A Picture is worth...

Well, I have learned how to get the pictures out of the camera and onto the computer. I have also learned - with the help of a few kind souls who have emailed me - how to get them into the blog. The problem remains that we are still using a dial-up system at home and it took me 2 hours to practice with 1 picture yesterday.
BUT...in 1 day, 10 hours and a few minutes, I am hoping that we will join the rest of the world and have high-speed delivered to our house, and I will be able to do whatever I want (in cyber-space, anyway.)
Not having pictures to show yet has made me think about what it is in the knitting world that I really like to do the most. I'm often asked what I'm working on, and like so many of you, I always have a few things on the go. But unlike most people, the majority of these projects don't have patterns...for the following reasons:
-I often knit while doing other things and don't have the focus time to refer to a pattern.
-I know the pattern off by heart (as in the case of socks, or a scarf pattern that I've done many times.)
-I am working on something that a customer needs and it doesn't exist in the pattern world (not that I've found anyway.)
-But most often, it's because I'm doing what I like to do best: coming up with ideas for fast, fun and easy projects for customers to use with new yarns that we've received.

In the past couple of weeks, I did a summer shrug of Sirdar JUST BAMBOO that will be featured as the free pattern in June's newsletter. And last night, I finished a little shawl of that glorious JJ's handpainted mohair from Australia. Both of these will be pictured soon here on the blog, and will be up on display in the store.

All that to say that it's interesting to take a few minutes to analyse what we enjoy most and what we like to work on. I believe that there is very little in the knitting world that I couldn't accomplish (with a gun to my head...in the case of a really intricate lace pattern,) but most of what I knit could be done by anyone in their first year of knitting. There is no shame in simplicity. It's what you find enjoyable that is the most important.