My wonderful son, Andrew, told me the other day that I’m an old lady that tries to be funny on her blog. Yes, isn’t he a wonderful kid (he does read this blog, so if you feel the need to comment on how nice he is I’m sure it would be good for him). I was thinking about his comment today on the train, and how I write for the blog. In a way, he’s right – no, I’m not old, and I actually don’t try to be funny. But….. he’s right in a way he didn’t intend – I sometimes don’t really say what I think all the time – I think blogging Jeanne probably is nicer than real Jeanne. I think in real life I’m a bit more cynical and sarcastic and tend to call people idiots. I haven’t done that here. As I thought about that, I wondered why that is. I don’t think its just me…..almost everyone comes across so nice and cheery on blogs. OK, so you probably wouldn’t want to read something that is always negative all the time….but how come everyone is just so damn nice? Sometimes I don’t want to offend anyone, and sometimes I think its just personal, or not worth getting into it – but I know that the blogs I enjoy the most are those where I get a sense of the real person. I guess this is my very long way of saying that I’m going to try to be a bit more me, and a bit less of the nice Jeanne…and if you don’t like it – too bad! OK, was that too mean? Should I tone it down? 🙂
Thus saying that ….thanks to everyone who commented on Kimono shawl – it really is so nice to have so many compliments about my work. I have to say that I felt like a Knitter when I finished blocking the shawl. I think I was on a high for a day or so….in fact, I had a hard time going back to my other projects because it just wasn’t the same. We sent it off today, and I hope that the recipient likes it as much as I do.
I was very proud of myself this week – I’ve resisted starting the Knit Picks Fair Isle cardigan although I started really wanting to….and I’ve resisted the lure of Etsy shop updates by Black Bunny, Sophie’s Toes, Beadmarkers …. Its not that I don’t love all of the yarn….but I just have so much (actually, according to NeedleTrax, I have 70,000 yards of it in the stash!). I’m not on a yarn diet, nor am I trying to use up the stash….but I am trying to limit my impulse yarn purchases. And….day 8 of no smoking – and I forgot to put on a patch this morning. Once I remembered, I was already close to the train. It was sort of hard, but I made it through the day. Still fighting the urge, but at this point, I just can’t go back to it. And I’m starting to feel really good – I am less tired this week – I’m not sure if its not smoking, the patch, the fact that I’m breathing better….but I actually was up last night at 10:15 where usually I’m in bed by 9:30-9:45 (I know, back to the old lady thing)….
So I went back to Ariann….and I have to say – I really love Cascade 220. Really love it. Its so wonderful to work with, and I love the way it knits, feels, drapes….just amazing. Larry’s Na Craga is also being made with Cascade 220, and now I’m torn between which one to work on. But I really love Ariann so I’ll work that first and then do Na Craga when I’m done. Ariann is really a good pattern to knit – easy pattern to memorize and I learned how to do buttonholes (on a side note – I really think KnittingHelp.com is a great site – I use it all the time.) and to do increases in a nicer manner (also from KnittingHelp)
Hope you have a good rest of the week, and I should have a finished pair of socks to show by the weekend.