Monday, June 15, 2009


Gentle Knitter,
I have not abandoned my knitting blog, nor my knitting.

Life has just been busy.

Mike converted our computer to Linux and hasn't installed my photo/camera features yet. No photos, just commentary. Sorry.

...I have been knitting-baby bibs and sweaters-must have at least 6 current pregnancies to knit for! I did a fair amount of bib knitting at the Pelham 123 movie last week with son, Shaun. ( Mom, how do you knit in the dark?)

Started a Maggie Jackson wrap from The Gathered Look, book 15, called Alaca that was kitted with the help of Maggie, herself, at Stitches East 2008! Working on it with friend, Roberta. Another perfect companion whilst I knit this is my most recent local library find-Six Feet Under, Season 1. Never watched when it was first run on HBO and don't know why. Very absorbing.

Knit Ballband and scrappy dishcloths and hand towels in between the serious stuff.
Despite owning the latest Mason-Dixon knitting book have not knit one single thing from it yet! Something wrong here.

Organized my Yarn Room to the point where it is so pretty to look at but don't dare open the closet door! Going through binders of downloaded patterns to discard or file. Still need to sift through the storage bags of yarn to decide what to keep, what to donate and what to yard sale. Maybe. It's hard to let go. Have many projects set aside for later dates. Much later. State of yarn inventory has made me seriously curtail any yarn purchases. So goes it too for knitting books. Simply not any more room to contain any new additions to my abundant stash.Nor time to invest in managing all of this stuff. Seriously. Just alone the dishcloth cotton is contained in a large, old trunk, circa Michael's grandfather or great uncle.
I'm certain there are many who feel as I do. Go ahead, dare to admit your yarn gluttony!

Koigu Mitered Squired Jacket is on a Hiatus until-oh-August. And that Mohair color blocked Rambling Rows Cardi that I mooned over for years and years, bought from Stitches East years ago-well it seems I knit about 75 % of it before deciding I absolutely despise the way the large mitered color blocks look! The time of color blocked design has passed, at least for me! At some point I will get into a rippy mood and begin anew with some other sweater concept with this yarn. The colors are beautiful, the yarn itself is a dream. Just not as it was originally intended.

Planted and weeded the veggie garden. Broccoli bolted - Must be all this rain. ISO six new plants of something to replace them. I have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, and a few strawberry plants. A ground hog the size of a baby bear cub lives under our backyard shed. So far, no garden invasion. I spread collie fur and marigolds around the garden. Like I know what I'm doing!

Church knitting continues in preparation for our November Christmas Bazaar, as well as knitting for the baby charities, and lap robes.

Also have been kicking around the idea to knit for sale on Etsey and with local merchants-we'll see. Have picked several shop names-as would like to set up 3 separate shops featuring baby, adult and household hand knits. A business plan would commit me to knitting for profit and might kill the fun factor of knitting! Would I enjoy making money from doing something I love?It sure would help reduce the yarn stash.

Please feel free to comment on that one, folks!

Things to do:
Mail Squares to Pam of the Ghana Project-have got quite a few from my ladies at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Haven't forgotten you, Pam. Imagine you're on your, what, Trillionth afghan by now! What a dedicated lady!

That's it for now. Feedback on this post greatly appreciated as I've been out of the loop for a while.

Happy knitting!


DawnK said...

Hope he installs it soon. I like looking at your pictures! Hubby has a computer with Linux on it, too! LOL! He has Ubuntu. At the library, they also have Linux, but it says Groovix on the screens. I bet it was MUCH cheaper than Windows, when they got new computers. I need to finish packing for my trip to St. Louis and I would like to get some knitting done. Taking yarn along to work on dishcloth, when in hotel for the night.

Katie J said...

I just came back after a long respite, so it's good to "see" you! I'm organizing my stash as's hard, isn't it?

Liz said...

Just love the name of your blog!
If you want to know more about making money from knitting, I have a blog with lots of good free info at

smariek said...

Good for you for getting organized!

As for an Etsy store, I think you should go for it as long as it doesn't take the fun out of knitting.

MedicMaggie said...

Your garden sounds lovely! Maybe you could trade fresh veggies for yarn and not feel badly about adding to the stash? YES, go for the Etsy shop - remind yourself it's for fun and if it stops being fun, you can always stop. Tell us all about Stitches East, did you have fun this year? Waiting anxiously for glorious garden pics! Maggie

hakucho said...

Life is busy. Can never find enough time to do everything I want. I need to organize my yarn, too. I have to have a stash, because God forbid if I ever finished a project and didn't have yarn to start another right away I'd be in some kind of tizzy if you know what I mean, LOL :) Keep plugging and good luck with your computer.

happy knitting :)