Friday, January 13, 2017

New Year

It's been a while.
Christmas happened, with all the attendant family time and coziness.
I am in a bit of a funk. Just moving from home to work to home to the couch.
This week we joined a gym in hopes of getting my middle-aged ass moving.
I don't really have a plan yet, but with a few hours of my own each day while all of the kids are in school I have many opportunities to get to work.
The thing is, there are so many things I would love to do in addition to working out.
In December I took a class in glass-blowing and made a tumbler (which turned out more like a vase) and I really caught the bug.
And while I was there I was reminded of how much I used to love working with clay.
So, in continuation of my previous foray into a #midliferenaissance I hereby pledge to take more classes and explore some interests that I have been neglecting since I had kids.
There will still be much knitting as well, though if this week is any indicator I need to be much more careful with my hands as I cut my thumb on a mandolin a couple of days ago and bruised the hell out of my finger moving a table.
I just finished up a shawl, the first I have tried with this method of construction.
It's called Somerled and it's a Scottish Hap.
It is was worked as a border first,
and then you pick up the inside of the border and knit the inner border.
Lastly, you knit the center and pick up as you go.

Then you have to block it, because it's pretty rumply.
And then, you send it away to get blocked by a professional because this looks terrible.
I don't have this back from the blocker yet, but I can't wait to see how it turned out. 
In fact. I loved this so much I am planning a new one, using some reclaimed yarn from a sweater that I loved that was attacked by moths (little beasts.)
The new plan is to add some different laces, I don't know how that will go yet, time to do some research.

What's on your needles?