Evolution or Cycle?

How many WIPs at once is a topic that invites endless discussion from knitters and fiber artists all the time.  Today, it’s my turn.

I don’t know what my life would be like without these guys

I’ve always been one of those knitters who’s got two or three, max of about five or seven (around the holidays) projects going on at once but lately (late·ly/ˈlātlē/ – (adverb) the past three or four projects’ worth of time) I’ve only had one on the needles.  This isn’t to say I’ve been working on a single project for the past three or four projects’ worth of time, just that the past three or four projects have been the only one’s on the needles at the time they are being knit.

This final project is coming to soon to a blog near you! (Hint: this one)

I almost think it might be healthier for me at this point to have more than one project going at a time but can’t seem to bring myself to cast on for anything new even when forcedinspired.

squooshy, smooshy and delicious

I’m not sure if this is an evolution in my knitting and I’ll continue to be this way for the forseeable future or if this is just a cycle coinciding with so many exciting, spectacular, behind-the-scenes awesome things in my knitting world.

this is the current lonely WIP

What side of the debate are you on?

I’m going to go try to cast on something new *right* now – wish me luck!

Long Weekend

You know those weekends where you do enough stuff and have enough adventures to fit in an entire week but really it was only three days?

I had one of those.

There was baseball to be watched
There were obscure signs to be seen

There were sights to be seen

there were roller coasters to be ridden
There was Casa Bonita to be experienced

(if you don’t know about Casa Bonita, educate yourself)

There was fooseball to be played
There were pianos to admire

And, of course, many more things that didn’t make it on camera.

And I’m taking another trip this next weekend to take advantage of the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday (New Mexico, I’m comin’ at ya!).  Perhaps I’ll sleep next month sometime.

Coloradiversary

May 16th.  Exactly one year ago I packed up my car, my dog and my yarn and trekked north about 600 miles and haven’t looked back.

what’s not to love?

I’ve had so many adventures

cute mountain towns everywhere

Met so many great people

Festivals and Events Everywhere

and moved so far forward in my life

4 different, distinct seasons

I love it here 🙂

You Are My Sunshine

This yarn came in the mail the other week and, really, isn’t it gorgeous?  The story behind the color is that with a sad ending and as a result a percentage of the sales of this particular limited edition colorway went to families who have lost a baby.

You Are My Sunshine by Three Irish Girls

I’m happy to have supported such a cause and now all that’s left is designing a project suited for such special yarn.

so much depth

The yarn is from Three Irish Girls and it’s my first experience with them but the communication was pleasant, the yarn is gorgeous and the merino/nylon content should hold well against wear.

Secrets

Ok Jena, you motivated me (you may wanna go read hers too, it might make more sense of mine hehe).  Today I’ll share some of my secrets – the things that I’m not comfortable sharing with the world, with total strangers and with my readers in an effort to push the bloggy world into a “real” world where people make mistakes and have confidence issues, where not everything is the perfect picture we all feel comfortable sharing when things go right and the less than perfect picture we keep to ourselves the rest (or majority of) the time. So, my secrets, my fears, my less-than-perfects:

  • I compare myself – even though I’m the world’s hugest promoter of owning yourself and never comparing, I do it too.  I compare myself to other bloggers, other designers, other knitters.  As is the result with most comparisons, I always come out on the bottom when I do this – my pictures aren’t as good, my knitting isn’t as interesting to look at, I don’t have as many readers.  Fuck jealousy.
  • I’m impatient – I know what I want, I know where I want to be and I want to be there right freaking now damnit!  I want to make a career out of my knitting and designing and I want to be working for myself right now and not have this day job where I’m somebody else’s minion.  I should just be enjoying the ride (and I am, really, I just want it to be fast enough to need one of those full-body-harness-seatbelts) Fuck impatience.
  • I don’t think I’m good enough – I critique my own designs, that could have been cooler, I should have added that, why didn’t I change this?  Why can’t I just leave it alone and love the project the way it is? Fuck doubt.
  • I’m afraid of my readers – yes I love you guys and I truly do want you here, but  I’m afraid that you won’t like me, that you don’t think I’m interesting or cool.  I want you to think I’m cool, I think you’re cool and I just wanna fit in. This is probably one of my biggest secret fears fo’ reals, without you guys I’d be talking to myself online and in my kitchen.  Fuck worrying about what other people think.

Whew.  So now it’s written….and hitting publish may be difficult but it’ll be done…I think.  I think it’d be cool if ya’ll participated – we may get a bit closer knowing that we’re all going through the same things, thoughts and complexes…or maybe it’s just me out here all alone…. 😉

New Artwork

My momma was in town yesterday so I took a hiatus from blogging, but I wanted to come show you my new art-y additions to our craft room!

three pretty pictures

I took all of these photos myself and figured, what better way to decorate and inspire?  I love the colors, the energy and the memories that come with these photos 🙂

cake porn
flowers
skein porn

How do you prefer to decorate?