Remember the Yarnarian? She who dyed yarn and knitted obsessively? Remember her? Nah, I didn't think you did. Well, she's still dyeing and knitting, but now seems to be working on secret knitting projects. It would be so nice to show you pics of socks and shawls, but I can't do that. Everything is a mystery. (Sometimes I think the projects are mysteries to me. ) I've become the invisible knitter!
On the dyeing front, I'm slowly scaling back from all the activity. I'm still interested in it, but less so. Everything changes and moves on. I still have lots of stock, so will continue dyeing, and when I'm finished with my stock, then we'll see where I go from there. Mostly I'm interested in OOAK yarns, yarns that I can dye without writing down formulas (formulae?). Just playing is what I'm saying. I also have tons of lace yarn, and will gradually use that up, too.
What really calls me these days is designing lace shawls. I can't get enough of them. I love finding a pattern in one of my stitch books, and then totally changing it to something else. I love working on transitions from one pattern to the next. I adore Never-ending Borders (NEB). I love charts! Love making them and following them. Always have, too. There's something about a grid that calls to me.
So what's in my brain besides lace? Sewing. I am not very good at it, but I plod ahead, try not to be a perfectionist and just enjoy the process. I'm wild about making project bags, and keep giving them away to admirers. I'm even thinking of selling a few in my Etsy shop, just for a change. Here are the latest 2 bags, made yesterday. This is a bigger project bag, perfect for shawls as they get bigger and even for sweaters.
This is a sock project bag with a change in proportions to highlight the lining. I wanted more of it to show, so I put the tie band a little lower on the bag. Makes for a smaller bag, but it's so cute and pretty that I don't care. Besides it comfortably holds a ball of yarn, the needles and the socks.
The other thing I did with with these 2 bags was change the proportions of the top band to the main exterior. I wanted a bit more of it to show. I'm not completely happy with it yet. Have to find the perfect spot to sew in the tie band. The bigger bag needs more fruffle showing from the lining, and the little bag needs a tad less. But I still love them.
I think I've made at least 10 project bags since I started this lunacy. And here's the best part, I showed our MA daughter, who is a brand new sewer, how to make them. We bought her the pattern and I think I've created a mad bag maker. She can't get enough of them either. Such fun!
That's enough babble for today. Gotta go work on something mysterious and secret!