
I'm really close to finishing my Stitch Diva "Sahara." I've really enjoyed the knitting, especially being able to try it on as I go. It relieves a lot of anxiety about fit and color, knowing that yes, this garment fit and looks good on you! I wasn't sure I would like the edging either, but it's beautiful and drapes nicely and the texture makes the sequins shine even more. So I'm thrilled with that. I'm also designing a cropped, tie front cardi using similar construction techniques. This may change my knitting even more than learning toe-up socks. The cardi is knit in Dream in Color "Smooshy" which I'm currently in love with because of the subtle yet dazzling changes of color. It's a light knit, which I would have shied away from before because of the smaller gauge, but now I'm able to see beyond the gauge to the superior drape that can be achieved with a lighter knit. That's not to say that my worsted sweaters don't have their place, but it will be nice to have something to wear when the weather is above freezing. Also on the needles is my "Fit and Flare" skirt, which will likely take the rest of my life to finish, seeing as how I've barely touched it in weeks. I feel bad about it, but I have these exciting, finishable projects going. This may be the one place in my life where I can be fickle and no one gets hurt. Still, I would like to finish the skirt someday.
I finally am all moved in to our new love nest, and the size of it really is nest-like. I think my husband my have gotten a glimpse of the stash size, but he didn't mention it. He hoards tools and guitar equipment, expensive things, so he can't really say anything to me about the yarn.
I've been cruising through Ravelry.com a lot and I've been quite inspired by the gorgeous projects and the time people spend communicating their fiber-love to the world.
I just finished my "Snapping Turtle Skirt" from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. I just turned on the italics and don't know how to turn it off!!! Okay, i figured it out.
Anyway, the construction is unique, as you knit one hexagon, pick up stitches, cast-on stitches, and then knit another, and so on. I had a love hate relationship because I love being able to fix a mistake by unraveling one hexagon instead of inches of knitting, but you have to cast on or pick-up well over two thousand stitches, and that was with shortening the length by one full row of hexagons. Also, because I chose two colors, I have a huge number of ends to weave in. I swear there must be a better way. Even so, I love the skirt, and I'll be casting on for the "Trumpet Skirt" from Knitting Lingerie Style, ASAP (maybe today!!!)
I've been in the process of moving for the last week, which has brought my knitting progress, social life and job search all to a screeching halt! I would absolutely hate moving were it not for the lovely place I've moved in to. Someday when I actually know where all my stuff is again I hope to post pictures. (HA!)
During the moving process I was afraid that my hubby would discover the truth of my yarn habit, but either I pulled it off or he was too stunned to mention it too me. Maybe he saw all of the yarn and just blocked it out, or possibly he realized that it's hopeless to change my ways now that its gone this far . . . anyway, I know people with much bigger stashes than mine. I'm not an addict.
I just realized that this could be read by non-knitters. If you are a non-knitter who has stumbled onto this page, and your now wondering if yarn addiction will be the "new crack," don't worry. Most knitters can afford their habits, and those who can't just max their credit cards or mortgage their home. No one will be robbing liquor stores to get yarn.
Well, as I mentioned above, my job search has been put on hold also. As a new-Master of Education recipient I need to begin by subbing. I want to teach middle school language arts, but I can sub for any grade, k-12, although I honestly don't think I could survive four hours with 25 kindergardeners. Meanwhile, kindergarden teachers would usually rather endure having their leg hair pulled out by the roots than spend all day with a group of middle school students. It takes all kinds to make a world. Or a school system. Soooo . . . It is my goal to get my info where it needs to go so that I will be ready for anything (job-wise) come Monday.
Luckily, I really like what I do and so I don't feel like it's merely stealing time that I could be spending knitting, talking about knitting or reading about knitting. I do however believe that all middle school students could benefit from a meditative yet creative pursuit like knitting. I get some of my best ideas when I'm knitting socks (never mind hat they are ideas about knitting socks)
Okay, back to unpacking and wishing that I could twinkle my nose and have all my belongings fly to their rightful place. Although, maybe imagining it will help me figure out where to put all this stuff.
I really want to whip out my camera and photograph all my current, recent, and favorite projects, but my unfinished resume (imagine the accent over the e) is not going to finish itself, and the mound of miscellany on my desk probably won't photograph well. On top of that, I have to find a new home and make phone calls, go to the bank, blah, blah, blah . . . a million things to keep me from my yarn and needles. Too much reality, if you ask me. So, work first, fun later. I know I will be happier with my bills paid, a new roof over my head, and several classes full of students to teach. In fact, I will be ecstatic!
My first post on my new blog! How exciting (sort of.) I've been knitting like a maniac for two years now, and I've just recently begun looking at all of the awesome blogs out there. I've been inspired by all of the knitters whose work I've seen via the internet, and I want to show off some of my own. Besides knitting, I also have been known to dye yarn and occasionally crochet. My most recent FO was a pair of slippers that I made as a christmas gift. I currently have 2 projects going: a Alchemy yarns Haiku (a kidsilk haze like yarn) lacy stole and the Snapping Turtle skirt from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. I've wanted to knit this skirt since I first saw it, and I found the yarn half price on a recent visit to Wild Fiber (of Knit 2 Together fame.) I'll be posting pictures of these projects and other FO's soon. I look forward to having this record of my knitting life.