Holy comments Batman! What an interesting discussion. I wanted to do a little content analysis to sum it all up (I'm currently in content analysis mode at work, so it seemed natural) but I just didn't have the time. I assure you I read and considered every comment and while I didn't respond to all of you, I did pop over and visit a few new blogs and I gained a solid understanding of people's take on blogging and blog commenting.
As I said before I love the interactivity blogging creates, and your thoughtful comments just went to prove my point. Thanks!
My personal life has been a bit topsy turvey lately which means that I've been really busy with work. I'm starting a 4th employment contract this Monday which just adds to the pile of stuff I need to do for pay. My teaching is winding down by the end of April and the Post-Doc is in the final stages, but I need to take what I can find when I find it so right now blogging, knitting and socializing may be on the low side for a bit. I did have a small triumph--my first, first-authored academic article was published on Wednesday. I have some more in the peer-review tubes but this is the first and I'm really happy about it.
Now to knitting. My parents have been visiting and my extra-super-Mom has been taking very good care of us. Laundry is done, meals are cooked, house is clean--which leaves lots of time for knitting.
Uncle Ken's second sock is coming along nicely:
I fear I'll run out of yarn. I even dug out my scale and it says I'll have just enough. The heels on these socks may not match, but I can live with that in the interest of not having to rip back. Next time I'm knitting toe-up socks (I usually do, so this is adding to the fear).
Pimlico is also cooking along. It's a beautiful garment but rather boring. A 32" rectangle is not exciting. I'm at 13" so it's getting less fun by the minute. It would be perfect for this time of year, so I need to get cracking.
Bohus, Collette and Colourwork Classic are marinating. I haven't got the mental energy to knit these (and with a house full of people it just isn't wise) but I'm thinking fondly of them.
Instead of just getting to knitting business, I started something else using Noro Iro that my super fabulous virtual pal Ann sent me. I love Iro and decided being wrapped in Sherbie--a nice knit jacket--would be the perfect thing. This one would be perfect for cool Spring mornings and I might even finish it before the weather is warm. The back is done:
It needs serious blocking to spread the ribs and get the 23.24" chest measurement. I'm blocking this part first to see if I'm knitting the correct size. I made myself do the XS because the small seemed a bit big, but I also don't want a body hugging chunky sweater.
I'm also planning a few summer knits. I don't do tanks because it's too hot to wear them in the height of summer and I never really wore the ones I've knit in the past. But I could use some cardigans. They're good for cooler mornings and a/c crazy offices and they can add a little something to a tee-shirt to make me look "professional" (as opposed to the schlumpy academic look that I tend to fall into). Right now I have a few things catching my attention:
Dune from Rowan 33. I've had the yarn stashed for this since it came out. I think it's time to continue my plan to knit from the stash.
I'm really liking Rowan 41 too. Particularly Maris and Spice (I know, not a cardigan, but it's Calmer in bold colours.
Right now the plan (ha!) is to finish something, anything that I have on the go now and then start Dune. Let's see how much resolve I have.