It has been a very long time…

Yarn Bowl

My beautiful yarn bowl

It has been a while since I have posted. A lot has happened in life. Unfortunately not much of that time has been spent doing anything crafty. Some, but not much. It is funny how life is sometimes. The good news is life has evened out quite a bit and I am making more time for things that I enjoy.

My ex-husband asked me a while back asking me for some new hand knit socks for work. I accepted the assignment and have (slowly) been knitting him socks. I don’t normally take this long to knit socks, but he wanted black socks. I mistakenly started out with a pattern that I know that he likes, but in black yarn it is extremely difficult to see the patterning as I am knitting. Add the splitty nature of the yarn and it means that I have to actually pay attention to what I am doing and no knitting in low light situations.

He wanted black socks so I went on the hunt for inexpensive but decent black yarn. This was a surprisingly difficult task. Not a lot of yarn brands have a black yarn in a sock weight, but I finally found some. I don’t hate the yarn but I am not in love with it either. Like I said, it is on the splitty side, but it has a nice feel to it, sturdy but soft. We will see how it actually holds up to wear. For the next set of socks I am probably going to use the same yarn but a different pattern and see if that helps any. I also was planning on knitting two at a time, but somehow forgot. Next time I will definitely knit them two at a time. Next time I may do a plain ribbed sock instead of the Gentleman’s Sock. It would cut down the time and frustrations with the black yarn. But since they aren’t for me, I will have to consult with him. At least they are finally completed.

I currently have the Renewal Shawl on the needles. Because I am a (mostly) monogamous knitter, I have painfully put it aside while I worked on the socks. It is currently sitting in my lovely yarn bowl. Y’all this yarn bowl is the most beautiful gift I have ever received. Not just because it is gorgeous, but because of the thought that went into it. It is probably the most meaningful gift I have ever received.

My wheel is in need of repair so I haven’t been spinning at all the last *ahem* year or so. I need a new drive band. So I am going to make one out of cotton yarn and we will see how that goes. Hopefully I will have a new blog post before too long with some new spinning.

I haven’t done much else crafty. I have some plans to get some sewing done eventually but it has not been a priority. Since my last blog post I have done a little but not much. I am planning on sewing a couple of weighted blankets. I would also like to sew a couple more project bags and maybe an apron. My mom and I did reupholster a chair and I have helped a small amount with some home improvement projects at my boyfriend’s house. Mostly I sit there and look pretty and keep him company, but I help where I can.

I have been reading a lot lately, but understand that this is a relative term. In the last several months, I have read a few very good books. Books that I have enjoyed:

  • Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
  • Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams by Gareth Roberts
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I have read a few others and enjoyed them as well, but not to the same extent so I am not even going to mention them. I am currently reading Outlander and am loving it. I highly recommend it. I am finding that I am too sleepy to read much, but again life happens sometimes.

What to read?

I have a confession to make. I am not the smartest person in the world. I am no dummy, that’s for sure, but I am not as well educated as I would like to be. A large part of this is that I went through a period of time that I just gave up. I wasn’t really rebellious but I wanted to be, if that makes sense. I regret that. I spent so much time trying to play stupid that I missed out on being smart! Lol! The thing is I am definitely not stupid and I greatly enjoy my brain getting a bit of a workout. I love learning new things, reading books, and using my brain in general. In an effort to better exercise my brain, I want to read more. I used to read all the time. I pretty much had a book in hand from the day I learned to read. I remember reading my history book from cover to cover during a school break when I was in probably 2nd or 3rd grade just because. I do have a problem that when I find a book that I get really into, nothing much else gets done. It consumes me. This is why I generally choose easier reads. If I can read it fast, then I don’t have to worry about spending more than a few days (depending on my schedule) reading. Despite this fact I want to move past all of the fiction novels, mostly scifi and suspense, and back into more classics and even more nonfiction. I have never enjoyed nonfiction as much as fiction, though it can come close depending on the subject. I would like to find a good reading list and just start going down one by one and reading them.
One of my favorite places to be is a book store. I would love to have a very extensive library someday. I already have quite a few books, although because I have moved a lot over the last 3 years, my collection has dwindled quite a bit. I have moved 6 times in 3 years and after the first two times I was to a point that I just had to part with things. In fact our last move consisted of getting rid of almost everything we owned. I got rid of a lot of books and the ones we still have are 800 miles away at my moms house, except a few I couldn’t live without. When I say few, I mean less than a suitcase full, since I was flying here with 2 suitcases, a large purse and a laptop case. I was going to try to drive out and puck them all up along with my stepson for summer, but that is just not going to happen. I did manage to make it to the library a lot when I first moved here and read a handful of books, but circumstances have kept me from going to the library as often, or really at all lately.
Part of the reason that I want to read more, is that I love to write. I am not a great writer, but given the right subject, I can hold my own. I find that I write better and more often when I spend more time reading.
If anyone has any good book recommendations, please let me know! Thanks!