Ten years ago I was passionate about knitting socks and really had no interest in knitting anything else. After spending two years reading the blogs of others who shared their knitting passions on-line I created my own blog as a place to journal as well. I had recently discovered two groups online that were devoted exclusively to knitting socks together and I promptly joined them.
The first group was knitting from Knitting on the Road, by Nancy Bush. These 18 sock patterns were fun, easy, and portable–making the book great for obsessive knitters on the move as we all were. I was excited to find a group of ladies with the goal of knitting a selected sock from this book six times a year. Being a relatively new sock knitter, I welcomed the sage advice of these other knitters. The second group was called Sock Knitters Anonymous and they picked a designer and knit a select sock together each month. I was turning out socks at a rapid pace and this newly created blog was a place to post pictures of my finished socks so other members in those groups could see them. It was a tight knit (pardon the pun) community of knitters who enjoyed reading each others blogs and learning from one another. Some of us still remain in touch with one another.
Blogging was a relatively new thing ten years ago and I really only read blogs about knitting which helped me develop my skill as a knitter. Many of those early bloggers went on to write books and become known in the world of knitters. As time moved along I wrote about other things in my life but my primary focus was still to just promote a love of knitting and learni to do it well.
One by one all my old knitting buddies have shut down their blogs and moved on. Ravelry came along in 2007 and took the knitting world by storm. It is an online community for knitters, crocheters and other fiber fans. I love it. It is a social networking site where you can share information about patterns and yarn and chat on forums but what I love most is that it is a place for me to keep a record on my stash, my needle collections and my projects with details and photos about that project. I can stay a little more organized and I can connect with other people who love to knit. It is my absolute favorite place to be sucked into a time black hole and a place where I get lots of ideas. If you are a knitter, crocheter, spinner or weaver then it is a must-join site for you!
So really, I’m not sure what the focus of this blog should be going forward. It seems like now is the time to re-define those original objectives all over again and perhaps take it into a new direction. More hiking and scenery? More photography adventures? Knitting tips? Sharing what I’ve learned through the TKGA Master Knitting Courses? Spinning? Who knows?