January 19, 2011

Alive and well (finally)

Coming back after almost 2 months of no blogging is a bit overwhelming. But we're finally settled in (mostly, if you don't count that half of our stuff is still in boxes), and my camera and computer are bursting with untouched photos that I've taken over the past couple of months. So instead of waiting for the perfect night to write a lengthy post with 3 dozen of photos and a long list of happenings (which I've been trying to do for the past couple of weeks), I'll jump back into blogging *right now*, no more excuses to keep putting it off (fighting and whining kids don't count, right?).

I'll save more elaborate and detailed blogging for that time of night when everyone's asleep, so for now I'll be joining Ginny's 'Yarn Along'.


To say that my knitting has been scarce since we started moving would be a huge understatement. My sewing and knitting supplies got packed first, and after moving everything into our new house, I simply couldn't bring myself to pick up one of my projects when there were boxes of stuff everywhere. Besides, for some reason I've been more tired in the evenings than usual and going to bed earlier than I'd normally like to. Considering that evenings (up until 2 a.m.) is when most of knitting and creating used to happen, not much of it was happening after we moved. And knitting during the day is pretty much a joke. I can't make it through one row without being interrupted at least twice.

Then a couple of weeks ago we joined our friends for a Sunday dinner, and sometime during my conversation with Amy we decided it would be fun to start having a weekly knitting night with other friends and neighbours who would be interested in joining us. So for the past couple of weeks we've been getting together on Tuesday nights, and knitting away well into the midnight. I can't put it into words how much I've been enjoying these knitting nights. Talking to grown-ups, making friends, discussing and exploring all kinds of [crazy] ideas and staying up late are all the things that I've been wishing for in these past few months, and maybe even years. And hey, I'm finally getting some knitting done!

In the photo:
Groovy Cable Tuque in Shepherd's Wool
Woodland Shawl in Kauni Effektgarn (EQ colorway)

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Drawing with Children

13 comments:

Wendy said...

That gray yarn is gorgeous! Drawing With Children is a wonderful book, too. Welcome back!

Heidi said...

Nice to see you back, Olya! I have visited and commented before, but I don't think I ever told ya that I found you by way of the babywearer. :) I have not knitted in ages, but your yarn and knits makes me want to make some time again. :)

Julie said...

Your knitting looks lovely, that rainbow yarn is wonderful! I knit every Tuesday night with friends, as well, and it's just what I need every week.

Amy said...

I'm loving our knitting nights! I would never let myself sit down for a few hours like that otherwise; there's always something I "have" to do, but knitting night gives me an excuse to put the have-tos on the back burner.
And speaking of crazy ideas; I haven't been able to stop thinking about them and have to tell you all this interesting stuff I found out...

Kathryn said...

Your knits are lovely and having moved last April, I know what you mean about 'getting back to it'. I left behind a wonderful circle of knitters and have not found anyone here yet...I so long for it though. I hope your knit nights continue - they would feed my soul!

Sarah AJ said...

Your knitting nights sound lovely! I'm glad you're starting to settle in and are back to blogging. I always love your gorgeous photos.
(sjane from TBW)

Katrina said...

ok, olya, i know we haven't met but i didn't know you were friends with amy too! i want to be invited to knitting night! you guys can teach me how to pearl so i can finish the blanket i started last winter. :)

The Wizzle said...

I'm so happy for you! I know how you have longed for friendship and comaraderie and a creative outlet - this sounds just perfect!

Lyndsey said...

ALL of those books are AMAZING! What great reads!

Katrina said...

or purl even. ;-)

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

I've always LOVED the Teenage Liberation Handbook, excellent, excellent read for any age learner!
That gray yarn looks so soft...

Olya said...

Thanks everyone, for a warm welcome back :)

Katrina, please, feel free to join us next week! I don't have details yet, but we usually do it after 8:30 (or whenever kids are in bed) at either mine or Amy's house.

Wendy and Mari, Shepherd's Wool is indeed really really soft. It's not superwash and I heard it works fantastic for felted projects, which means you can't just throw it in the washer :) But the softness is well worth the extra care.

Amy, I love your crazy ideas! Probably because they are so similar to mine, but more organized and yes, realistic. I'm only good at daydreaming about things like that :)

Jacqueline said...

drawing with children... love that book!