So I’m having a topsy-turvy kind of sad kind of hopeful kind of exhausting day. As mentioned in my two previous posts. Apparently I’ve also become the kind of blogger who will ignore this blog for a month and then post three times in one day. Which I get to do, because it is *my* blog.
This post is not about homeschooling or head lice or money or any of the challenging big things my family has grappled with lately. It’s about knitting, and how I made an amazing hat for a loved one this weekend while curled on the couch with my girlfriend watching Sherlock and listening to the rain patter on the roof. We’d spent the day in Portland having lazy brunch and shopping in the cutest little yarn store and then went up to close the camp for the season. The whole scene kind of captured the essence of fall and this hat came out of that. This hat! And little matchy matchy handwarmers.
Just like this I’m in love with knitting again. In love! I’m already working on a little baby Jayne hat for another friend. All I want to do for the rest of time (or until the weather warms up) is knit knit knit. I’ve collected a bunch of beautiful yarn, and picked out a few projects to work on. I hope my friends like knitwear, because my schemes mostly involve making stuff and giving it away.
It’s like this every year. The weather turns cool and I’m suddenly in LOVE with knitting. I don’t think of myself as a knitter, though. I don’t stash yarn, I don’t know what most of the knitting abbreviations in patterns mean, I don’t make my own designs. I’m like a perpetual beginner.
Except the last two years I have been really leveling up. I’ve learned to make hats and done some pretty amazing ones. I’ve gotten better at wristwarmers. This year I’m determined to take on making a sweater. I love the learning new things part, and the easy comfort of doing the basic things over and over, and the joy of seeing fabric emerge from my fingertips where there was none before. It’s soothing and exciting all at the same time.
So tell me, knitting geeks, what do you love? What patterns should I be exploring? What yarns should I be coveting? What are you working on?
(I’m mzmuze on Ravelry, if you want to make friends over there)