Monday, October 23, 2006

Places everyone, places...

Well, here goes... my first post. I almost have stage fright- but not quite, I doubt the entire knitblog community is beating down my door to read what I'm writing, so this is more like a dress rehearsal... or maybe just a regular rehearsal... at the start of the season... when its just you and the choreographer and no one watching. So really, I could post complete drivel and no one would care... well, maybe my mom would.

At any rate, I've been lurking, reading bunches of blogs by knitters everywhere and I just had to jump in and add my two cents to the blogosphere.

I've been knitting for a year (sort of, I actually didn't pick up my needles for seven and half months after my daugther was born- I was just a tad busy). I took a class last October when I was pregnant... I swear the urge to knit must be hard-wired into our DNA... If, for some reason, you haven't caught the knitting bug before you become pregnant the urge becomes unbearable once the hormones kick in. Anyway, I was five months pregnant and couldn't really dance any more (well, to be honest, I could but it was getting frustrating, trying to balance with protruding growth in front) so I needed something to keep me occupied so knitting took hold and the stash was born.

A bit about me, I'll try to be brief and not too boring: I'm an early thirty-something with an nine month old daughter (Pooh Bear for the sake of this blog) that I am lucky enough to stay at home with, at least for now. Hubby and I have been married for *gasp* ten years - totally unbelievable, where does the time go? While I wasn't born in the south I grew up in North Carolina and consider myself a southern girl at heart even if I've been living in the fabulous Pacific Northwest for the last eight years. I've always been crafty- I learned to cross-stitch when I was eight years old and I've been doing it ever since though it gets harder and harder to find good cross-stitch stores. I admit it is odd that I never learned to knit until last year especially given that my mom is a fantastic knitter who even used to teach knitting (and crochet, cross-stitch, and candlewicking- does anybody even do that anymore?). I am a voracious reader and struggle to divide my free time between reading and knitting. I also dance - ballet and modern so that takes up a good chunk of my free time as well.

I think that is enough for now, I really don't want to bore you (if there are any of you) with the dry details, but before I leave...

A FINISHED OBJECT!!!! Because really, what is a knitting blog without a finished object?

And so, I present to you, my candy corn hat.

I purchased a cute Halloween outfit for Pooh Bear and on a trip to Hilltop Yarn recently Betsy pointed out that she needed a matching Halloween hat and the candy corn hat was born (the pants to the outfit have candy corn on them which is why I went this direction instead of the de rigeuer pumpkin hat).

The details: Pattern: I don't need no stinking pattern (actually, I'm a bit full of myself on this point considering that I am really a beginning knitter and I managed to get the hat to come out almost exactly like I wanted it). Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton in Poppy, Lemonade and Tulip on size 7 Addi Turbo circulars.

And so it ends, my first blog entry.