It's going well, this whole blogging thing - I guess the perennial question is how do I get people to read? What constitutes good quality material for a knitting blog? And most of all, I think I'm wondering, is it a faux pas to link to someone else's blog without notifying them?
Just wanting to let everyone know I got my package from GM4style a few days ago. I haven't posted pics yet, and I can't just yet....I've been busy caring for a new kitten. But there will be pics of the goodies ASAP!
If I had to pick my favorite things, I don't think I could, because its all so awesome.
Among the goodies are, most notably: a skull covered notebook A skull covered waterbottle holder that's actually insulated and quite awesome (I think the straps will even hold it to my saddle!) An ultrasuede mini craft kit with some sock yarn and bamboo double pointed needles (this is going to come everywhere with me, I think)
But like I said, all of it is quite awesome, and I'll be posting some pictures soon, because its too awesome just to keep to myself.
Thanks for the responses guys. I'm in no way new to sock knitting, not in the least bit. I've just never knit a darn pair for myself. Ever. You'd think that would be impossible with ten years of knitting, but nooo. I just never used acrylic, and with the shortage, okay, EXTREME LACK of any sock yarn in my area of shopping....I was desperate and wanted to hear some input.
I've got a few short, but sweet questions that I should know the answers to, but really don't, and can't seem to find the answers to via a craftster search.
Question One: Sock yarn is expensive. Inexpensive sock yarn seems to disappear from all chain stores (AC Moore, JoAnn's, Michaels, WalMart) in the summer time. Sure, I could always use baby weight yarn for my socks, but I'm not sure I want to look like a giant, pastel wonderland.
So, is Red Heart Sport okay to use for socks? I love acrylic, I do darn near everything in acrylic (even though I don't have to...) I'm just wary about using 100% acrylic yarn for socks. What are the disadvantages of using 100% acrylic yarn for socks? Do your feet sweat an unbearable amount? Is there a way around the sweaty foot issue (like perhaps working a lace pattern into the sock for ventilation?)
Question Two: I'm making a bunch of cat toys for my husband's family, myself, and my family. There are about 5 cats to make gifts for. I know polyester fiberfill is cheap, but I'm not easily able to get to a wal-mart or other store that sells it (I'm about 20 miles away from the nearest one, with no transportation available!)
I'm looking for ideas for alternative stuffings that are cat safe. I don't think beans or beads or any thing that can potentially be a swallowing hazard if the cat tears it up would be a good idea.
Would ripping up plastic grocery bags and stuffing with those be okay? Is there a risk of suffocation with those?
Dryer lint seems like a good idea, but it takes a while to get a good amount of it.
Any suggestions on either of these questions would be awesome!
I clicked on the link for this in the "Hot new projects" bar thinking it was a quilt or an afghan or blanket of some sort. But it's a mosaic! It's really awesome, and the colors and composition are inspiring.
The last poster reminded me, and I totally forgot to mention it. My professors and, when I was in high school, my teachers all noticed that when I've got something to occupy my hands, my mind stays engaged in the topic of discussion. I participate more. My mind is always running (anxiety disorders, gotta love 'em!), so to have something to channel that energy into, like a small physical activity like knitting, allows me to calm down, speak my opinions without worrying about the fact that I think I'm making a fool of myself, and being able to concentrate on the topic because I'm not concentrating on my anxiety.
Some professors and teachers just don't understand, and likely they never will. I suffered a pretty fatal blow to my mental health earlier this year, and the only way I could find to make myself attend classes was if I had a project. One professor of mine, who knew full well the situation that was going on with me, lectured me, singled me out, and dismissed me from her class. She'd never voiced objection to it before. Some folks just don't get it. Even if you explain it until you're blue in the face.
Knitting in college is tough. I've found that storing the yarn was the least of my worries. I didn't drag my whole stash, so I had my mum mail a ball of yarn or set of yarn a week. It kept it sufficiently under control, and busted most of my stash at the same time.
A lot of folks I know knit during class. I can't do that - my major is working with large animals (horses) so it's a bit dangerous to not be alert at all times. I have found that those "mandatory but they never take attendance and are kind of pointless anyway" lecture classes provide some good, quiet knitting time. You might as well go and learn anyway. So why not knit while doing it?
I was very lucky that, when I ran out of yarn, there was a place called Biolife where a person can donate blood plasma for money. Thus, donating plasma provided me with more than ample additional funds for money. And of course, there's always pouting to your friends to buy you a ball or skein! Sometimes it works.
The best, though, was that I started the knitting trend at my dorms. I'd be in the lobby every spare moment knitting. Everyone else begged me to teach, so I did. People will be kind enough to repay you in yarn if you teach them and they enjoy it. People will also be more than happy to pay you in an extra skein of yarn if you knit something for them (scarves in fun fur were a favorite at my dorms).
There was a knitting group on campus, but the leader didn't know anything beyond a knit stitch and was shocked to know there were needles smaller than a size US 13. So it fell apart pretty quickly.
We more or less just stay in the dorm lobby and knit now. I taught darn near everyone in the dorm, so it provides more than enough of a community to enjoy. And there's a yarn shop within walking distance of campus, which is always a plus! They have odd hours, though.
The best part is that my college has both wildlife majors and a living history museum to its name. So there are sheep aplenty. And when shearing season comes around, there's bunches of free wool for the taking.
I personally teach everyone who asks me to on size US 8 needles. 10 is far too big in my opinion....You get a lot of fluff, and instant gratification, sure, but I don't think you get to learn as easily all the form you need to.
I always go with size 8's. I was taught that size 8 was the "middle of the road" needle, the absolute medium, so to speak. Not too big, not too small. The goldilocks of needles, if you will.
But, everyone has different preferences. The key is to find something you're comfortable with to learn on. If you want to torture yourself and learn on size 0's, by all means, go ahead. But 10.5's work as well.
I just don't reccomend using those horrid size 55's for anything. Ever. Especially learning. Like knitting with baseball bats.