Thursday, February 26, 2009

Knitters Are Good Bloggers Too

It's been a while since I've posted to my blog. My days have been pretty hectic lately; and even though I only work four days a week, I haven't actually spent a whole day at home in over a week. Life happens, right?

I even missed the Sunday Stash Report, but nothing was added or gained so it didn't seem so important to do one. I don't know if anyone besides me gives a hoot anyway. It amuses me to keep track of my stash, so I've continued doing it.

Life is never boring though, and I'm never, ever bored or idle. Within the last week I finished Master Damien's little socks, finished a dishcloth, and started another. Tonight is Knitting Night, and we are beginning a new project, a baby sweater. It's a month-long class, and I'm sure it will keep me busy for a month.

I've also made a little more than half the blocks for the ribbon border in the Star BOM quilt. It is a foundation pieced border, and I'll share the method I'm using to make these another day.

Now that I've discovered knitting, I spent quite a lot of time trying to hunt down some good knitting blogs. I started by clicking on "knitting" in the Interests category from my profile in Blogger, and I wasted several hours just trying to find a blog that was actually current. Many of these blogs were abandoned one or more years ago, and I concluded that only quilters are good bloggers. This morning however, I hit the jackpot when I found a site called Knitting Pattern Central. They offer piles of free knitting patterns, and I discovered that each of the links goes to some other site, many of which are blogs. You could surf the web for days by following the links, and I succeeded in finding some blogs I thought I'd enjoy.

The problem now, however, is that I already have 104 blogs listed in my Bloglines; and I can't even keep up with all of those, much less leave comments. I could conceivably double that number if I added knitting blogs, so I don't even know what I'm thinking. I know I'm not the only one who has so many blogs they like to follow, and I wonder all the time how much time other bloggers spend online blogging, and how they manage to get through reading all their favorite blogs everyday. An hour? Two? Half a day? All evening? I could easily spend all day on the computer, but gosh, do I really want to spend that much time doing it?

I've considered whether or not to set up a separate blog for my knitting. Do quilters mind reading knitting or other crafting content on a quilting blog? Would they rather read only quilting dialog? I even thought of a name for my new knitting blog. But what am I thinking? I'd like to post at least a few times a week on my quilting blog, and some weeks that doesn't get done either.

All good questions.

We had a big snowfall last week, about a foot. The pile of snow at the end of my driveway where the road and driveway have been plowed now nearly exceeds my height. It was a wet, heavy snow that clung to everything. Beautiful, but treacherous if you were driving. And any road surfaces or sidewalks that weren't completely cleared of snow the next day now have a layer of ice underneath packed snow.

Tomorrow we are expecting more precipitation, possibly in the form of rain. Since there's nowhere for the rain to go, it could be an interesting weather event.

7 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

I don't know about others but I enjoy seeing the knitting that quilters are doing. After all that is how I "met" Kaffe Fassett, through the beautiful colors in his knitting books long before he got into the patchwork scene. The only knitting I do now is dishcloths and prayer shawls so I have never shown it on my blog.

I'm sorry to hear you got so much more snow. Ours has melted and we are having thunderstorms today. The frost isn't out of the ground yet though.

I do my blog reading when I am too tired to sew, so I don't feel like I am wasting too much time then.

jovaliquilts said...

I don't mind quilting and other crafts together on one blog. If it's not something that interests me, I'll skim or skip that entry, but often I learn something and enjoy it. It can be a problem to keep up with reading, but I am trying not to let that bother me. I read when I can, and I have tried not to comment as much as that can take time -- but I do enjoy commenting, so I try not to be too rigid about it.

Margo said...

Hello stranger....days seem to go so fast...I took on another blog...with connecting threads ...do not know why I did it...but I love seeing new things..and true you can spend hours just reading and typing...your borders look good ...I am a little nervous about them...after I get #13 done I can tackle that...do not want another UFO...sent my strippy off to Caleb today and that was a good feeling...Oh and I love to see your knitting....makes the blog interesting with variation...

Barb D said...

Keep the knitting - I think it's interesting!!! Most quilters do other fiber crafts as well; but knitting seems to be the most popular!! As to how much time reading and trying to keep up - that is different for me everyday! Some days I have 40-50 emails - mostly from Quilt With Us - I just click on the latest, roam around the different groups to see new comments, check my page and out. My personal blog has been neglected somewhat lately - I'm trying to find a good balance - I'll let you know when I do!! LOL

Teresa said...

Hi Sue, I din't know how others do it but one blog is about all I can handle. I think it makes it more interesting reading to mix up your crafts. I spend way to much time on the computer as it is!! Love the little socks & your star quilt is looking great...

Beth said...

As everyone else is saying, post your knitting on the one blog with your quilting. You will have lots to post and that is what we like to see. I have several knitting blogs that I look at daily. Some post daily, some more irregularly. Yarn Harlot is the premier knitter/blogger/author. She is a must! WendyKnits, Grumperina, and Dances with Wool (Finland). I also like to read an Australian blog, randomknits, although there is another one with a very similar name. I like some international flavor!

Barb D said...

I forgot to mention - those itty bitty socks are adorable!! Will they fit me?