Hello everyone…a LOT has happened since I last posted! It hasn’t been that long, and yet it feels like ages since I’ve done so much and am in a very different mindset. Let me tell you a little bit about what’s going on with me…
Over the past couple of weeks, I’d been kind of down. I usually have little bouts of blah for a few days every now and again, but this was lasting a lot longer than usual, more like two weeks. I wasn’t really sure what to do about it, and it was affecting my desire to craft. I think what happened was I was stressing myself out over trying to make lots and lots of things for Animazement, and the pressure I was putting on myself was making me upset. So I sat down, took stock of the situation, and decided it was high time I did something for MYSELF, that made me happy, and not something to try to prove anything to anyone else.
And so I decided I wanted to knit some socks.
I’m actually not usually much of a sock knitter; I usually prefer making hats and scarves. But everyone once and a while I get that itch to make something cute for my feet, and I also enjoy working with the tiny yarn and tiny needles. A few months ago while I was visiting my hometown I stopped by a yarn store down town, and picked up a ball of Crazy Zaurball (#1660 Flussbett, for anyone curious). I didn’t really need it, especially since I didn’t think I would be doing any knitting in the near future, but it was pretty, and I’m usually the kind of person that has to buy at least one thing when I go check out a specialty shop for the first time. It’s been sitting in a bag untouched ever since I got it, without a second thought while I’ve been sewing up a storm.
Last week, however, I knew I was going to be going to my boyfriend’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving, and the holidays are usually a time when we all spend the whole day relaxing and hanging out (usually without computers) in between meals. When we were preparing to go over, I got the idea in my head that maybe I would like to do some knitting, so I grabbed that ball of yarn I bought ages ago and stuck it in my bag.
Again, not being much of a sock knitter in general, I’m sort of particular about the kinds of patterns I like. I don’t like wearing socks with too much texture to them, so I prefer a pattern that is very regular with just a little bit of detail. Knitty is usually my first stop when I’m just quickly looking for a pattern, and I found Uzu, which was perfect for my needs!
It doesn’t look much like anything right now, as I still have to finish it and block it (and do the second one, obviously!). I always get really self conscious when I am making socks for myself because I have really big, narrow feet and the socks turn out soooooo long! But I’m really pleased with how these are going so far. I’ll probably be able to finish the first sock today and hopefully have the pair finished sometime next week.
In other news, despite not having worked on any “shop” crafting in a while, I have been getting lots and lots of stuff done! It’s amazing how I have been able to get inspired once I told myself it was okay to do some things for me. Yesterday was particularly productive. In addition to knitting, I finished up a merit badge I’m making for someone, plus I did something I haven’t done in a very, very long time…I dyed some fiber and spun some yarn! The fiber I dyed is for a friend who is considering commissioning some handspun yarn from me, and the yarn I spun was from some fiber that has been in my stash for probably five years! It felt really good to finally do something with that fiber that I have been holding onto for so long. Spinning is one of my most favorite things to do, and it makes me feel very connected with the earth and my heritage.
Oh and I can’t forget, I’ve been doing the 12 Days of Design Challenge on Spoonflower too! It’s a little slow going for now, but I also have the design I’ve been working on for the past few weeks that I have to finish up (gotta do that in the next few days, since it’s due on the 9th!). All in all, I’ve been keeping pretty busy and getting back into my groove, which feels pretty good. :)