just uploaded a bunch more to Etsy, and i’ve got tons more to come. I’m going to be getting rid of perhaps 2/3 of my yarn stash – I’ve found that I can collect it until the cows come home but I seldom knit with it. I am much better off buying yarn “per project”.
I’ve literally got a four drawer dresser that will eventually wind up on Etsy. I’m going to try and put some up every day my daughter is in school (because otherwise I can’t get anything done).
In addition, at the end of August, I closed my storefront – just a month after I moved into a tiny little cabin from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house – life is all about downsizing right now, and finding ways to pay the bills.
PLEASE take some of this off my hands if you would!
And if you’re looking for some amazing books for your kids, I am also a Barefoot Books ambassador, as well as an independent consultant for Usborne Books & More. you can find my online shops there. Purchases from these companies go toward my daughter’s homeschooling materials – and now that I no longer own a consignment children’s boutique, to the clothing she will need every few months or so, since she is growing like a weed.
only a few things so far, but i’ve begun destashing some of my yarn on my Etsy website.
There are also some really beautiful pieces of handmade jewelry (yes, I made them, and there will be more as I continue to unpack), and as I continue to downsize my life, more craft supplies, fabric remnants, jewelry-making supplies, and more. Free shipping on all yarn!
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So… There i was in the hardware store, inspired by a Pinterest post (yep. Uh oh) of a bathmat knit from clothesline. Clothesline was expensive. I came home with this 1200+ yard spool of sisal twine instead and decided to double it with cotton and knit a round rug for wiping feet after garden work, or something.
It’s messy, it’s a bit stiff and with double the lack of give cotton normally has, and is being knit on size 17 needles. I much prefer the look of a knitted “pizza” as opposed to a crochet-stitched disc, but crochet would have been a lot easier. It’s not too late, technically, to scrap it, but the chore of casting it on took about as long as knitting these ten rows..
This is the story of my knitting life anymore.
i edit stuff, like the ancient “about” page here. My daughter might have been born the last time I made any changes to it.
Also, added my Pinterest link in the main header above and removed the twitter link, because – i might be the only person in the world who doesn’t see the need for twitter (or Instagram, for that matter) and have forgotten to use either in a year… because slow days at work, which haven’t ever happened in the course of the two years i have had this shop (we’ve always been digging through inherited piles, and now that has finally reached an end) mean i get to sit here and do whatever i want with no guilt. Daughter’s at preschool, and i’m wasting time. Yeehaw! I brought knitting (the ever-continuing Nymphalidea shawl), because i always used to say “i dream that someday i will sit in my shop and knit all afternoon” – and i will, just after a little more time on Pinterest.
And I’m on Ravelry too, of course, because things like this have just gotten released, and there’s a contest for a free pattern giveaway for it, and it’s the first time i’ve looked at a pattern and said “I need to do it in that exact colorway and that exact yarn” – except that that exact yarn, Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply, is $26 a skein, and even though you only need one, I’m sure I’ve got some sock yarn in my stash that has been waiting six years or so for its calling. Because I love sock yarn, and for a while I acquired plenty of it, even though every project I started with a fingering weight reminded me of why it’s better I stick with worsted (the answer is “so i might potentially finish it”, in case you were wondering).
Anyway – yes, there’s all this, and i whittled my Ravelry pattern wishlist down to seven pages, too! I did do a little reality-checking here. That pattern for the massive lace afghan? You can save yourself the seven dollars, Dori. How about this incredible sweater with a lace yoke? Also, save your money. With the money you’ve saved removing potential patterns fro your wishlist, you could probably afford that Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply.
And now… back to Pinterest?
Oh my freaking GOODNESS. I don’t know that i could wear these socks (Ravelry pattern page link) after I knit them. they hold all the challenges i refuse to face – colorwork, tiny needles, and of course, the “second sock syndrome” – it would take me six years to finish one of these in the first place, and then god forbid i had to do it again.
regardless, quite possibly the most beautiful pair of handknit socks i’ve ever seen. if you can beat these, post a link!
Oh, there were other indicators. My doctor was suddenly younger than me, as well as my dentist. There were a few more gray hairs (but I attributed those more to motherhood than anything, because most of the time I forget I’m 41, ever mindblown by the condition of some of my peers). Nirvana was being played on the classic rock station (seriously? WTF? That was YESTERDAY!) The youth of today were suddenly listening to music I didn’t understand, the 90’s became the long-past fashion generation to emulate…
Okay yeah I get it. I’m apparently “middle-aged”. Don’t tell that to my reflection, my friends, or my four year old. I might be more emotionally mature, but I still say “dude” with impunity (oh wait, that’s out of fashion? no one told me…)
For some, this age signifies “empty nest” and “more knitting” – for me, not so much as I am a late bloomer with all things, including motherhood and standard responsiblities like having a credit card, or a power bill in my own name.
Regardless, I bought it, I sure did, because the first edition of Knitting Answers took me from garter stitching scarves to knitting lace and answered a mound of questions in both text and diagram, in a size that was nice and portable. I owned this book before smart phones, google and Ravelry existed.
Now, there’s a second edition – it appears to be the same size, though the cover is pepto bismol pink this time (as opposed to oh, Xanax green), and there’s a hefty list in the front of many of the updates to both knitting techniques, resources, and changes to the second edition, which include in-depth coverage of the magic loop technique (which my mother first learned from a small and self-published-looking spiral-bound booklet she purchased in a yarn shop), color work, and a pile of new cast-ons and bind-offs.
True, you can find a lot of this information online these days – but for me this book is kind of like knitting itself – a chance to do something else with my hands other than tap a smart phone. Just HOLDING it makes me want to knit, a little.