I meant to write a post looking back over 2007 before 2007 actually ended. And then somehow the year ended, and the new year came, and we’re several days into it already. I seem to be time impaired. This is one of those left brain/right brain things, I think. I’m just not very time oriented. So be it. I can accept that in myself.
So. 2007 was one weird year. Some really bad stuff happened. I’m not going to write about the bad stuff. It’s too personal and too depressing. But some good stuff happened too. But I can’t really write about most of the good stuff either because the bad stuff has forced me to be much more careful about my privacy. Which all leads me to wonder, why the hell do I even have a blog anymore? You probably don’t all want to come here and read "stuff happened, and I’m not going to tell you what it was." Yeah, that’s pretty annoying. Why do I have a blog?
I guess partly it was supposed to be therapeutic, right? But if I feel like there’s so much I can’t say because I need to worry about my privacy, I’m not free to really write. Maybe I should just talk about knitting. I never really meant for this to be just a knitting blog though. It was supposed to be a me blog. All the stuff in my head and my life. Maybe I should start an anonymous blog. Or maybe the stuff in my head and my life is just too much to write about. I don’t know.
After some of the bad stuff happened I just wanted to hide from the world. That’s kind of hard to do when you have a business. I considered going to wholesale only, or starting over with a new business name, or anything, just so I would be completely unreachable. Eventually I decided to continue with the business I have, but to be reachable by email only. I realize there may be a few people who choose not to order from me because of that. But there are some people who won’t order online at all. I can’t be all things to all people. I’m not a huge corporation. I’m one person. My safety and my sanity (or what passes for it) have to come before all else. So I’m doing what’s right for me.
To be honest, one reason I do have the blog is to attract people to my store. Since I haven’t been blogging as much, my sales have gone way down. But I haven’t been doing updates either. I haven’t been dyeing. I was under way too much stress from the stuff that happened to be creative. If you’ve been coming to the blog or to the store looking for new stuff, you haven’t been finding it, so I can’t say I’m surprised my sales are way down.
But I think my dyeing mojo is also sort of paralyzed by the realization that the process I’ve been using (cold-pour) just uses way too much plastic, and I have to find a more environmentally friendly way to dye. I like my stripey yarn. I love the socks I knit with my stripey yarn. All the other ways I’ve read about to dye multi-color yarn sound like the results are different. I need to experiment. I’ve got some ideas.
Anyway, I don’t think I’m going to be dyeing the way I have been anymore, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get the same results I’ve been getting or not. I’ll experiment until I get results I like, but they may not be the same as what I’m selling now. They probably won’t be, and some of my ideas are certainly going to take me in some different directions. I need to play so this is fun or I’m going to get burned out. I’m probably going to be going back to smaller lots of each colorway, partly so I don’t get burned out, and partly as a limitation of the change in technique. What I’m saying is, if there’s something in the store you like, buy it now because I won’t be making it again.
Of course, if you think all my stuff sucks, maybe you think my dyeing mojo should just go drown itself in a dyepot. Yeah, well. To each his own.
So, maybe I should talk about knitting. Yeah, I’ve been kind of negligent about that. Did someone mention stripey socks? Oh, I did?
My bus socks are moving along. Um, no pun intended. (Bus…moving… Sorry.)
I started another desk sock.
I only dyed one skein of this yarn, and it was kind of an experiment. I was dyeing some other skeins with purple and there was way too much dye, so I grabbed an extra undyed skein to sop up the extra dye — this one! It turned a different shade than the purple in the other skeins since the purple is a mix of dyes and some of the colors had already bound. I added blue to the other end of the skein, and I didn’t think I would like a skein with only two colors, but I really like the way it looks knit up!
And sweater progress! I finished the body and did a three needle bind off on the shoulders…
And then I picked up stitches around the bottom and I’m working on the ribbing. Amazing how much longer it seems already now that it’s not curling!
If you look carefully, you can see the piece of paper with my notes scrawled on it poking up from underneath the sweater.
And there’s more! I’ve been spinning the yarn for the next sweater!
I’m going to modify Jared Flood‘s Cobblestone pullover from the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits to a) fit me and b) be a cardigan, because yeah, give me an entire issue of several women’s sweaters and one guy’s sweater (and Jillian‘s vest which I’d consider unisex), I like the one that’s for a guy. You know, I’m just not a girly girl. What can I say? It’s not that I don’t think some of the women’s sweaters are pretty. It’s just that I can’t see myself wearing them. They’re too fitted or too lacy or too low cut or too "Hey! Look at my breasts!" or "Hey! Look at my stomach!" or just too…something. I don’t know. They’re not me. Jared’s was the first one I saw as I was leafing through the issue that made me say, "I’d wear that!" Then I realized a guy was modeling it and said, "Oh, it’s supposed to be a guy’s sweater? Well, fuck that, I’ll just modify it to fit me. And make it a cardigan, of course, because I always make cardigans." Yep.
As for the color, you know, I work with a lot of Chinese people, and I find I’ve adopted their thinking of red as a lucky color. So I’m bringing more red into my life for luck. Why not? I can use it.