When I first started this blog, I was so excited about being incognito. I was excited to have a space to share my thoughts, send troubling questions out into the world, open discussions and debates...all while having it run freely disconnected from my real life, thus not having to edit according to friends or family (especially family) readers. Then, I felt a bit shifty for doing that and told those I know and love about this site. And consequently, I keep mum on all those topics I meant to carry on about in the first place. Sigh. So, I'm sorry I've been so quiet. I have A LOT on my mind, and honestly, I'd love to share it with you and get some feedback and hopefully some insight...but alas, I cannot (or should not). Certain readers just wouldn't appreciate it, so I won't go there.
Guess I'll talk about knitting and crafting instead.
I'm making decent progress on my scarf, and I'm still loving it. Even the texture of Noro is growing on me. I think this is because what I really love is watching those colors evolve and change. The scarf is plain, the stitch is basic, but knitting it isn't because of those glorious colors.
I had intended to finish the Noro scarf before starting anything else, but my thoughts are wandering and I'm not sure how much longer I can keep them at bay. My sister is due to birth her baby boy any day now, and I'd love to knit him something cozy and warm. A girlfriend is due in March, and I have the perfect yarn ready to go! I have that facebook craft challenge to meet, and at least one of the five projects is decided and on the brain. A friend and I have discussed a knit-a-long Tea Leaves session. Not to mention sweaters I would really love to knit for myself and my girls this year. Hm...
One of my Christmas gifts from Hubby was the book, Alterknits, which I really enjoyed reading. It has been a great starting point for inspiration (since I definitely don't need any patterns added to my mental queue at the moment). One idea I really loved was the felted pinboard for the studio. In my reality, there is no way I would knit something as large and time-consuming as a blanket just to felt it and hang it on the wall...but I do like the large alternative to a corkboard for certain! A few years ago, I bought a bright yellow cotton quilt in Qatar that I simply could not leave behind (really cheap and really nice work in it), but when I say "bright yellow", I mean it is BRIGHT YELLOW.
It's so yellow that my camera didn't capture it correctly. Its little meter thought, "Seriously? There is no way it is this bright. Let's tone it down..." As much as I like it, I have never used it. Now, I will. I bought some quilt batting, and I'm going to baste it to the back to give the piece some more density, and then I plan to hang that up in my studio and use it for my inspiration board. I'm very visual, so having a spot to display not only inspiring pictures and quotes but also tack up projects I'd like to get to seems a perfect idea. Of course, that means I have to actually prepare and hang it in the first place...
What have you been up to lately?