And so it begins

Welcome!

So. This is a blog.

I’ve been considering starting up a blog for quite some time, and I thought I was prepared. But now, as I stare at this blank page, all my rehearsed words and ideas come across as just that: rehearsed. Although I don’t want to publish anything full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, I also don’t want to publish entries that are way too polished and over-analyzed. They should represent the kind of person I am. And those who know me, know that I am a little rough around the edges, socially awkward, and scatter-brained. Don’t be surprised if my writing style tends to reflect that.

With that in mind….here goes nothing!

As the title suggests, this is a place to talk about knitting. Remember though, this is a safe space. You won’t be judged here no matter how crazy about knitting you may be. Or how many cats you have. (To which my respective responses are: “tremendously” and “only two”)

Ginkgo and OliveIn all seriousness though, knitting is so important to me because it helps balance out the energy in my life. At work I climb trees, use chainsaws, wood chippers, and cranes. I get dirty. I’m always covered in sawdust, soil, gas, and oil. Adrenaline and testosterone drive my actions. Work hours are my destructive hours. When I get home, it’s so nice to create rather than destroy. The same satisfaction I get from dismantling a tree limb by limb is mirrored by knitting up a garment stitch by stitch. Yin and Yang.

And yet, it’s so much more than that! Even if I wasn’t an arborist, I’d still be knitting. I was knitting before I started my career. I’ve been knitting since I was four years old. I guess I was destined to work with my hands. There’s a strange beauty in the juxtaposition of a soft, elegant fibre running through these scarred and calloused fingers while the metronome of click-click-clicking knitting needles drowns out the every-present tinnitus. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and getting to know all the other insane knitters out there.

Before I draw my first ever blog entry to a close, I should probably quickly mention the projects I’m currently working on. I spent last week finishing up all UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and posting them to my Ravelry account, so you can always check them out there. At the moment, I only have one project on the needles and unfortunately I can’t post pictures because it’s a super secret surprise for someone. Fret not, lovely people. Just because I can’t show you pictures of knitting doesn’t mean I can’t show you pictures of spinning! 

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100 grams of merino roving from Fleece Artist which has been spun into a 2-ply sock yarn.
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Doesn’t it look lovely as a skein? I call the colour Tomato Soup.
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50 grams single-spun natural merino by Fleece Artist. It’s awaiting the other 50 grams so it can be plied.
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Currently spinning the last bobbin on my Kromski.

These two yarns are destined to be worked together in some sort of stranded sock pattern. Something along the lines of Woodruff. I love this pattern. It is so fresh and cute, it would be perfect for a spring knitting project.

Well, that roving is not going to spin itself. Better get crackin’.

P.S. Thanks for taking the time to read my first attempt at bloghood.

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