Whining over stockinette

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 I think I finally have an acceptable stockinette swatch that I got by knitting backwards rather than purling.  Once I block it, that means the gauge swatches are DONE.  I started the increase swatches using a smaller needle for the purls. 

As a Mother's Day treat for myself, I bought the yarn and the pattern for the Halligarth shawl from the latest Brooklyn Tweed collection. I adore Brooklyn Tweed's aesthetic. 

Simple isn't easy.

After a very long hiatus, I am revisiting the TKGA Master Handknitting Program. One of my goals for this year is to get my knitting skills to the next level. I signed up for Level I back when I was a SAHM (stay-at-home mom, for those unfamiliar with parenting board parlance), and now that I am again "between jobs" I ordered the latest instructions and started knitting up my swatches.

The MHK program is not for the faint hearted. I have been knitting for almost 30 years, and I am downright intimidated by the instructions. I have knit and re-knit the first three swatches at least three times, hoping to get perfect tension in my stockinette stitch. This is not an easy task.

I have no idea if these swatches will pass muster. To the uncritical eye, they look just fine. Yet to achieve perfection (or as close to it as humanly possible) in the simplest of stitches is the hardest thing of all.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I was away at my church retreat over the weekend, and committed to an internet fast for the duration, so I haven't kept up with the "every day" of the Blog Every Day in May challenge.  One of the OWL prompts in January was to create a More/Less list for the year.  My circumstances have changed since then, so I've revisited them for this post:

More freedom/less constriction
More happiness/less stress
More ease/less struggle
More joy/less fear
More space/less clutter
More connection/less isolation
More contentment/less resentment
More sweetness/less bitterness
More creativity/less stagnation

What's on your more/less list?

Goals, goals, goals!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I'm not at all ready for prime time on this new blog, but I'm inspired by the  Blog Every Day in May Challenge over at Love Happy Daily. There's no better way to get started other than to just do it. So here goes!

So what are my goals for this month, and for this blog?
  • Get clear on what I want the blog to be and write my "about page"
  • Exercise 5 days/week
  • Finish my Project Star quilt (I belong to a quilt group at my church; this is for a child in foster care)
  • Complete my report and half of my swatches for the Master Hand Knitting Program
  • Purchase and set up the new blog template I have my eye on
  • Journal daily
  • Get caught up on OLW
  • Finish my Desire Map workbook
  • Meditate daily