I must thank each and every one of you for your comments, emails, facebook messages, and texts in reply to my last blog post (which was three months ago. It's ok if you don't remember.) The response was overwhelming and sadly I never managed to get back to all of you, but I hope you know that I truly appreciated the time you took to read it and respond.
I should also thank the number of you who have emailed, facebooked, or texted me to check if I am still alive and happy and to gently remind me that I do in fact have a blog and wouldn't I like to get back to it some day? The answer to that is that yes, I would like to get back to it. So here I am.
Unlike last year, I didn't completely stop knitting during my first semester of school. However, most of the knitting I have done over the past few months have been samples and I couldn't really blog about them. Plus, I'm not sure how entertaining it would have been to read about sweater after sweater without seeing pictures or hearing about details.
At any rate, I'm back and I do have some knitting to show you. I've been sneaking smaller projects in among the sweaters I've been knitting and am currently working on a pair of mittens for myself. I know, I know, I'm a poor example of what a knitter should be at this time of year. Knitters should be selflessly knitting away the hours until Christmas creating gifts for each and every single member of their extended family while avoiding household chores and fighting the urge to eat so as to maximize the amount of time they have to create their incredible gifts.
Well, then let's think of these mittens as a gift -- for myself.
I have big plans for these mittens. What you see above is the outer mitten, but there is also going to be an inner (removable) mitten done in the lighter blue color. It's going to be simple and so far it's looking exactly how I imagined in my head. Plain, functional mittens with enough personality that they can't be something found in a store. Can I show you my favorite part about these mittens?
When I charted out my cuff pattern, I did it so that it is seamless where one round meets another. That jog always bothers me when knitting patterns in the round and I figured that as long as I was taking the time to design my own cuff, I might as well make it exactly how I wanted. You see that right there in the middle? The pattern just keeps on going happy as a clam. And that makes me happy, too.
I'm going to try to be around these parts much more often from now on. I've been keeping up with blogs, but I hardly comment these days. Perhaps that's the next thing I'll have to change.
I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season!