Holy moly, it's been a whole month since I've blogged. Does it count that I said at least 15 times, I need to sit down and blog? Probably not, but here I am!
I have so many things I could bring up here, but I'm going to stick to one topic....
What is it about us makers (or crafters as the old school would call us) that keeps us wanting to challenge our skills constantly? Example, about 6 months ago I decided I wanted to try knitting continental. I've always been a thrower and didn't even realize that was a thing until I was sitting at my local yarn shop, Stash, on a knit night and two of the women around me were both continental knitters and discussing the merits of it. As many of us do, I worry about keeping my hands and joints healthy so thought learning continental would give me more options for relaxing my hands.
So I watched a youtube video and awkwardly went for it. For a couple nights. Then got super annoyed by not being able to hold the yarn well, basically a tension issue and dropped it. About a month later I had another go at it. It was just as awkward and this time I added purling to the mix. Again, a couple nights and I was out. My throwing had served me quite well anyway.
A couple of months passed and I decided I was going to give it another go. This time with a full project in mind. Nothing too crazy, a beanie for my husband, knit 2 purl 2. Oddly enough I sat down and this time it seemed to flow a little better. My brain had had a couple times to process, then stop, process, then stop. Apparently something had sunk in. And I managed to finish not 1 but 2 hats for him. The picture above is Mitch awkwardly modeling his Christmas hat which I handspun from our very own Shetland, Taraji!
Then as if that wasn't enough challenge for December, my next project I decide is going to be a foray into colorwork which I have never tried. The Baa-able hat has finally called me in. So here I go, sitting down for another project and challenge. What is that??? As it turns out, teaching myself to continental knit has come in very handy for colorwork! Oh and yes, I am addicted, don't want to sleep anymore, just want to know what the next row will bring.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on making and always wanting to learn more, make more, challenge more!!!
Thanks for reading and Happy New Year to come!!!!
I am Kim Biegler, the owner and operator of Ewethful Fiber Farm & Mill. I create hand spinning fibers from locally sourced wool and teach others online how to hand spin their own yarn.