No wonder I so often get behind on reading blogs. I keep finding new ones to add to my Bloglines list. Lately I've explored many of the links from one blog to the next and on to the next. I've ended up in some interesting places.
I try to stay with just knitting-themed blogs, but even that seems to get away from me sometimes. This week I spent some time reading back through a blog called Posie Gets Cozy who's author knits very little. Actually, today when she planned to start a cabled sweater and said it would be a first sweater, the post made for the first knitting content I've seen there.
Alicia does craft, in fact has just finished the final draft of a crafting book, but she does more sewing-based stuff. I don't sew much or well. She cooks a lot, too, when not up against deadlines. Many of her meals or food ideas wouldn't work for me due to my milk allergy and habit of not eating red meat.
So why am I there? Well, there's a feeling at crafting/cooking/gardening/making things and your life blogs that feels familiar and comfotable to me. And I like her writing style, though she gets more 'mushy' about things than I do - things like Clover the corgi puppy. The site needs a Cute Overload warning label right now.
And then I had to go back to find out what happened to Audrey, the recently previous corgi. And I got mushy. So, now I'm stuck on yet another blog and my sweater is not done. Blog reading slows my knitting way down.
At the other end of the blog spectrum, TECHknitting has resumed posting. Yes, I found an entire blog of knitting geek heaven - nothing but knitting techniques. A blog of well-written and illustrated posts on techniques.
The most recent post (September 28, 2007 - the posts don't have a permalink) covered a new method for left-leaning decreases that better matches a partnered right-leaning decrease. The one before (September 24, 2007) explained why the left-leaning decrease turns out so wonky as usually done.
I tried this new decrease on my sweater yesterday. How could I resist something called 'Sip Yank Twist Knit.' That sounds so much like making a left-leaning decrease feels when I do one.
What she's done is to take up the slack that gets inot the top stitch and transfer it to the stitch that will end up hidden on the back of the decrease. Then she twists that stitch to keep it there.
The top photo shows my first execution of this technique. My previous over-sized SSK stitch shows in the second, I hope.
Oh, and if you really want to challenge your mind, That Laurie's guest posts during the Yarn Harlot's push to a book deadline will do it. Laurie discusses various facets of top-down yoked sweaters, including some to use a limited amount of hand-spun yarn in the yoke. Unfortunately, That Laurie doesn't have her own blog.
Or fortunately - I do not need another blog to read.