I used to knit A LOT. Every day. I had projects with me at school, at work, getting my oil changed, sitting in church, in the evening, etc. But my hands and wrists started to protest, so I slowly transitioned away towards other things. Also, I got bored. I felt bad for not wanting to do it anymore.

In the last two years, since opening the Shop, I’ve come back to knitting. Not just that, but I’ve been exploring crochet much more too. And I’m loving it again! My latest FOs have been more for my own enjoyment and curiosity. My new favorite yarn is ENID, the DK weight Blue-Faced Leicester that I’ve been dyeing. I’ve made three shawls and a hat so far.

GE Hand-dyed Enid DK weight
>> Reversible Pleat Hat from Purl Soho
>> Desert Winds Scarf from Make & Do Crew

Brown Sheep Co. Shepherd’s Shades heavy worsted weight
>> Wall Basket from Yarn Craze (Rav link)

the final push

For some reason I couldn’t resist jumping on board one last show this year. Why not? I’ve already surpassed my own expectations. First I booked two weekends in a row, then three. Why not add another craft show? Just go for it, right?

I’m going to be in Youngstown again, but at a location never before experienced. I went to the B&O Station once when I was a little kid and all I remember is that it was an expensive restaurant at which we didn’t stay to eat. Now it’s a fancy hall where they have wedding receptions and, apparently, craft shows.

The B&O Station
530 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44502
December 21 & 22, 2013

12 pm to 7 pm
12 pm to 5 pm

I am working on a few new items for this weekend. Even though it should be low priority, I couldn’t stop myself from spinning. There will be 11 new skeins of yarn. And so far I have six pairs of mitts done with the intention of doing two or three more this week. Also, I’ve been fooling around with crochet more. I got one clutch done (another in the works) and a button-up neckwarmer. It’s fun! It’s new! I was getting bored!

boredom + books

There is a good possibility that I am bored.

I’m tired of shuffling through the same piles of fluff, browsing through the same uninspiring books, spinning the same basic yarns. This feeling of apathy is making it much easier to sell unwanted materials and supplies. FYI, there are still a few grab bags in the shop in case you need some felting or carding fiber.

The next purge has taken place in my library. I’m sure many of us buy knitting/spinning/fiber books because they are on sale or seem interesting at the time. A few years later you realize you’ve never made any patterns from that book or it just doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle. I have a book on shawls — huge shawls. What do I make? Mittens, hats, a very occasional sweater. Never a king bed sized shawl. Out with you!

Getting rid of things is exciting.

But getting new things is also exciting.

So, since I was in need for some inspiration, I took advantage of KnitPicks’ book sale and picked up four new titles for my collection:

I thought it was time to revisit crochet. It’s been 15 years since I learned how to do it, but I haven’t moved much beyond a single chain. I’m 27 now, not 12. I can do a granny square, gosh darnit (I hope). The first book has several lovely, modern patterns that make crochet look nice, not farty. And the second is, as mentioned in the title, an encyclopedia, so it should help expand my general knowledge of stitch possibilities. We shall see.

The Zimmermann book was purchased because I did not have any of her books already, and I felt that I was supposed to have at least one. The last book is full of different types of yarn. I have a few other art yarn books, but this one is far more extensive. From what I’ve seen flipping through it, it looks fairly promising. Now the key is to utilize these books and try something new, not leave them on the shelf for destashing in another five years.