Tuesday thoughts


Brilliant title, isn’t it? I thought you’d all like that one.

I’ve noticed that my blogging is erratic. At first, I wrote “and I apologise for that” but we can only do what we can do, as my mother would say. I had a bad fibro-pain week last week, and yanno…apologising seems just the wrong thing to do. I’m a blogger. Whom do I blog for? And why do I blog?

Blogging is a funny thing, isn’t it.

Hm. Let’s put a pin in that Tuesday Thought while I do some show-and-tell of the knitting kind.

I proudly present to you Le Spunky Hat, modeled by its proud recipient, Le Cute Professore:

Here another shot, just because the colours are so pretty:

A close-up of the Estonian braidwork:

And a shot of what the top looks like:

Finally, a peek at the inside of the hat:

Look at those floats! I am such a proud papa (!ohreally?!) of those floats. This is my first real stranded colourwork (the Tomato sort of counts, but not really) and I’m busting bursting with pride at how well the floats and the colourwork balanced turned out overall.

The tension at the top got a little funky (get DOWN with your bad selves, you funky floats, get DOWN) because the floats were longer and when I tried to do the weaving-in thing (listen to me, I am such the guru with my big technical terms), the colours showed through and disrupted the pattern. So, I tried to keep things defunkified, but had a bit of Fail at the top. OH WELL.

But back to the bursting with pride part, because who cares (!) if the top tension is a wee funky, the hat turned out BEJEBUS GORGEOUS and I won’t be modest about it.

Pattern details:

Pattern: Fake Fair Isle by Amy “Boogie” King (spunkyeclectic.com) with modifications at the lower edge.

Yarns: Noro Silk Garden and Dream in Colour Classy.

Mods: The original called for ribbing at the brim, and I just couldn’t get it to look right. The dratted ribbing kept mocking me, curling up, stretching out of shape, and misbehaving in general. So I binned it, as my friend Sarah W. from the U.K. would say. Away with the ribbing!

I dug out my Nancy Bush books (a moment of respectful silence ensueth at the mention of the Blessed One’s name) and did an Estonian braid, the yarnover kind, at the lower edge. Then I improvised an XO pattern, literally drawing a little grid on a piece of scrap paper and just winging it. (I felt very daring. Then I realized that this particular XO pattern is as common as kittens in spring, so that humbled me down a bit.)

The XO pattern is for love. Just sayin’.

Then another braid, and then the main section of the hat as written in Amy’s original instructions.

The question arises: Did I or did I not “cut and paste” the yarn to make the colours flow as I wanted them to, instead of just going with the skein’s flow?

Good question.

Now, back to that Tuesday Thought we put a pin in up there.

(That’s Thaddeus, contemplating some luscious Spunky Club fibre.)

I’ve noticed that blogging in general has dropped dramatically since Ravelry started, and now with Twitter, it’s as though we knitters are using those two social networking sites to fill the role blogging used to fill. Used to be that bloggers would write stuff maybe three times a week, and then the commenters would leave comments, and then the bloggers would write again, responding to some of the comments, and then back ’round again.

Blogging was a form of social interaction. It used to be the only way, short of a few forums, that we could play with our friends online. Now we can play with our friends–in almost real-time–by tweeting on Twitter and posting on Rav. Blogging can have a time delay of days between posts and comments and then reply posts; sometimes, before Twitter, you’d check and check hoping that your friends had said something cool.

Now folks are using iPhones or CrackBerries, and they tweet and text each other sometimes right across the room, in the middle of a conversation with someone else. (We won’t discuss the manners issue right now. We’re creating new social contexts, and methinks none of us quite knows the rules yet. Maybe because we haven’t created the rules yet, or we are creating them on the fly. A topic for another day? Perhaps.)

So where does blogging fit in nowadays? Why do we blog? Do we blog about the same things as we tweet about? Do we post the same photos on our blogs as we do on Rav? Are there separate rivers of communication here, or do they all echo each other?

I have no idea. I’m making up my own rules as I go along. I want to blog here more often; I’d like it to be twice a week. But my work schedule and my friend Fibro disagree with that desire, so I blog when I can.

But you know what? In my head, I blog all the time. In my head, I’m constantly thinking, I could blog this, it would be interesting. Here’s a great story for the blog! Oh look at that, the blog readers would love that…

And I’ve realized something really, really important. Well, important to me, anyways:

I think it would help if I knew who I was blogging to.

Who are you out there, reading this? Leave a comment. Introduce yourself. I’d like to get to know you.

And welcome. I’m so glad you’re here.

