Thursday, July 1, 2021

Hi There!

Hello Blog!!

I know, I know...where in the world have I been? I popped in mid-summer last year after being MIA for 2 years, said I was going to post a whole lot more, dropped 5 posts, and then I disappeared. Again. You'd think being in the middle of a pandemic and forced to stay home that I would definitely have the time to not only knit and craft a ton, but to blog it up. Yeah, no. That wasn't the case with me. I did, however, knit a bunch of shortie socks, sewn up a quilt top, and made several attempts/fails at sewing a top that I absolutely adore (but for some reason I just couldn't make it work out for me). Oh, and I also made a crap-ton of face masks. Otherwise, I had fallen into a pandemic depression that made me have no interest in knitting, sewing, or anything remotely crafty.

Luckily, when I thought life was going nowhere, I was finally recalled back to work a few weeks before Christmas (it was seriously a Christmas miracle!!), which reduced my depression significantly. I eventually picked up my knitting needles again. I knitted a few rounds here and there on a sock I had started in the summer and had even casted on a beautiful wrap. I was even motivated enough to want to knit a sweater! I didn't go far with that motivation because, well, after not working or doing much for almost 9 months, my return to work meant I was physically exhausted at the end of each work day and spent my evenings trying to stay awake (and failed miserably).

Then, just as I was getting used to my new, modified work schedule, I had a wonderful opportunity to change career paths. So I took it. The past 4.5 months have been been a whirlwind of intense training, new routines, new directions, and a whole lot of growth (for me and the family!). And guess what? There was also a lot of crafting taking place during this time.

I never realized just how taxing my previous job was on my body until a few weeks into the new job when I noticed that my joints and especially my hands, were no longer achy and in some form of constant pain. I was able to knit more (which I did) and for longer (which I did), and was actually able to finish a bunch of WIPs. Not wanting to aggravate my hand pain, I decided to try my hand at punch needle and dabbled around a fair bit with my Cricut Maker. The results: I decorated some mugs (like the Bob's Burgers Linda mug above) and Christmas ornaments, and am now quite preoccupied with punch needle crafting.

I am still quite the beginner at punch needle and haven't "made" anything proper yet. By that I mean I haven't made anything with an actual purpose in mind, like a trivet or a wall hanging, other than stitch samplers. The above photo is my first attempt at the craft. I was playing around with different stitches and just getting used to the tool and the motions of punch needling (if that's even how you phrase it). Who knew it would be so therapeutic to stab a piece of fabric over and over again?

I had spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do with the punch needle pieces, in an attempt to be more mindful of what I bring into the house and of the waste I produce. I didn't want to end up with a stack of pieces that were just going to collect dust and add to the clutter. I have a few ideas of what I want create in the future that would be useful around the house, like a little rug for my side of the bed, but I guess in the meantime I should just enjoy the process, the art of creating, and not stress myself.

Speaking of stress, I can't remember the last time I joined a knit-along but with my hands doing so much better, I decided to jump on board with my friend Chantel's MudpunchKAL2021. It's 2 months of knitting whatever you want, as long as you use a Mudpunch yarn, and with no pressure of having to finish the knit. But who am I kidding, I'm definitely going to put pressure on myself to cross the finish line with a finished project. After all, I'm going to be knitting plain vanilla socks and I've got 2 months to do it.

I can totally do it.

What are you up to this summer? Hopefully, I'll still be crafting AND blogging!

♥ Happy Crafting! ♥

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