I know, I know, I’m late to the party. An avid blog reader and a longtime writer, I have been contemplating my own blog for years. What finally tipped me over the edge was the tremendous response I received from an essay I wrote that appears in the Summer 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. Though I began my career as a writer with personal essays (way back in the 1990’s, long before blogs), I’ve been focused for years solely on straight legal affairs journalism. But the Interweave essay inexplicably poured out of me one afternoon. The next day, I spent a few minutes polishing it and sent it off to Interweave’s editor. Within a few days, she bought it. When the piece ran, I was touched and inspired by the dozens of e-mails I received from knitters around the country. So here I am…
You know when you watch re-runs of the very first episodes of your favorite TV shows and the characters, while still loveable, are sort of…cardboard-ish…not quite fully formed versions of what they later become? (Think Rebecca on “Cheers” — she was cold and stiff in her first episodes but eventually goofy and vulnerable sides of her emerged. Think Monica on “Friends” — at first, she was only controlling and uptight but later developed into a three-dimensional character.) That’s how I see this blog. I’ll be finding my way for at least the next several posts. The seeds of it are here now. But I’m eager to discover how we — you, as reader, me, as writer — evolve together.
Since this will be primarily — though not solely — a knitting blog, I will end this inaugural post with a link to photos of a recently completed project: my 63-square Learn-To-Knit Afghan. Based on Barbara Walker’s book, though heavily modified by me, this project — 8 months in the making — was a challenge and a joy. Though I learned few new knitting techniques, I learned a lot about myself. More on that later… I hope you’ll return.