Cold but sunny - that is what the weather has been. Today I read from the papers that spring is three weeks late... I was beginning to think like that but then it always feels like it when you start to look for the glorious spring days.
Last week was a difficult one, not difficult as life-wise, but difficult knitting-wise, quilting-wise, drawing-wise... just about everything I tried turned to ash. From old experience I know this happens at times, sometimes it has to do with the fact that I am tired, sometimes it is because my brain is occupied and I cannot force it to work on the stuff I choose and it takes some time to realize what the subconscious is saying. Did that come out odd? But yes, I was trying this and that, drew for 5 minutes, decided that I did not want to do that, picked up knitting but after three minutes, it became stale ...
I set my mind to make myself a new sweater, went through the design process (like Shirley Paden teaches in her great book "Knitwear design workshop") setting myself the parameters and for a while it felt good, but it felt good for just a very little while. I emptied one merino yarn yarn box on my desk and admired all the lovely and soft wools and then was taken by a surprise because I knew exactly what I needed to knit: something tiny and sweet and started making swatches for a new little baby thing. This feels so right. I have tried several things and have worked my way through the elements and I sort of know what I want to do. I am in a happy knitting place again. Let's hope this lasts.
Last summer I spent quite a lot of time on Craftsy - and one of the classes I took was the bead knitting workshop by BetsyHershberg. I have not made one single beaded bead yet, but have tried embroidering beads several times - learning is slow and painstaking, and I would love to skip this step, but since I have these beautiful embroidered beads on my mind, I am slowly making progress and learning the skill. I have tried embroidering on both the knitted and crocheted beads and am not yet convinced what is the best way to go.
I am sure you all know Knitspot Anne and her beautiful work. She has a class on Craftsy where she teaches buttonbands and buttonholes. I took her class and I learned a few valuable things. It amazes me that I have knitted over 40 years and there is still so much to learn. I love Craftsy, I knit up here most of the time alone, but with these online classes I am able to reach out to the world and gain valuable information. Plus I am thankful for all of you.
I hope I can show you some progress on the wee cardigan soon.
Wool with you,