I have threatened to start this for at least 18 months. I think it was the "De Lurking" stuff going on a couple weeks ago that finally forced me into it. For the past two years, I have started my day with my morning coffee and a big hit of great blogs. I started with Wendy and Harlot and, pretty soon I was reading over a hundred knitting blogs.
And I was knitting.
I started with socks and scarves and quickly moved on to shawls and sweaters. If I read about it, I had to knit it. I knit Sharon Miller's Birch (in Black KSH which Sharon herself told me she had only tried once and would never do it again), Clapotis (in Silk Garden and linen yarn - my all time favorite) and, more recently, jaywalkers. I collect Alice Starmore books like pre-Columbian art and find that a quick trip to my favorite LYS is enough to cure just about everything that ails me. All of this is motivated by all you wonderful knitters. It is time to give back.
I live in a suburb of Minneapolis with my husband who loves the sweater I made him, my 16 year old daughter who rejects most of what I knit her, a son who is away at college (Carleton), the recipient of my largest project yet and matching pets.
This photo is actually five years old. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Emma, has a lot more hair. The cat, Grace, is still the queen of the household. Grace politely plays with her catnip mouse and loves lounging on damp things being blocked in the living room. Emma prefers to lounge on knitted items being photographed, but does not interfere with any other knitting stuff.
Knitting has helped keep me focussed and sane as my kids start to leave the nest. Every night I sit in my chair with beautiful yarn and a couple of sticks and create beautiful things. I do believe in the zen of knitting.
Since this is my own little piece of the web, I want to lay down some ground rules.
1.) I curse. A lot. I find it cathartic. If this bothers you, please don't hang here.
2.) I am appalled by the state of governmental affairs in the US right now. I worry about the future for my children who seem to be faced with a police state controlled by the bible thumpers. I reserve the right to rant if something bothers me, but I have no interest in getting into any kind of debate with people who still hang on to 15th century beliefs. If this is you, go away.
3.) I look forward to your help and suggestions in getting this blog thing going in a good way.
In the coming days, I plan on annotating my "finished goods" section and adding projects that are on the needles or just "marinating".
I look forward to comments and support!