I would be remiss if I ignored my recent re-entry into the knitting world. It all started at Christmas when Santa brought me a set of circular knitting looms. I went a little crazy making hats. It is surprisingly easy and fast. I can make a hat on one of those in a little over an hour and the come out really nice. Needless to say our grandkids got a lot of hats recently. But then I decided I needed to branch out a bit. I have known how to knit since I was a kid but had some big gaps in my knitting history. Plus, I was never very confident about what I made and had a hard time figuring out certain aspects. Enter the internet. And YouTube. And most of all Staci Perry and her brilliant website VeryPink with her great knitting tutorials. I now feel like I can knit anything. Trouble is it's addictive. Very addictive. So addictive that its nearly all I want to do. I even dream about knitting. But the good thing is that I am actually making things that are turning out! Amazing. I just finished a sweater for Don which actually fits him. And it isn't even ugly!
So, just in time for a new project (not that I don't already have lots of yarn in my stash) my order of Malabrigo Rios (Zarzamora color way) arrived today. Take a look:
I bought one hank of this luscious stuff at a local yarn shop JUST BECAUSE. I took it home and gazed at it not knowing what I wanted to do with it but thought maybe some socks. I knitted up a swatch and fell in love. I tried to resist but it was useless. I had to make myself a sweater out of this that contains all of my favorite colors. So I went online to see if I could find it cheaper and I ended up ordering more. I can't wait to start on it. Trouble is I need to wind it into 'cakes' first. I hope Don's arms aren't too tired tonight because I do not yet own a swift or a ball winder. *hint hint*
The other thing about knitting that I am thrilled about is that it is very relaxing and almost like therapy. Which I may need if I can't stop knitting.