Grateful 8

Y’all. It’s been a year. Actually, it’s been 8 years. Which… I can hardly wrap my head around.

Last year, I was shocked to have made it 7 years, and surprised I’d kept up the blog and pattern writing with a kid in tow.

Well… HA! Now I’ve got two kids and have managed to keep everything going during a pandemic. Which is, frankly, deeply shocking.

(Apologies for the terrible photoshop… I usually make myself a “birthday candle” for anniversary posts, but I’m in the process of moving all my stuff to the basement (the baby has taken over my office), and I have no idea where the supplies for this are. Let’s just say, my papercraft skills are far superior to my digital art skills.)


Pros of being a knitter during a year(s) long pandemic:

  1. Easy to keep busy.
  2. You can’t have an existential crisis and learn German Short Rows at the same time.
  3. A great excuse to use up your stash.
  4. Plenty of time to burn through your audiobook/Netflix cues.
  5. Knitting really lends itself to the whole “Preparing for the end of the world” vibe. (Might I add, I also took up vegetable gardening and making my own jam this year.)

Cons of being a knitter during a pandemic:

  1. Knitting seems like the only way to keep busy.
  2. It’s freaking hard to stay creative while also trying not to let the dread creep in.
  3. I’ve managed to use up almost all the “good” yarn in my stash, and I haven’t been in a real LYS since March.
  4. I’m basically through all the shows and books I wanted to read (Seriously… any recommendations?)
  5. You know… just being in a pandemic isn’t great.

Anyway. It’s been a hell of a year. I’m glad I’m still knitting. I’m glad I’m still blogging. And, I’m glad I’m still writing patterns (albeit less frequently). It’s nice having at least one small thing that’s been “normal” this year.

Keep on knitting on.

3 thoughts on “Grateful 8

  1. aletheia6012

    Congratulations on the baby and on 8 years!
    Shows: RWBY (online), The Great British Bakeoff, NCIS
    Movies: How to Train Your Dragon, Big Hero 6, Up, Mom’s Night Out (a comedy from 2014)
    Books: the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth and sequels by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, Harry Potter, the Emily series by L.M. Montgomery (same person who wrote Anne of Green Gables)
    For other book suggestions: check out the archives of book reviews on I wouldn’t read every book she suggests, but there are quite a few that have piqued my interest and some I have read.
    Blogs:,,,, (these are all knitting blogs)

  2. sticksnpins

    Congratulations to you on all your successes of the past year and the past 8 years!! I enjoy your blog and look forward to finding the new post announcements in my inbox. ❤


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