Since I have no knitting photos of my own to show off, how about another collage of recent favorites from flickr?
Good stuff, there. One thing that might be a little obvious from that collection is that I’m starting to get seriously interested in handspun yarn, which is to say, I’d quite like to learn how to spin. Any tips/suggestions for a newbie who doesn’t want to invest too much in something she’s not sure she’ll take to?
Sorry about sort of dropping off the face of blogland for a bit there…it’s just a matter of not having a ton of bloggable projects going right now (I’m pretty much exclusively focused on the shawl for the moment, and it is going to be a big lacy lump from now until I finish and block it, I’m afraid), a new semester starting, and being seriously under the weather. It’s nothing huge, just the normal cold/sinus issues that everyone gets this time of the year, but given my other health problems, a minor thing like that can really take me out, and I am extremely weak and exhausted right now. C’est la vie.
I didn’t want to hold off on blogging too much longer, though, because I got this award:
from two bloggers who definitely make my day: Mick (sorry, Mick, for some reason the link disappeared the first time I posted!) and Carla (whose handspun is in no small part responsible for my recent intense desire to learn to spin), and I wanted to make sure I acknowledged it and thanked them.
As part of receiving the award, I am supposed to name 10 other bloggers who make my day, and tell them to do the same. I am generally opposed to the tagging aspect of memes just on principle (or something like that!), but I do want to highlight some of the bloggers who make my day (they are by no means obligated to do the same!). This is of course only a small sampling…I read a lot of blogs, both crafty and otherwise, and I love so very many of them, but below are 10 crafty blogs that currently make me smile when I see a new post in my Google Reader:
1. Hello Yarn. Basically, every single thing Adrian has cast-on for, I want to make. She’s such an inspiration for me, and her blog is actually the first knitting blog I ever read regularly, starting several years ago (though I was nothing but a silent, blogless lurker at the time). I have a huge blog-crush on her, basically.
2. Mustaa Villaa. I first found Terhi via flickr, and am always just so inspired by the projects she shows off in her photos….brilliant colors and patterns! I really love all of the socks she knits. And of course, I definitely enjoy the fact that she sometimes posts in both Finnish and English, because it gives me a chance to play around with figuring out bits and pieces of Finnish. Whee, language!
3. The Knitting Philistine. Megan is another knitter I first discovered via flickr. I absolutely love her fiberlicious photography, and have been enjoying watching her produce some very gorgeous socks (both single and paired!)…so inspiring! Everybody think good thoughts for her right now, she’s in the midst of prelims!
4. Lolly Knitting Around. So, I think I’ve mentioned here before that I have a bit of a blog-crush on Lolly. Her posts are always so thoughtful, the photography is gorgeous, and really, who wouldn’t be inspired by the creator of Project Spectrum?
5. tiennie knits. Wow, Tiennie is just amazing. Such amazing projects, and such amazing photography, and of course, such a kind personality to go along with it. I’m very happy to have found her blog!
6. On and Off the Needles. I hunted down Stacey’s blog after seeing her Turkish Stockings (in a picture on someone else’s blog after one of the big fiber festivals)…I had to find out more about the person who made those amazing socks! And I found a really wonderful person who knits amazing colorwork socks, and plenty of other fabulous things, and who I enjoy emailing back and forth with about the joys of yoked sweaters and other such things. Yay!
7. Blue Garter. Sarah’s is another blog I’ve been reading for quite a long time, mostly as a quiet lurker until relatively recently. I love her writing style, her photography, the projects she chooses, and of course, I share her love for the wonderfulness that is Elizabeth Zimmermann.
8. Saartje Knits. Saartje doesn’t post incredibly often, but I’m always inspired by something in every post! I’m especially drawn to her traditional mittens and gloves, but really, everything she knits is fantastic. And she has one of the cutest babies I have ever seen, too!
9. b r o o k l y n t w e e d. Oh, I know, Jared’s probably on a whole heck of a lot of these lists! But what can I say…the photography is amazing, he’s knit such wonderful projects (especially his EZ-inspired projects!), his handspun is gorgeous, and his designs are spectacular! It’s always a joy to see a new post from him.
10. Kathryn Ivy. I love this blog! I love all of the colorful projects (the handdyed Chevron Scarf was amazing!), and the adorable toys are just fantastic. I’m always eager to see what they’re going to be showing when I see a new post in my feed reader.
Would you believe it took me two days to finish this post? That’s what having no energy will do to ya. Anyway, thanks, all of you (not just the 10 I mentioned!), for making my day, so many days. I never imagined, when I started this little blog a year and a half ago, that I’d actually have, you know, readers, and that I’d make new knitterly friends through it, but here I am. It’s fantastic.