Hello September!

I’m really excited about September this year. I don’t know why really but there’s a few things that might have something to do with it.

This summer was hot.. warm as in nasty sticky fingers warm.. couldn’t touch knitting or spinning at all and as a result I wasn’t really as productive.. On the other hand it was a very good time for my studies. I managed to get a whole lot of street research done and I’m back on track with the whole graduation thing. I did some redecorating and threw a whole lot of stuff out. Is it just me or is there a connection between the mess in your kitchen and the stress in your head?

While getting more organized with my knitting I realized something about myself and about older projects that don’t get finished. When projects like my camden are dumped somewhere and don’t get finished it’s not because of the pattern or the yarn, or even the combination for that matter. It’s because I did something stupid and I was too lazy to either listen to the voice in the back of my head telling me to rip back, or because I had much lower standards back then. Either way, after a while it gets tossed in the ‘not going to be finished for a while’ bin and starts to collect dust.

Here’s the thing. I’m starting to see differences in how I approach projects now and what I used to do when I just started. When looking at my projects page I see there’s a lot of projects done with the wrong yarn πŸ˜› Or done without enough attention. I was a die hard project knitter and I just wanted the damn thing done. Now I’m starting to see more and more process knitter attitudes in myself and I must admit I really like it. I’m starting to enjoy the process a lot more and I don’t mind ripping back if it means I’ll be happier with the final result. Let me tell you this is a BIG change πŸ˜›

Anyways, so here’s what I’ve (still) been working on:

wip eric's scarf

not quite finished yet but I’m allmost done πŸ™‚ The pattern is actually a scarf but I’m making a neckwarmer so I’ll add three buttons and buttonholes πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how big it’ll get but I do know that it’s going to stretch a lot πŸ˜› I like how the pattern looks and like how it knits up but I really hate knitting it πŸ˜› I don’t know why, I guess it’s because of all the markers πŸ˜›

skew wip dandelion

started Skew a few days ago with my handspun Dandelion. I tried knitting some other stuff with the dandelion but like I said about having lower standards… I’m starting to hate the colors πŸ˜› the yellow is nice but the green is horrible… it would’ve been much better if I had combined the greens and yellows, it would’ve produced a much more even colored yarn, but hey, got to learn it somehow right πŸ™‚ Even tho the color bugged me I’m really loving how the yarn itself turned out. I was going for malabrigo sock and I think I really managed to pull it off somehow πŸ™‚ Sure it’s not as soft (it’s a bit overspun) and it spent waay too much time on the bobbin so it was all stiff, but it turned out to be quite even in spite of me and my lack of experience πŸ˜›

skew wip dandelion

When I just started out spinning I read about people who spun yarns to knit socks with and I thought it was a total waste of time. I didn’t understand the first thing about why somebody would want to handknit socks in the first place but trying to understand why they were actually spinning yarn to handknit socks was really beyond me… was. πŸ˜›

I get it now πŸ™‚ it’s awesome πŸ™‚ It’s really one of the coolsest things ever to see how your own handspun becomes your own (quickly finished) handknit sock πŸ™‚ I’ll be making many more projects like this, I know I will πŸ™‚ (I still have 120 grams of BFL fleece left in this color hehe)

skew wip dandelion

I started to knit these (fabulous may I say) sock pattern because of the colors. I didn’t like the colors anymore and remembered something I read on rav about dying yarn and getting bad results.. they can always be knit in socks πŸ˜€

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