I’ve made some changes for the better and lost some features that I’ll miss, but all in all I think my move to WordPress will be better for my blogs. I apologize for the confetti of font colors that came with me from blogger. WP doesn’t give me a choice of font color, so it will all even out soon. (that’s one of the things I’ll miss, but it wasn’t a priority when it came to choosing between font color and reliability) I hope that it won’t bother any of you, dear readers. (that’s both of us that currently read this blog!….but I have hopes!)
I’m bummed today because I re-measured the back of purple sweater #2 last night and I hadn’t made as much progress on it as I thought. I must have measured it wrong the first time….I know I’ve added a couple of inches to it since then, but it’s just about the same length…..I’m sure that’s why they always tell you to measure twice and cut once! Thank goodness I didn’t have to do any cutting on my knitting, or who knows what I would have finished with? I did receive the new, new purple yarn today and it does look like it’ll work in as well as the new purple yarn that I ordered last time. Since I obviously made an error in my measurements now I’m concerned about having based my yarn requirements on the wrong information. I do not want to have to order yet another few skeins just to see me through this second project….on the other hand, I am determined to see this through to the bitter end, so if I have to get still more yarn, I will. Thank goodness dye-lots don’t differ like they used to…at least not in yarns that are machine-made. The hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns are still wonderfully unique and I would never even try to begin a project with one of them unless I was absolutely certain that my yarn calculations were correct! There is someone local who not only spins her own yarns, she also raises her own sheep, shears them, and is a prolific knitter too. I have no idea where she gets all her energy, but I sure do wish she’d package it up and sell it!
I know that I used to be much better at this. I didn’t seem to ever make mistakes and my knitting all looked like it came from a machine. I guess I am out of practice making my own yardage calculations (I refuse to even consider that it may be my age that has got me flummoxed!); and I blame arthritis for the unevenness in my knitting. I am hoping that blocking the pieces will coax all the stitches into a semblance of balance and I won’t feel so inept about my knitting abilities (or lack thereof) since I’ve become an “old lady”…..my crone-hood is especially irritating when I find I can no longer do the same things I used to…or can’t do things as well as I used to. I’m thinking I’ve probably been too much in denial about my skills…and don’t let anyone tell you that the “Nile” is only a river in Egypt!
Still, I am grateful that I can still knit and crochet, and sew and embroider (though on that particular skill, the jury is still out)…but that I can still do them well enough to enjoy what I make is what is so important to me. Textile arts have been a part of my life for the past 60+ years (I learned to embroider from my grandmother when I was about 4). I can’t imagine sitting down without something in my hands to work on if I’m not holding a book! Over the many years my friends and family have received any number of knitted, crocheted, embroidered, needle-pointed, hand-sewn, machine-sewn, hand-quilted and machine-quilted…well, you know what I mean because I’m quite sure that if you are reading this, you love expressing your creativity “In Stitches” as much as I do.