It has been almost two weeks from the day when I have abruptly announced that I am leaving Facebook.
Well, I can certainly say that it has changed my life fore the best.
First of all I now have much more knitting time! It has happened many times that I would just go to check out what was happening on FB, planing to only be there for a couple of minutes and “woke up” an hour or more later.
Second is even more important to me – I am feeling much, much calmer. I now understand DH, who gave up news sites a couple of months ago. Yes, I have no idea what is happening in the world but since most of the news were in the categories of either bad news or really bad news I do not think I have lost much.
Am I suffering from FB withdrawal? Not really! I simply miss my friends, but I have also realized that I have let many on-line relationships lapse simply because these friends were not on Facebook. I am now looking forward to re-discovering my Yahoo knitting groups and Ravelry. Most of all I am looking forward to blogging much more often than I have done in the past year.
I have suspected for a long time that being on FB sabotaged my blog. I posted all my news on my Facebook and had no wish at all to write about the same things again on my blog. Somehow the secondary thing – FB, took over.
I am glad that I am free of it.
I was hoping to start posting immediately as soon as I closed my Facebook account, unfortunately I got very sick almost right away. What can I say? Pneumonia is no fun at all. Happily I am now almost over it and feeling a little better each day.
And that is why this, my first post-Facebook post has been so late in coming.
As I have mentioned I have been knitting a lot (mostly in the last week, since the week before is kind of a blur). Anyway the tangible result of me leaving FB is two pairs of Amazing Siberian Slippers knit for my kids.
The “manly” grey slippers were made for DS 2, who wanted “…colors, but not like the girls…” He is so happy with his slippers that after asking him to try them on I have not been able to get them off his feet even to weave in the ends.
I used the “Amazing Siberian Slippers for Kids” pattern for these slippers. The yarn I used for the top of the slippers was my good old favorite Swish Superwash by Knit Picks in DK weight. The soles were knit with an old no-name alpaca yarn I picked up on sale over 10 years ago. At tat point I was just beginning to build my yarn stash and when I happened to see alpaca on sale at $20 for a bag of 10 skeins I bought as much as I could. When I got home I opened the plastic bags the yarn was sold in and understood why the yarn was so cheep. There was no wonderful loft and softness I associated with my dreamed-about alpaca. Instead what I had was a dense hairy yarn that mostly resembled twine in feel and color. Disappointment was too mild a word to describe what I felt. The yarn was in timeout for years until I had a happy idea of knitting slipper soles out of it. This was a perfect solution! This yarn is practically indestructible! And now I am actually sorry I got only 3 balls left.
The second pair is “Wisteria Slippers” made for my DD #2.
They were made using the “Amazing Siberian Slippers” for adults. Our shoe size is almost the same now! She is very happy to have them and might even clean up her room to celebrate Mommy’s gift to her. OK, OK a Mommy can dream! DD #2 noticed the pretty cream and purple yarn when I brought it home from the local yarn shop. Our local yarn store lady is somehow convinced that “people do not buy wool in Israel” so she mainly stocks fairly horrible acrylic plus lots and lots of novelty yarn and baby cotton. A couple of weeks ago, when I dropped by her shop, just to check things out, you know… She triumphantly brandished a few balls wool at me! She finally got some in! I bought two balls to try them out and I am very happy with them. Lovely, soft and very touchable. A perfect treat!
And now my current favorite project, started today, is a pair of fingerless computer mitts for DH.
He sits right next to a huge window in his office and his hands get very, very cold. I am using Silkie, Socks that Rocks made
by Blue Moon. Colorway is called Rook-y.
I picked it up at the last Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. I bought a few skeins of Blue Moon yarn that year. All I can say is that I wish I had bought three times as much!