Wednesday, October 27, 2010
For those of you who've been following my stream / dull blog forever, you'll know I learned to knit years ago, when I first moved to New York. I knit a couple of things, just a scarf here and there, but a mild bout of carpal tunnel one winter scared me off of it completely.
But, since I moved back to Texas, and the weather has cooled down (translation: for those of you who don't live in South Texas - temperatures have dropped from over 100 to mid-80's) and I picked up knitting again in a fit of funk and boredom:
My goal is a patchwork blanket like the one on the cover of Readymade: http://www.readymade.com/magazine/issue/issue_49
Ahem, getting there, has been a rather funny experience, of course. I chose a whole slew of different yarns at the Hobby Lobby, but my favorite was I Love This Yarn, which is so fluffy and cuddly. By the way, to view that link, I think you have to be logged in to Ravelry.com, which, yeah, I joined. It's such a cool page, that gives you links to all the projects peeps have used the yarn for. It's right up my methodical, excessively categorized alley. :)
In between working on patches for the blanket, I knit up a small skinny scarf for my cousin. I used I Love This Yarn in that bright pinkish color and Vanna's Choice (ha ha - can't look at that label without giggling) in purple. It's probably got mistakes and I didn't block it because I, 1) didn't want to and 2) liked the look of it as is.
There's something so restful about knitting that is difficult to describe. It would seem like it's the most boring task on earth, to make your hands repeat the same stitches, over and over again. But you enter into a quiet rhythm, and when you're used to it, can knit almost without looking.
I love knitting and watching TV, something I can't really do while embroidering. When I have stuff on my mind, thoughts I can't work through, things I'm worried about or mad about or meh about, knitting gives my hands and brain a purpose and just calms me.
What about you guys? Any knitters reading here? :)
And now, for the most depressing song on earth. No, I'm just kidding, it's really not - but I hesitate to tell people it's one of my favorite songs recently because it um, sounds so dark. :) It's by an artist a friend in New York turned me on to - I don't listen to a ton of country but she's the kind of country I really really enjoy...
Hope you enjoy it and that you don't think it's the most depressing song on earth, or that I'm weird for loving it! ;) And that you don't think I want to die. ;)
How are all of you? I feel like I've been here so infrequently lately, sorry about that! :)