Back in the saddle

Oh my, it has been awhile. I could make a bunch of excuses about being terribly busy over the last couple of months, and while that's not a lie, it's not really the reason I've been so neglectful. The truth is I've been in a slump. A big one. It happens sometimes (to all of us, I guess), but thankfully it's over now. Or at least I've had enough of it so I will say it's over and get back on track. While annoying, the slump was not without some high points. For one, I went on a little holiday with my guy H to visit his family in Húsavík, in the north of Iceland. It was cold and rainy for most of the trip, but we had a wonderful time all the same. And his mom taught me how to knit - I have to keep practising so my skills catch up with the ideas starting to percolate!

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neck warmer

Another high point was my first ever blog feature! Tracy of Summer Smack featured one of my trivets on her lovely blog back in June. I meant to share this way back then, but better late than never I guess. See the post here. Thanks Tracey!

*Update: the neck warmer above was done without a pattern, but is really easy to do and perfect for a beginner - it's just a tube, knitted on circular needles (4mm I think). The yarn is called Smart Superwash from Sandnesgarn (link is in Norwegian) and is a nice, soft 100% wool. I cast on about 100 stitches for the width I wanted, and to get the stripes, I used the Random Stripe Generator and kind of went from there. So simple and endless possibilities!