I knit, but don’t think myself a knitter… like I write, but don’t call myself a writer. The enjoyment is there; the expertise? Not so much. I enjoy pursuing both pastimes, but I’ve done neither of late. My apologies for not showing up lately.
I’m blaming the heat and Congress. I’m weary of both. Remember the days when people sat on porches during the day and children played outside, barefooted? Yes, Virginia, there is global warming. In fact, I have bad news for you, Honey. At this rate, Santa and the elves may be drowning in a sea of melted snow by Christmas.
It’s a strange world. God’s approval rating has dropped to 52%. Still, that’s twice Sarah Palin’s these days. On the other hand, Bank of America, the 19th most hated company in America, has a 68% approval rating. Go figure.
All of that is beside the point, completely off topic. You can tell that the heat is taking a toll on my ability to focus. This is meant to be… TA DAH…! a post about knitting. You don’t see me writing many of these and there’s a good reason, but stick with me. I’ll try to make it a good yarn.
I am terrorized by those thin, fine yarns which make such lovely lacy projects. (See Exhibit A.)
While I can handle the chunkier yarns more easily, the larger needles needed for those projects feel clunky and awkward, not to mention that they hurt my fingers. I’m hoping that my skill level will improve with both.
It didn’t take me long to realize that I should just knit for myself since my gifts, like this blue scarf, may not be worn by the intended recipient. (Exhibit B.)
- My stash of patterns and yarns might seem excessive to some– a husband, for instance… but since I know knitting
fiendsfriends with a worse addiction, I don’t think I’m a candidate for Hoarders yet. For instance, I do not have to seek off-site storage and my dining room chandelier is still yarn-free. (Exhibit C.)
- (To the friends who might be blushing now… not to worry. I’ll never tell.) I love knitting blogs. I wander through my favorites then onto their blog roll favorites. I love to see their FO’s—Finished Objects, (she said wistfully.) One that I discovered, Mommy’s Monster, sometimes has product reviews and giveaways. A couple of months ago, the blog had a review and giveaway of a most interesting yarn–YOSPUN by Matney Paine. Watch this video at your own risk.
- I was one of the winners and Matney sent two skeins of the luscious stuff!
- I’m still trying to decide what I want to do with them. I’m in no hurry to finish… not in this weather. It feels so incredibly soft, though, I can’t keep my hands off it. Especially when Dearly Beloved models it.