As a welcome gift, I have this–look! The trees are knitting lace across the snow-laden sky…

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About sandi

Knitter. Spinner. Quilter. UFO Wrangler. Sometime bead artist and weaver. 2 year-old kittens, 1 permakitten, 2 grownup cats, 1 beloved dog angel, 1 spouse, 1 crazy life. I suppose that the 5 cats make me 1 crazy cat lady; OTOH, apparently, yes, I do need that much feline supervision.
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41 Responses to Tuesday thoughts

  1. DaisysMom says:

    Well you know who I am. πŸ™‚ You’re blogging for me, partly. I always enjoy reading your entries. And I DO love that hat. Stranded colorwork is one of my techniques to learn in the near future. I keep seeing such beautiful patterns that I’d love to knit…

    xoxo

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      DaisysMom! I’m so happy to see you here.

      OK, so I’m blogging for you (in part).

      That means a lot to me, the fact that you feel like I am blogging for you, for you in particular.

      So, yup. Hey, all. I’m blogging for me, and I’m blogging for DaisysMom. Who else? Anyone?
      xo

  2. Molly says:

    Re: blogging, I think that one of the great benefits of this change is that people don’t blog just to blog; they often have something real to communicate when they do it. And thanks to blogreaders, I rarely notice when anyone goes on hiatus; I’m just happy to see them when they return!

    So I think it’s a good change, overall, a turn towards quality over quantity. (Obviously a handful of people manage both, but that doesn’t detract at’all from the people who have spoons only for quality.)

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      A thoughtful comment, thank you. (Of course, I would expect nothing less…)

      On reflection, I think you have something there. We blog because we have something to blog, not because we must blog because it’s Tuesday.

      Interesting. Thanks! xoxoxo (psst. Welcome!)

  3. Abbie says:

    You already know who I am but I’ll state for the record that I do, in fact, read this blog.

    You do realize your blog is snowing? =D

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      My blog is snowing? It is!

      Echoes of the reality soon to come here, in about six hours if the weatherfolk be accurate.

      Welcome, Abbie. HUGS!

  4. Torrilin says:

    Hihi! I’m still me, I still like stranded colorwork, and I’m thrilled to see how the hat turned out.

    I keep *telling* people it’s easier than they believe, and then they plug their ears and refuse to listen. So frustrating.

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      It is much easier than I thought it would be. Now perhaps I can tackle that fair isle sweater kit I bought for Sir Nicholas a few years ago. (Yes, YEARS!!)

      HiHi and welcome Torrilin. xoxo

      P.S. Thanks for the thrills on the hat. Me, too!

  5. Vicki says:

    Love the hat, Sandy! Nice job! I haven’t tried colorwork yet. Still too chicken. πŸ™‚

    I’m still reading the blog. Started following in the days of Knitting Daily and found the blog. You’re in my Google Reader. πŸ™‚

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Hi Vicki! Welcome!

      Try colourwork. Really. REALLY it is not hard. Start with something small. Actually, this hat was relatively easy–it’s only two colours and you get a huge colourwork bang for buck here.

      I avoided colourwork for years and now I think I might be ready to tackle the Fair Isle sweater kit I bought for Nicholas that he has been begging me to knit for him…

      Awww, you followed me from KD. Thank you. That’s so sweet of you! I love to see my old KD friends here.

      xo

  6. Hi Sandi,

    Miss you! That hat is gorgeous! You’re in my Google Reader, too and I’m always happy when you have time to post. Twitter won’t replace blogging for me–it’s just to short and jittery.

    Michelle

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Michelle! (Why do I want to sing, “ma belle! Hee…sorry)

      I miss you too, kiddo. HUGS. I hope you are well and flourishing!

      Agree on Twitter. I can’t tell my stories there. And I’m just starting to think I ought to have a place to tell them properly…

      Welcome and my heart is happy to see you again πŸ™‚

  7. Donna says:

    You’re blogging for me! And I thank you. Your Knitting Daily posts were delightful, especially when they were the most Sandi-esque; I’ve enjoyed your new blog there as well, and I follow this one. You make me smile and laugh out loud, you touch my heart, you entertain, you encourage, you teach, you inspire….

    You are a unique voice, you have a wonderful writing style, and I’m grateful that you share so much via your blogs.

    Love the hat! I’ve made a couple using the Fake Isle pattern. I like your idea of substituting the braid for the ribbing.

    XOXOX

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Wow. I’m speechless. Thank you, those are powerful words and you yourself just touched my heart deeply. Thank you, and welcome to my little corner of the world!

      I’m thrilled and honoured to be blogging for you, and for all of you.

      Sandi
      hugs!

  8. I’ve been following you since your Knitting Daily days. I enjoy reading about your projects and life in Canada. I have Toronto relatives.

    Whenever I read that others think blogging is old school, it is not true. I’ve been blogging about my projects since 2003 before Ravelry, Twitter & Facebook but it seems like people get bored easily and move on.

    Just because some of them chose to let their blogs die does not mean that blogging is not cool.

