My first summer knitting project is complete, thanks to a head start in April and fantastic chunky cotton yarn. The Organic Sprout Tank is a quick and relatively easy top to knit given its simple design design and thick (yet, lightweight) yarn. I found the pattern in Knitting Green by Ann Budd and instantly fell in love with it’s natural aesthetic. Plus, any project with no sleeves is very appealing for someone who lives in a desert!
In only three weeks, I had a super cute tank top that goes great with both jeans and shorts!
Minty green goodness!
While the pattern is beautiful, I did run into a few problems during the process. First, the diagonal ribs are a bit of a pain to maintain once the front and back are split. The pattern does not clearly explain how to continue the pattern in the midst of constant stitch decreases and increases. Let’s just say I kept my crochet hook handy so I could reverse stitches in previous rows. Second, the bottom edge of the tank top would not stop rolling. However, I solved the problem by adding a crochet chain through the bottom cast on edge. I learned that little trick when making my Derry Raglan sweater and it worked like a charm. No more rolled edge and the crochet chain actually creates a very nice finished edge.
The yarn is Classic Elite Sprout in Mint. This is seriously among my favorite yarns. The strand is super soft and uneven to create a unique texture. Despite being “super chunky” it is lightweight and breathes easily. I love it so much, I’m going to use the left overs to make a little blanket for my dog. It’s perfect yarn for a little dog that loves to snuggle!
Up next, I’m getting ready to cast on my next project: Box Pleat Scoopneck. I went nuts for this pattern the first time I saw it and I can’t wait to get started!
In the thick, it’s hard to see.
Arms outstretched, even harder to reach. The web is cast, setting the trap. Weary travelers feel the wrath. Brittle bars cage a whittled spine.
Dying bones can’t escape what binds. The air is heavy, full of unanswered prayers.
They sky hangs low, desperate to hear. Barren twigs defy spring’s touch.
Gray and dry, crumble to dust. Between black and gray, light exists. Specks of gold slip through the cracks.
My blog has looked exactly the same for three years. When I first set the theme, I loved the color, simplicity, and atmosphere. In many ways, I still love my blog’s theme, but I’m also starting to feel the itch for something new. As my writing and creative pursuits grow and evolve, it seems only fitting that my blog reflects the changes of both myself and my muse.
The problem is I can’t decide what kind of changes I want to make. Do I want something sleek and modern? Or colorful? Or minimalist? The possibilities are endless and its hard to pinpoint a style that is both progressive and reflective of my creative interests. All I know is I like color (subtle, not bold), horizontal headers, and a simple layout.
It’s tempting to go with what I traditionally prefer, but I’m also considering a massive departure from the norm. I spend so much time on my blog, I’m curious to see how a drastic change might shake up my muse. Perhaps, my muse will be inspired to try new and exciting avenues of artistic creation.
While a foray into something new could open up new doors, there is something to be said staying true to myself. I don’t want to wander too far away from who I am or how I want to express myself. The last thing I want to be is fake blogger who represents one thing but thinks another. This blog has always been and always will be about following my muse.
Am I over thinking this? Probably. It’s as simple as picking a theme and clicking a button, right? Wrong! If I choose a theme that is too different from my current layout, I’ll have to go back and re-format over 600 posts. I may even have to reconfigure my footers, widgets, and menus. Nothing about that sounds fun!
Despite my misgivings about having to re-format, I am well aware that my blog is starting to look outdated. Pretty soon, it’s going to occupy the same shelf as cell phones with buttons and heavy laptops. No one wants to visit a blog that looks like a relic from the past (unless it’s a history blog!), nor do they want to spend time navigating a site with an archaic set-up.
As I contemplate the prospect of change, I’m reminded that things always do and must change. The last thing I want is for my muse to stagnate in a vortex of “sameness,” so I better get busy and start making some big decisions. If my blog looks a little strange over the next couple of weeks, chalk it up to experimentation on my part. I hope you’ll stick around for the remodel!
Here are some of themes I’m considering at the moment: