Random Thoughts on Knitting


I’m taking a blogging course that started yesterday (Feb. 29th) and I’m pretty sure that most, if not all, of my blog posts in the next 6 weeks will come from that course.  Today our assignment is to write 25 random things about ourselves………..I’m turning that into writing random thoughts about what knitting has brought to me.

 

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Can it be only 3 1/2 years ago that I began knitting in earnest?  Wow, so much has happened since then.  In the spirit of my assignment, I’m going to write what comes to mind as I think of it so here goes!

 

I’ve gone from a newbie to now offering technique demonstrations and knitting help at my favorite yarn shop, My Sister Knits in Fort Collins, CO.

 

Julie, owner of MSK, and I organized a knitting retreat last fall at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO which was a huge hit and will become an annual event.  That was a dream come true indeed!

 

I went to ‘knitters’ Mecca’ which is the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY – more commonly known as ‘Rhinebeck’ with a small group of wonderful people – another dream come true!

 

Because of where I live, I’ve been able to meet and learn from so many amazing designers and teachers at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver.

 

a Jacob sheep at the Estes Wool Market

a Jacob sheep at the Estes Wool Market

I’ve discovered I’m passionate about learning about wool and the animals it comes from and Deb Robson, who co-wrote the book on those animals, lives right here in town and (so many ‘ands’ – can you tell I’m excited?) we’ve spent time together and she taught me about washing fleece – I still shake my head in wonder when I think about actually doing that.  It was an experience that gave me a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in what I could achieve.

 

Knitting has brought me a whole new world of knowledge, friends and creativity that I cannot imagine doing without.

 

I could go on and on but those things I haven’t mentioned today will become future blog posts – keep reading!

 



Sweaters and Mittens and Hats, Oh My!


Decisions, decisions………….I’ve just finished a largish project and now I get to move on to another one, or two, or three!  I have several projects started and therein lies the problem.  Or delightful choice, depending on how you look at it!

Nimbus

Dovana

Kaweah

 

Should I work on Nimbus which is for a friend going through a hard time?

Or Dovana which has a ‘due by’ date quickly approaching?

Or Kaweah which I’m making with Shibui Dune and oh my that is heavenly to work with?

 

That’s not even counting the sweaters, mittens and hats in the title!  More on those later………..



Out of Hibernation!


After many, many months of hibernating, I am starting up my blog again – yay!  I’m pretty excited about this!

 

I’ve been pondering what to write and which photos to use; I could spend another few months making those decisions!  Instead, I’m going to dive right in and post something, anything to get started.

 

My knitting journeys during this time have taken me so many places – short rows, cabling, breed specific sheep, wool festivals, classes, new friends, creating a knitting room – and the list goes on.

 

 

cables

cables

a Jacob sheep at the Estes Wool Market

short rows

short rows

 

 

I’m eager to share my adventures and I invite you to subscribe to make it easy to follow along on my journeys!