What I already knew
I already knew that the creative act is not in the purchasing of supplies, it's in what I make with them and the activities involving the tools I have. Obviously I'm not reluctant to show my readers what I buy. I share because I love it when other knitters share in their blogs and on their Flickrs. It inspires me.
To expand on my earlier entry regarding limits -- while limits are a good thing for me, I don't believe ascetism is my answer -- something closer to simple living is my ultimate goal. I've shared all that because I just wanted to go on record that I'm not on a yarn diet and I'm not knitting ONLY from my modest stash. I'll be buying yarn and I'll be letting you know what I buy -- and if you stick around, you'll see me either knit something with it or release it another way. I'm not good at seeing what I need to work on unless I first get rid of the obstacles. In this knitter's life, my obstacles are the skeins of yarn I'll never use. I'll first remove those from the stash and prepare to release them somehow. I'll organize and take a harder look at the rest my stash (more so than I just did this past weekend) and decide whether I'll have the time or desire to complete the yarn's intended project. If not, those items will be de-stashed through my Flickr (first) or my blog -- either for sale, for trade or an outright gift to the first person who expresses an interest.
I also have a milestone coming up in my comments. I'm at 986 comments since beginning this particular blog in September 2005. The 1000th commenter will receive enough NORO Kureyon to knit a Booga Bag. As a consolation prize, I'll also give away one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock to one lucky person commenting on this entry even if I don't reach the 1000th commenter here. Do you feel lucky?
The Schaefer Anne from the previous entry has been wound and I tried out a few different types of stitch patterns and ideas before I decided to knit a plain sock. In the photo, you'll also see two of my favorite tools for sock knitting -- my small bent-tip tapestry needles (which you can't REALLY see them because they're in their orange Chibi holder - a set of 3); they're small enough to graft tiny stitches on lace- or fingering-weight yarns. For the inevitable dropped stitches, I keep the Addi crochet hook (3mm) nearby (Yarn Market has some great info and photos here regarding the Addi crochet hooks). I'll share photos of my knitting notebook next week since a few of you have asked to see it.
Thanks so much for the get well wishes. I have a lingering cough, but I'm recovering.