June 30, 2010

we’re back, baby!

Posted in general at 9:14 pm by peachknits

And a new post is coming soon. I promises.

Also, I got to see dolphins.

June 14, 2010

TNNA

Posted in knitting, work at 8:04 pm by peachknits

The National Needleworks Association: a day in pictures.

TNNA is a test on my will power. I have to refrain from running from the building, arms filled with pilfered skeins, screaming “I couldn’t help myself! It was just so soft and beautiful!”

June 11, 2010

need, not want

Posted in knitting at 12:39 pm by peachknits

I think some people I know get puzzled when I say “I need to knit.”

I mean, there’s a definite difference between what we need to do, and what we want to do. I want to go bike riding every day, but I don’t need to. I need to breathe oxygen; it’s really not a matter of want (although I want to, too!) With so many daily demands on our lives, we’re often forced to make those distinctions, and draw harsh lines. What we once felt we absolutely needed (an hour alone in the tub, that new skein of yarn) may not be so necessary. It might be because things are tight financially (I, for one, am feeling the pinch) or because we don’t have as much time as we used to.

But back to knitting, and my supposed need for it. Knitting doesn’t pay my bills (although I wish it did) or keep me warm at night (Z does that). So why do I need it?

I’m sorry to say that last week was a rough one for me and Z. Hector was very ill on Sunday night and had to be rushed to the emergency vet, where he learned he had most likely been exposed to a bug poison or other toxin, as he was bleeding profusely from his mouth or nose. However, we weren’t able to get conclusive evidence that this was the cause, so we’re still a bit on edge about it. Two vet visits, two Vitamin K shots and $600 later, and he’s just fine. Poor guy.

This, coupled with a Check Engine light coming on in my car this morning and a vacation to go on next week, and I’m a bit frazzed. What to do with these super-stressed out nerves?

Why, knit, of course.

I found myself today wishing that I were home, a friendly, familiar bamboo needle in each hand, with a cake of laceweight yarn sitting in my lap and a shawl slowly growing from it. I craved that rhythm, that simple heartbeat of loops and tucks, that combination of tension and control and mistakes and craziness and warmth and joy that makes knitting so very special, relatable, human. It made me realize that, no matter how busy, hectic or money-deprived my life becomes, I will always make room in my life for knitting. It’s what keeps me sane in all this craziness. It’s a need, not just a want.

June 3, 2010

a bit away

Posted in good news, knitting, spinning at 11:03 pm by peachknits

I apologize in advance for the long bout of radio silence. Alas, I cannot guarantee it won’t happen again, but I will try to be more diligent.

We have been busy! I moved into a new place in Ft. Mitchell, with Z and my little brother, who is 18 and graduating from high school on Friday. It hasn’t come without its own set of unique challenges. Evan tends to ball up his dirty socks and leave them inside-out in the hamper; he leaves gunked-up bowls in the sink. His diet consists chiefly of ramen and beefaroni. In short . . . he’s an 18-year-old boy.

But overall, this experiment in in-house birth control is going pretty well. We’ve had a smattering of arguments, but nothing to throw anyone out over.

What else has happened? . . .

  • I knit this:

Pattern: Owl Baby Vest
Yarn: Encore Worsted
Started: May 7, 2010
Finished: May 13, 2010

Notes: I knit this up in less than a week for a coworker who is now on maternity leave, expecting her first child. Technically, it’s the first baby item I’ve ever made; I guess this means I don’t know many babies. The Encore Worsted was okay, but it’s also 50% acrylic, and I have a vendetta against synthetics. I’m sure it will stand up well to baby drool though.

I chose green because the sex of the baby is a surprise.

  • I spun this:

This was Jacob wool, handspun woolen on my Kiwi (loooove that wheel), for my dear friend Lynne. She and I went to a wool festival in Lexington in early May, and I convinced her to buy some roving for me to spin up for her. It’s surprisingly soft and very lofty (that long draw method, you know) and still has that earthy, yummy lanolin smell. I was sorry to see it go, but I know it will be cherished.

  • I took the plunge:

After much deliberation, I finally gathered the courage to submit a quasi-proposal for a knitting book to Jenni. That’s right: a real, live knitting book, with patterns that I design myself. I pitched it to her, and got positive response. I can’t say much more right now, but come the end of July, I might have some really awesome news.

Until then, though, I’m going to chill on the couch, drink my diet cherry 7-up, and watch reruns of Futurama. Cheerios!