Welcome back!

Hi there!  Yeah, so I’m back.  Kind of disappeared there for a while. I could come up with excuses for why I stopped blogging last fall, but in all honesty, they’d be boring, and really, what’s the point?  Let’s just start from today and talk about knitting and yarn, shall we?

Oh, there have been lots of fun knitting and yarny pursuits in my life over the past few months.  At the beginning of the year, I made the decision to knit every day in 2015 – even if just a stitch or two.  I’ve become mildly obsessed with Instagram and how awesome it is for sharing knitting pictures and interacting with the knitting community. So it seemed like a perfect fit to use Instagram to catalog my Knit 365 plan.  I’m happy to say that I have held up this resolution so far.  Yesterday was day 133 and I have knit every single day this year and posted a picture of it.  Through this project, I have gained new friends on the interwebs, increased the amount of knitting I’m doing, and likely improved my sanity since we all know that “we knit so that we don’t kill people.” If you’d like to follow along on my Knit 365 journey, I’m bookchick29 on Instagram.  Feel free to join me as well and post your daily knitting.

The other project taking most of my knitting time this year has been The Officially Unofficial DVD Monthly Sock Club hosted by the brilliant Susan from Desert Vista Dyeworks yarn.  The rules are simple: start and finish a pair of socks out of DVD yarn each month and earn prizes every quarter.  Before hearing about this KAL, I was already planning to make 2015 the “year of the sock,” so this fit in nicely with that goal.

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I am proud to say that I’ve finished four pairs so far this year and am currently making good progress on my May socks.  When I first started knitting socks, I had the hardest time finding the right gauge and fit for my feet.  With a few hiccups along the way this year, I think I’m finally reaching the point where I have the best formula for needle, gauge, circumference and foot length.  I’m still experimenting with different heels and switching up from top down and toe up to see what feels best.  Ultimately, I want to come up with the combination for Tiffany’s Perfect Vanilla Sock pattern.  Then I can always have some mindless knitting in my purse.  I’m getting so close to this, I can almost taste it.

That’s it for now.  A short post to get me going again.  Check back this weekend for a recap of my adventures at Maryland Sheep and Wool and some yarn dyeing experiments.