As you know - and are likely tired of hearing - I have not been able to knit for months, due to a broken wrist. For the most part, I've done a lot more reading, but I miss being able to watch a TV show or movie and still work on something. Or, knit and listen to a podcast or some music. Hopefully when I visit the surgeon on February 4, she'll say I can start knitting again, but in the meantime, I've done LOTS of thinking about knitting!
So I thought I'd share three of those thoughts with you today, as part of Three on Thursday, with Carole and others.
1. This weekend is Vogue Knitting Live in New York, and it sounds like so many people are planning to go, even if only to peruse the marketplace. Which sounds like a lot of fun, since like most things, there are special yarn colorways dyed for the event, special project bags and giveaways, etc. But one of the things I think would be the most fun would be meeting some people I know but really don't, or even just see what they look like in person. Even in the case of designers or people who do video podcasts, I have a certain idea in my mind of what they are like. So it's always fun to see if they look the way I think they do/should, and how they sound if you are talking to them one on one. I remember the first time I got to meet Clara Parkes at a Maryland Sheep and Wool. She was standing by herself in one of the barns, clearly waiting to meet up with someone. I introduced myself and though I knew what she looked like from photos, she really did look like that, and she was genuinely what I had expected and hoped she would be. She didn't know me at all, but was still as friendly as if we had been hanging out together all day.
2. I am liking some of the make-alongs that various podcasters are doing. A whole (rather large) group is doing a New To You MAL, which I think is a great idea. The primary requirement is that you try something that you have never done before. From postings I've seen on Instagram, it looks like a wide variety of things are being included, from the very intricate and involved, to things that are not overly difficult, just new to some people. I like that it is so inclusive. And then New England Gal is doing a Finish That Stuff MAL, which is basically for people to work on things that may have been sitting around unfinished for too long. (I think that nearly every knitter I know would qualify for that one!) Needless to say, I'm not officially joining either of these (or most likely any others down the road), but I think that these two in particular are good ideas.
3. Am I the only one who thinks that too many new patterns are coming out these days? I'm kinda sorta joking, but seriously, it seems that every time you look at Ravelry, or a knit publication, or listen to a podcast, there are at least 50 new patterns a day! Not that I like them all, or even want to ever knit them, but I'm suddenly feeling the information overload related to it. Though I guess it's a good problem to have, right??
So there you go, right from my brain to your eyes. I hope the rest of your day goes well.