Hello? Is this thing On?

Wow, long time no see. Well, I would like to tell you that I’ve been working on some fantastic knitting book or traveling the country teaching knitting classes, but nope, nothing cool like that ever happened. Instead, my life has been filled with the ups and downs of just getting through life. You know, sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging about life.

So, have I been doing any knitting while I’ve been away? Unless you count the little blankets I’ve been knitting for princess’ ever growing Barbie collect, really not much.

Somewhere along the lines I got hooked on needle tatting and really haven’t had a reason to pick of the needles again. Until now.

With so many of my friends breeding like rabbits these days, I’ve gotten the itch to knit baby items. I am currently working on a sweater from the book Special Knits by Debbie Bliss.

Wait, what about the sock knitting you ask? I haven’t been inspired to produce anymore socks lately. I think my sock knitting muse has left me for good. I think my refusal to make Lady Gaga- inspired socks was what finally did it. ¬†Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

So, now what will I be talking about on my blog? Not sure, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be fun and involve yarn.

Right now you can catch me musing about my tatting at simplyjoi.blogspot.com.

Cover of "Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Hand...

Special Knits by Debbie Bliss

 

Swatching for Fun

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I know the title of this blog sounds strange, but it’s true. I knitted up a swatch just for fun!

I’ve been drawn to the pocket design on the tweed jacket featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Debbie Bliss knitting magazine. (Don’t ask me why. I stopped questioning my own logic and thought process a long time ago.) So, I stash dived until I found some leftover yarns that I could use to knit up my own little version.

As you can tell, I went my own direction with the colors used and I really like the way it turned out. I’m thinking it would look even better with a brighter punk-rock-pink instead of the dusty rose pink that I used.

Naturally, as I was knitting this I thought of how I could translate this pattern for a sock design. Hmmmm. . .

Some Girls Like Chocolates, Others Like. . .

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Some girls just drool over a box of chocolates. They savor every bite and keep their stash well hidden from others so that they can keep their guilty pleasure all to themselves. Well, omit the word ‘chocolate’ and replace it with the words, ‘knitting magazine’, and you got a pretty good idea of how I feel when I get a new magazine.

This knitting magazine by Debbie Bliss is my current box of chocolate. At $7.99 an issue it is truely a guilty pleasure for me. I’ve read the magazine about five times already and I still can’t get enough of it! If there is still a copy avalible at your local book store, then buy it. You will not be disappointed.