On the needles…

Derecho

Derecho knit in Berroco Remix Light

I love everything about this yarn and pattern. I’ve read some reviews on Ravelry that say Remix Light breaks easily, but knitted up, I think it will be fine. It is amazingly soft and has a gorgeous, nubby, tweedy look. The pattern is well-written and hits the sweet spot for me — some interesting bits, but also plenty of stockinette in the round, so it’s perfect for a Netflix binge or listening to a podcast while knitting.

I purchased the yarn and pattern at Holley’s Yarn Shoppe in Dallas during their going-out-of-buisness sale. It seems like we’ve lost a lot of yarn shops in the DFW area over the last few years. It makes me sad. If I ever win the lottery, I’m opening a yarn shop — profitability be damned. Too much yarn, lots of spaces to sit and knit. A large, helpful staff. It’ll be awesome.

Colorblock Hand Towel

Colorblock Hand Towel knit in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

I will confess, I have a bad case of startitis. I’m not doing too badly right now. I only have 4 projects going, and one is a pair of socks, but I do have a tendency to start projects and then let them languish as I move on to the “new shiny.” I started this hand towel last spring, I think. I really like the pattern, but I’m not enjoying knitting with 100% cotton yarn. It hurts my hands and I can only knit a few rows before I need to take a break. I will finish eventually, but this one may take a while.

Felted Sling Bag

Felted Sling Bag by Two Old Bags, knit in Knit Picks Merino Style

This one isn’t technically “on-the-needles” anymore, but I still need to add grommets around the top, add d-rings to the strap, sew on a button for the flap, and add the felted cord before it is finished. Felting is always an adventure. The bag turned out much longer and narrower than I anticipated. I’m not sure I’m happy with it, but I’ll reserve my final judgement until it is completely finished.

Well, I think I’ll sign off for now. As I sit on my couch typing this, I can hear the rumble of thunder in the distance and looking out the window I see the sky is a steely, flat gray. Looks like we’re in for a stormy afternoon. This is my very favorite knitting weather. I’m going to go make a cup of coffee and curl up under a blanket with Derecho.

Be still, keep knitting…

Current sweater project – Derecho

I’m an elementary school teacher. Schools here are closed at least through May 5th, so I am at home trying to teach (second graders!) remotely, to the best of my ability. Much of the time, it feels like a fool’s errand. Only about a quarter of my class is regularly completing assignments. It’s hard. For everyone. I know.

There is so little that is under our control right now. So little that is predictable. Some of my students have a lot of support and resources at home. Some have very little of either. Parents are stressed too. I’m one of those stressed parents. My younger son isn’t exactly cut out for online learning. He’s easily distracted and easily bored. I keep finding him in his room asleep.

So, in the midst of all the uncertainty and worry, I am doing my best to focus on the positive. I am fortunate that my family and I are healthy. We made a Costco run before things got really crazy, so we have plenty of food and coffee (and wine!), and toilet paper. We have more time together. We have time to catch up with friends, old and new. Time to go for a run, play a board game. Time to knit and be still.

I am still knitting…

Years ago, in the early 2000’s, when I was first learning to knit, I had a knitting blog. I enjoyed chronicling each step in the process as I tackled projects, learning new skills along the way.

I am a self-taught knitter. On the advice of a friend, I picked up Melanie Falick’s book, Kids Knitting, and worked through several of the projects. I discovered Knittinghelp.com, and learned more advanced techniques through Amy’s wonderful videos.

This was back in the pre-Ravelry days and the main way to see other knitter’s finished projects, and get ideas for patterns and yarns, was through knitting blogs. I began following several knit bloggers, and finally decided to start my own blog.

I really enjoyed blogging. It was fun to connect with other knitters. I loved having a record of my growth as a knitter. At the time, I was home with a toddler and and infant and I wasn’t working, so knitting and blogging were a way to have some “me” time and connect with the larger, outside, world.

But, then we moved to a new state. The kids started school. I went back to work. Ravelry happened. I had less time to blog, and it seemed less necessary. I could record my knitting progress and connect with other knitters through Ravelry. Part of me always missed it though. In the back of my mind I thought that if I ever had more time…

Fast forward to 2020 and #quarantine. Suddenly, I got plenty o’ time on my hands, and I’m still knitting. So…here goes.