Knitting Resumed

So I've started knitting again.

Shocking.

I've not been knitting very much in recent months, because I've had less time, because I've been focusing my energy on other projects: keeping my head above water, writing, dancing, singing, etc. It's a shame too, because knitting is a great deal of fun, it's pretty rewarding, and it's something that I'm incredibly good at.

I suppose at one point there were a lot of knitters who read this blog, but I suspect many of them don't so much any more. Anyway, I hope this post won't alienate everyone who reads this.

First up, for some project review:

  • I have a cabled sweater in progress that I'm working on the first sleeve at the moment. I'm afraid I'm going to run out of yarn (but I have a plan!) and frankly cables have never really been "my thing," but this is the only thing that remains that I was working on when I left the Midwest, so there's nostalgia and I do want to finish it. The biggest problem, I think, is that unless I move north a lot, I'm not going to live in a place where I can really wear something like this.
  • I have a sweater in jumper-weight Shetland (i.e. fingering weight) wool that I'm knitting for a friend. I have the collar and the sleeves to do, but it's very plain and a very straightforward knit. I just need to do it. This is probably the next thing on my list. It's been on hiatus since May.
  • I'm making socks. As I write this, I have just completed a pair of socks that I started in May. They're simple, and plain (which is how my socks tend to be) using Dyebolical Yarn. I also got to use a set of Blackthron Needles that my mother got for my birthday. Both are quite wonderful. I think I've discovered how much knitting can be done on a commute, and I do expect to do a lot more commute knitting, but I need to find a way to balance knitting with writing and reading on the train. Perhaps some sort of morning/night split.

Aside from finishing the socks and immediately casting another pair, I've been doing a lot of "yarn stash" reorganization and trimming. This last week or so I've gotten inspired to reevaluate all of the stuff that I have to see what I really need in my life and what I'm just keeping because it's there. I've been through my clothing, the book collection, and the yarn.

Although I've done "stash culls" before I felt like my collection of yarn had a lot of stuff in it that I got without any intention of a project, or for any reason other than "I might like to make something with it some day." I've never really been a knitter when I've had a real budget for hobbies and entertainment, nor have I ever knitted at such a moderate pace. So I made the decision to not keep yarn around just for insulation, and just get the yarn that I really want to knit with rather than what I feel like I ought to knit with because it's in the bin. It's been quite liberating.

I'm also, as I sit knitting, thinking about the overlap between what I do professionally (documenting technical solutions and systems administration practices) and pattern writing for knitters.

There's a lot of overlap in how I write and think about both, enough to inspire me to think about doing more knitting related writing. *As if I didn't have enough projects already.

In any case, I don't know that I'll blog regularly about knitting as I continue to knit more, but it might come up from time to time. You have been warned.

Onward and Upward!

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