When it comes to spending my spare moments in selfish pursuits, I am torn between two pastimes – knitting and reading about knitting on the internet. And, while doing the actual knitting is my favorite, I find that more and more often, I am sitting in front of the computer. I mean, wow! There is so much to read and learn, and so many friends to be made. Between Ravelry forums, writing this blog, and reading about all of your fabulous knitting exploits on your blogs, I could spend hours a day just reading about knitting. And, while I would love to knit while I read, as stated previously, I only have two hands. Lately, I have been doing more reading than knitting because, despite having six WIP’s (yes, it went up one since I last spoke of it), I am bored with them. Until now. Finally, the all consuming knitting project has come along, causing me to do more than read.
Again, with the lousy picture. Anyone have a camera they want to send me?
You see, I recently participated in a swap on Ravelry. I have been watching these swaps for awhile, but they always look too expensive. Then, I saw this one, a Knit Picks stash swap. No purchase required. I am so glad that I signed up. I sent out some lovely sock yarn (that I bought long ago, for who-knows-what), a couple of knitting books I will never use, some treats, a knitting bag, and some stitch markers (that I made) to a lovely knitter in Minnesota, whom I have never met. Then, a few days later, I received a package from another lovely knitter, in Arkansas (who happened to be a Christian like me – bonus!) filled with yarn and patterns and tea and lotion.
When I say filled, I mean filled – eight balls of Wool of the Andes in White with two patterns – Abalone and Hemlock Ring Doily Throw (and you know I am going to make that throw!) Plus, three balls of Shadow in Vineyard – a most excellent shade of dark purple (OH I LOVE PURPLE!!!) to make Rona Lace Shawl, pattern included.
So, you know what I am going to say next, right? That Rona Shawl was on my needles in a flash! I tell you, folks, I am obsessed with- no. I am passionate about knitting lace.
That makes seven WIPs, for those of you who are counting. (You know who you are)