Monday, September 29, 2008

I've been inspired

I took a break this summer from my knitting (not to mention a short break from reality) but I'm feeling much better now!

Sue started a mitered square project using left over bits of sock yarn and I just had to try it myself. I started playing around with the odds and ends of sock yarn that I had left over, I knew I would never have enough to make a throw of any size but I was having fun playing in the wool. Mom donated her left over sock yarn and it got a little more interesting. Sue and Emma donated some more bits and pieces and that's when it started becoming an addiction. Sadly, I didn't take a picture of the yarn that they contributed, but that doesn't mean that I didn't love every bit of it. This project wouldn't have gotten very far without it, thanks to both of you.

I mentioned this project to Julie who said that she had some leftovers that she could part with and she sent me this:

That is what's left after 15 pairs of socks PLUS a brand new skein of Spunky Ecclectic and a very nice card...just because. Thank you so much, Julie. I don't deserve you.

So anyhoo, this project has taken on a life of it's own. I can't seem to put it down. This picture was taken a few days ago, at that time I had completed 91 squares.

You can click on the pictures to get a better look. I love how all of the crazy colors and patterns look like they belong together, even though they don't. When you start a square you don't know how it's going to turn out until it's done and that's what makes this project so hard to put down.

I'm still thankful:
1. I'm thankful for all of the prayers and good thoughts and nice comments and emails I have received over that last several weeks.

2. I'm thankful for the last 14 years, regardless of the ending.

3. I'm thankful for leftover sock yarn to occupy my time.


Anonymous said...

1. I'm thankful to be lucky enough to be a part of your really cool blanket.
2. I'm thankful that you are able to see all that you have to be thankful for even when life throws you a nasty curve ball.
3. I'm thankful to have you as a friend :-)

Marianne said...

Sweet, Amy. Absolutely.
What a wonderal whack of left overs AND a whole skein of sock yarns from Julie, she is such an exceptional human being in my book. You already know I love your blankie in progress.
I'm thankful for you.

Hobbygåsa said...

Wow, that's a great blanket! I have seen some of these and I love them. Good to see you are back, at least for one post. And you are right, we all have so much to be thankful of, even if life takes a different path from what we want it to inbetween. I admire you for being able to see that in these days. Take care Amy!

ann I am said...

Your blankie is a major WoW!!! And, your attitude too.
{{hugs}} from me.

Linda said...

Glad to hear you again. Daily thoughts and prayers to you.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Glad to see you are back, and with a great blanket in the works. Thanks for stopping by my blog while it has been so boring lately.

Buck said...

Well, I can't relate to the knitting... except to say your work is beautiful (and ANY fool can see THAT!). But I DO relate to this sentiment:

I'm thankful for the last 14 years, regardless of the ending.

Yep. That's a healthy attitude, Amy. My ending in this space was bad, as well, but the 23 years that preceded it were great. I'll be forever thankful for that time.

Hang in there.

Becky G said...

Great looking start to the blanket. I'd seen the one on Shelly Kang's website and one day I'll do one as well.

Well, I only had 7 months, and didn't really even have that. One day, I'll have to post about it.

tracyb said...

I love your sock blanket! Glad to hear from you again!

Emma said...

Love the sock blanket. I am seriously considering knitting one of my own--you and Sue have talked it up so much, it's getting hard to resist.

rita said...

I'm glad you're back, and I'm glad you had something so beautiful to help you through this painful time.

I've got to make one of those blankets. I've been wanting to knit one for my husband, and this would be perfect. Except for the years it will take, and by that time we'll be living in Florida.

But he's always cold, and Florida's air-conditioned, so it'll still get some use.

And I see my pink-and-purple sock yarn up there--I love those socks and that yarn!

Pepper said...

I just saw one of these like 2 days ago on Ravelry for the very first time and I thought it was the coolest thing EVER! Yours is looking great! It almost inspires me to start knitting socks just so I can have leftovers to play with. :)

I'm glad you are back to the knitting and the blogging. I had a very difficult time with reality this summer too ans I wish I could erase the past 7 years of my life just to forget the bad ending. So, I really admire your attitude.

Can't wait to watch the blanket progress!

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic, Amy! Very inspiring. Would be a good group project for a fundraiser as well... looking forward to seeing it finished and displayed wherever you have plans for it!

Anonymous said...

I love it Amy! I am also working on a mitered blanket but its out of worsted. I haven't added squares to it in a while but seeing yours makes me want to go add a few right now. I can't wait to see it once it is finished.