Friday, January 20, 2012

Homefront Journalism

Isn't that what blogging is? Tales from the Homefront? Well, for me, it is. I believe in Home. And Home right now is in a cleansing. Davis has been sick, and I have been home with him. He has a double ear infection, and a trip to the doctor yielded a homeopathic remedy, some echinacea and goldenseal, rosehip tea, vitamin A, and a prescription for antibiotics. So we are using everything we know to heal, including healthy foods.
In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to photodocument my knitting projects in progress, even though that's why Ravelry is there. 
Project number one:
 Still working on Milo. I had it mostly done and then had to rip back because it was too big, and because moths got to it
 A design of my own!!! Mmmmmmmohair.
 Having recently finished Serena's Tea Leaves, this one is mine, in plant dyed Henry's Attic. Another project that turned out to big and I just had to rip back.
 Cable Weave Pullover, for Chance. Putting it together slowly. Its progress has coincided with the progress of our marriage...fits and starts, and great swaths of disconnected time. A gaping hole and a long story.
 Not knitting, but if you read the Living Crafts blog, you will know that this is a symbol of my intention for the slow down, to breathe through, to take time. Living Crafts has been a nice surprise for me, for they keep liking my work and I have become a regular contributor. I love being a part of such a wonderful magazine!
 Ishbel in pink flake cotton. I like the nubby texture!

 Socks for my mom...almost cotton. They were supposed to be for Christmas.
Greenfield Cardigan in a yummy Malabrigo. However, I do not like the colorway so much so when I block it, I will add a step of overdyeing it in a more suitable color. I am thinking of a burnt yellow, something that moves toward orange, so that the greens will be browned up a bit. It's comforting to know that you can just throw something into the dyepot if you don't fully appreciate the color you chose to begin with!
And finally, the paperwhites are still in bloom. I planted bulbs yesterday and immediately wished I had kept them in the freezer since we are not being treated to a proper winter around here.
Looking at all those knitting projects, I realize it might seem a bit mad to the non-knitter, or people who are a lot more organized than me. I am convinced that to be a knitter in this day and age, one must be willing to go to certain extremes...complicated lace patterns, only wearing handmade things, a huge yarn or fabric stash, or whatever your extreme belief is. It's vital to creativity, is it not?

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance; and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning... Oprah Winfrey