Hello yarn! Hello knitting needles! Hello patterns! Hello everything knitting. I missed you so much. I've been busy. I've been working at my job as a teacher. Then I decided that I wanted to see what it would be like to work in the health field so I took a phlebotomy/EKG course. I am now a certified phlebotomist. I am waiting to see if I will also be a certified EKG technician. The results should arrive any day now. While I was studying for my exams, I would think about knitting and get such a feeling of joy. When I needed a break I would look at the patterns on Ravelry and save patterns in my library. I have tons of patterns in my library and the fact that I would eventually have time to knit any one I want when my exams were over. Well, that time has arrived. THE HIPKNITTA IS BACK WITH A VENGENCE!
It took me a few days to get back into the groove once my school year ended. I was surprised that I did not grab my knitting and start right away. I had to decompress and get into the zone. Yesterday, I got into the zone. I started an afghan but I needed some clarification on the directions. The friend who also made it left for Italy yesterday. Then I frogged the Catkin that I started years ago. I bought Periwinkle Sheep yarn in a tonal blue and a brown color. I couldn't stand the Catkin so I decided to repurpose the fiber. I bought a book, Free Spirit Shawls by Lisa Shroyer. I found one pattern, Basilica, which I started this morning. I realized that there wasn't enough contrast between the two colors. So I ripped that out and started Helsinki. The pattern works well with these two colors. So I sat on the couch, this first official day of my vacation, and knitted until I had to walk Shadow. I am so back. It feels great.