Wow, has it really been a month since I last posted? The blog break wasn't intended, it just sort of happened. I have been very busy over the past month, and when I had a chance to sit down in the evenings to post, I just couldn't muster up the energy. PumpkinMama wrote a post recently, pondering the effect of sites like Ravelry and Flickr on blog posting. I would say that for me, they have both reduced my desire to post here. I start out by uploading my photos to Flickr, and then updating my projects in Ravelry. By the time I'm finished with that, I feel like I'm showing a project in triplicate, and have lost interest. Flickr is so easy, because I can upload the photo, write a short description, and be done with it. Blogging is much more complex, with all the thinking and typing, trying to be clever and interesting, and then there's all that linking. I find it usually takes me at least an hour to finish a post. You can't tell that from reading it, though, can you? :) That being said, I'm not ready to give up blogging, because I really like the community feeling I get from writing here and reading other blogs. I'm not really into message boards (too many tempers flare over seemingly innocuous comments), and find the commenting on blogs to be a much better way to communicate. I know I'm terribly inconsistent with responses to comments left here on this blog, but please know that I do read them and appreciate that you take the time to leave a little note. They mean a lot to me.
So, onward to the knitting. The past month has been very busy. I've finished a few small projects, all gifts, but I feel like the big projects keep dragging on because I can't stop myself from casting on for something new every two days. I'm close to finishing a cardi I started back in August, but have to wait for the buttons to arrive in the mail for an official finished object. I'm up to the armholes on my Tangled Yoke cardigan, have several socks on the needles, a Tomten jacket in handspun for the Princess*, and I just started a Central Park Hoodie at the end of last week. Clearly, my knitting plate has been very full. Not much spinning action lately, on account of all the knitting I want to get done.
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I'm trying to be good and start finishing up some of these lovely projects before I get tempted to cast on for yet another new project. I don't have any holiday knitting to do, but we are headed to the US to visit family for Christmas, and I'd like to finish at least two of these projects before we leave. Then comes the fun of deciding what I'll bring with me to knit en route. Of course before that, there's packing, kenneling the dog, arranging transportation to the airport, and the fear of traveling overseas by myself with two small kids to worry about. But why get ahead of myself?
While I'm already posting, I figure now is as good a time as any to show the two pairs of socks I finished over the last month, both of which were given to friends as gifts.
Pattern: Child's French Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: ShiBuiKnits Sock in Bark
Needles: 2.25mm Susan Bates DPN
These socks were a gift to a good friend of mine who moved back to the States last month. I was so sad to see her go, and wanted to make her something nice as a going away gift.
Pattern: Making Tracks by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: my handspun, spun from Funky Carolina merino/tencel roving in Berry Dark
Needles: 2.75mm (US 2) Bryspun DPN
I made the mistake of converting this pattern from toe-up to top-down. I much prefer knitting top-down socks, and thought I had plenty of yarn to finish these socks. One of the benefits of knitting toe-up socks is being able to knit the entire foot, then knit the leg until you run out of yarn. I lost this benefit by converting the pattern, and it was a nail-biting finish. I had one yard of yarn left over, after grafting the toe closed on the second sock! These socks were a birthday gift for my friend Tonya. She loved the pair I made her last year, and I knew that she'd love a new pair for her birthday this year.
That's what I've been up to, at least as far as knitting is concerned. I also have a whole bunch of yarn and roving to list on Etsy, but haven't managed to find a good block of time to get that done. I'll let you know when I get around to it. I hope you all are well!
*I've been struggling with how much of my personal life I want here on this blog, especially stuff about my kids. I've seen so many people have their children's photos stolen and used for questionable purposes. I know that for the past three years I've used my kids names here, but from now on, they will be known as the Princess and Zippy. Silly, perhaps, but it makes me feel a little more comfortable.