I could not wait to show you how my linen stitch cowl is turning out.
Watch those neon sparks fly!
I am so excited by this project that I have set everything else aside (except possibly coffee) to work on it.
Linen stitch is incredibly time-consuming. Each row seems to take an age.
But the effect is of an almost woven fabric: wonderfully dense and squishy with those pop pop pops of neon colour - I just love it so much!
So it is entirely appropriate that I am storing it in a new knitting bag which I won from Carmen of the Tapgurl podcast, after taking part in her Summer of Socks.
(Tap? Rhythm? Get it?)
Thank you so much, Carmen!
I am a notoriously late adopter of new technologies and media. I definitely do NOT "do" F-book, Tweeter or Instantgram. My phone is the old-fashioned sort that doesn't even have a camera in it. I do not have an i-pod, pad, or piddle.
As a result, I move much more slowly through the interwebs than you hip kids with your fancy mobile devices ;)
My consumption of blogs had reached saturation point. If I had carried on as I was going, I would have stopped knitting and sewing altogether, because I was spending all my free time looking at what other people were doing instead of doing it myself. And I was trying to read so many blogs, I rarely took the time to leave a comment - mea culpa, guilty as charged.
It had to end.
Luckily, at about the same time as I was reaching this conclusion, something happened in blog-land. Sponsorship, branding and monetising all took off in a big way. The independent and the individual started to be replaced by the bland and repetitive. Kestrel Makes is hosting a discussion on this topic if you are interested - many of the comments are fascinating.
The upshot is that I have cut my blog-reading time quite severely.
Instead, I have discovered the joy of knitting podcasts.
A video podcast has the advantage of gasp moving pictures of other people's knitting!
And while there are a significant number of sponsored podcasts with links to eg indie dyers, I have learned to tolerate the adverts or move on to listen to more independent voices.
It's a whole new world!
At this rate I might have to buy a mobile device so I can listen to even more...