My Fiber Addiction

I've knitted since I was a child and my mother taught me how to create fabric by making loops with sticks and yarns. As one might expect, those early efforts, executed in whatever scraps Mom was willing to sacrifice, were lumpy, off-kilter, and praised because I'd gotten through them, not because they were more than learning exercises.

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I also managed to complete one of my knitting projects. I started myLeaf Press Shawl the day after Christmas, having just bound off my Advent Shawl.

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The State of the Knitting — December 2015

Yeah, that time of the year to take stock of things and that includes my knitting. Like most knitters, I have more unfinished objects than I should lying about the house in various states. To deal with this, the plan (she says with immense overconfidence) is to focus on a few items every month, and try to make efforts at getting those finished or at least seriously moved along the road. I have no pretensions matching Stephanie McPhee or Wendy Johnson’s productivity, but I can definitely do better in 2016. Here’s what mainly on the needles at the moment.

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I have been working on my Evenstar shawl. Been working on it steadily since Thanksgiving weekend with only one brief trip into a side project and last night I realized…

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It’s a Mystery

One of the fun aspects about Ravelry (aside from finding folks who are just as nuts about yarn as you) is the Knit Along, aka "KAL." Group of knitters take…

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Storing the Stash

Various tasks accomplished this weekend, along with attending a fascinating workshop by Laurie Schnebly Campbell Saturday. If you get a chance to attend one of Laurie's workshops online or in…

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Refilling the Well

The writing's been going well this week, but Saturday morning found me oddly out of sorts. Got up late and when I settled down to write, the mind wouldn't focus…

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I so didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. Winter has truly settled in Los Angeles and I could hear the wind howling outside my window when I woke up. Much more preferable to snuggle down under the duvet with a warm husband and warm cat. But the alarm kept beeping and I knew I had to stagger forth, so here I am.

We’ve almost made it. Almost through 2010 and into 2011. I’m ready for the switch, even if it’s just emotional and psychological. There’s a lot of baggage I need to leave behind in the old year simply so I can move forward. As a writer, I wrap things up rather neatly at the end of a story in order to give emotional satisfaction; that doesn’t necessarily happen in real life, though I believe we all wish it would. Maybe that’s why we invest so much in the idea of New Year’s Resolutions and celebrating this one night in the middle of winter. It’s an ending and a beginning.

One ending which I didn’t show you is the work on the Aeolian Shawl. Back at the beginning of December, I got the husband out of the house and blocked it on the bed. (more…)

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