Sunday, January 20, 2008

My First Blog Post

I recently joined a knitting and crocheting online community (Ravelry) that allows knitters and crocheters to share projects, yarns, patterns, ideas, and much more. I have been posting my projects there for a few weeks, and now realize that I need more space to track my progress and make comments as I go. In reading fellow Raveler's blogs, I decided to start my own.

While setting up this blog I thought, "Why write about only one of my favorite things?" And so, "Hip Dropped Stitches" is born. I may write about knitting. I may write about dancing. I may write about the silly thing my cat did this morning. The possibilities are endless.

Since this is my first blog post, I will include a brief history of my knitting and dancing experiences.

I just started knitting during the fall of 2006, when my boyfriend's sister taught me how to knit a roll-bottom hat. I was THRILLED with the results, and made myself a second hat. Then, I taught myself how to do ribbing, and made my brother a rib-bottomed hat for Christmas. I bought yarn for a hat for my boyfriend, but that project was set aside for a bit. This winter, I completed the hat for my boyfriend, and decided to knit something other than a hat. Since then, I've learned how to knit cables, thumb holes, and a few other neat tricks. I am looking forward to starting my first sweater this weekend. It is all very exciting.

I started dancing when... well, probably before I started walking. I studied ballet for a long time, but my body did not approve of being "en pointe" for long. Discouraged, I took a break from dance for about 10 years. Then, last fall, one of my favorite women invited me to a bellydance workshop. The woman who led the workshop demonstrated such passion for the art form, and described its origin so beautifully, that I signed up for the next session of classes without hesitation. The more I read and learn about the dance, the more I love it. If you are curious about it at all, I highly recommend the book "Grandmother's Secrets, The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dance" by Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi.

That is probably all of the background you need (or want) for now. With that said, welcome to my blog!


  1. Did you ever show me the hip skirt? It's Awesome!

  2. I wore my hat yesterday!