Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sock yarn and Knitting Mojo

Back in the first decade of the 21st century we already had Internet and I, as a knitter already drooled over sockyarns,, but in my country the few places that sold yarn were still stuck with acrylic. However, there were a couple of second hand stores, and in some of these, occasionally bits and pieces of sock yarn showed up, and I could just not resist. No matter how small the ball was I bought it. And I kept this up long after new stores opened up, and sock yarns are much more readily available. I've knitted quite a few of socks, mittens and hats, combined some bits, but it never even made a dent in those boxes.. Remember this?
And that was just one box, I have at least another one for the patterned, leftover stuff (and lets just not talk about the unicolored and the full balls I have around).
For a rather long time now I admired those very colorful knits that used leftover bits, just like I have... there is this sweater for example, or these socks... in my mind I've been making similar plans, but... oh but...
For silghtly more than a year my knitting mojo was dissapearing, and at a scarily increasing rate. I have a rather difficult time to admit this, partly because... well just. I know exactly what was the starting point, what happened and what it caused, even if I will never exactly know why, but I seriously questioned myself, which probably was exactly what the other party wanted and even though I hated that... Anyway I felt constantly less and less like knitting. I was happy to jump into reenactment and sewing, and later bobbin lace, partly to take my focus away from all the yarns that are lying around in my flat, taking up space.  I looked at the boxes with increasing dismay, as I still loved yarns, I still loved knitting, but still... I just could not muster up the enthusiasm...until I bumped into a post on Facebook about a neckwarmer that was knitted from leftover sock yarns... the picture hit me. I kept goind back again and again... I saved it on my phone.... I was about to set it as a screensaver, when I looked up and saw my boxes full of yarns. I got up dragged down those with sockyarns and started to pick up those small balls, half skeins, and bits and pieces... Then little heaps started to appear in the corner of my bed, on the sofa, in my handbags... and I started to knit...
 It was so simple so utterly nothing, just knit stitches around and around...
 When a piece of leftover bit run out I just picked up the nect one tied a knot and continued to knit....
Then when it got about the length of my store bought (yes, I do have a neckwarmer that is knitted and I bout it in a shop... a second hand shop mind you, but still... I KNOW). Anyway, when it got to that length, I kitcheneered the two ends together, blocked the thing slightly, and thats it...
 I was so happy about it, I innediately started another one, and I still have little heaps and packages of yarns all around....
It is still hard to believe that something so utterly simple can get such a hold on me. Maybe this will be the thing dragging me out of the hole.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yet again...

somebody told me... actually it came up several times in thr last two weeks in discussion, that my partner in the conversation said, how she liked my blog, and suc a shame I do not write it anymore... which is not entirely true, as I do write it... at least in my head. Quite often I think how I should posta bout this or that, and since my phones are capable of making pretty good pictures. I even have photoes....
Of cours this started out as an allin crafty blog, which turned into an all out knitting one---- which lately witha  few vibbly-vobbly steps turned back to be again an all around crafty_sewing-weaving-spinning-historicaldressig-reenactment-dancing-acting-baking-bobbinlacemaking-embroidery-godforbidtravelling-evendressingorsocalledfashion-andwhateverIcanthinkof blog...then I got insecure, unsure... But what the heck this is MÍ blog, and as such I can put into it...whatever I want, even all of the above and then some....or not, but we will see tat. For now, for example, here is a pic of me finding my big scissors and cut into a difficult... ouch that is a Hungarian phrase I don't now the English version of... anyway, we started something again...