Wednesday, September 08, 2010

It Worked Before

I have come to the realization that I have once again accumulated an inordinate amount of WIPS.  Once before, I challenged myself to complete every last one of my WIPS before casting on anything new.  I think I'm going to try that again.  I will need you, Gentle Reader, to keep me on course with this--as you did before.  To give myself a starting point, here are all the WIPS I have currently OTN.

1.  Conwy Socks, from Knitting On The Road by Nancy Bush  I'm still working on these, but unfortunately, they've fallen prey to the siren song of lace knitting.  But I'll get to that in a minute.

2. Pixie Dust Socks: The pattern is Bubble Wrap.  Yeah, these have fallen by the wayside.  They aren't hard, I'm just not feeling the love for this yarn.  It is Knit Picks Imagination, and it is very loosely spun.  It's totally not right for socks, but I've already finished one, so I'm determined to finish the pair.

3. Unnamed Scarf: Based on this pattern. I really should pick this back up. It was for charity and the yarn was donated.  I don't think I'd be knitting with it otherwise.  I cast on over a year ago.  Heck, it may be two years now.  I'd have to check back through the blog to see for sure. 

4.  Anniversary Mystery Shawl 10: The mojo for this one has gone on vacation, so I'm just going to let it marinate for a while.

5.  Orkney Pi Shawl:  The mojo for this one finally came home, and I picked it back up this week.  I really like this pattern so far.  The repeats are fairly short, making it easy to remember.  I don't have to keep looking at the chart while I knit.  Just one thing, though, the charts are difficult to follow and have some errors.  However, the written instructions are clear and so far, error free.

6.  Fruit of The Vine Scarf:  It's moving right along.  I was knitting quite well on it until the Orkney Pi mojo came a knockin at my door. 

I think that's all the active WIPS I have at the moment. I do have a couple of things in the planning stage, but I'm not counting those. I'm also not counting the two blankies, since they are more knit-when-I-get-yarn projects.

Speaking of getting yarn, Peaches and Cream cotton is coming out with some new colors.  I've picked up these two so far:

 They are Desert Sunset (left) and Yorktown (right).  They have another color called Coral Reef, which I absolutely love, but Wal-Mart only has it in a cone.  I don't really want that much of it.  Maybe when I head back up to Southaven, they'll have it at the Jo-Ann's there. 

One of the blogs I visit often--make that daily-- is Confessions of A Pioneer Woman.   She's got the kind of life I always wished I could have.  Except that she has more kids than I would ever want.  And she sits in the truck and watches all the fun...I'd be out there in the middle of it.  Calf nuts and all.

Anyway, in today's post, she shares some blogging tips.  I'm not going to repeat them all here.  You'll just have to go to her site and read the whole thing.  A couple of them stood out at me, though.  Her #1 tip:  Be Yourself-- write as if you are talking to your sister.  Little does she know that I couldn't do that.   Mainly because when one talks to my sister, one doesn't talk.  One just listens.  My sister talks.  So fast sometimes, I have to watch to make sure she's somehow taking breaths in all that chatter.  But when I first started blogging, I had blog buddies.  People who came by my blog, and who's blogs I visited every day.  When I sat down to write, I imagined that I was sitting with those people over a cup of coffee--or in my case Dr. Pepper, since I don't drink coffee --and just chatting about my day.  It's more difficult now.  Most of those people don't come around any more.  Many of them have quit blogging completely.  The rest, I guess, just found me boring and left for more interesting pastures.

The second point she makes is to blog often.  To consider your blog a precious bloom that requires daily nurturing.  I think this is where I began to go wrong.  Here lately, I've been spending more time on Facebook, and the blog has taken a back seat.  That is about to change.  Now that we're no longer working until the point of exhaustion, I'm going to make the blog a priority again.  I'm going to bring it forward from the back burner.  It will once again become a forethought, rather than an afterthought.  And if my Frontierville crops die, they just die.  That's a dumb game anyway.  I just can't stop playing it.

The final point that I'm going to repeat is to value every person who takes time out of her day to stop by the blog.  And I do value you.  Sus, who's been with me from the beginning, or nearly so.  Stephanie, who's been here nearly as long.  Ruth, who seldom comments, but I know you're out there.  And the rest of you who have me in your feed readers.  I value each and every one of you, whether you stop and leave a comment or not.

I love ya.  All of ya.

Squeaky says, "Hmmmm, what shall I blog about today?"


Sus said...

I gotta say, my favorite project is the bubble wrap socks. I totally get not feeling the love when the yarn isn't the best, but as a for a finished product it's pretty great looking. I *lurve* the way the color change spirals up the top.

I know I don't always comment, but I read every post. I'm here, girlfriend.

Becky said...

Thanks Sus. I read every one of your posts, too, even if I don't comment.


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