Startitis has taken on a whole new shape for me. In combination with a rabid case of startitis, starting my first shawl ever, and following the escapades of my favorite bloggers… I have started my own knitting blog. Welcome.
I have been knitting for almost a year now. My first project was a knitted rectangle, which got folded over and sewn to make a dice bag (yes, I am a geeky knitter). The second one was a cabled hat. The third was a sock. There have been several socks since then, but I’m just now getting into ‘fancy’ sock patterns. Loving the Jaywalkers. I sort of hit the ground running, and I have my knitting teacher to thank for it, as she just smiled and showed me the next thing I wanted to learn as I wanted to learn it.
I will always be very grateful to my buddy Kiki for teaching me how to knit, and I miss her now that she’s moved away to start her residency. We mean to stay in touch, and this blog feels like a part of that.
I want to share some things about myself as a sort of introduction. I’ve seen other bloggers write the ’100 Things’ lists, but this early in the game I don’t know who would slog through that long of a list. I haven’t been interesting enough yet. I’ll start with ten things, and maybe someday I’ll add 90 more.
1. I started knitting in August of 2011. My friend Kiki became my teacher after we carpooled to Gen Con with our SOs. She was knitting a sock in the car, I was fascinated, and she agreed to teach me how to knit. Game on. (Using her blogger name here until she gives me permission to do otherwise).
2. I seem to have a poor sense of the timing of things. I was convinced that I started knitting in September, but I joined Ravelry in August. Logic tells me I learned to knit before that. Hmm.
3. Moving on to non-knitting things: I am a gamer. I’m mostly interested in strategy board games, but I’ve also been in the odd RPG now and then. My favorite board game to play while knitting is Twilight Imperium. It has so much down time I can knit over half a plain sock over the course of one game. I love the game, and not only for how knit-friendly it is. It is just epic. I also like video games, but I don’t get as into them as I did in my pre-knitting days, when it didn’t matter if a hobby left my hands free or not!
4. I love books and reading in a way that’s almost unhealthy. I like to read better than almost anything else. As soon as I master reading and knitting at the same time I’ll be in heaven (working on it!). According to Elizabeth Zimmerman, it can be done. I just need practice.
5. I am a middle child, with an older brother and younger sister. I’m planning a trip to England this winter to visit my sister, her husband, and their new baby P. P is not my first niece, but she’s my little sister’s first child, so she seems extra precious.
6. The baby most prominent in my life right now is J, son of my cousin K. J is the happiest and sweetest baby I’ve ever met. He is getting an ambitious knitted gift for his birthday in November. He deserves it, with all that cuteness. It looks ambitious to me, anyway, and I already know his mama likes it. Once I cast on I’ll share with the blogverse.
7. I live with my boyfriend, D. Neither of us wants children, and I think he worries when I dote on J (and now P) the way I do. D does not knit, and does not appreciate the finer things in life like I do (He won’t let me touch his face with the alpaca. See what I have to work with here?) We met at a gaming event and it just clicked from there. He is a wonderful man otherewise, so I’m willing to look over the alpaca thing.
8. I have almost always lived in Wisconsin, except for when I went to college in Minnesota. I lived in a very rural area growing up, and I sort of miss that kind of setting, even though I like being in Milwaukee.
9. We have a dog (Lola) and two cats (Karma and Shiva). Shiva does try and bite my yarn if I give him the chance while I’m knitting – the wiggling yarn is too much for him to resist – but otherwise the cats aren’t much of a problem for the knitting. Oddly enough, Lola is my main knitting adversary, which inspired the name of this blog. She will get a blog post of her very own in the near future.
10. I am very tall for a woman. I am over 6’2. Consequently I have long limbs and very large feet, which makes it hard to find shirts with long enough sleeves, and nice-looking socks that fit and don’t develop holes in the toe overnight. This is related to why I think I’m a product knitter.
There is more, of course, but that will come out in the future or in another installment of this list. If anyone’s out there, comments are welcome, but the rambling will continue with or without outside participation.