Saturday, August 11, 2012


Life and a social networking site took time from blogging. I've done some 'housekeeping' and removed myself from the drama-fest social site and decided to concentrate on the things in Life that make me happy, like my knitting. A bit of time has also been spent contemplating the time, effort, money and thought that goes into my passion. Surprisingly even the DH had some constructive thoughts to add to this thought process. I enjoy knitting for others and while some appreciate it and wear or use the items there are those who appear to appreciate the hard work (and you knitters know what I'm talking about here) they rarely wear/use the item and choose to closet it or give it away. The time involved in any kind of needlework is unbelievable and those of you who do it know what I mean. We won't even mention how much it costs to feed my little knitting addiction (although if one asked the DH, he could be close to the cost). So after careful thought I'm eliminating most of my upcoming Christmas gift knitting. From here on out my needles will knit what I want. It may be a gift and then again it may not. So between eliminating the drama-fest site and the self mandatory knitting I feel like a weight has been lifted. Let's all say it together, Gypsyknits is Liberated! 

 First up on my needles? A sweater for self. Yes dear knitters the needles are finally knitting for self and I gotta say, I'm liking it. Yarn was from my stash purchased eons ago at the MDSW. Not the best feeling wool but durable. It's the Iced Cardigan with lots of mods including pockets. I wanted this to be a workhorse sweater around the house or a market run and this filled the bill and a workhorse sweater isn't a real workhorse without pockets.
 The traveling car socks. Spending time as a passenger in the car running to appts can be very productive when it comes to knitting. Good ole basic socks are perfect. My wee brain carries the basic sock construction so there's no need for a pattern. CO, rib/knit, divide in half for heel, pu sts and toe dec. Viola! Finished socks! These are a gift for a very dear friend who will appreciate and wear them with pride.
Jessi started this pattern and I loved how her project was looking so off to the stash bin I went. She (ever so smartly) is using a fingering weight. I (not so smartly) chose a cobweb lace from the stash bin because I convinced myself a) I need to use stash and b) it can't be that bad. After a bit of knitting I agree with my first reason but disagree with the second. Dear me this yarn is like working with a spider's web but I'm determined.
I won't promise a post everyday but I'm going to get back into the old swing of things. Books have re-entered my Life again as well as a bit of sewing/counted cross stitch and the never ending scrapbooking of my albums. All of this in between tending to Mr. Bettis (upcoming posts on his antics as well).
Please feel free to share what has liberated you to resume a passionate hobby?


SissySees said...

Love all of your projects!

I'm trying to liberate myself from my ridiculously competitive nature. My doc-friend reminded me earlier this week that while fitness is awesome, I've had some VERY SERIOUS injuries that left my body permanently altered. She's a couple of years older than I am, so I'm assuming she thought "and you're not a teenager anymore" and was just friend enough not to say it...

Grace said...

since I have started commission knitting I am giving up on Christmas knitting with exceptions of some scarves for dd's and toys for the grands, no one else really appreciated it that I do knit for, Pinterest has some small crafty ideas for the others, and will have to do this year!!!

Nichole said...

Happy Liberation!

Love all your WIP's!

Bubblesknits said...

I'm about to be liberated again from 8am to 3pm. lol Seriously, it's just hard to get anything done when I'm constantly having to break up arguments. This mama is ready for school to start. lol

How's the shawl coming along? I'm about halfway through the third repeat of chart B. : )