A wise friend told me a way to beat my "all over the place" knitting mindset was to cast on something new.
Ah, this friend is so smart. It was exactly what I needed. That is not to say, that I did not like the projects I was working, but I needed something different. Something new and shiny. Ironically working on this shawl has given me the focus I needed to work on other WIPs. It can't be explained, but it is working for me. Lesson learned: Cast on all things if it makes you happy.
The shawl is Simple Lines and is being knit in a very coveted color of Madelinetosh. I had been holding onto this yarn for a while. It has been sitting in my stash, just being admired for it's beauty. As I went in search of yarn for my new cast on, I passed up these skeins because in my mind they were too pretty. Then, it came to me...wasn't the reason I purchased the yarn was to to knit it? It does me no good sitting there. Lesson learned: knit with your beautiful yarn that is what they are for.
One of the WIPs I have been working on are these socks. Perfectly simple knitting. I was enjoying working with bamboo needles again and the yarn is super soft. Then I notice an odd color change. Do you see it? Yes that is some greenish color, smack dab in the middle of my stripes. Before I would have just frogged them out of frustration, this time I tinked back to the place prior to the color change, and cut it out. Lesson learned: It's no big friggin' deal, just a small glitch. Move on with it, so that you can end up with some wonderful squooshy socks.
I often need to remind myself that I do not need to control everything. All does not need to be in order, finished, perfected. Everyone needs to have that secret messy closet or space where chaos is allowed to happen. Mine just happens to be in my crafting world.
Okay enough about lessons. How about if we move on to some loves around Blogland?
- Combine beautiful yarn, pattern and knitter. You get this beautiful shawl from Harmony and Rosie.
- I have been drooling over the progress of what will soon be the most magnificent blanket.
- I know that my first socks looked nowhere as good as Monica's. Bravo!
- A girl after my own heart, knit up these beauties.
- I could stare at the images on Nicole's blog for days and constantly be inspired. Her Spring Leaves has given me the push I needed to cast on my own.
- Two new to me bloggers visited me this week, giving me the opportunity to visit their wonderful blogs. Amanda and Julia!
A lot of places to visit. Enjoy. Hope all of you Mother's are getting spoiled as you deserve. Whether you are a mom to little humans, four legged children or your yarn (me! ), have the best day.