It’s that wonderful time of year again where I start to reflect on everything I have learned in the last twelve months and whittle down to what’s really important. This is my THIRD YEAR of working up my Top Ten list (links to 2016 and 2015 are at the bottom of this post), and I have to say, I just keep learning and LEARNING (as well as falling in to the same pits again and again, because, well, I tend to learn things the hard way).
Lace. Lace knitting can be problematic. I feel like I have this problem EVERY SINGLE TIME I work with lace. So far, my top is going pseudo-okay, but I am just bracing myself for a total disaster eventually.
Exercise and knitting are not mutually exclusive. In fact, knitting a pair of socks can burn about 1,000 calories. Trust me, I did the math. So, if your jeans (like mine) are feeling a little snug, fret not. There is hope for you yet. Kind of.
Knitting can get you through some pretty hard times. I haven’t really written about this yet (although I plan to), but I did go through a horrible divorce this year. You may have already gathered this if you follow me regularly. I am not yet quite sure how to approach the topic in this space. I found a lot of solace and distraction in my knitting through the darkest of hours, and I am grateful.
And, when you’re going through a hard time in life, knit something yellow. Nearly guaranteed to cheer you up.
Knit with friends. I did start a small monthly knitting group this year, and it’s been something to look forward to for sure. We meet for cocktails and/or tea and just stitch away. It’s blissful.
Knitting can be fun in groups, but sometimes it’s not a good idea. Definitely, don’t talk to people while you are counting stitches. Rarely does it work out.
Making a pom pom isn’t as hard as one might think. Always try new things. This year, I even tried brioche. (Reed’s always my guinea pig.)
Relax a little. Get yourself a floatie, damn it. Knitting really has more recreational potential than people give it credit for.
Indie dyers are AMAZING. I was able to connect with some amazing indie dyers this year, and I loved it! There are such talented fiber artists out there, and I have even started dying a bit of yarn in my own kitchen of late. Good things coming in 2018. In the meantime, please be sure to support an indie dyer near you!
Do what makes you happy. Knit what you want. Be who you want to be. Plant more flowers, if that’s your kick (it’s definitely mine).
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