02 July 2013

New layout

What do you think of this layout? I was having issues blogging from my phone, where all my great photos come from (well, the best camera is the one you have with you, right?). So, I thought I'd see what could be done, and this more interactive "magazine" layout seemed interesting. It is a work in progress, so please be sure to let me know if it doesn't work (or work for you).

The pattern list in the sidebar has been moved to its own page, which you can reach from the top bar or here. Other pages will find their way up there, too, as I get to them (there is nothing that inspires procrastination like the need for an "about" page).

I'm in a sort of fallow period, knitting-wise. I had been working on a lacy cardigan, but had to ... frog. the. whole. thing. ugh! Sometimes, unfortunately, my ideas aren't spot-on, and I couldn't tell with this one until I tried it on. So, that lovely pile of tosh pashmina is in timeout for a while. And the weather has, um, gotten disgusting! Which means all my sweater ideas have to go take a nap until I can bear the thought of being near them. I have some designs in the testing stage, as I mentioned not too long ago, so there is stuff in train. Then there is the stuff for Jane Austen Knits, but that's not until November. And there is one that is all ready but for purty photos, and there is no way I am putting on a long-sleeved Shetland wool sweater at the moment. I really don't want a heat stroke.

So, I'm trying to figure out what to knit next. There are some laceweight ideas rolling around in my head, and I had been planning to start a shawl, since we were supposed to head to the Midwest tomorrow to spend some time with my family, but we have canceled the trip. My mom suffers from clinical depression, and right now she is really suffering. It's hard to be far away and feel like I should be able to help in some way, but it seems like right now I wouldn't be able to do much if I were there (and I have responsibilities here). So, I'm spending a lot of time on the phone trying to be as empathetic (and sympathetic) as I can. And now I need to find some knitting, which has been balm for my soul for many years. Hug your loved ones and knit something :)

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