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In the Wild

I am not sure how many of you know this about me–but despite my inclination toward loud colors, I tend to be a bit shy. It doesn’t help that I am a little claustrophobic in large groups, but even sometimes in manageable situations, I hold back even when I know I shouldn’t.

For instance, last night I went to a high school musical in a small Kansas town with a friend of mine. She had some business there that day, and I was just along for the ride. This friend of mine currently has pink hair. (I am so jealous). We got a some stares. Pink hair in a small Kansas town is somewhat of an anomaly. So, apparently, are Daybreaks. While admittedly my friend’s hair garnered more attention, my Daybreak garnered at least two, prolonged examining stares.

Daybreak in the Wild

I hope it was the Daybreak. I can’t think of any other reason for random women to stare at my neck. On the whole it was a set of triumphant moments for me. I have a lot of fiber arts friends, and I love them, but I only have a couple of fellow Stephanie Pearl-McPhee definition-of-the-word Knitter friends in real life–people who would recognize the Daybreak and say, “Oh my god, I love your Daybreak!” But I had at least two–TWO–stares that said, “Oh my god, I want to talk to you about your knitting, but holy heck I know everyone in this town and you, miss knitter, are a complete stranger!” They were complicated stares, I assure you.

I love spotting hand-knitting in the wild. Yesterday, it was fun to be spotted. I wish these ladies would have stopped and talked. Not only could I have bragged a little bit about how I dyed the yarn myself, but I really love meeting Knitters. Finding kindred spirits out in the wild really is one of the things I like best about knitting–because more often than not, if you see someone wearing a Daybreak (or other pattern-gone-viral) the wearer knit it themselves–and no matter what else, you know you have something in common with that person. So next time, I hope I have the courage to say, “Have you made a Daybreak, too?” when I catch someone’s eyes glued to my neck.

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In the Works Wednesday

I am back to being an evening knitter–which is strange after spending months with a pair of needles (or a pen) in my hand nearly the whole day long. I have been working at the State OFfice building for the last week. Some of you may find this hard to believe, but at 27, this is the first time I have ever working 8-5 in an office. I am not used to sitting down all day. I am used to doing my data entry standing up on computer that is also a cash register. It’s a strange experience.

It has drastically slowed down my knitting production. All other fiber crafts (dyeing, spinning, weaving) have ground to a halt. As much as I enjoy other fiber crafts, I think I must primarily be a knitter. When it comes to decompression, knitting is what I reach for. I spent the last week finishing off my Daybreak. Those rows get really long!

Off the needles, but unblocked. I made the largest size, but bound off a few rows early for fear of running out of yarn. I wasn’t low on yarn, but I didn’t have as much leftover as I thought I would and I was hatching plans for the yarn leftover from this project as I was knitting it, and I will be very sad if I don’t get to do it now.

My Surfer Tee is coming along nicely.

After knitting the yoke, discovering I had been doing the lace repeat incorrectly, ripping it out, and knitting back, I feel like the two weeks worth of work I have done on this shows great progress for just doing a few rows in the evenings. I didn’t get nearly as much knitting done on it as I would have like last night because it took forever to update my etsy shop. I only added a few skeins, but my computer has an over heating problem, and in the heat we’ve been having lately, my little laptop does not stay on very long. Last night I had to sit by the window with the fan in it with my laptop cooler and laptop on my lap. It worked, but it was still slow going. I hope to invest a new computer this fall, which should make all of my work–yarn and writing related–a lot easier to accomplish.