This is my blog. My web log. I'm not a techie... or tekkie?... it's Day One.
I'm not blogging to get comments, though I'm sure over time I would find it to be nice. I'm not blogging to be noticed. To me a blog is like a diary that everyone can read. So I suppose I will write carefully considering that my mother and husband will eventually learn of this blog and certainly want to know if I'm saying anything about them. ha
My blogging goal is simple: to provide a foundation of motivation to do things that make me happy. I am very happy when I'm blogging (what?).... no.... I don't know why I said that. lol I am very happy when I'm working on sewing, needlework, beading, eBay selling, and a wide variety of "me" things. Regardless of who the project will ultimately be in the posession of, the activity makes me happy.
I am a wordy kind of girl, so I will try to keep it to a minimum tonight since it's already getting late, tho it's not after midnight yet, which would be the normal time I would get a wild hair and do something like start a web log. Blog. I have to remember it's a blog.
Quite a long time ago I stumbled across the blog of a young girl, back when blogs were online diaries or something like that, who was getting bazillions of hits on her web page. I had made a "family web page" for myself and my first three children, and was interested in how someone could get so many hits per day!!! It was because she had interesting things to say. I was very interested in the things she had to say. Basic teenage girl diary kind of stuff.
Not too long ago my dad was bragging on his girlfriend Sharon's blog (aka KnitKnack). I thought, "What in the world?" She has a blog? How interesting could her blog possibly be? Well, I found it quite interesting. She is a knitter. I am a creative person. I knit occasionally. Actually rarely, but that's not the point. I've done a good bit of knitting in the past and might again in the future.
I've read her blog nearly every day for about the past three weeks or so. Maybe a little longer (okay, there was a contest involved). It's been so interesting I started reading her archives on the days she didn't post. heh She refers to my dad fairly often in there, which is interesting to me since they live on the other side of the USA from me.
Reading Sharon's blog has inspired me to want to knit a little... really a lot, but once I get started I'll probably remember it's such a slow thing for me and that slow progress means I lose interest. I don't want to lose interest, but it happens. Occasionally I finish a project. I'll post pictures of
some projects a knitted project that I have finished. Now that I think about it there have been two... but I only actually have one of the knitted projects I've finished. The other was eaten by something.
This might also be my eBay seller blog, my crochet (quilting, sewing, beading, blah blah blah a million craft projects) blog.... my life with four children blog... life with divorced parents.... life living in a different state than my husband... life being allergic to cats... life working at a law firm... or any number of different life blogs - all at the same time. I somehow fear that this won't truly qualify as a "Knitting Blog" because 99% of the content will be about something other than knitting.
However, back to the original point here... it's Day One (ohhhh... don't forget "Perpetual Diet Blog"). Day One of my blogging life. I will not be an obsessive blogger. So far I haven't told my husband that I was even pondering creating my own blog but eventually he will have to know because the monthly fees will come out of my checking account and I'll have to explain what that's all about. heh
Back to the original point again. Sharon has inspired me. Inspired me to knit again. And inspired me to blog. Thank you Sharon.
My mother, Carol, is also a knitter (an awesome one - I will never knit as fast as she does), as well as a quilter (of beautiful quilts) and a master at any other needle art or creative thing she ever wanted to do (oh - that's where I get it from! hehe). She tried to teach me to knit as a child. I don't know how old I was, probably not older than eight or nine, when she tried to teach me to knit. I say "tried" because I found it difficult, therefore didn't really want to do it. Progress was slow and quite unsatisfactory. The things I remember about it:
- It was winter time and there was a fire in the fire place.
- I used red yarn.
- The needles were gold colored.
- My tension was WAY too tight.
Another reason why it was difficult.... I'm left handed, Mom is right handed. Everything she ever taught me of this sort I did backward from her. So I faced her and did a mirror of what she was teaching me. She was "turned around" when looking over my shoulder and had a hard time coaching me, I think.
I tried knitting again when I was expecting my first baby. It was a DARLING sweater set with a diamond pattern, fairly difficult for a virtual beginner. I finished one bootie and part of the sweater. Every time I picked it up I thought "WHY didn't I wash my hands that one time before working on this project?" It was a light green color and you could easily see a very dirty row of knitting. A woman where I worked coached me a bit to help me realize I was twisting every stitch (probably why my tension was so tight way back when) and not quite doing things properly. From then on I was a "knitter".
To me, a knitter is someone that's doing it properly, regardless of number of completed projects or frequency of them. Of course that's because I have very few completed projects and know that I'm doing it properly. heh
After that it was about two or three years before I bought a "So You Want to Learn How to Knit?" book (or titled something similarly). I had two children by this time and the itch to knit something. In the late summer I got the book and went straight to the only tasteful project in the book: a cute hooded zip-front child's sweater. I made it from marroon acrylic yarn. It had all the parts including cables. I learned a lot and got that thing done very quickly. I LOVED it. I was a stay-home Mom and had enough time in my life to do some knitting and enjoyed it tremendously. Right away I made a sweet little baby sweater from a vintage pattern for my infant daughter in white yarn with a little shiny strand through it. Not so easy to use because it liked to split but it was a precious little sweater. She grew too fast. And at some point it was eaten by a mouse, I believe.
Well, it's nearly midnight. I think I've typed PLENTY for my first post. It's Day One.
Back to my inspiration.... I was inspired to make socks. Then I thought, SOCKS??????
Today I stayed home with a sick child (2nd day home so the sickness was pretty much over by this afternoon). We "went to town" to do a deposit at the bank and I stopped at Hobby Lobby. This is not where you find "nice" yarn. I thought maybe there was a remote possibility I could find some wool to make a swatch for a felted purse I would like to make. But no. Not one skein of 100% wool in the whole place.
I did, however, see a pretty color of sock yarn. A blend, yes. With a free pattern. One of those variegated yarns that makes its own stripes and patterns. Then I had to get the DPNs. Ugh. I fear them. But I know there's nothing I can't do.
Can someone.... SOMEONE.... someone please tell me if a pattern calls for 5 DPNs, why do they sell them in sets of four? Huh? Anyone? So I got two packs of size 3 DPN's. Any a little box of stitch markers. I will be making some of those neat little beaded stitch markers that I've seen. And some DPN point protectors. There are quite a few "new" knitting gadgets available since the last time I browsed. I'm sure I'd think I had died and gone to heaven if I actually visited a real yarn shop now.
Santa... actually we suspect it was Mrs. Santa... made my daughter Suzannah a knitting bag for Christmas filled with needles, hooks, two skeins of yarn, a few other small easy needlework kits, a beginner crochet book for kids, two beginner knitting books for kids, and a sewing kit with scissors. She was the sick child who accompanied me to Hobby Lobby (along with baby Emeline) and had a blast looking at the yarn and accessories.
It's now midnight and my final point still has not been made. About two hours ago I was "just about to start" the socks. I'm sure you know how those things go.
I'm now going to bed. With the yarn. The two packs of DPNs, stitch markers, point protectors, pattern... and intent to start and maybe knit something to take a picture of tomorrow. Two or three rows ought to be good enough. :)