Monday, September 15, 2008

Blog Blahs.

Life has seriously licked our collective asses here at XRK, making it difficult for either of us to blog with any regularity. Ann is experiencing computer issues, and I have been experiencing life issues that are keeping me busy. I have been knitting, though, and I have several FOs to share. I am hoping to get those out of the way over the next few posts, and hopefully, those posts will be a bit more frequent.

The blog is experiencing some growing pains, frankly. Mo gave some serious consideration to dropping out completely, but now is thinking of coming back. Ann and I continue to be busy with the kids, even though they are all in school again. With flickr accounts and Ravelry, I'm feeling less like blogging about my knitting, as it feels redundant and time consuming. I think many knit bloggers have been experiencing similar malaise about their blogs, and that's just where the XRK knitters seem to be at this point. There may be some changes: we've considered a platform move. I've considered writing more about life when knitting just isn't doing it for me. For now, dear readers, all of you that remain, we ask that you stick with us through this period, and when we have something to report, we'll let you know.

In the meantime, here's a long-finished, FO, about which I have little to say. Now, if you happen to be expecting a baby and happen to be married to my brother-in-law and live in San Diego and want to be surprised about your baby gift, read no further. Everyone else, carry on:

Rav details here.

It's a February Baby Sweater, knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I knit it with fingering weight because I wanted it to roughly fit a newborn. My new niece will be born in November, and for the first few months of her life, it will be chilly in her hometown of San Diego. The gauge was not all that off, as I used US4 needles, but it should not overwhelm her little newborn body. I had to add the booties and the hat because they are so stinkin' cute, and I had the yarn.

I have two more sweaters to share, plus a cowl and hopefully a finished pair of socks to share in the near future. If I ever get around to blogging again.


Anonymous said...

I love your blog...whether you're writing about knitting or life. Don't go!

nova said...

I think a lot of people are there right now, like you said. my only excuse is that I am pregnant and tired and can't seem to work up the energy for the effort of blogging half the time, but I am trying. I do enjoy the "journal" aspect of it. I hope the blahs are chased away but something happy soon!

Christie said...

We all go through it. Life,'s all you and that's what we're most interested in!

Sarah said...

What an adorable set! Your niece-to-be is going to be one stylish infant.

I think we all go through periods of the blogging malaise. It happens to me from time to time, but every time it passes eventually.

LaurieM said...

Ravelry is an awesome database, but I miss blogs for that life reference. It's the context of the knitting.

I find it harder to make connections with people through Ravelry.

Baby sweater is adorable. Lucky babies these days to have their garments made from such great sock yarns!

Anonymous said...

I hope you all don't stop blogging! I enjoy it much more than flickr and ravelry (both are awesome sites but they don't feel the same to me!) that is a lovely set!

Anonymous said...

we patiently await the next posting...whether it be knitting, kids, life, or miscellaneous ramblings.

Theresa said...

The blogging doldrums are going around - hope you guys recover at some point (as, er, I intend to as well). That's perfect for San Diego - it does get chilly in the winter!

lookinout said...

I hope you stay. I don't follow Ravelry at all, so I only see the blog. Stay well.

diana said...

I hear ya about Ravelry, though as Lauriem said, it's more a database than a journal. I definitely took a hit when it first appeared, but I'm trying to get back to blogging now.

That said, blogging's supposed to be fun so post when you feel like it - we'll always be tuning in!!

Anonymous said...

The time spent on the computer tripled when Ravelry showed up. It's fantastic but somehow I had to cut back.

It doesn't have to be a knitting blog. There's lots of life to you ladies, besides the yarn.

When you want to blog, blog. I'll be here to read it.