Flirtatious

In one of my early posts One for the Road I talked about how I like to have around three projects on my needles at a time.  I like to have projects going that help advance my skill set and proficiency.  I also like to have projects that I don’t really have to think too hard about and can relax while watching a movie or having a conversation without having to worry too much about keeping focused attention on my work.

So for the most part, I am not a monogamous knitter.  Recently, however as some projects were completed and others were “frogged” without casting on new ones, I have dwindled down to a single shawl project that I’m working on as a Christmas present.  I’m not saying for whom. Spoilers.

I really hadn’t realized I had gotten to this state.  Life has been very, VERY hectic lately.  I’m slowly turning my property into a homestead.  I have chickens, vegetable and herb garden and plans to expand.

My beloved younger daughter is getting married next month and guess who is baking the cakes (plural) for it.  Yep.  Scary.

I wrangle 2 boys and a pit/lab mix 3 days a week.  Adorable, fun, exhausting.

I could go on, but I think you grasp the idea.

Because of all the busyness my mind is in constant “what’s next?” mode and the time and mental energy to sit and consider what else I wanted to be working on was just not there.  But pendulums swing.

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Now I’ve gone from being monogamous to downright flirtatious.  I would use the word Harlot (nods to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee ) but that’s taken.

I am very, very close to finishing the shawl so it was pretty urgent that I start deciding what else needs to be cast on.

First of all, I picked up the project bag to a pair of socks that had languished and after considering for a bit, I chose to start fresh and frog the project back.  I still want to continue on my journey toward confident and skilled sock knitter so I took the same yarn and cast on Hermione’s Everyday Socks,  still being as busy as I was before I am still working on the cuff of the first sock, but, it’s a start.

Secondly, I spend 3 days a week with the aforementioned boys and dog.  I am not really willing to take any knitting projects with me because if young mister or the pup got ahold of it, there would be tears.  Mostly mine.  But to not have ANY projects to work on while I am there is not to my liking. So I decided to dust off my crochet hook and do some stash busting by starting a simple granny stripe blanket to take with me.  I am far less concerned about having to pull back a bit on a crochet project than I would be to try and repair tangles or damage on a knitted project.  I’m still working on the foundation row for this since I decided to learn how to do the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch to begin it.

I should have this ready to travel in the next day or two.

I also received the gift of some nice hemp yarn.

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I’ve wanted to try out this fiber for some time now, so I was delighted with the gift.  Because it is a stiffer texture than the fibers I usually work with I’m leaning toward a nice farmer’s market type shopping bag. It is a little less than 200 yards so it would have to be a medium sized bag.  I’m still perusing Ravelry and Pinterest trying to decide on a pattern.  Suggestions?

Finally, this seems to be the month for reviving old skills. As I mentioned, my daughter is getting married next month.  I have found the perfect cross stitch pattern that I would like to make for the event.  I feel safe posting about this here.  She is a busy working woman, preparing for a wedding and NOT a knitter, so my secret should be safe.  However, I will save the details and the photo of the completed project until after it has been given to the new couple, just to be on the safe side.  This would be the ONE time she decided she needed to read Mom’s blog.

So, the current tally is:

2 knitting projects on the needles

1 pending project

1 crochet project

and a cross stitch project.

I think that pendulum may have swung just a bit too far.

Before I go, let me just share a few of the new colorways that have been coming out of my kitchen:

This party’s just getting started.

Cheers,

Jamye

In Real Life

I love the lively, interesting and wide-variety of people I can find in the online Knitting Community.  Like many of you, I have my favorite YouTube podcasters, as well as some audio podcasters that I watch or listen to regularly.  I enjoy browsing through Ravelry or Pinterest to see what’s new or what some of my favorite designers have been creating.  There are also the bloggers who share the same love of knitting and writing that I do and show me something new every time I read their posts.

I genuinely love the Internet for it’s ability to give us such a large resource pool for the things we love and wish to learn more about.  It takes our ability to connect with people who share our interests to a literally global scale.  Pretty awesome, right?

KatieHowever, I cannot go for a walk with Katie and Rollie of Inside Number 23.