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Two-of-Six! Welcome…and I love your last sentence. Blogging is still cool! Thank you for believing that, and I’m off to look for YOUR blog now.

      hugs,
      Sandi

  9. Annie Bee says:

    Hi Sandi! I’m just up the road from you, in Kitchener-Waterloo, where knitting is a Big Deal. We have one of the largest Guilds in the country! We have awesome yarny shops! There’s a really great community of very connected knitters – between Ravelry and Twitter and blogs and the weekly knit nights at the pub, the so-called “#uptownknitmob” might as well be one very large, geographically-dispersed person. I love reading your blog, and would love to host you any time you feel like venturing west on the 401!

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      I might just have to take you up on the offer of a guided yarnfilled tour up the road! Sounds wonderful. And if your guild needs a speaker, I have some time after the hols into next year. πŸ™‚

      Welcome, and I am so glad to have you here.
      Thanks for coming!
      Sandi

      • AnnieBee says:

        Sandi, I’d be thrilled to host you. You have my e-mail, I think, from the comment sign-in thingy; pick a Saturday after the holidays and we can plan a little something.

        As for speaking at the Guild, I will pass on your offer to our programming committee — we’d love to have you, at some point, I’m sure!

  10. Mardi says:

    Well, you know me already. I love to hear more in-depth thinking from the Very Deep Well of The Inner Sandi.

    And beee-ooo-teee-full HAT!!!

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Thank you, sweetie. More blog posts to come, I promise. Although is it OK if they come from the Shallow Kitchen Sink of the Inner Sandi?

      Love and welcome,
      Sandi

      • Tamara says:

        It’s phrases like “Shallow Kitchen Sink” that make us love you–so smart, self-deprecating, so much like the rest of us (except you are doing so much more).

  11. Naomi says:

    1. Nice hat!
    2. Thanks for sharing the snow–all we’re getting is rain.
    3. I think you know who I am, but this’s confirmation that I read your blog.
    4. I concur with the previous comment (was that LittleMousling Molly?) that more people are now blogging only when they actually have something to say, but I do have something of a schedule for myself: Friday-plus. (On the other hand, my fibre/food/photo-blog has never been all that wordy.)

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Of COURSE I know who you are, Ms. Enting3. And thanks for reading my blog…I’m trying to get back to a schedule but it’s tough.

      Welcome, and good to see you here!
      Sandi

  12. Lynn says:

    Hey! You blog for me! Blog more! What you write is worth reading. Also, you knit pretty good (just in case you’d never noticed); that hat is lovely!

    • sandiwiseheart says:

      Hi, you. I’m so glad I blog for you, and that you are here with me through postings frequent and far apart.

      I promise to blog more. Right now I just am trying to answer each person who posted a comment here, and answer them individually…

      Thank you for the lovely comments on my writing and my knitting. I think maybe I am finally getting the hang of this knitting thang, whaddya think?

      Love, and welcome!
      Sandita

  13. cocokat says:

    You blog for me, too. I started following you with Knitting Daily, then discovered your personal blog here. I loved your sense of humor and serious knitting advice from KD and I’ve saved all the free patterns and purchased a few, too. It’s partly what prompted me to begin my fearless knitting phase. I have done more knitting in the past year than in the past 10. Socks (toe up and top down), toy elephants, scarves, mitts, hat, cables, lace, no stranded color work but that may come soon too.

    Thanks for the blog. πŸ™‚

    Happy knitting for all!

  14. Jodi says:

    Well lovey, you’re blogging for me, too. I love reading what you write, seeing little bits of your life, experiencing knitting vicariously through you as I blunder my way through this December knitting I’ve foolishly decided to embark on. ((you))

  15. Nancy (leomom on ravelry) says:

    Hi Sandi,

    You blog for me as well; I discovered your personal blog after you moved on from Knitting Daily. Your posts (on K.D. and here) are always educational, encouraging, and personal; they have definitely inspired me to be more fearless and be open to trying new techniques.

    Also, I enjoyed meeting you, too briefly, at SOAR this year. Hope to meet you again in person, at another SOAR maybe(?), but am glad to have found your blog in the meantime.

    Thanks!

  16. Danyelle says:

    Hi Sandi,

    You blog for me too. If it weren’t for you and one or two select others, most of the time I would feel that I am doing my yarny thing all alone. As it is, your blogs, first on KD and now here as well, have inspired and encouraged me. I’ve learned to visit the frog pond with less fear and more humor than I would ever have thought possible. I’ve learned to try more difficult projects than I would have ever imagined at one time, and I’ve learned that I’m not alone in my love of fiberey stuff. Thank you, and I’ll keep reading – and doing my yarny thing…

  17. limijas says:

    Sandi,

    You have known me since my birth and I have known you since you were 2.

    If it weren’t for this blog, I would have no idea what you’re up to. Okay maybe not “no idea” but this is so much more fun. Besides, I love to hear your heart which is all over this blog.

    more more more – that’s all I can say

    Love you!!

