Summer Has Arrived

Today is kind of bittersweet. It looks fantastic outside. The sun is shining. There is a nice breeze in the trees.

Then you actually go outside, and realize that the world is your sauna. Hello heatwave. Hello Air Conditioner.

If this is how I get to spend yet another summer, I can imagine that I am going to get a lot of knitting done. Which isn’t a bad thing, especially since I have so many things to finish.

I am feeling a little nostalgic today. The end of May is approaching and that means I’ve been out of High School for 10 years. It’s a strange feeling. So much has happened, and yet so little has happened in 10 years. I am still in college, but I’ve lived in 4 states, learned to knit, traveled coast to coast and also to Europe and Asia, and got married. In many ways, I feel inadequate compared to my classmates. But I realize that I still have an incredibly full life. Things feel so paradoxical right now.

Summer Reading

My best friend from High School recently emailed me about The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake, and highly recommended them. She is such a lovely person. I was touched that she would think about me for a book recommendation, but then again this is how we became close friends. Her review of this series made me interested, so I went to Barnes and Noble to buy it. She is a kindred spirit, so I have a good feeling about these books. Especially since I am an already devoted Tolkien fan.

It is exciting to be able to reconnect with a very old and special friend through literature.

It also helped to have something new and shiny to look at since I decided to frog back the sleeve on my Sand Tracks Cardigan. Oh well, this knits up faster than the body and it will look better.

What’s on your reading list this summer?

What am I doing?!?

I am back to blogging… and I am nervous about it.

College has taken some of that blind faith that I had a few years ago and ground it into the dirt like a discarded cigarette. I love writing. I love reading. I love it all, but this year has been torture on the insecurity… yikes.

So… welcome to my mess!

This blog is going to mostly focus on my (mis)adventures in knitting with some wine reviews and a little bit of life thrown in for good measure.

To get started talking about knitting let me tell you of all of the things I still have to finish.

1.) My Sand Tracks Cardigan: I started this for me last fall. It is a really beautiful piece, but is taking for-ev-er. It takes me about an hour to knit one cable pattern. Frustrating. But it will be gorgeous when finished.

Working on the Body PartSand Sleeve

2.) My Dad’s Moose Gloves: (Annemor #7) Like most knitters, I like to finish one item in a pair, then go home. These selbu gloves are beautiful, but knitting the fingers are a challenge. Really it won’t take me too long to actually finish them… I just need to get into gear and finish.

Moose Glove

3.) My Inlay Socks: (in the picture above) I was gifted this yarn, it is gorgeous. I have no idea what it is, however. It feels like a cotton mix. Unfortunately, the Inlay pattern was a bit too advanced for me when I started, so I have about 3/4 of the cuff finished. I want them, so I am not going to frog this piece. Just need to knit.

4.) Falling Snow Stocking part II: I am 5 inches from the end. Why did I not finish the second one? It was so simple! And so much fun. I love the norwegian snowflakes. Hello Rustic Mountain Christmas!

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Sometimes I think that I have a fear of finishing.

It’s like reading a great book, when you finish you feel like you are leaving a good friend behind. You spend so long developing a relationship and then it’s done. You’re relationship changes, it’s over. No more mystery if you go back to it. *sigh*

I am talking about a relationship with yarn… I am the kind of crazy that only fiber junkies understand.

Thanks for reading my first post back into the blogging world. Sorry if knitting isn’t your thing, but hang out. I have wine too.