 

 

 

I cannot go to Knit Night with Shannon of Soxcetera in spite of the fact that we have a lot of things in common

.  Shannon

 

I won’t even get to spend time trying a new natural dyeing technique with Sara of Yarns at Yin Hoo even though she lives closer and lives in a Chinese Tea House!!  I lived in China for almost 10 years so I find that especially cool.

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I just want to hang out with all the knitters. Everywhere.

 

So, a really great thing happened this week.  No, I did not get to hang out with the aforementioned podcasters.  I did get to meet one that I had only previously seen on YouTube, but more on that later.

The great thing that happened was a first time meeting of a newly formed group called Tristatethe Tri-State Fiber Arts Guild.  I had received an email more than a month ago about the meeting that was to be held at a local library.  This definitely sounded like my jam, so I made sure that night was cleared of ANYthing so I could go.

It’s not that I don’t have friends locally with whom I love to knit, but I’m always excited when I get to meet someone who shares a passion of mine.  Also, I recently learned that KnitWitts, the LYS that I normally go to for Knit Night each Wednesday, is closing its doors at the end of July.  This was unexpected and I am very sorry to see this happen.  But the forming of this guild at this time almost seemed like a “one door closing, another door opening” kind of moment.  So, silver lining.

I was the first to arrive, being the rather eager person that I am, but I was joined within minutes by one of the organizers.   By the time the meeting was in full swing there were around 25 + people and all quite as passionate about their craft as I am.  The thing that delighted me the most, I think, was the wide variety of fiber arts that were represented.  Most, of course, were knitters or crocheters.  But there were also weavers, spinners, dyers, tatters and rug hookers.  There was also a wide range of age and experience among those present.

The lone gentleman present, Mark, works on historical projects and with a local historical site on Abraham Lincoln.  He has been spinning since 1984.  Another woman uses a spinning wheel that has been used by 6 generations of her family.  I also met the host of Strong Girl Knits.  These are just a few of the people that were there.  I hope eventually to do some profiles on this page about some of my fascinating fellow crafters. stronggirl

The Fiber community being what it is, the knitting and crocheting projects came out before the meeting had even started and at least half present were working away on something for the duration of our time together.  This made me feel right at home.  For most people there are 3 items that are always present whenever leaving home.  Keys. Wallet (or Purse). Phone.  For those of us seriously addicted to fibers, the project bag is most likely to come too.

As followers of this blog already know,  I am learning how to hand dye yarn.  (See Living and Dyeing and Yarn, Colors, and Friends) I’m really enjoying learning about this, the small experiments I have done so far and the larger ones that I will be doing very soon.  So I am very happy indeed to connect with others who have already had experience with different methods of dyeing.  I can’t wait to learn about their experiences as I gain some of my own.  As I said before, I love the Internet for the community AND for the information.  However, sometimes I have such a random, even obscure question it sometimes takes me a while to track down that information.  I love to meet people with whom I can just put a straightforward question to and hopefully get a much quicker response or at least a direction, than the time sometimes spent wandering endlessly on the Web searching for an answer.  I can get lost in there, the chances for distraction are infinite.

We will be meeting monthly.  People are encouraged to come early and bring projects that need a fresh set of eyes to sort out a problem.  There was discussion of organizing a Fiber Festival (Oh, happy day!), day trips, and demonstrations of various crafts and techniques.

Next month, the spinners in the group are going to bring in some of their materials and equipment to demonstrate.  I believe we will have a chance to learn to spin on drop spindle and on a wheel.  I’m very much looking forward to that.  Spinning my own fiber has been on my list of things to learn for a while now.  I have been holding myself back because I genuinely want to learn how to make all the things!! and currently I’m trying to not add yet one more craft to my growing pile of projects just yet.  So this will allow me to dip my toe in the water but hopefully not get swept away.  That is a very real risk.  Fortunately both my husband and my bank account help me practice restraint.  Most of the time.

So, while I will continue to delight in the Knitting Community that I am linked to through technology, I am so happy to learn, share and connect to my fellow fiberistas in the real world.

 

Peace,

Jamye