A lot has changed for me in the past year. I no longer garden, quilt or photograph.
The arthritis pain in my thumbs has reached a point that I can no longer use a garden rake, among other tools. I am able to keep up a small entrance garden at the front of our property, but that is just digging in new plants or digging up weed roots. Starting a new garden, raking up sticks or leaves, cultivating, etc. is out of the question for me as it leaves me in so much pain for the next 5 days or more.
Quilting is too hard for me to hold under my machine now. Plus it just takes up too much room. I end up with fabric everywhere which annoys everyone. In an effort to keep the peace, I’ve stashed my stash or given it away.
Photography went out the window when the propane tank in the back of the car fell over on my camera bag. Ooops!
So now I’m learning about knitting. I’ve read a book about a woman’s yearlong journey making an Alice Starmore sweater out of non-Alice Starmore yarns. It was actually interesting. It’s called Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously by Adrienne Martini. I’m into The Knitter’s Life List by Gwen W. Steege right now. It’s a bucket list for knitters. I’ve learned a lot already about yarn, and I’ve only finished the first chapter.
As for projects, I’ve completed a shawl project I picked up at Coastal Knitting in Beaufort, SC http://www.coastalknitting.com/ while at my son’s marine graduation. I’ve decided wherever I go, I’m going to find a yarn shop and pick up a project and supplies for it. I have a binder of page protectors I put the pattern in, along with a business card from the shop, the yarn wrapper and receipt.
I visited my daughter in Paducah, KY and bought some luxurious cotton yarn from the Itty Bitty Knitty shop with which I’m making a sampler stitch shawl. The owner, Lisa, also educated me about shawl sticks! I told her I didn’t wear my shawls much because they always fall off. So she showed her assortment of shawl pins with which to fasten a shawl. Look her up on Facebook at the Itty Bitty Knitty Shop (Coastal Knitting also carries shawl sticks and pins.)
Other projects on my needles include: a baby sweater in Red Heart yarn in which to learn “yarn math” with Cheryl Brunette on Youtube https://youtu.be/1jwM5bD6k4o, and another shawl with the Reyna pattern from Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reyna with a yarn containing NETTLES! I used to get stung with those plants all the time as a kid! I’m so glad something good can come from them.
So if any of you are seasoned knitters, comment to let me know:
- What brand of needles do you enjoy most and why
- What’s your favorite yarn, and why
- Do you just buy yarn, or do you have a pattern for it already
Enjoy your spring!