Ok. Important to me anyway. LOL Not really discoveries as much as they are realizations.
As I was doing a little knitting during my break at work, a simple stockinette stitch wrist warmer to cover my new tattoo on the job, I found myself grousing about how the colors of the skein make for a really crappy striped design. I thought of my first pair of socks and the fact that I hate them. Then I thought of my favorite pair of socks, I love them. I looked at my current little project. Mud. To me. A light started to flicker and I jumped up to log into my Ravelry account. AH-HA!!! That's it!
I hate stripes. I own nothing with stripes, none of my favorite projects on Ravelry have stripes. Holy crap, that must be why I couldn't commit to the yarn that my husband flippantly said, "you want it, get it." Never mind, that it was $50 a skein. It was yak. Yum. But the colorway I wanted was this really cool twisted skein of variegated browns. I LIKE THE WAY THE SKEINS look, but I don't like what happens when you knit with them! I'll still get some yak, but it will be a solid color, NOT striped.
When I got home I dug through my stash, yea, mostly solids or heathers. Great. The few skeins of stripes will be socks for gifts. LOL I am so happy that I've figured this out. But I'm left to wonder why it's taken this long and why on earth it wasn't obvious from the start. *shrug* Oh well, better late...
The other realization was that I have failed at my commitment to spend more time creating. I started out good, then the tired, overworked, graveyard shift worker blues took over. I need to focus more on creating and less on sleeping. haha
With that, I ordered another pair of Signature Arts straights and a set of 2.5US dpns. I'm so excited, I can hardly wait. I decided to save my nickels and buy a whole darn set of Signatures when I found my arthritis flaring when I had to switch over to a set of bamboos. Thankfully, I'm almost done with the section I needed to use the 6US bamboos and can get back to my 7US Signatures. A whole set is $310 but worth it save my hands. I figure I'll get the 14" set, then supplement with 10". When I first started knitting I thought the 14" were too long, but the more I knit the more I realize I'm cramming projects onto a set of needles too short. The 6US that I just ordered are 14" but you can never have too many needles, right?
Sock dpns only need to be 5" for me, but I use 4 needles instead of the 3 that a lot of folks use. I've used 4", 5", 6" and 7" to knit socks and the 5" are the most comfortable for me.
Well, there's my BiMonthly post. LOL ;-)