While I was digging through my yarn closet I came across the first thing I ever knit up. Since I generally don’t participate in ‘throw back Thursday’ shenanigans, I thought I’d make an exception for my first knitty bit. Sadly, I can’t find my first swatch. I hope that this little number will give a beginner at anything hope & remind us all that we aren’t perfect right out of the gate.
One of my favorite types of blog posts is the ‘goals for the year’ post. In typical ADHD fashion, I’m late for the year (it’s already February, yo). I keep toying with writing, blogging, and crafting on a regular basis. As you can see in my archives, sometimes I’m successful, & often I skip out for quite extended bits of time (sorry that’s not terribly encouraging, but it’s true). So. Goals. Here we go:
1. Don’t limit myself to specific subjects. Write what I’m thinking about & what is inspiring at the moment. Since I’m currently in ‘Career Transition’, there will probably be a lot of knitting posts.
2. Schedule at least three posts per week. Five would be better, but I’m still learning how to write without sounding like a complete narcissist or asshole. I’m sure at some point I will show my prejudices, privilege, and ridiculousness. But for now, I’m shooting for 3 times a week at minimum.
3. Keep the kids off the blog. They aren’t featured often here and while it’s hard not to write about all the cute snuggles, sayings, etc. I do want to keep this more of a grown up space. It’s okay to share them on other social media or mention them, but no face pictures from here on out. I’m not a mommy blogger & I’m not sure how this blog will evolve anyway. It started out as a beginner knitting blog and I was terrible keeping up with my knitting stories and posting. To be fair I did start it way back in the dinosaur days when a person had to take pictures and manually upload them to the computer. Thank you technology for making life easier!
4. Write something every day, even if it’s just a draft. IMPROVE and listen to criticism constructively.
5. Take more pictures and IMPROVE. This is a big one. I am pretty visual and while I love photography, I’m by no means a professional nor do I strive to become a professional. But it would be nice if I didn’t cringe when I look at the photos I post. I’ve also never been one to have actual photos lying around. Generally, those pictures are hiding somewhere in a roll I never developed or on a device that I’ve lost all the cords to or a phone that a child has dumped in a glass of water (true story).
6. Write out my patterns, even if they’re just notes on a post. I someday want to actually write patterns to either sell or give away. Right now, I just want to practice writing them out.
7. Switch to wordpress.org. I’m not sure when this is going to happen, but it’s going to be this year. I want a Pinterest plugin. BAD. HAHA! I’m only halfway kidding. But I do want to take this hobby a little bit more seriously and see if it goes anywhere. The first step is to actually make it a bit more professional and according to the advice on the great wide interwebs, hosting is the next logical step.
I have more things I’d like to do in the coming months, but for now, I’m thinking this is a good place to start. Cheers!
I don’t know why exactly, but I love gray yarn. I’m a sucker for knits in that color. You might have noticed the overwhelming number of projects knitted in variations of gray. I really do try to pick out different shades, but I almost always end up with the neutral despite my intentions.
This alone was pulled quickly off the top of my yarn stash. In any case whether it’s an addiction, problem, or I just have good taste, I love gray yarn.
Do you have a color you can’t seem to stop buying?
Here is my Kids Raglan Tee knit while watching ‘The Walking Dead‘. Since it’s not completed, I don’t have all the notes yet and I’m not using a pattern. I’d like to think that I would be all bad-ass AND crafty at the same time if there was in fact a zombie apocalypse. Thank goodness it’s all just fiction and I will most likely never be put to the test. I read and watch quite a bit in the Dystopian Genre. Some of my book favorites lately have been The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin, Water by Jeff Rosenplot, and The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin. As for television, the only real stand out lately has been TWD, however, Netflix has many great series available. So, what do you knit and think about while watching or listening to Zombies, Plague, and other disaster/dystopian works? Please share!
Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of baby knits. They’re cute, yes, but in the past I have been known to get irritated at their lack of practicality. Lately, however, they have been appealing. Since we have three kids ourselves I am not as mobile or able to lend a helping hand to friends who are now having children for the first (or fifth) time. I can offer encouragement, advice, a midnight shoulder to text on, or I can drop off meals. But since I have my own brood with germs of their own, it’s generally appreciated that I offer help at a distance until the new parents are comfortable knowing/remembering that germs are not in fact the end of the world. And here is where the baby knit is starting to win my appreciation. I hope that it’s a reminder that I am there to lend that shoulder, drop off dinner, and that while I keep a physical distance those parents are still in my thoughts. I hope that the recipient(s) know that I stitched the item with love and good wishes and that it’s okay if they never actually put it on their child. Maybe I’ll make one of those super cute modge-podge hangers to go with it. Crafty goodness, right there.
Knit for Logan out of Paton’s Worsted 100% Wool & finished in one day for Valentine’s Day, 2014. I plan to sew in a headband fleece liner this afternoon.
CO 84 with size 5 circular needle
K1, P1 for 13 rounds
Switch to size 8 circular needle, P all one round
P1, K1 all rounds until hat measures 10 inches from CO edge
P2tog for three rounds
Break yarn and weave in ends
Hat is reversible, however, I prefer the purled sides to be hidden