The Sweater that launched a thousand funks

You might remember the Sea Princess Sweater that I made for the Kiddo. It’s pink…very pink. I was super proud of how it came out. The Kiddo loved it. Even though it was probably a bit too warm out to be wearing a wool sweater, she wore it every chance she could get.

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Although it’s a washable wool, it still needed to be handled with care. I washed it a couple times  – with maybe one or 2 other items and in cold.

And then….this

It's a little hard to see here, but it looks terrible in real life.

It’s a little hard to see here, but it looks terrible in real life.

It got mixed into a full load of laundry somehow & washed in what was clearly water that was WAY TOO HOT for it. Now I have a weird looking pseudo-felted, cabled sweater. I’m not sure what to do with it. I worked too hard on it to be willing to just throw it away. What I know is that it sent me into a crafting & blogging funk the likes of which I haven’t seen in a couple years. Combine that with working full time and you can imagine how much I’ve gotten done.

BUT about 2 weeks ago I finally started to come out of it. I made a pair of baby pants, I finished the puppy hat of eternity, and I made a lovey blanket (pics & stories to come).

And now I have ideas…so many ideas! I have some really nice yarn that is just screaming to be used. A cowl, socks, washcloths…oh my. Now I just want to MAKE ALL THE THINGS!

On a separate note, what the heck does one do with a pseuo-felted, cabled sweater when it is totally unwearable?

Searching for light

This has nothing to do with knitting or yarn, but these were the words that came to the surface tonight while I was thinking of today’s terrible and heartbreaking events. I wanted to put them down someplace before they disappear from my mind.

As I peer into the darkness
and I try to fathom its unfathomable depths,

I am reminded of the saying,
“It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

I pray that the sun comes up soon
for I am starting to become afraid of the dark.

A new look

I’ve changed the look & feel of the blog with a new theme from wordpress.  I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, although I do like the lighter feel.  The black was cool and the whole ladybug/black & red thing made sense but it was just too heavy and dark for a knitting blog that involves things like pictures of bunny hats and yarn.

If anyone is out there, do you have an opinion?

A mind is a dangerous thing

I have an idea brewing.  It’s been bopping around my head for a little while, but I’m actually starting to seriously consider opening an Etsy store.  Now that  I do have time to dedicate to projects, I’m thinking that I could put my creative energies to use making some things that I think other people might like and use.

A couple years ago I made myself a laptop cozy for work and quite a few people commented about how they would love to have something like that.  And I found some pretty, but inexepensive pink-themed yarn that would be nice to make into “Breast Cancer Awareness” projects.  So I’m thinking of combining the two for my next project or two and making those the first couple objects in my Etsy store.  In fact, making several different kinds of ‘awareness-themed’ objects might be a good start for a store overall.

The other items I’m thinking about are Binky clips and Cup/Toy straps.  I found some really cute ribbon versions in stores that I bought for the Little One, but buying them pained me because I knew I could make knitted ones that would be just as adorable.

Potential drawbacks – I am not in any way an expert knitter and it’s possible that I’m going to get requests that are FAR beyond my capabilities.  To mitigate this, I can probably limit myself to pre-made objects for a while as I learn some new techniques.  Also, I would need to make sure I actually have enough things to sell.  I wouldn’t want to wind up with 2 things and a bunch of requests.  That’s probably not a very profitable way to start a store.

Hmmm…things to think about.