Life gets in the way…

I have been absent.

I have been busy.

I also have been distracted from my handspun sweater. Squirrel!!

imageFirst knittedknockers (find out more at knittedknocker.org) was an immediate need. I was trying to finish a set and get the box filled and mailed out.

Then a new pattern (Leni from Berroco) came across my e-mail and I was attracted and started knitting on that. It was easy to work on while I was in a conference for 2 days, but alas, it was not the sweater.

Now I feel the need to knit some cotton since the weather got warmer. Which is not the handspun wool sweater. And I need to finish another spa cloth for my mom since Mother’s Day is the 13th.  Excuses, excuses… But the sweater will still be there when I am ready.

Anyone else get so off track? I think our modern lifestyle leads to this. It’s always throwing something at us, in our inbox, on the calendar, or our over busy schedules. How do you deal with distraction or overcommitting yourself?

I recently took a mini get away that was wonderful, only to come back to complete chaos at work. I guess that is the price to pay.  I’d rather be knitting.

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OK. So it’s not Madeline Tosh.

The twist is thick-thin and the ply is uneven, but I like it. What else did I expect from beginning hand spun? I think the simplicity of top down raglan compliments it though.  And I don’t mind that it won’t look like it came off the rack at T.J.Maxx.  It used to be that you had to spin and knit to have a sweater. Now if you want something really nice you just pop into Macy’s or click on Amazon.com and order up what you want. But then there are people like me who want to spin, and knit, and create, even if the product isn’t perfect or manufactured looking. You see, it’s the gratification from working with your own two hands to create an item from the raw materials that gives satisfaction. During the knitting, watching the stitches add up and the rows increase, fufills a creative longing that is in me. Do you enjoy the process of the craft as much as or more than the finished product? Are you knitting, or spinning, or crafting for the joy of the process itself or do you just want the end product? I think it’s a little of both sometimes.  How about you?

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Why?

Here I am, two years into this adventure of owning a yarn shop. I have moved and restarted already and am just now getting a website.  This is what happens when you are on a shoe string budget and have a hobby job.  Yet it is still my happy place.  The area in my life where I can feed my creative needs and hopefully help (read enable) others to meet theirs.  And now a blog.  I used to blog…. but that was another lifetime.

So what’s on your needles or in your que?  I have just finished spinning a sweaters worth of wool and am looking to knit my first hand spun sweater!  I’ll try to keep you updated with my progress and not bore you in the process.  I am not a speed knitter so don’t check back too often to see how it’s coming.

May your yarn stay untangled, and as always come by and sit and knit a bit.

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