Okay, I’m being facetious, but really with all the Pink Chibi wars going on I’m about to get all positive on your ass about how much I’m LOVING blogland. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I started this blogging thing at the end of October, and I’m telling you, I can’t believe the friends I’ve made. For instance, just yesterday I was emailing my pal Lauren, who I “met” when she won my contest, and we were going back and forth about Walker Percy and Kierkegaard and then she found me this kick-ass article I was wanting. Let me tell you people, while I have the most wonderful, most generous, most loving husband in the world, the greatest family in the world, the best friends in the world – there is no one in my life I can talk about Kierkegaard AND Percy AND Knitting ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Well, that’s not true because now there’s Lauren in my life. Thank you Lauren!
Jazalicious Jen was my first REAL knitting friend. Know where I met her? Online. It ended up that she lived right near me and we’ve been on many a yarn crawl together. In the short time I’ve known her we’ve been through some heavy stuff – I know she’s a life long friend. She’s also the one who got me blogging.
That Cassie. Yeah, she’s a keeper. Listening to me babble on and on during the cold winter. She was there when I bought my first sock yarn. Still haven’t finished the socks, but whatever. I know Cassie will be happy for me when I do. Where’d I meet her? Duh. Blogging.
Annie sent me my first Random Act of Kindness EVER! Right around my birthday. I was so touched I called up everyone I knew to tell them. This blogging thing is AMAZING! Who knew there were people like this in the world? AND they like to KNIT!
I’ve gotten the most encouraging emails and comments from people all over the world, some funny, some serious – all kind (okay, well there was that one comment that wasn’t too nice, but I totally blame Kerstin for that. Spillover, people. New friends have opened up their lives to me and I just know, in my heart, if I needed support, I could count on them. I see it happening before my very eyes.
Do you need another example? Back at the start of the year I had a little idea. Annie helped me expand it and now Knit One Read Too has over 130 members! This fact completely astounds me.
It’s no suprise that at times the knitblogging community can be insidious and insular, because after all, human beings are behind these blogs and everyone has bad days. But in the end, I think it’s really quite expansive and genuine.
Now, everyone turn to the blogger to the left. Give a great big hug. Now turn to the blogger to the right. Great big hug.
Now everyone go throw up.
All righty. When you’ve all come out of the diabetic coma I just induced, we can move on to my Short Row Pullover. I’ve finished the the straight rows and am about to move on to the short row sections. I first have to read countless articles on how to wrap said short rows. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the ends. Johanna had a great suggestion to knit them in as I went along – I tried it – still not so comfortable with it. Right now I’m going with the Montse Stanley method that was reinforced by something I found on the Morehouse Merino site. Carry the yarn up the sides and because I have many odd rows (lots of one row colors) I can take advantage of the circular needles I ALWAYS use and just switch sides when it’s time to change colors if the color isn’t on the right side. This means that if I need the navy and it’s on the left when the green I just finished is on the right, I just move to the other side of the needles. This also means that if you just finished a purl row, the next row – starting from the other side – will ALSO be a purl row if you’re doing stockinette. Basically if the right side is facing you, knit, if the WS faces you, purl. Clear as mud, right?
I don’t know what I’m going to do when I start the short rows though because I’m thinking it will be even harder to carry the yarn. Maybe not, because you always have to start where the last row ended? I’m trying really hard to resist the urge to rip the whole thing out and start over. I already ripped out one repeat. We’ll see how it goes after I start the short rows. I can’t think about it now.
Have a GREAT day everyone!