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I’m back

It has been 6 years since I posted here.

A lot has happened in those six years. I quit grad school, moved to New England, started working in IT, got engaged, moved to the South, got unengaged, moved back to New England, and here we are.

Through all that time, I have been knitting. I had all but forgotten that this blog existed, until I stumbled across some links to it in (my own) Ravelry projects. I realized that I missed writing about my knitting, rather badly.

So I’m resurrecting the blog. I’m not going to attempt to cover the ground that I skipped – that would drive me crazy, I’m pretty sure – but I’m aiming to update twice a week, with a majority knitting content.

Hope that you are all doing well, imaginary readers. ūüôā


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Knitting Goals, 2011

My name is Caroline, and I love to knit. So much so, in fact, that when I make lists of goals they are pretty much all knitting related. These are my goals for 2011, which hopefully will be achieved and documented here on a fairly regular basis.

I'm not sure why I love this picture as much as I do.

What could be better after a long day than a bowl of lovely hand-dyed yarn?

1.  Finish Knitting A Pair of Socks.

I have started multiple pairs of socks in recent years but never actually finished any of them. ¬†The reasons for this are somewhat obscure. ¬†I’m not particularly afraid of any parts of knitting socks- I have an unhealthy love of short rows, and so actually enjoy turning heels, I generally have huge amounts of patience for knitting projects, and I love both sock yarn and DPNs. ¬†I would say that I usually stop because I get bored, which is true but somewhat ridiculous coming from someone who thinks that size three needles are a great size to use when knitting sweaters. ¬†I also stop because I usually start knitting them over a break and don’t feel like carrying them back to school with me in my suitcase, which is a really silly reason when you actually think about it. ¬†Also until recently I lived in Southern California or Greece, neither of which are environments that really required me to wear socks.

So this year I want to change this. ¬†I’m living in a colder climate. ¬†I have a copy of Think Outside the Sox that I got for Christmas, a bunch of sock yarn that is just waiting to be dyed, and size one DPNs and circular needles. ¬†I don’t think there is much that can stand in my way.

2. Use Fibers Other Than Wool

I am a wool enthusiast. ¬†I pretty much love everything about it- the way it feels on the needles, the way it hangs on finished garments, even the way it smells when you get it wet. ¬†I like sheep. ¬†I like different breeds of sheep. ¬†I can spend hours cooing at pictures of lambs, and I’m fairly certain that I’m probably going to end up living on a sheep farm some day. ¬†But there are other lovely fibers out there and I’ve come to realize that by pretty much only knitting with wool I’m rather severely limiting my options. So this year I would like to knit some things out of other fibers, both things I have tried before, like cotton and alpaca, and things I have never tried before, like milk fiber and bamboo.

This is not to say that I’m going to stop knitting wool, though. ¬†That would just be depressing, and would stop me from accomplishing goal #3-

3. Use Stash

My stash is, by knitter’s standards, actually pretty small. ¬†It fits very comfortably inside a couple boxes in my closet and doesn’t threaten to smother me in my sleep or attempt world domination. ¬†But by the standards of someone who moves around on a fairly regular basis it is huge! ¬†My books take up more room, but it’s a close call, and a lot of those are required for my work. ¬†So this year I’m rediscovering yarn that I bought years ago, sorting it into piles, and actually using it.

4. Try New and Exciting Things!

2010 was a great year for knitting! ¬†I discovered the joys of ravelry, used knitting to make a lot of friends, and, insanely, knit 8 adult sized garments, 7 out of sport weight yarn or smaller. ¬†This was lovely because I now have a lot of sweaters (and yarn for more) but I also got to feeling like I couldn’t knit anything else. ¬†At my knitting group I was suddenly known as sock-yarn-sweater girl. ¬†People were surprised when they saw me holding a pair of size seven needles.

I also had a long queue of projects that I was pretty sure I was never going to get to because they would get in the way of my frantic quest to knit a million sweaters and give myself carpal tunnel.  Then, miraculously, I finished a sweater and realized that I was good for a while and really felt like knitting a hat or possibly a pair of mittens.

5. Take Nice Knitting Photos.

I take nice photos. ¬†I take photos of knitting. ¬†Very rarely do I manage to do both at the same time. ¬†However, I find that the knitting blogs that I love and the projects on ravelry that I look at the most are the ones where projects weren’t plopped on a table in a dark room and photographed quickly.

6. Actually blog about knitting…

I think it’s going to be pretty clear if this one is happening or not!

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