new things, and news :D

I’ve started some new projects that involve trying new things. One of these new things is knitting. It’s not that I’ve never knitted before. On the contrary, in my teenage years I’ve knitted sweaters with colourwork and cables and lace patterns. But somewhere along the way I’ve put down knitting and spent all my time crocheting instead, and I’m surprised how much I’ve forgotten, how foreign knitting has become to me. It feels like I need to relearn everything from the start.

I was looking for a cardigan pattern and tried several crochet ones but ended up frogging all of them. I had been eying the Everybody Knows cardigan (so named because “everybody who can knit knows how to knit garter stitch”.) from Knitty for a few years now. I really like the simplicity and the shape of it, and when I think about making a new cardigan that’s the cardigan I want to wear, other crochet patterns just wouldn’t do.

So I started the project this week, it’s coming along slowly. Because I don’t usually knit I don’t have a collection of needles like I have with hooks. The needles I’m using were given to me by someone who no longer wanted them. I’m not even sure what size they are, but they seem to match (size, not colour) and work well with the Shetland Chunky I’m using. Actually, the different colour needles help me figure out the right side/wrong side. It just feels a lot slower than crocheting, but I’m determined to complete it, hopefully in time for early spring.

Another new thing I’ve started trying and learning is playing the ukulele. I bought a rather inexpensive (i.e. toy-grade) one yesterday with the help of my brother-in-law, who knows a lot about music (thanks Dan!). I didn’t want to invest too much in it because I’ve never been very musical and I don’t know whether I can keep it up, but I’d like to try anyway. Apparently kindergarten children learn ukulele at school nowadays, so if a 4 year-old can do it, I should be able to do it too! I found a useful tool to tune it last night, and tried to learn a few chords. I don’t have a very good sense of rhythm, so I’m having trouble with the strumming, but I hope to get better with practice.

And for the year of the rabbit I’m reading a new book, Watership Down by Richard Adams.

I’m still trying to get into the story, but it’s interesting so far. I love that it’s based on car ride stories — tales that the author has made up and improvised and told to his children during long or short car rides.

And finally, some good news! A sale came through my Etsy shop today! Hurray! I’ve had a couple of custom orders through friends since the shop opened, but this is the first order that actually came through the shop itself, from someone I don’t know! So I sent the Chinese Greens on their way today to their new home, along with lots of bubble wrap in case of a bumpy ride and an origami bird notecard for a sweet note that the Greens were asked to pass on.

Safe travels, my friends!

It’s a bit sad to see them go, but knowing that they can make someone else smile makes me happy.

The shop has been slow, and I have contemplated closing it down, actually. Honestly I haven’t really done a lot to promote it because, after all, I do enjoy sharing free patterns a lot more than trying to sell people things. But the first sale is a great encouragement, and I will continue to work on some ideas, and hopefully stock the shop with new things soon! :D

Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely day!

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