Hello hello hello

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Well… if anybody should happen to stumble across this… it should be obvious that I am quite the on-again off-again blogger. Lately the urge to rejoin the blogosphere, such as it is, has been welling up in me again, so here I am. In honor of my revivification I have changed themes and cleaned things up a bit. (Btw, I LOVE this new theme, writr. The circular doodad at the top perfectly suits my circular gravatar, don’t it? Very nice typography too.)


So. I have been knitting up a storm lately. About six months ago I learned how to knit socks, and I have been doing nothing but knit socks ever since. Socks are fun because:

  • they don’t take very long to make
  • the heel makes a nice milestone (halfway!), to give you that sense of accomplishment
  • if your two socks don’t turn out identical, or if you screw up a bit, who cares? No one looks that closely at other people’s socks.
  • It’s a relatively cheap project. One skein of yarn makes a pair of socks and costs around $20, whereas the same quality of yarn for a sweater would be over $100.

The PROBLEM with socks is that it is so tempting to stockpile yarn. Because like I said, one skein makes a pair, so you don’t have to have a pattern in mind before you buy. You know you will use it eventually, somehow. And sock yarn comes in the most amazing colors. I went to a fiber show last weekend, my first ever, and came home with this:

Stash!

The fiber show was very cool. Way bigger than I expected. I have no interest in spinning my own yarn, but watching other people do it, I could kind of see the appeal. Knitting is a sensory pleasure for me, I love the feel of good yarn in my hands, and I imagine spinning also feels good. Still, not going there.

Here are some other pics from the show. I was totally not expecting this…

awww cute, but not going there either... whoa!

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Pillow No. 1

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The other day I mentioned that I had started exploring the world of audiobooks & podcasts because I had taken up knitting again. I am making couch cushions. I am not at all a craft-y interior decorator type. In fact I have an extremely high tolerance for mess and grime. But these cushions are so nasty that even I find them offensive. So I got my knitting stuff out of deep storage and found a fun pattern: knitted in the round which I love; with chunky yarn which I also love; with cables on the front and seed stitch on the back which I also love; and the pattern lends itself very well to tweaking which I love the most. My plan is to make 6 cushions, each with a different cable pattern. Or if not 6, then as many as I can until my yarn runs out.

So, the first one is done, yay! I just need to sew the buttons on the back flap and sew up the bottom seam. I swear I will finish it before starting the next one. :-)