Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Interviewing myself

Can one be both inspired and unmotivated at the same time? What about motivated and uninspired? I have been swinging between both for the past few weeks. I'm knee deep in knitter's block, writer's block and a touch of dyer's block. The only way to get over it is bite the pre-formatted bullets and just post before writing becomes a Daunting Task.

I am not sure what to write about, so I thought about what I want to know about other bloggers. I want to know what is on their minds, what is going on in their lives, what is on their needles and what inspires them. If I want to know that about others, why do I think that no one would want to know the same thing about me? If you are feeling blog blocked, feel free to steal these questions or add your own.

  • Why do I feel compelled to write a blog post? I like feeling connected to my community. I like keeping track of what is going on in my fiber life. I use this blog to stay connected with customers. I get so much enjoyment from others blogs that I feel like I need to give back.
  • What is on your needles? Nothing requiring a purl stitch. I am not sure how that happened, but I have a garter stitch baby blanket on the needles, the cast-off sweater which is knit in the round, and the same plain socks I have had on the needles for months.
    • I love, love, love, love, love the baby blanket. I don't have any babies in mind. One day I was suddenly gripped by a need to knit a baby blanket and I felt some urgency about it. A few days later I found the perfect pattern--lightening bolts! It is called Revolution by Pat Ashford and Steve Plummer. Their website is a little hard to navigate, but you can buy their patterns through Ravelry. No affiliation, yadda yadda. Just a fan. :) How great would this be for a cute little kid bent on world domination? It kind of reminds me of Starbuck's mandala, too. [Oooh! Someone made a Starbuck's mandala hat pattern. BSG geeks unite!] Someone had better have a baby soon or Scott might claim this as his own.
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  • What are you reading? I just finished Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment. It was okay. I hear really wonderful things about Pratchett's Discworld series, but I don't think it is my thing. I started Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist yesterday. It is a collection of Wilder's columns she wrote for the Missouri Ruralist. What is it about Laura Ingalls Wilder that makes us want to run off to Southern Missouri and play farm girl?
  • What about knitting books? I got a great deal on More Big Girl Knits, Knitting America and KnitKnit. I have petted KnitKnit and drooled over the pictures. I loves me some avant-garde art. I have flipped through the books, but I haven't sat down and read them yet. I still need to post my Romantic Knits review. Short form: I love it.
  • Spinning anything? Yeah! I have abandoned all hope of fixing my Babe. It is such a simple little problem and I am flumoxed about how to fix it. Instead I fixed Scott's Ashford Traditional by adding an 88-cent spring and Scott fixed the tendency of the wheel to fall off by simply rearranging a few washers and nuts. I spun a bobbin of junk roving to get the feel for it. Then I broke out some new bobbins and started spinning some superwash merino I got from Aija of zer0 marker and sockpr0n fame. I am going to try to spin up the buffalo roving Annie brought me last year next. I was going to wait to get my spindles back, but I have given up hope that I will ever see them again.
  • How is that dye pot doing? Ah, the self-promotion part. I have had to make peace with promoting my yarn line. No one is going to do it for me. It still makes me feel squicky inside. Again I remind myself that it isn't squicky when other people are proud of what they have done and promote the products in their blogs, so why am I letting an attack of low-self esteem get to me? I AM proud of my product and I am in charge of it. Why wouldn't I talk about it. Ask me that question again.
  • How is that dye pot doing? GOOD! Roving and 2 batches of sock yarn have emerged this week and last.
    • I did a batch of jewel toned superwash merino roving that I love.
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    • The first batch of sock yarns was a special request for more quasi-kettled dyed muted colors . They aren't my kind of colors but I have had very good response to them. There are a few left in my etsy store. (link at right).
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    • The second batch of sock yarn was with a new line of dye. I liked the results, but it doesn't have the brilliance of the dye lines I currently use. They are pretty,. I like them. These new dyes won't replace what I currently use, but I can see them being used together in new colorways, such as Primaries, Secondaries and Unity pictured below.
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  • That vampire dream in your last post was weird. Did I ever tell you about the one where inanimate objects were infected with the zombie virus? The blender infected my sweater-in-progress and I had to fend off my own silk sweater while it tried to eat my brains.