Now that I'm working full time, it's definitely harder to pick up the stitching. Knitting and crochet has been easy. It's especially great to take it to work. I keep it in the file drawer in my desk and I can throw it down quickly if I need to answer the phone or help someone out. There are periods when it's super busy and then there are times when it's very slow and my needlework keeps me from getting too bored and keeps me sane. :) I'm really lucky I found the job I did. My co-workers very quickly became my friends and I have met some really great people. There are many days they have my laughing until I'm crying! Anyway, It's been great!
So, I haven't stitched in awhile, but I have been knitting. Currently, I'm working on the Pendulum Shawl by Amy Miller. I copied the first shawl in the picture on the project page by DragonInk. I'm using the same yarn she used, which is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the same colors she used - Goddess, which looks black, but is actually a very dark purple and Calligraphy.
I'm fairly happy with how it's turning out. My short row turns are a little wonky, but I'm hoping it won't show as much once it's washed and blocked. I am also getting a little tired of garter stitch. I just finished a garter stitch shawl recently. The Yowza Weigh It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson. I love this shawl. It's so warm and squishy. I can't wait to wear it this fall/winter.
This yarn is Miss Babs Yowza in the Perfectly Wreckless colorway.
I also finished two pairs of socks. I have discovered that I now love toe up socks and magic loop. Two things I thought I'd never do!
I knit these socks in five days! They were a blast. I love how funky they turned out. They're so soft and warm too. I did the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for this pair. I like this heel, but I may need a little more practice.
The second pair are my Kool-Aid socks. I decided I was going to dye some bare yarn I've had in my stash for years. I used grape, pink lemonade and cherry. I have dyed yarn before and I don't remember it being so difficult. I lost about 100 yards in the process. It got so tangled that I just tossed it. I still had enough to make a decent size pair of socks. These socks took even less time - four days! Love that magic loop!
I have tons of projects that I'm thinking about. I have really been obsessed with knitting lately. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I started watching knitting podcasts. Oh wow, where have I been?? I recently binge watched all of Dianne's Suburban Stitcher podcasts. I have really enjoyed them. She is the one that made me give toe up and magic loop another try. I have even thought of doing my own podcast, but I don't think I'm ready for that. I have tried recording myself and just feel so awkward and self-conscience. Maybe one day....
I do hope to keep up with the blog though. It feels good to be writing again!