Something I want: Hot Chocolate 15K in St. Louis (Dec. 11, not the 18)
Something I need: New Knitflix shows!!!
Something to wear
Something to read: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
The Girl Who Crafted giveaway winner!!
- Discount code: Cultivate2016
- Lily Blue colorway on your choice of base
- Visit Sari’s shop
- What other fandoms and characters would you like to see?
- Must be a member of the group
Creepy, Crawly Critter KAL!! with Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin
Thank you for joining me!
FO!!! Bugle the Baby Elephant by Susan Claudino in Dancing Dog Dyeworks Waltz Worsted in the Elephant Festival colorway.
Something I want: All my knitting friends to be RIGHT HERE!!
Something I need: My baby to stop growing up!!
Something to wear: Amaro by Thea Coleman
Something to read:
Scowl KAL EXTENSION!! Let’s keep going until July 31…but I did a drawing of the FOs so far just for fun.
Choice Bit of Calico giveaway thread
Thank you for joining me in this third episode and all the conversation on the Ravelry board. I recorded this episode three times, so if I sound scripted, that’s why.
- Choice Bit of Calico, a new design by me in One Twisted Tree Lustrous in the Rare Woman Claire colorway.
Something I want: Skew by Lana Holden
Something I need: Balance!!!
In my quest for focus, I found it…to the detriment of balance. Is there such a thing as too focused??
Something to wear: Handknit socks
Other socks I want to knit:
Something to read: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
Knitting + Inspiration = Knitspiration KAL
What inspires you? What patterns do you just have to knit now? What yarns do you dream about knitting into something beautiful? Whose projects do you find yourself wanting to imitate? Who posts photos of the most amazing spinning projects on Instagram?Let’s knitspire one another, using #knitspirationKAL16 on Ravelry and Instagram.
Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham in Marigold Jen merino/silk single.
- Choose yarn, fiber, a pattern, or another knitter’s project that inspires you (can also be an inspired WIP).
- Finish between January 15 and February 29 of 2016.
- Post one time in the FO thread, but add and tag those knitspired entries as you finish them.
- Must be at least 50 grams.
- Must be a member of the group.
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mrsshoo and the Ravelry group Cultivate and Create.
I’m not usually one to look back. I prefer to look ahead and consider what’s next, but for whatever reason, this year, I’m feeling very introspective. As I’m typing this up, I’m looking back through my Flickr and Instagram photos and rediscovering all of the fun I had in 2015. Much of it was with my family…
And nearly all of it involved knitting.
I don’t think I realized when I began knitting how much of a part of my life it would become or the friends I would meet because of it.
But knitting has become the constant in my life. Next to family and friends who are like family, it gives me the most comfort when I’m facing a difficult decision and the most joy when I need it. Looking back over my projects for 2015, I realize I didn’t knit nearly as much as I have in years past, despite working parttime. There were many times I remember simply sitting on the couch holding my yarn. Staring at my needles.
2015 was a year of fun, but also a year of flux. I moved away from places I was comfortable with, and I began new endeavors. Some felt great, and some I was terrified to take the leap. I’ve doubted myself a lot in 2015. I’ve fished for peptalks from my husband and my friends. I’ve stood, staring in the mirror, questioning myself and talking myself up. I’ve avoided situations that make me uncomfortable or anxious.
But looking through all those photos and remembering the fun I had also reminded me that when I took the leap, when I faked confidence until it was real, I had fun. A lot of it. I felt joy. So, my word for 2016 is confidence. I will be strong and confident. And if I’m not feeling that way, then I’ll fake it until it becomes real.