Meet Spongebob StashPants. The new official Stash Spokesperson here at WendyKnits.
Miz. Emdash is right — he just looks so freakin’ happy to be near the yarn, doesn’t he?
(Don’t worry — Lucy is still the SpokesCat and as such outranks Spongebob.)
New Projects Are So Uplifting
Yes indeedy, they are. Two new projects on the needles and I’m merrily knitting away.
The yarn that Spongebob is showing you at the top of the blog entry is the purple Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora that I am using to knit “Ice,” a design from Rowan magazine 27 (which is supposed to be knit in All Seasons Cotton).
This is my new commuter knitting. My gauge with the Cotton Angora is spot-on for the gauge required in the pattern, so merrily I knit along.
The Glam Shrug is coming along too. Glam is not particularly nice to knit with — I’m knitting it on US 13 needles and have to pay attention so as not to stick the point of the needle through the middle of the ribbon, particularly on decreases. And this pattern has lots of decreases. Still, it’s a quick and easy pattern and being modular, is knit up a little bit at a time so you feel as though you are making great progress as you finish each widdle square or triangle.
I finished a side front easily in a couple of hours.
Why is it that I am suddenly having epiphanies? From where I’m sitting, I can see the half-century mark (though it’s still off in the distance a bit), yet I am just now figuring out some stuff about myself. Doh!
The Epiphany du Jour?
The type of stuff I’ve been knitting for the past ten years or so is not necessarily the type of stuff I want to wear.
I’ve been knitting very traditional stuff — fair isles, arans, Norgis. I love them and I love knitting them. I also have a cedar chest and a closet full of them and don’t wear them very often. Most of the time it’s too warm indoors to wear heavily textured wool knits or stranded color designs. And because I have a full-time job in an office, that’s where my sweaters get worn most of the time.
Mebbe I should just hang them on the wall and call ’em art, eh?
So anyhow, I forsee some cotton and cotton blend designs for winter in my future . . .
A Funny Story
Last week, someone lifted my Bad-Ass Knitter Manifesto and posted it to some knitting lists. She was notified by several people that it was taken from a website with a copyright notice clearly displayed (mine!), and not credited.
The offender emailed me to apologize (stating that a “friend” had sent it to her without giving the source). The thing that I find funny is that this individual censored my writing and removed what she thought was objectionable language. I believe she changed the phrase “Bad-Ass Knitter” to “Big Bad Knitter.”
I ask you . . . how much of a Bad-Ass Knitter can you be if you can’t bring yourself to say Bad-Ass Knitter?
I’m just saying.