Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Getting Started

Well, I've done it. I've jumped on the bandwagon of blogging. I wonder if I can find a place to sit, or if I'll end up falling off the back the first time I hit a bump? This will take some getting used to I suppose, so if anyone stumbles upon this site, be kind and perhaps patient while I get it all sorted.

Since I plan for this to be a blog primarily devoted to knitting, and perhaps spinning as well, with everything else randomly mixed in, I'll just start with what's current in my knit-world.

I picked up knitting because I wanted to learn how to spin. Make sense? Well, I've always wanted to spin, but I had no idea what I would do with the yarn once I made it. I thought maybe I'd learn to crochet, but found that the patterns left me confused and holding a very shabby looking bit of yarn all stuck together. I took a weaving class, which I loved, but that takes more space and time than I have in my life right now. So, I eyed the knitting needles very nervously, picked up a copy of Knitting for Dummies and a nice wool yarn and jumped in with both feet. It has been about two and a half years & I'm still knitting. I guess it was a good fit after all. I have recently taken a spinning class & got my first wheel this past Christmas. I still have quite a ways to go with the spinning, but mostly due to having too many presents to knit that had to go out on a schedule (graduation gifts, etc.) which has left me with little time to work on my spinning. The Incredible Gifting Phase* is now coming to a close, so I should have some time to try to work out a shedule for both. We'll see, fingers crossed please.

*I have been gifting my graduating student employees with hats/scarves as they graduate. These folks all worked for me for 2 - 1/2 to 3 1/2 years, so I wanted to do something nice. They are all gone now & I don't plan to do any more knitting for my current crop. Too much work all the time! After about 8 or 9 sets, I'm done. The new folks don't know what they are missing, so no hard feelings there.

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