Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Through the Looking Glass

I asked a blogger that I regularly read to post a question for me. ( The blog is Knitty Gritty ) The question was:

Here's the question: Has blogging about knitting (or just blogging in
general) enhanced your knitting? If it's blogging has been a benefit
to your knitting, how? If not, why?

The question was posted and I've really enjoyed reading the responses. The part that's a bummer is that it's on somebody else's blog, not mine. I didn't post it here because, quite bluntly, I have no readers and am not really part of the online knit/blogging community.

An interesting side effect of the responses is that a lot of people are talking about the culture of blogging, i.e. being part of a larger community, rather than simply responding to the question. I suspect that the reason is simple: the two are very much intertwined.

I think I'd be a total wimp if I didn't answer my own question. For me, the answer is a resounding yes and no.

My knitting has been enhanced in that my curiosity was peaked by what others were working on. That curiosity led me to surf the web, find more blogs, patterns, yarn...etc. No because it takes time away from knitting and family with minimal return.

Am I whining because my humble blog goes unnoticed? As I've said before anyone who doesn't get a kick out of receiving a comment here and there is either dead or a liar. So I suppose a little whining is present. At the same time, I don't exactly go out of my way to find readers, commenting on every little aspect of someone else's life in the blogs I read. That, it seems to me, is how you get folks to read your blog. The day is just too short for me to make the effort.

I think this question was interesting and I've really enjoyed reading the responses on Annie's blog. A big public thanks for posting it!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Victory is sweet!

Yes, I have defeated the evil vest. It's now awaiting blocking, but I beat it into submission. Okay, so one shoulder has one more stitch than the other side and the whole thing is a little lumpy looking, but I finished it and isn't that what's really important here?

More important than the finishing was the fact that it helped me get my head around a problem I'd had with Boogie's dress so it's back to the dress...but I started another project.

I love this hat! Okay, the colors sort of suck but the shape is just great! This pattern is from a knitting calendar. I'd been looking everywhere for the perfect yarn and found it in a gift from my Secret Pal. The yarn is Red Tail Hawk from Moutain Colors Hand Painted Yarns. Neat, huh?

So this is my new, easy to carry about project. I've already cast on and worked the first row. My plan is to just knit away on it when Boogie's dress drives me nuts. Of course, there's always the possibility that I'll simple obsess over the hat and finish it quickly, but let's hope not!