I forgot to mention that the blogging once a week is a minimum. 😉
I think as knitters/crocheters we are extremely susceptible to peer pressure. Since we are so blessed to have multiple knitting magazines, no shortage of great knitting books, fascinating blogs, generous designers providing free patterns, and now Ravelry, it is very easy to become overwhelmed with “I want that!”, “I must make that!”. We take what is a beautiful pastime and creative outlet and we push ourselves to knit whatever someone else is knitting even if it’s not something we would’ve chosen on our own. And then there’s the yarn buying. Now I’m not trying to say I don’t love shopping for gorgeous yarns, I’m an art lover and I adore color. Yarn will always be something I appreciate and buy. What I am talking about is the obsession with having the newest thing, the latest colorway, that hard-to-find indie yarn that everyone drools over. I admit, I’m guilty. To the detriment of my family’s budget lately. Now some would say I need a yarn diet. I don’t think so, however I did need an intervention, and maybe you do too but that’s for you to contemplate on and decide. Despite our love for our craft, it is a craft….not life, not family, not our health, not our financial security, etc.
I want to take a breather and look at my knitting/crochet/spinning as something that is a wonderful addition to my life but not the sole reason I’m alive! It may not make me popular and you may not agree with me but that’s okay. I don’t knit for you, I knit for me. I’m going to reassess my queue and decide what I really want to knit and not be so easily swayed by new patterns, new KAL’s and the siren’s song of just one more new sock pattern. I want my knitting time to be relaxing, enjoyable and low-key. I want to have fun and knit what I’m interested in! I won’t knit patterns I don’t love. Sometimes I will only be knitting for myself since a lot of people don’t appreciate the time, money and love involved. I want to invest my money in the yarns I need to explore different techniques, not just for gorgeous yarns that are going to sit and collect dust because I don’t knit socks that fast! And dang-it I will not buy yarn for a project that is 2 or 3 down the list when I don’t have the mad money to do so.
I already know that I’m not interested in anything requiring novelty yarn, so that’s a given. But here are some of the techniques I’ve been longing to try out and explore:
– lots of fair aisle socks, mittens and hats and yoked sweaters
– complicated cable work
– beaded wire knitting
And some projects I’ve been wanting to attempt:
– designs for my kitchen
– knee highs for me for winter
– designing hoodies for my kids
And the knitting that warms my heart,
– hats, mittens, socks and scarves for my munchkins & hubby
– gifts for my new nieces, nephew, and sister-in-law Krystal.
In the next week or so I’ll be writing up a new queue and putting it under a tab at the top of my blog so if you’re interested you can check it out.
Anyway that’s what has been on my mind and my heart in the last couple of weeks. It feels good to get it out. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to posting a picture of the finished sockapalooza socks on Sunday or Monday. Till then, knit with your heart. ~Rebecca