I've been blogging about my knitting and projecting for nearly a year. Bloggiversary is August 28, and I think I may throw myself a little party and give gifty favors to blog-friends. (that's an aside)
Anyway, I originally started blogging about my projects to try to get a handle on all the UFO's I had around, and provide some accountability for all the yarn and fabric I owned.
There is so much creative energy and motivating influence around blogland that I quickly overindulged myself in projects. And while I cleaned up the UFO's that had been part of my previous knitting life (prior to blogging about it and becoming obsessed), I created a whole new body of work. I joined KAL's. I found Jannette and Cucumberpatch and then the LYS's here, and my stash increased geometrically. I bought bags of yarn. I joined more KAL's. I started knitting things I would not have chosen (orangina comes to mind). I knit the majority of several projects that then got frogged because I didn't like them (Union Square Market pullover, Tempting II)
I knit a whole sweater (which still needs seaming) from a pattern written in French, with the help of the Colchique Along.
I knit a whole Lady E and Finished it in the space of 14 days as part of Stephanies Knitting Olympics, and felt a part of the knitting community of the world.
I knit a lace scarf for someone in Australia as part of the International Scarf Exchange (the new ISE is up for this year if anyone is interested in joining) and rec'd an I-cord scarf from someone else in Australia. I swapped color based packages, Secret Pal packages, Bookswap packages, and Vacation based themed packages with others out in blogland, most of whom I really never kept up with, nor did they keep up with me. (notable exceptions are Kim and Jae, both of whom I've ended up with as colorSwap partners, but we were already friends, and the Knit the classics swaps).
However, as a result of some of the KAL's and Swaps, I met many of you whom I do keep up with - this is a wonderful thing. The rest of you I've met because I've followed your comments back to your blog from the people that whose blogs I read and comment on. And some of you found me. Thanks!
It's been an interesting year in blogland. I didn't at all really accomplish my goal of decreasing my # of projects and create a sense of accountability. I did succeed in making friends with a whole lot of really creative wonderful people.
Going forward, I'm taking a break from Swaps. I've met enough people out there that if anyone wants to swap some stuff, we'll just do it, without the structure of the anonymous thing. Notable exception will still be the Knit the Classics swaps, but those are limited to people I already blog with).
I'm also going to concentrate more on the knitting I really want to be doing, and not get lured into knitting something because everyone else is doing it on a KAL. (I really want to be knitting from Tudor Roses!)
This isn't to say I won't do anymore KAL's. I probably will. But I will do them only if it is a knit I really wanted to do anyway.
What's interesting to me is that several of you who read this blog have had a conversation with me indicating you too are wearying of some of the swaps, of some of the KAL's and are in much the same place.
In my next year of blogging I will continue to look to many of you for inspiration and extra motivation. I feel that so many of you who include me in this, the blog community, are so talented and giving adn fabulous and inspiring. I just want to continue to grow as a knitter.
And I will continue to write more sewing tutorials, and stay involved in Sew Retro.
you know who I miss: La Dolce Divas.
they were fun and funny arbiters of fashion, manners and etiquette.
I didn't start out to write this post, but this is what it ended up being. hmmm. Where are you in your blog-life?