These old school lowtop converse have an extra knitted layer to keep your feet warm this holiday season. It is truly the perfect gift for a knitter, especially the one who loves to wear handknitted socks.
There is only one thing I am knitting for the holidays and it is a pair of socks. They're for my husband. He loves getting knitted socks and it's been a while since I made a pair for him. I think I'll hide them in his stocking (I'd be surprised if he read this). They feature some of his favorite colors, like reds, pinks and purples.
I have been knitting this one pair of socks all year long. That's ok, I'd rather be knitting cardigans. As nearly all of my knitted socks are falling apart I've lost a little bit of love for handknitted socks. Perhaps it's time to just throw them all away and start all over again with more. Maybe that should be a New Year's resolution.
How's your holiday knitting going?
This year I'm going to try something a little different. Anyone can go to Gifts for Knitters to check out all of the crazy awesome knitting gifts one can find for any occasion, but this year I want to share the things that would make me happy as a knitter this year:
Every year I say I need a new camera and every year it doesn't happen and this was the year that my camera finally gave up the ghost. I still have my camera phone, but it's just not doing the job. This is the camera of my dreams:
Botanical Knits. Botanical Knits 2. Coastal Knits too. These last few years I have hardly bought myself a knitting book, let alone a series of knitting books. These would be very welcome additions to my knitting bookself.
It's one of my favorite things every year and I need an extra one to keep in my car at all times. I have one at home, but now I need one fo the car. Because knitting.
I was spoiled by my first knitting group. If you have an amazing knitting group, let your fellow knitters know. Tell them how much you enjoy knitting with them because not everyone has a fantastic knitting group. There are ones nearby to me, but I just can't get into them. I don't know why. I don't want to start one. I just want to attend one.
I've finally been knitting long enough for my handknitted socks to wear out. It sucks. I don't like darning. I don't like how it looks or feels on the foot, yet I have a hard time letting go of my holey socks or even starting more pairs of socks to knit. It just makes me sad, much in the same way getting dumped sucks. Here I thought I had a good thing going with these socks and then they go ahead and get all loose in the stitches and fall apart.
That one's pretty self explanatory. Babysitters are expensive. They basically double the cost of any outing. We can't afford babysitters. We rely on my parents or my MIL to babysit, but their availability is fairly limited. Husbeast and I have learned to take immense joy out of two hours to buy comics and eat ice cream every now and then.
I did enjoy a massage earlier this summer, but many more would be more than welcome.
Books: the closest thing I get to a real vacation these days. Last week it took me two hours to get out of the otherworldly feeling I had after reading a whole book in a morning. (Book reading is more flexible around regular child-related interruptions -writing not so much).
This costs a fortune. It's a pity that the American show failed so hard. They should have hired me to write it. Instead we ended up with the Real Housewives of whereever because that's pretty much the closest thing to Kath and Kim in Australia... which gets me to wondering is there a real Housewives of Australia, because that might just be a show I would watch.
What do YOU want for the holidays this year?
I had great expectations for this Fall. My two sons would be in preschool two mornings a week and I would be able to have the time to add all of the awesome new content I wanted to write. I would start filming a video blog every week and maybe even do a big foray into location shooting. Those things did happen, but did not go as planned. I realize now that I was living a fantasy, albeit one that has done a fantastic job of keeping my head afloat from an impending depression.
In my mind, I would write two to four articles, take a ton of beautiful photos, enjoy a cup of coffee or three and pat myself on the back for all of the work I got done, and all of the new followers eager to read all of my work. As you can see that really didn't happen.
The big sheep festival I wanted to promote went completely haywire. The less said about it the better. You can ask me personally by email if you want the whole story, but I don't want my site to get bogged down by it. It was very disappointing and it makes me angry when I think about it. To be clear - the knitting vendors and spinning competitors and runners were AMAZING and well worth a visit. The people who create and run the show are wonderful.
Bascially I have not had the time I thought I would this fall. It's all so frustrating. Week after week we keep getting colds or strep throat or whatever and either one or both of my kids have to miss school. This means that I'm not getting any of the free time to write. Add to this a last minute campaign to get renters to attend a series of meetings in my city to promote fair rental laws meant that my free time was even more constrained. It just felt like maybe I needed to use my super-powers for social change rather than to celebrate the arcane world of knitting.
There's been a lot of frustration. It's such a theme in my life these past few years. Constraints and frustration, but also these two adorable sons that I have that are full of love and hugs and cuddles and laughs and farts. It's so hard to balance the needs of one's family and one's personal ambitions. I'm sure that there are many of you who can relate.
There has been some knitting. I'm still working on the Redfern Cardigan from the cover of the Fall 2014 Interweave Knits. It's progressing very nicely. I'm almost done with the body and will be moving on to the sleeves soon. I've enjoyed wearing some of my past cardigans now that it's late fall and getting chillier (one hesitates to say colder when one lives in coastal California). The old Shakespeare Cardigan has been getting some wear as well as the Dahlia Cardigan. It's been rewarding to know that I've completed two cardigans these past two years. I might even have a third one finished by next Spring, which is a lovely thought indeed.
Here's to the thought of spring (even though it is not yet winter).
How the hell are the rest of you?
(I would have some knitting photos, but for some reason nothing I take pictures of looks good anymore and I need a new camera :( )
It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too! We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!
That startitis finally turned up. Yesterday I cast on the Redfern Cardigan, which you can find on the cover of the latest Interweave Knits (Fall 2014). As we've mentioned before this issue is well worth the price and features a ton of knittable and wearable sweaters. I might actually knit three different styles from this one issue alone (hence the startitis). Thus, our Yarn Along this week features the Goddess Yarns Ellen in a lovely shade of eggplant and the latest Interweave Knits:
What are you knitting and reading?