Friday, May 29, 2009

Today, I turned in my last homework assignments and took my last final exam of my high school career. My feelings of relief are almost overwhelming. ^^ 

Now there is nothing left for me to do but to show up to class and walk across the stage at graduation, which is next wednesday!!!

Oh, and blog. 

SO! The plan for the next few days (filled with a blissful lack of schoolwork) is to post pictures, descriptions, and comments on some of my more complex projects that I have done so far. I'll spare the world my many and varied blankets, but I will talk about my adventures felting and making my first pair of socks, etc. Once I've sort of established where I am skill-wise, I will be able to carry on with my current projects and all that jazz. :-)

Until then, happy knitting!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Hello, World

This is my attempt to dive headfirst into a new fad: blogging. While I realize this fad isn't exactly "new," my last attempts at blogging were my petty middle-school mumblings on my Xanga... Needless to say, I've been a little off the bandwagon as of late. 

SO!!! On to the good stuff: why I'm babbling on the internet to no apparent audience: 

MY PURPOSE: learn to knit.

I am (just barely) 18, living in Austin, Texas, and ready to ship out to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University in the fall. 

I am also obsessed with knitting and crocheting. 

This obsession hints that I already know how to knit and crochet (which I do), so you might wonder why I'm blogging about "learning to knit." I knit all the time, but I haven't really ventured into the big world of possibilities that is knitting/crocheting, mostly sticking to simple stuff like blankets and scarves. I have made a few hats, one pair of socks, and a messenger bag, but that's about it. Thus, I know more than most but not nearly as much as many about the fiber arts. 

In my attempt to learn more, I have found LOADS of blogs, lessons, forums, and helpful resources for people just starting to knit (stuff like how-to-purl, the difference between wool and acrylic yarn, the joys of circular needles, and what to do when your cast-on edge looks funny), which I don't really need anymore. I have also found a bunch of patterns, blogs, forums, etc. for knitting veterans that I can barely begin to comprehend. I concluded that what the internet needs is something in the middle: me. 

And SO!! I come to my purpose. 

This blog will be a documentation of my knitting/crocheting adventures; as I try new things, techniques, and patterns, I will post pictures and comments of my current projects, problems I have encountered, and my methods for overcoming those obstacles. 

This blog will be mostly for my own benefit, so I can track my progress and look back in a year and say "Gee whiz, look how far I've come!!!" I wouldn't mind, however, if other people read or learned from this blog. If you like it, let me know. If you have helpful tips for how to get out of the pickle-of-the-day, please comment. I'd love to hear from you and benefit from your feedback, so drop me a line. :-)

It is quite ridiculous how excited I am to advance my skills and become the best knitter I can be. I've caught a glimpse of the immense possibilities, and I can't wait to get started. :D