Strands Become Sweaters–Eventually
The Neverending Sweater
Okay, so you know I knit. Last summer I started a top-down raglan cardigan using CotLin from KnitPicks. It took a while to figure out what size I was, get the gauge right, etc. The first attempt was all one color, in what I thought was going to be “natural,” but turned out to be a deep beige very close to my skin color. It was awful. So I purchased half again as much white in order to make a striped sweater and started over again. It was too tight. I started over yet again and the sleeves came out too tight and the neckline too droopy. Sigh.
It’s now on version 4.3, and I think that maybe, just maybe, this time I’ll win (cue Liza Minnelli in Cabaret soundtrack). I gave up on the top-down raglan pattern and went with my very own rectangle with skinny sleeves and V-neck pullover. Of course, knitting something striped–then ripping it apart and doing it again and again–meant a lot of splicing, and I was left with 173 yarn tails to weave in. This is not an exaggeration–I counted ’em.
On the bright side, I have learned a ton about bringing in a new strand of yarn in the middle of a row, how to work with DK weight yarn (this was the first time I ever used thinner yarn), and how to sew together the resulting lightweight pieces to make something I’d actually wear out of the house. As of this post, there’s a few more weave-ins to go, sewing one more seam, and knitting an edge to the neckline. And blocking, of course. I just hope I’ll be able to stand the sight of it after I’m done, let alone wear it.
The blog reno proceeds on course. I’ve changed the categories to three: Minimalism, Writing, and Life. Every post will fit into at least one of those categories. If you hover over the category names in the sidebar, you’ll likely see a description. Minimalism, for instance, covers uncluttering, simple living, shopping reduction, etc. Writing covers working as a writer as well as the craft and anything connected to publishing. Life covers anything lifestyle, from food to relationships–and knitting, too.
Categories are a practical way to express what a blog is all about, and they can change over time, just like a blog’s focus. Minimalism has become a second-nature way of living over the past two years. During the same time frame, I’ve built a life as a writer. The two things are part of one another, and part of my life as a whole. Thus, it makes sense to make this as much an author’s personal blog as a Minimalism one. I’ve got some ideas about where I’m going with this, but want to let it work up into something new in a natural, heartfelt way. There will probably be more grab-a-cuppa-something chatty posts between the more serious and introspective ones, which I suspect won’t be a problem for most of my readers.
That being said, if you have preferences about the kinds of posts I do, this is a good time to let me know in the comments 🙂