This week is the 8th anniversary of the start of my blog back in 2003. This year I feel like there’s a reason to mention it since I’ve been posting more lately. Looking back it’s amazing how far I’ve come as a knitter. When I first started blogging I was working on my first sweater, I hadn’t started knitting socks, and I was still figuring out gauge. I learned to knit when I was 6 or 7 but knitting really became a consistent part of my life after I started my blog. Though I haven’t kept blogging consistently my knitting has been pretty much constant since then.
A lot has changed in my life too, in 2003 I was working for a large industrial company, later I went back to school and got my Bachelor in Business Administration. At that time I started working at the University where I earned my degree, where I’ve continued to work since graduating. I’ve moved twice since I started the blog, the last time to a townhouse that I own. I’ve gone from knitting tons of Christmas and Birthday presents to knitting only a few. I’ve helped make new knitters and inspired people to return to knitting.
It’s been a great 8 years, here’s hoping the next 8 are too!
I like these socks, but I think the yarn would have been better for a non-sock project. It’s largely bamboo (not sure how much exactly), so it doesn’t have much stretch to it. Additionally, the stitch pattern pulls the fabric in a bit, so really I should have cast on 4 stitches more than I normal to compensate. With the gusset heel they get over my heels & ankles, but they aren’t as comfy as my wool socks.
The main part of the body of the Arachne Cardi has been completed and I’ve started dividing for the armholes. I finished the left front yesterday and now I’m working on the back. For a fingering weight cardi this seems to be going faster than I expected.
The Wavy Lace Scarf is complete. I was on a finishing kick and I needed the needle to swatch for the Arachne Cardi so I finished up the scarf. Now I just need to block it and weave in the ends. However this doesn’t seem to be a huge priority because there’s no way I need it yet, despite the cool summer we’ve been having.
One of my friends is suggested making some prosthetic breasts for breast cancer survivors. So I started one partly to test out the pattern to answer any questions the newer knitters might have. I started it on Tuesday and so far I’ve knit the base.
In early June my Starry Night Shawl was blocked, thanks to help from my Mom and her blocking wires. I love how it turned out. It has just the right amount of sparkle and is big enough to cover my shoulders and stay in place. In order to ensure variety in my wardrobe, the next shawl I make I think will be large enough that I can snuggle right into it if I need to.
Last weekend I got the opportunity to wear the shawl for the first time at my cousin’s wedding. The air conditioning in the hall was just the right amount of burr for this wrap.
My favourite compliment was from a family friend, Sandra. She asked if I had made it and then quickly added that it wasn’t that it looked like I had made it but she knows how talented I am and that if she had been looking to buy this shawl it would be in a boutique store. It was cute that Sandra felt the need to clarify why she was asking.