She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. --Proverbs 31:13

12/31/2005

Knitting/Spinning Goals-2006

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the direction I would like to take my knitting and spinning in. The way I see it, I have two options. I can continue on the way I have been, dyeing wool in random patterns, spinning it up thick and chunky and knitting nice warm things from it. There�s nothing wrong with that and it is a lot of fun. I have managed to produce a lot of things that my children, friends and relatives have enjoyed and love doing things that way.

The fact of the matter is though, that fat chunky yarns are not where my heart lies. When I first got my spinning wheel, I thought I would use it to spin yarns I could use in Fair Isle work. Lace, Fair Isle and more traditional knitting has always been what I wanted to do. Then,when I started spinning. I was less than pleased with the fine yarns that I ended up with, because they were a little harsh and scratchy. I was overspinning them, because I hadn�t yet learned how to spin soft yarns with lower twist. I think now that I have learned how to do that, I can successfully go back to spinning thinner yarns with better results.

That leads me to thinking about what I would like to do in the next year, and I have come up with a list of goals, things to work towards.

1.Design a Fair Isle sock pattern
2. Blend rovings and spin them into the yarn to use in the socks.
3. Design an aran style sock and a yarn to use for it.
4. Submit both sock designs to the Tulsa state fair.

I think those are realistic goals, and probably not too ambitious.

I also need to work on developing some color sense. I have been running on instinct there, and I need to start reading some things on color theory.


Personally, I need to also find a good Bible study, and getting my heart back in the right place. I have some anger about the whole situation with Dad�s passing that I really need to get rid of, especially since I am not going to get any answers short of Heaven. I have decided I am going to be more open on this blog about my faith. I have kind of pussy footed around about it, because I didn�t want people to feel uncomfortable. The truth of the matter is though, it�s my blog. I shouldn�t be uncomfortable writing about the biggest part of my life on my blog. I have joined the Christian Knitters web ring, and I�m going to start talking about my walk with the Lord. I don�t feel like there is anything else I can do.  Posted by Picasa

3 comments:

Wool Winder said...

I have been thinking the same thing about speaking out more about God on my blog. I guess I don't do it now because I primarily intended it to be a knitting blog. I'm trying to decide just how I want to go about it. Looking forward to reading your blog in 2006!

Debbie said...

HI, The code for the Christian Knitter's ring needs to be placed somewhere in the sidebar area so that everyone can visit the next site.
Let me know when you have it fixed and I will approve your site.
Thanks,
Debbie

Shelley said...

Good for you for wanting to be more open about your faith with the Lord on your blog! Like you said, it is yours and you can do whatever you want with it. For those who would be offended or whatever, then they just don't have to read.

Hope you have a happy new year filled with lots of spinning and knitting!