The choices we have in yarn is almost endless. At least it seems that way since every time there is something new that catches our eyes and we just gotta get it. Since I work in a yarn shop now my choices has grown but I am still in budget as not to go overboard. Some say it must be hard to work there and not want to buy all the time. No, it is not hard for me because I am on more of a mission to get for a specific project and not just to have. We all have our missions but at the end of the day we have fun with our world of colors and textures.
This year has been so much better than previous years because I am finally adjusted to the low salary I earn since I was laid off five years ago. It took adjusting to not being able to just buy what I wanted or go where I wanted to go for the most part. I cut back to the bare minimum so that I could survive and I did with just a little help from family. My situation was not even that bad in comparison to someone that has children and a house. But it was still an uphill battle and I am so glad that I did have my knitting and crochet to help me through. There was a time during this period of adjusting that I didn't knit or crochet that much but that was all right because I knew the passion was still there and that fire would return and it did. I just had to do what I had to do for the moment. So now that I am at a yarn shop I can see what I want to buy but I don't have to get it all at once. The yarn shop has such a beautiful selection of yarn choices, colors and textures to chose from.
I also for the first year in several years went to two festivals so far. They were the Sheep and Wool festival in Maryland and the Sheep & Fiber Festival in Lambertville, NJ. It has felt so good to return to things that I enjoyed in the past and I keep little by little adding a few more things. Life happens and you have to see when it does what you will do until it can get better. There are those that in that time of 2008 on that are still struggling and I feel for you but we must try to take one day at a time and keep pressing forward. As for me, light is shinning a little brighter and I want to go towards the light and have it shine even more.
All that to say is that I am enjoying so much my knitting, crochet and all that I have been able to do this year within the craft circle. Let's press on and be a success story and not let the past govern our future.
As for projects they are always evolving and I add to the wish list as I'm sure you do too.
Another shawlette is drying from being blocked. This is from the book Free Spirit Shawls by Lisa Shroyer called Bethe. I enjoyed the short row construction and how the bobble edging is added on. I've been working short rows and in the past I have had to pick up the wraps. I've done a couple of shawls and a scarf using short rows lately but have not had wrap and turns so I didn't have to pick up the wraps - wonderful. But I want to try the German short rows since it is all the rave these days and I will.
What's on your needles or hooks? Enjoy your projects.