Knitting actually HAS been happening, I just haven't talked about it in ages. I guess I've definitely been in the mood to do rather than discuss. :) But I thought I ought to mention the Pine Street Inn Knit-A-Thon now that I've been knitting squares for the past several days...I kept hearing about the event, and thought it was such an exciting idea, but figured I didn't have enough time to get anything knit, because for some reason I thought it was taking place in late September. Luckily, I realized it's not until early November, and so I've got plenty of time to churn out some patchwork pieces! They are looking for 9"x9" squares that will be sewn together at the actual event to create quilts for the use of the guests who stay at the PSI. I have been really interested in that place ever since reading Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, so I am glad that I'll have a way to get involved with it now (even if it is just for a day).
Because I'm really uncomfortable with fundraising (I am just awful at it), I probably won't do any pledging, but let me direct you to Wendy's page if you are interested in making a donation & sponsoring her by the # of squares she knits! I think the concept is great...but I also do love that one can donate knitting by itself, without having to go the money route.
In any case, on to the knitting! I have a ton of yarn that Dan's grandmother gave to me a while back, most of which I can't use for anything of my own. I was thinking I'd pass it all along, but now I think I will hold onto it at least until the deadline for squares, and hopefully I can use up a good amount of it for a good cause! I'm also trying to learn several new stitch patterns while I work on these otherwise potentially boring squares. I've already completed 4 and part of a 5th:
See the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary there, underneath my blue & brown squares? :)
(And yes, those shoes in the background? They are this weird version of generic Crocs. I know, I know, I hate hate hate the ubiquitous things too, but I am pleased to no end that Bethany helped me find a pair that's not the usual awful shape & style. I needed a breathable closed-toe shoe that I could wear when I volunteer in the Women's Lunch Place kitchen (it's required by health code), so those were my best option for the summer. I apologize to anyone I've offended by owning them, haha.)
I'll post with more knitting soon -- I've been working on a sweater, a couple pairs of socks, a baby blanket, and I'm about to start a shawl/scarf. Fun! xoxo