This weekend I turned off my computer – turned off any access to the internet at all and embraced a simpler life. I gardened, I went for long walks, I read and most importantly I rediscovered my love for knitting. It sounds strange that just three days could change my perspective – I guess I owe that in large part to all of you. My own version of the constant readers. 😉
I owe all of you a great deal of thanks. Praise and admiration for all of you that helped me clear my head and rid me of my Panic Monster. All of your comments, your feedback and you kind words reminded me that if you love something, well, that’s all that matters. I could write thousands of words in this post, but I think I will let the photos speak for themselves.
Thank you so much for reminding me that I truly love my craftiness.
♥♥ The Shawl ♥♥
It’s had a bath, it’s being blocked and I am just head over heels in love with it!
♥♥ The Cowl. The Cape. The Shrug. All in One ♥♥
I have been sitting on this pattern for months, the beautiful little stash buster that it is. So my aunt Kathy’s Christmas Present is all done!
♥♥ Hexipuffs for My Beekeeper’s Quilt ♥♥
I haven’t made a single hexipuff for weeks! I’ve been so busy worrying about selling that I forgot how much I love this quilt. Even though Max ate part of the brown one (no great loss, it was super cheap sock yarn) the Yarny Cakes yarn – the gorgeous purple color way – was a freaking delight to work with! Here is Yarny Cakes BLOG, the FACEBOOK PAGE and of course the ETSY STORE.
♥♥ The Stitch Pattern That Became a Scarf ♥♥
Another wonderful stash buster! The scarf knit up in a few hours and I was pleasantly thrilled with how it turned out, front and back. Just wish I had taken better pictures, after I blocked it but before it got mailed to a friend. 😉
♥♥ The Ruffle Scarf for my Mimi ♥♥
I know I was going to swear these things off but when your grandmother (my Mimi) tells you she loves it and would you pretty please make one – you do. You know what’s funny? I really liked making this scarf….perspective is everything.
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So for a weekend I put the outside world out of my mind and knitted. Knitted so much in fact I cannot believe my needles aren’t smoking! Now it is time to go back to the real world, but that doesn’t seem so daunting now. It has its perks – now I can catch up on all my favorite blogs! So I wonder friends and neighbors, do you have a favorite pattern?
I’ve missed you, I thank you. You are all overwhelmingly amazing!
So glad you are feeling better. That shawl is beautiful. Did you really make all those? Sometimes it is important to just be and remove yourself from ‘life’. It is just hard to remember to do it. 🙂 xx
I really did make all those – the best aspect of insomnia is all the things you can get done! Plus, the thick scarf and shrug are super quick knits (size 13 needles) and the ruffle scarf I may be able to do in my sleep;)
It was a great weekend – I think I am starting to miss it already!
Lovely items you made 🙂 well done! I ♥♥♥ the lace shawl
Glad you took your time to enjoy the weekend disconnecting from the outside and online world. Sometimes it is necessary and can really help to gain a balanced state 🙂
I am pretty into lace at the moment, thanks to a huge Shetland yarn stash I built up this spring. Working on a lace scarf (Thistle by Tin Can Knits). Also pondering a lace shawl based on fractal, The Sierpinski Gasket Shawl…
Thank you! The first lace anything is always scary so I’m thrilled!
Thanks for sharing the patterns, after I finish my socks sole mate I think I will return to lace! I’m a little jealous of your stash – cant wait to see how it turns out! 🙂
Sounds like a perfect weekend, glad you enjoyed it x
Thank you! It’s nice to feel good about knitting again 🙂
so you (re)found your own meditation?;D
good for you!
and stash buster is awesome!
Thank you! The pattern is awesome ( just wish I could remember where I found it). And yes, knitting is meditative once again:)
I’m glad you to hear that you treated yourself to some well-deserved R&R.:) hugs xox
You gave yourself a huge gift! Maybe you should schedule such a weekend every month? Your finished products are gorgeous!
Thank you! That is a good idea – we got very lucky with the weather, but sitting in front of a fire in winter would be just as good 🙂
You did an amazing job on the shawl..I applaud you and I know you will enjoy it. As for your weekend of “me”, we al need that once in a while. 🙂
Thank you, I am very pleased with how it turned out.
