On the Needles

Feel a bit like a slug right now,  having caught a bit of a bug.  Feel tired and, dare i say “sluggish”.  Now, before you feel sorry for me, know that i am a Knitter.  Knitters have a positivity superpower.  That is, when we are taken ill, or we are forced to sit idle for any amount of time, we are those who make the best of the situation.  Between bouts of watching the awesome BBC program Misfits, I have managed to sneak in a little bit of progress:

Knitwise:

Lucyhatwip

Downton Abbey Fangirl

The Lucy hat is coming along beautifully.   After an initial temper tantrum over how incoherently the short row instructions were written, and a few mistakes artistic liberties, it was smooth sailing.  Malabrigo worsted is always a treat to work with and am hoping to have this done this evening or by tomorrow.

Artwise:

doodlesketch.

doodlesketch.

A simple doodle that will become a bit of a woodland scene.
Can’t you just imagine the left side of the paper as an ancient tree trunk, with rippling roots along the bottom of the page, and some wee babe or fairy folk neslted in the crook of the trunk?

And finally from Pinterest, out of necessity I have created a Geek Love board.  This is why

All in all, an incredibly productive day, wouldn’t you say?

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It’s all about the (de)stash

We’ve all got them.  Stashes i mean.  It must be an intrinsic habit of the crafty-minded to acquire an abundance of materials for their trade.  I’ve taken a bit of interest in other people’s collections, if only to make myself feel a little bit more normal.  Some collect scrapbook paper, some fabric, some collect cooking ingredients like spices and cupcake liners.  Still others collect scrap metal, car parts, driftwood and buttons.

Despite all my inquiries, i do still feel that knitters and the fibre community are a unique breed.  The most extreme case I personally know of is one of my friends who has resorted to renting a storage locker to contain her stash which still mysteriously continued to grow.  As an avid knitter, and magpie, i live with a very real fear of being found buried alive under a mountain of delicious wooly cupcakes.

Therefor, I have given myself a challenge.  I have shaken hands with myself and agreed to knit solely from my stash.  I celebrated by casting on a very simple hat in some worsted weight Malabrigo left over from other projects.  I look forward to discovering new patterns that will help me work with what i’ve got.  If anyone has any ideas please let me know!!

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