Sunday, July 27, 2008

Knit, Purl, Whatever

This semester has been killing me, so I apologize for any prolonged absence. Lots of things have happened this month. I had my 25th birthday. I went to a Stone Temple Pilots concert. I got in a car accident that left my car with many thousands of dollars of damage and a need to sue the woman who refuses to pay...

My cousin is also getting married soon, and my sister is the maid of honor. She can't take her boys with her to the wedding, so I'll be taking care of my two nephews, 7 and 2 years, for about a week. Dane and I get to be like parents for a while. We'll see whether or not it forces one or both of us to get ourselves fixed.

So, I've taught myself to knit. I found a very lovely and informative website (complete with videos!) here that really helped a lot. I've managed to walk myself through a very cute pattern for a little doll dress. I'm not done yet, but it's fairly straightforward. And I have yet to stab myself with the knitting needles, so I suppose that counts as a huge victory for me!

I like knitting. I was afraid of it at first, but now that I've gotten the hang of it and I can see what awesome things just a few stitches can do, maybe I'll finally pay attention to that expanding knitting section at the book store. Knitting is becoming a very cathartic activity. Cross stitch and embroidery are like that too, but knitting doesn't require nearly so much thinking and stopping-and-starting. I can let my right brain take over quite easily.

I've also got my charms finished for the Think Pink Charms Exchange, another crafty project that benefits the fight against breast cancer. My charms are wrapped up in a Priority box sitting right next to my elbow. Dane forgot to drop it off at the post office yesterday...

Expect another post in the next ten minutes. I'm separating them because the next bit I want to post about is a self-containing topic.


inventivesoul said...

Your charms are sweet!

I love your knitting pattern.
I too watched videos online.
For me, it helped to get back into the right way to cast on and to refresh my mind about, which is the knit or purl stitch.
Not too painful if you make a mistake, you can easily "rip" it out...
It IS pretty easy!
And you are right a LOT of books to look at on the shelf!

Have FUN!

And HAPPY belated birthday!
Amber Dawn

3rdEyeMuse said...

I wanted to let you know that I was one of the LUCKY recipients of your wonderful Think Pink charms - thank you SOOOO much. I had such a great time participating and receiving such little treasures made it even more special.

warmest regards,