As for my “me” weekend I can’t lie – it was pretty awesome! 😉
Yay! So happy you had such a nice, relaxing, productive weekend! We should all “unplug” sometimes.
Your lace shawl is beautiful. You did such a lovely job. And I love, love, love the cowl. The shape, size, color…everything about it!
Thank you *BLUSHING*! I am going to do another one, the stash busting power is calling to me!
The blue cowl is utterly gorgeous!
Love the color.
AWW, thank you! 😉
Smoking is bad for your needles.
I’ve been told that – but I think I should see for myself….just in case 😉
Sometimes that’s all you need! The Internet gets overwhelming from time to time and I think everyone should take time to relax and remember how much they love their hobby. Gorgeous projects, you got sooo much done! Im in love with that cowl, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Thank you *BLUSHING!*. It is a great stash busting project as well – if I ever find the original pattern I will let you know!
So pleased to hear you were able to reconnect with yourself and your passion and wow wow wow look at your gorgeous creations that came from it! I always love reading your posts so look forward to the next one!
Peace, Terry 🙂
Thank you, what a kind thing to say! It was nice to stay away from the computer for a couple of days – just sit outside and enjoy the weather. I plan (or hope to plan) to do this one weekend a month if I can. Between work and family it may be a stretch but I am hopeful 😉
Thank you – this was the first time I worked with lace so it’s like my baby now. I don’t even know if I can wear it – maybe place it behind bulletproof glass 😉
Think I would ! looks very intricate and delicate…..was it fiddly to make ?
I’m not sure. It is my first lace project so it could just be inexperience, the pattern wasn’t all that difficult – I just found myself getting lost with so many stitches!
lol Im a beginner to the whole crochet thing so think that may be a bit too ambitious for me yet, plus I have about 3 things on the go already lol
Only three? 😉
So glad that you’re feeling fresh and re-invigorated! As you keep telling me, this is supposed to be FUN! Like me, you seem inclined to set goals for yourself that you would think unreasonable to set for anyone else. Cut yourself some slack once in a while 😉
Forgot to say, the shawl is fab 🙂
But it’s so much easier to be self-deprecating when you don’t finish up goal! What else whatever keep me going? 😉
What a GORGEOUS shawl!!! *drool* Sorry, I know this is kind of like ‘old news’ but I’m playing catch up at the moment. I’ve taken a lot of time off my laptop as well and I agree with you, taking out the ‘internet noise’ can be great…lets you focus on other things in your life. Unfortunately, my tuning out was just in time with me feeling sick and lethargic and that’s why I’ve been a little quiet. Anyway, I’m glad that you managed to clear your head, feel some calm and get so much knitting done! Great job! 🙂
I hope that you are feeling better, that is really all that matters.
Thanks for the shawl comment, I am pretty proud of that little baby 😉
As far as internet noise, I think I need to take a day a week to just avoid the computer all together – life is too short to worry over numbers all day long.
Yes I’m feeling better, thank you 🙂 I think it’s a great idea to take a day off from the computer every week. We’ve forgotten the many things we can do for recreation without the use of a computer.
Love the ruffle scarf. I am going to try one soon. First I have to finish my current projects.
Just remember, take deep breaths and stay away from objects that can be thrown 😉
Lol will do!
Your first lace shawl is so exciting! I know you don’t like photographing yourself, but you simply must give your loyal readers at least *ONE* picture of you wearing it!! Pretty please?
We’ll see…but who would take the picture? My husband and cameras go together like monkeys and…machine guns!
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I only blog twice a week – otherwise it could take over my life!
LOVE the cowl. That’s so me.
How about this KAL? http://www.planetjune.com/blog/fruit-along-cal-roundup/
I blog whenever I can, between work, marriage and actual knitting I just do it as often as I can. Sometimes it’s very therapeutic!
Thanks for the link, I will check it out 🙂
That stash busting beauty is really a beauty! And what a lovely lace shawl! So never mind about not making hexipuffs… They get left behind sometimes 🙂
Thank you! *blushing* The hexipuffs are a nice immediate gratification project to have around 🙂