"3 weeks? really? I can't believe it's been that long since I last chatted to you/blogposted/cleaned the house..."
pretty much sums up my schedule at the moment!
I recently passed my Green Star test with derby, so am now ready to bout! We have our debut bout coming up August 28th, so training has had the intensity upped, to say the least. I put my training schedule into my calendar and lets just say other than my derby chicks, I won't be seeing many others! Lucky derby chicks are pretty awesome ;)
I will however, be making time to catch up with friends from near and far at the BENDIGO SHEEP AND WOOL SHOW!! This time next week we'll be traipsing around Bendigo Showgrounds.
Although it will be about the wool (always about the wool!), for me this year will also be about the people. I'm planning on meeting a few knitters I've "known" for years online, staying with a bunch of rowdies that I'm sure will lead me astray, and sharing it all with the wonderful women from my local knitting group. The Saturday is our usual meet-up day, so although we are all coming to Bendigo we think we might do our usual meet-up lunch up there, and I'm really looking forward to checking out the indie-dyers stalls the most, seeing what treasures I can pick up
and in a little aside, we recently had a bunch of VRDL skaters join us at training due to their training space being taken over by school holidays, and during cool down I heard a voice say "Are you Kylie?" Now, no-one at training calls me Kylie - it's Sadie all the way - so I'm thinking, who is this? Turns out it was Nell (perfectday on Rav) who has been a Rav friend for ages and long-time reader of this blog. Small world :) Lovely to meet you in person, Nell, and hope to skate again with you soon!
Finally, there has been knitting (phew, they say...about time!)
Lily has been patiently waiting for a new cardigan. patiently, like 3 years patiently, poor babe.
I cast on this for her a couple of weeks ago
It's the Garter Yoke cardigan from Knit 1. I saw a few projects popping up that used Noro or something similar on the yoke and thought it was a pretty effect, especially for a young girl. And I had Noro in my stash, which was even better!
I love the way the Noro looks in garter stitch, and thankfully there were none of the notorious Noro-knots to spoil the stripe sequence.
The body is Pear Tree 12ply and it's the third incarnation for this yarn. I just haven't been happy with the projects I've used it for - the last one was my Loppem. I just was never 100% happy with it; the hem was too swingy and the sleeves sat out at a weird, perky angle. On top of that, it was too short and boxy to be flattering on me.
It's too good a yarn to leave sitting in the cupboard as an unwearable, so one night I patiently ripped it all back. Thankfully the yarn has held up reasonably well, but I don't think I could do it another time. It's very "feltable" yarn, and I would fear it would turn to a matted mess should it have to endure knitting and frogging another time!
That also got me to thinking, though. How many other garments are sitting in cupboards, never worn because the sleeve is too long, or the neckline gapes? What do we do with them? Some of mine, the are great garments but just not really me? I loved knitting them, but not wearing them. Do I rip them out and re-use the yarn? (Can I be bothered?!) Do I give them away? What if I offer them and people feel obliged but don't really want them? or worse, say outright - no thanks?!
What do you all do with your unworn knits?