2012 Project: Sky Scarf

I learned to knit a few years ago and loved it, but between work, writing and life I hardly ever have any time to do it. So I’ve decided to ease back into knitting with a 365 knitting project. Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds, but this is project that should be fairly easy for me to keep up with.

Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs developed this conceptual knitting project that allows you to record a year’s worth of skies in a scarf. Each day I’ll check the sky and then knit one row across (and one back) that reflects the colors I see. Bright blue strands for bright blue days, light blue for light blue days, white and light grey for their respective cloud colors and dark grey for dark and rainy days. Lea uses two two strands of lace-weight yarn for each day, so a partly cloudy day would be a blue and a white together in one row. At the end of the year I’ll have knitted a five-foot-long scarf. Knowing Seattle weather, I expect a scarf with a lot of grey at the ends and blue in the middle, but the weather may surprise me.

I picked up most of my yarn for the project at my local yarn store, Seattle Yarn, but I had to order the dark grey online. While I wait for it to arrive I’m tracking my sky colors. I’ll post pics once I have a bit of it knit.

For more information on the sky scarf and a copy of the pattern, visit Leafcutter Designs. I found out about the idea from this post on Whipup.net.

Hello 2012, or What I Was Up To In 2011

Hello, internet, I’ve missed you.

Last winter I started off the year with the belief that I was going to blog regularly.  I thought that if I expanded my blog topics to include, well, everything, that I’d never run out of things to blog about.  What I didn’t realize was that it wasn’t a shortage of topics that was keeping me from blogging – it was a shortage of time and desire to blog.  That said, I’ve really missed having a place to talk about all the new and great things that have been going on in my life.  So, without further ado…

In 2011, I:

  • Turned 35 years old
  • Finished first drafts on not one but two(!) novels
  • Bought a house with my husband – our first!
  • Moved to West Seattle
  • Went to my first (and second) writing conference
  • Went on my first writing retreat

So it was a pretty big year of firsts for me.  Most of my summer and fall were spent house shopping and making the new house a home.  Now we’re all moved in and I’m thrilled we won’t have to move again if we don’t want to.  I love the new house!  It’s little but it’s really cute and is perfect for us.

I have named 2012 as “The Year of Making Things Happen.”  One of the things I hope to make happen this year is this blog.  Another is my photography – I’ve got a lot of unprocessed photos that I’ve started to clean up, so look for those in my flickr feed soon.  I’ve also been doing a lot of cooking and baking, so I’ll be posting recipes and such here also.  As for the rest of my time, I’ve got two novels to revise and prepare for submissions to agents, so it’s going to be a busy year for me.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.