Hello Again

It’s been about 4 or 5 months since the last time I wrote a blog post. Since then, I’ve been inundated with school, work, preparations for the GRE and grad school, and wedding planning. Suffice it to say, I’ve been exhausted and didn’t really have the energy to do any writing.

About a week ago, WordPress very kindly reminded me that I’ve had this blog for over 5 years now. At this point, my once-baby-blog is a small child. In terms of human development, my blog is now a running, playing, speaking, and probably screaming toddler. Having been a fairly negligent parent for the last few months, I decided it’s probably a good idea if I reattempt to make blogging a part of my weekly routine.

I suppose part of it has to do with the fact that I’m extremely busy with school and work, so I haven’t really had the time to go travel, or do much in the crafting realms. I’ve continued knitting, as is evident from my Instagram feed, but I haven’t done much else. Hopefully by reestablishing this blog as an important part of my life, I will conscientiously be able to delegate more time to my crafty ventures.

Right now, I don’t really have much to say except that I’m going to try to be more aware of how much (right now, how little) time I spend on my little blog-child. Hopefully I find something to write about in the next few days, or maybe even next week, since Spring Breaks is supposed to start up this Saturday.

Signing off,
Marie

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Update…Again

I haven’t been posting for about 2 months, ever since school started. Life has been super busy, between classes, work, research, and a myriad of other things going on. There hasn’t been a whole lot of free time for me to sit down and write out a blog post, though I am still posting things semi-regularly on my Instagram, if you’re into that stuff. I find that I’m liking the format of Instagram a lot better than a conventional blog now, since it takes about 10 minutes maximum per post, as opposed to 30 minutes to an hour. AND I can do it while I’m out and about, waiting for my coffee, on public transportation, what have you. But I’ll try and make some time this weekend to make an actual, well-worded post, seeing as it’s Fall Break and I have a lot of fun crafty things planned!

Signing off,
Marie

Back in Bloomington!

Sorry for the radio silence, but I’m pleased to say that I’m back in Bloomington! It’s been a couple of extremely hectic days, what with the 30+ hours of flying, packing for a move as soon as I landed, and the move itself. 90% of the house is organized as it should be, but as with any move, the organizing has revealed to me a bunch of projects and other endeavors that I had given up on and stashed away out of sight for months.

Not even 20% of the stash…

One of the more daunting things on my to-do list is organizing my giant stash of embroidery floss and sewing thread. A few years ago while visiting my fiance’s family, I mentioned that I was interested in learning how to embroider. So naturally I went back home with grocery bags and cookie tins PACKED with vintage threads and floss! I was a little overwhelmed at the time and didn’t have a whole lot of time, so it went to the bottom of my closet. It wasn’t until last week when I was putting things away from the move that I rediscovered the enormous pile, and I finally mustered up the courage and fortitude to tackle the mountain 3 days ago. I’ve got most of the DMC floss wound up into bobbins with labels, though there are a few that are missing the numbers. I’ll have to figure something out with those.

Another thing I have to do is process some fleeces and fiber. When I returned from my holiday, I found that I had acquired quite a bit of fiber during my absence. So far I have one giant garbage bag full of alpaca, and an entire alpaca fleece…and apparently there is more waiting for me to pick up! While I have some experience spinning fiber into yarn, I have never processed fiber, let alone an entire fleece, into spinnable roving, so this should be an interesting experiment. I do have a friend who has invited me over to use her giant automatic carding machines though, so it would be an understatement to say that I am excited about the whole thing.

I also have a couple of commissions to work through. For those of you who don’t know, tablet weaving is another one of my fiber-related hobbies. A lot of my clients are people who are into the hobby of historical reenactment, and it is my job to look at photos of artifacts and attempt to replicate them in weaving. This pattern is based off of a find from the Sutton Hoo site, and it was a lot of fun to figure it out! Now I just have to weave 6+ yards of the stuff…easier said than done, but it makes me happy to know that other people enjoy my work as well.

I also have another knitting commission, and am also working on a project for myself. I am making a pullover for myself, and it will be a lot of “first”s for me: my first cabled garment, my first pullover sweater, my first project incorporating short rows, and my first project using the provisional cast on. I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way, such as “Don’t attempt cables at 2AM when you’re extremely sleep-deprived”, but I’m taking this chance to learn many more skills that will be important for me to have as an aspiring Master Knitter.

While tackling all of these projects, I have been listening to a lot of various podcasts to keep me company. So far I’ve listened to the Knitmore Girls and Owl About Yarn, though I’ve also received recommendations of other knitting-related podcasts from my friends. What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? Do let me know in the comments section.

As always, thank you for sticking with my blog, in spite of my frequent bouts of hiatuses. Hopefully I’ll be better about maintaining a regular posting schedule (those podcasts are really inspiring!).

Signing off,
Marie