The Chevron blanket continues, somehow in between community meetings and op ed writing and kindergartin researching. 2015 is busy. For years I've been trying to use this platform to talk about knitting and how it can better your life and it can for a time, but then you have to move on to other things. Completely unexpectedly community activism has caught my heart. Pretty soon I'm going to be one of those people regularly attending city hall meetings, knitting in the back row.
Political Knitters. We need more of those these days.
Be careful what you wish for.
A few months ago I started a Facebook Group for renters in my town. There's a serious housing shortage where I live and there's nothing stopping landlords from raising rents as high or as often as they like. To my total surprise, people have been joining this group and turning up at our meetings! It's kind of a heavy thing, hearing the stories from these people, hearing of families having to sqeeze four people in a one bedroom unit and still not being able to afford the rents as they rise every year. The only thing we have to fight against it is a non-legally binding mediation board. When I started I thought I might be able to provide some emotional support to renters in crisis, now it's looking like we're starting a movement to organize the renters in our town to fight for increased renters rights. Sometimes the whole thing keeps me awake at night, knowing that I'm leading people somewhere to do something. It's a little overwhelming, but as our group gets stronger I feel more supported.
As such, it's surprising that I've been able to find any time to knit at all, but it's soothed me when I'm feeling at my most anxious.
The chevron blanket's worked out very well for me. The pattern was easy to memorize and I knit quickly to move on to each new color because I'm not sure how the color will look with the rest until I star knitting with it. I can't decide if this blanket is meant for my bedroom or if it's meant for somebody's baby on the way. I guess I won't know until I'm finished. Kind of like this renters group. In many ways I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing, but the growth of our membership, and seeing who appears and how they contribute shows me the next step to take. I won't know where this party leads until it's over.
There's only a few more hours left in the New Year and as is the fashion I'm trying to reset myself to have a fresh start. Lucky for me, I finished a few knitting projects in the last week and it's already has me looking forward and feeling accomplished. So I cast something on, forgetting even to take photos of the finished Textured Shawl (I'll get to it I promise). One thing ends, another thing begins. One year ends, another year begins.
I was looking for simple, graphically striking blankets to knit and came across this ridiculously simple gem: The Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot. It's a free pattern, it's nothing revolutionary. Just some striped chevron, but it will look great with the colors I'm using:
I've already made quite a good start on the blanket, cast on, knit about 8 rows. It makes me feel just that little bit more prepared for 2015.
I guess I wouldn't really be prepared if I didn't look back on 2014 and acknowledged that it happened. I'm going to remember 2014 as the year we moved in with Omama. It's the year that politically activated me and I started a renters organization to help renters get emotional and practical support. It's the year that I found my voice, which ended up being much stronger than I ever imagined. It's the year I had to learn more humility and how to surrender to my circumstances.
It feels like a solid beginning, a seed in fertile soil. Considering that a year ago, I felt so lost, like such a loser. We were being economically evicted from our apartment, my husband lost his job (again, and again). He was unemployed for most of this year. Here's to a steadier ride for 2015. :)
-KNIT LUCK (the way in which knitting helps or changes your life)
To my greatest surprise this week I have finished not one, but two knitting projects I've had on the needles this year. My husband's Christmas Socks were done just in time to put them in his stocking and yesterday I bound off the Textured Shawl. Two finished objects in one week? I'm nearly beside myself. I've been working on the textured shawl since October of 2013. I started the Christmas socks shortly thereafter. It's nice to have some knitting off the slate to make room for other projects. I still have the red fern cardigan on the needles. I just need to knit the other sleeve, but aside from that there's really nothing hanging around. Quelle surprise.
I'm going to cast on a new pair of socks for me :)
Maybe it's time to start another shawl too. Not sure which one or what yarn, but I'm eager to dive into the knitting book stash to find something fun to do with yarn I already have (such is the theme since having children). Lucky for me I have more yarn than I know what to do with.
I'm tempted to bust out my stash of Crystal Palace Yarns cotton chenille and make a cool blanket. Not sure how big, or what method. I was thinking of knitting individual blocks, or doing some intarsia knitting. I just know that I want it to be modern, colorful and full of texture.
It's kind of nice to end the year with some finished items to have a fresh start for 2015. Here's to a lot of knitting in 2015. Some of my goals for the blog include:
I hope we see more of you next year. Happy knitting!!!
These old school lowtop converse have an extra knitted layer to keep your feet warm this holiday season. It is truly the perfect gift for a knitter, especially the one who loves to wear handknitted socks.
Mom. Wife. Crafter. Succulent Gardener. Co-op Preschool Parent.
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