  18. NancyN says:

    Hi Sandi,
    You’re blogging for me, too. You give me courage to change a pattern to what I think it should be and courage to even try designing something on my own. You give me comfort when I think I am all alone and you bring me joy by knowing that there is someone out there generous enough to share herself with others.
    Thank you.

  19. Jodi says:

    Let’s try this again — I submitted a comment earlier but the computer ate it! I read your blog, Sandi. I love reading the way you write, how what you’re talking about seems to materialize for me. Keep writing, luv!

  20. Donna Cooper says:

    Sandi, you are blogging for me as well. I have always enjoyed your posts, first on KD, and then What’s on Sandi’s Needles. When the “Needle” post had not been updated in a few weeks, I got worried about you, Googled you, and found this site! I am the one who asked you about blocking something knittted in the round and you answered!! You would have thought I’d won the Lottery. I’m so glad to know that you are still among us yarnies, but sorry to hear about the Fibro. It’s tough stuff to deal with.
    Keep blogging! It is a pleasure to read your stories and see life in the frozen tundra ( I’m in Georgia, USA, Hot here!).
    Thank you !!

  21. Su in AZ says:

    Hi Sandi, you blog for me too, even though I just lurk so it must be like a monologue for you! I enjoyed all your KD posts and followed you here to keep hearing your sweet voice–I think of you as such a warm, interesting, loving and lovable person. I’m a long-time spinner and knitter who has gotten to indulge in both more in the last 6 months of unemployment than in the last 10 years or so. I hope blogging keeps being rewarding for you–reading your words is certainly rewarding for me.

  22. ZaftigWendy says:

    SANDI! My love! I love your blogging thoughts, and even though I’m not a blogger myself (maybe someday?), I love reading people’s blogs because they’re so much more personal than just Ravelry or Twitter or Facebook.

    Ravelry is like all of us getting together in the coffee house and talking and having fun together, but reading someone’s blog is like being invited into their living room, where even the decor tells you more about your pal than you ever knew just from the coffee shop get-togethers.

    Love and Hugs and Kisses and OMG, that’s One Gorgeous Hat!
    -ZeeDub

  23. Obviously, I don’t get to visit your blog as often as I would like BUT you spoiled me after all those wonderful Knitting Daily newsletters and I peek in here from time to time to see what you are up to.

    Blogging should be fun not an obligation. When you visit my Artful Muse blog, it is readily noticeable that this particular blog is for a single purpose. Then if you visit my author’s blog (the link is on Artful Muse), you will understand why my time has become more and more precious concerning blogging.

    I will continue to check in on you from time to time for my jump-start to keep on knitting more and more challenging things!

  24. Becky says:

    Sandi,

    I came to appreciate you first through the threads at Ravelry whenever someone was livid about something at KD. Your patience and kindness stuck with me, so I started reading you at KD and followed here.

    I’m 99.999% more a crocheter than knitter, but I love reading blogs of knitters, too! I have my own blog, and 99.999 % of the time it has nothing to do with crocheting, except in passing.

    I’m glad you’re writing. I enjoy the reading!

  25. sarahw says:

    Me! I’m one of your readers. Me!

    You’re right – a lot of bloggers are blogging less (except perhaps those whose public profile requires them to maintain a presence). As a new blogger, I didn’t have that much interaction with my readers, and Teh Rav has certainly overwhelmed that as well as providing a better way to keep track of what I did with which fibre when. But, after a hiatus, I found I missed blogging. I missed the chance/reason to sit down for a few hours (ha!) and organise my thoughts to say something larger or more important than is appropriate for Ravelry. Also, the blog is a place where I can pontificate or lecture less publicly than on Ravelry. Basically, my blog is largely about talking to myself πŸ™‚

  26. Sharah says:

    Sandi,
    I found your personal blog through the Knitting Daily blog. Thanks for putting it up there! I so appreciate reading your writing. I’m Sharah, (Char-ah), I’m 27 and married to the man of my dreams πŸ™‚ I love knitting, and sneak it in whenever I can. I wish I worked for Interweave πŸ™‚

    I am the only person I know who doesn’t use messaging on her phone. that will probably change – but I am resistant to the new technologies – I don’t like the incredible self-serving nature of twitter. (I know it doesn’t have to be like that, but because I can’t/don’t participate, that is my impression.) Maybe on my next phone and plan, i will feel differently.

    I really appreciate the questions and answers you are discussing in this post – because I am not into the other social networking sites. I miss the bloggers who updated on a semi-weekly basis… I really look forward to reading new posts.

    So that’s a little about me and what I am hoping for πŸ™‚ but only cuz you asked.

    Thanks!
    Sharah

  27. Tamara says:

    A breathtakingly beautiful hat, too. And the floats, the floats!

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