How Emilee got her groove back

I was in a mindless knitting rut for quite some time. After chickening out on the steeks for my Deep V Argyle Vest, I had been working on Imogen, Featherweight Cardigan, and Cecchetti, all dead simple miles-of-stockinette patterns. It was really boring.

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When I’m stressed out, I love that I can clear my head by focusing on knitting. My mistake was was working on projects that were too easy, so they didn’t take my mind off anything.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I might as well wind up Slither, my Rhinebeck ribbon yarn.

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Within a couple minutes, I cast on for Bitterroot.

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This has been exactly what I need to get back in the swing of things. I am very proud of Slither, and Bitterroot is a great pattern, so I can barely put it down.

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It’s just involved enough that I have to watch what I’m doing, and have to clear my head. It’s not hard enough to be frustrating. Perfect!

Five Years

I started this blog five years ago.

For quite some time, I had planned for my fifth bloggiversary post to be a goodbye. I have not been blogging in awhile, obviously, and it seemed like a good idea to just close up shop. I started a new, intense job and I barely knit at all for months. I could not see myself getting back into it.

But then I realized something. I don’t have to be a “good” blogger. I don’t have to write long, witty post three times a week. I do have to keep knitting. Taking an hour out of my day to do something that makes me “me” can be more refreshing than that extra hour of sleep.

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So. Here I am, back in action. Here’s to another five years.

Happy New Year!

Wow, this is my fourth (1, 2, 3) year-in-review post.

It was a big year personally. I graduated from law school, took the bar and was admitted to practice law in two states, and went to Australia.

The big fiber news from this year is that I really started spinning. I guess I learned in 2009, but it was in 2010 that I finished my first yarn and got my wheel. As such, the handspun shawl I made during the 2010 Winter Olympics is the all-star project of the year:

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The project that delivered the biggest bang for the buck/hour was the Skull Garland for my sister.

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The item that I like the best and wear the most often is my Shalom. I love the idea of buying fiber at Rhinebeck and wearing it as a finished item the following year.

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In 2010 I finished…

Three other shawls:

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Multnomah

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Citron

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Coquille

Four other tops:

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Honeycomb

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February Lady

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Orangina

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Katarina

Three toys:

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Catnip Bunny

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Pasha

…and two pairs of socks:

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Monkey

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Handspun Sleeping Socks

I made good progress on two crochet afghans:

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Babette

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Hexagons for Caroline

I also did a lot of spinning.

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I haven’t been blogging lately, but I HAVE been knitting and crocheting.

I spend most of November and early December working on the Deep V Argyle Vest. I am just about ready to cut the steeks, but I’m a chicken and haven’t worked on it for a few weeks.

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I have been making good progress on the hexagon afghan for my sister, and presented it to her at Christmas. I still need to do an edging, then I can do the big reveal on the blog.

On a recent family trip to Illinois, I started Cecchetti.

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I haven’t spun much lately, but I’ve been getting the itch to spin again. I’ve also been getting the itch to blog again, so you should see more of me around here.

Happy New Year!

Travel Knitting

We had a wonderful time in Australia! If you’d like, you can check out the travel photos here.

My travel companion through most of the trip was Coquille, seen here on a train in the Blue Mountains.

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I finished it on my second-to-last evening in Australia, and I love how it turned out. I think it really shows off my Cairns handspun.

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So the main beach in Byron Bay isn’t exactly the place for a wool shawl. It made a pretty backdrop.

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And how long does it take to get home from Australia? Long enough to knit 63 rounds of Shedir.

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This was the perfect pattern for a 32-hour door-to-door journey. It was just complicated enough to keep my mind busy, but easy enough to memorize that I could carry on despite major sleep deprivation and jetlag. Again, I’m pleased with the way it turned out.

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I gave Juniper a tour of Australia, but I still haven’t decided what I’ll make with it. Think I can finish 4 oz challenge in the next two weeks?

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It’s been a busy month.

My sister and I both graduated from graduate school (J.D. for me, Ed.M. for her).

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We celebrated our cousin Katherine’s graduation from our alma mater.

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I went to my college reunion and my husband’s college reunion.

It’s been a busy, joyous month. I have been knitting and crocheting, just not photographing any of it. I hope everyone is doing well!