Dramatic Lyric

A Soprano's view of life, music, and handcrafts


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One month later…

I’ve been Bullet Journaling for about a month now, and I love it! I find that it is a great tool to help me keep organized.

I use my daily log a lot to list to-do’s, to remind myself of where I am on knitting projects, to mark scheduled events, and even to diary.

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My monthly log is a good place to record plans I make for later in the month (but I sometimes forget to check it). It also gives me a place to list tasks that I want to do, but that don’t have a due-date. I decided to put coloured tabs on my monthly spreads so I could find them more easily.

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I even made a project page for my current sock project!

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I love how easily the Bullet Journal system can be adapted to any lifestyle.


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Dear Second Sock,

I understand if you want to harbor animosity toward me because you are not an original. The thing is, I had 2 skeins of the same yarn, and your brother had the luck of the draw. I guess that kind of sucks for you. But is that any reason to take it out on me? I am trying my hardest to knit you and make you beautiful and functional, and if you were for me I would totally knit you in a different pattern than your twin. But you are not for me, and the person I am knitting you for would really like for you and your brother to match. So can you please stop dragging your feet and just knit up faster? I want to start a sweater. It’s the colour of Conch shells and beautifully soft.

Thanks. I knew you would understand.


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One

I have one sock done. It’s a pity that one sock is only one-half of a pair.

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather
Pattern: Petty Harbor by Rayna Curtis

This yarn is amazing. I love feeling my knitting and showing it off to other people. They are always impressed by how soft it is! The pattern is easy to memorize and shows progress well. I always get off track on a project when I can’t see progress. The pattern is worked over 4 (fairly obvious) rows so I can keep the knitting blues away.


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Just Knitting

Many people think that when I am knitting I’m just sitting quietly, indulging my particular hobby. What they don’t know is how much time and effort and science and math goes into everything I make.

Every material is different and reacts differently with its surroundings. Wool is warm and springy, and you can choose between hand-washable and machine-washable. Silk is luscious and strong. Cotton keeps you cool, but can also be a workhorse in dishcloths. Linen stands the test of time.

And it’s not just the materials that make up the yarn, but the structure of the yarn itself. Yarn can be thick or thin, tightly spun or roving or somewhere in between. Also, colours!

Now we come to the tools we use to work with yarn: straight needles or circular or double point. Round, square, hexagonal. Wood, glass, metal, bamboo. Each works differently with yarn and will yield a different end product.

Not to mention the skill involved. When you spend a significant part of your life practicing one particular activity you are bound to become an expert at some point. Some knitters choose to be an expert on lace, or cables, or stranded knitting. Some are really good at socks or dishcloths or pom-poms.

And let’s talk about socks for a second: socks are a marvel of ingenuity. They fit a foot! Have you ever looked at feet? They are the oddest shaped things. What about gloves? They have these towers rising up from a central section. And sweaters keep you warm while allowing you freedom of movement.

See, what people don’t understand is that people who write knitting patterns are architects. They are super smart and talented and the world does not give them enough credit.

So when I’m sitting in the corner working on my sock I’m not just knitting. I’m building yarn buildings!

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