Well, we’ve finally come to the end of this line. After 583 posts and six years, I am officially shutting down Crafter by Night. This will be my last post.
It has been a lovely blog, and I have enjoyed writing it over the years. I have enjoyed all the crafting that went into it as well. It has been fun to tweak the settings, add and subtract pages, get caught up in ideas, and sometimes just sit down and write. I’ve enjoyed all the comments I’ve received over the years, and wish I could have “met” more of you online. The people I do know through this blog are some very nice folks indeed. I really never imagined when I started it that it would stick around for nearly six years and be such an important part of my life. I am immensely grateful that I started it back in 2007, and hope that you guys have enjoyed it too.
I’m shutting it down because I don’t have the time or energy for either the subject of the blog (purportedly crafting) or for doing the blogging itself. It takes time and effort to make the posts, and these days I don’t have what it takes to get the crafting done, the pictures up and then write the words that accompany them. I’m ridiculously behind on my email box at this point, and I can’t begin to imagine where I’d get the time to blog. I know that may change in the coming months/years, but I do believe that this blog has already achieved what I wanted it to, and that its time is over. I’d rather end it now than let it drag out with sad catch-up posts coming only twice a year. So – finis.
If you are interested, I am going to continue to blog in a much simpler way (via Tumblr) over at blog.miriammuer.net, about life in general, and if I find time to craft I imagine it will land there.
In the words of the Sound of Music:
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight
One of the things I started doing when I realized I was going to be home with Eleanor a lot is that I joined a fiber group that meets once a week. Fact is that staying home all day with a baby can be really hard. Without some kind of adult conversation, without regular outings, the walls can seem to close in on you. At least they seem to from my perspective. I’ve always been a go-to-a-place-of-work-or-study-every-day sort of person, so staying home is one of the harder and more weird things I’ve ever done in my life.
It’s stranger still to me that even though I’m home so much, I can’t get a thing done except taking care of the baby! She’s a full-time job right now. Nevertheless, I did manage to complete this lavender kimono sweater in odd moments and at the group.
I’m not 100% sure what size the sweater is, I’m guessing about 12M, so Eleanor won’t be wearing it until next winter, which is just as well since it has actually turned summery here lately. The pattern is the Baby Kimono Wrap by Susanne Visch (available at Ravelry or at Crochet Me). It was one of the sweater choices I presented you all with a few months ago (now I’ve made two of the six!). The lavender yarn is JoAnn Sensations Baby yarn (I mentioned it last January), which I quite like – very soft. The fancy apricot/purple yarn of the trim is Red Heart Stardust in Orange and it has a lovely metallic thread running through it for a bit of extra fancy. Due to the yarn/stitch combination this sweater is very soft, squishy and airy. It’s lovely.
FROGGED: As you see, I’ve also gradually I’ve completed rows on the sweater I showed before, BUT it’s getting frogged. I’m going to rip it out and try another more enjoyable pattern. I kinda don’t like this one – not that enjoyable to crochet. The lace pattern that I did for my aunt Becky’s Ocean Scarf was a lot more enjoyable as a lace pattern, and it made more sense. I might do the exact same sweater construction but in a different lace pattern. It was pretty, but meh, if I don’t enjoy making it that’s going to get to be a serious problem after row 50 or so.
A bit of philosophical thought to end with: About two weeks after I gave birth to Eleanor, Jeff and I were tired and a little hysterical. The years of parenting seemed to stretch out before us endlessly, because all we knew of parenting was sleepless nights, baby blues, endless crying and no relief in sight. I was more than a little depressed as well, as I’ve spent some of the past weeks struggling with PPD. That night Jeff sent me this, a quote from a singer-songwriter who also wrote a song called “You Ruined Everything” about his daughter. You should know the song lyrics are “You ruined everything / in the nicest way.” Anyway, the quote (and the lyrics, which can be found on his Wiki page) resonated with me, and so I thought I’d share them:
“I was having a conversation with a friend who had recently become a parent, and she reminded me of something I had forgotten about since my daughter was born. She was describing this what-have-I-done feeling – I just got everything perfect in my life, and then I went and messed it all up by having a baby. I don’t feel that way anymore, but the thought certainly crossed my mind a few times at the beginning. Eventually you just fall in love and forget about everything else, but it’s not a very comfortable transition. I compare the process to becoming a vampire, your old self dies in a sad and painful way, but then you come out the other side with immortality, super strength and a taste for human blood. At least that’s how it was for me. At any rate, it’s complicated.” – Jonathan Coulton
Bye from me and Eleanor (who’s smiling now!)
I recently defined “crafter” over on Nikki’s blog as
“a person who stores supplies for her 1000 project ideas that she never quite gets to and no longer make sense to make.”
I think one reason for this crafting problem tendency is that if I choose to work on a project already started I will not get to go shop for fabric, yarn and other notions. The purpose not being the purchasing (I’m rather cheap, actually) but the chance to wonder around a store and think about crafting for two hours, you see.
It also means I will not have an excuse to buy new toys that are “necessary” for completing the new project either. Zing! that’s awesome logic right there. (Sorry, husband.) I figured this out yesterday when I received these two tips for one of my new projects. These go with the bias tape maker that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas (which I wanted for another then-new project).
Seriously, they’re going to be useful! Do any of you have this sort of crafty gadget obsession?
On that note, I’d like to mention that I’ve started to use analytics to find people who visit/subscribe to my blog and are LURKERS (if you write me emails or make comments, you are excused). I am doing this for two reasons:
(1) I really would like to meet all you lovely people, because you’re very likely interesting, and if you have a blog too (about nerdy crochet or caterpillars or whatever), then I’d certainly like to read it. So if I show up and make comments on your blog, now you know why. If Mohammed will not come to the mountain, the mountain will go to you however much her sleuthing abilities allow.
(2) Occasionally, although Feedburner and Google tell me people show up here, it does get to feel as if I am talking to a blank wall or an abstract concept instead of to actual, live people. I find this quite depressing, particularly when I’ve shown a project that took a lot of work. Since I know I’m not the only person to feel this way in the history of writing/art, I try hard to comment on blogs as often as I can. (soapbox) AND YOU SHOULD TOO. (end soapbox)
Off to mess with my gadgets.