It's odd in my experience, this blogging lark, only long after you start do you discern the what and the why. Despite the name knitsofacto was never just a knitting blog, rather it was a magpie's nest of posts about flea market finds, antique lace, vintage illustrations, retro photography - think Polaroid and pinhole - and yes, knitting. Writing about old things, about things that connected me to the past, I think I was maybe in search of lost time, like Proust!
But I fear knitsofacto was perhaps a little too eclectic, a nest so cluttered even a magpie might have shunned it. So I have decided to start again, and to refocus on homely, seasonal things and "the arts of the thread"**, and most particularly but not exclusively on knitting, past and present. I've no doubt I'll still post about other things often enough, but I'm hoping you'll prefer the new less cluttered knitsofacto. I know I do!
À la recherche du temps perdu
* I might recycle some of them. The best of the rest - the ones that don't really belong here any more but that I couldn't bear to lose entirely - I'll maybe copy to a knitsofacto archive sometime soon
** The phrase is from Katharin Hoare's dedication to The Art of Tatting (1910) to Her Majesty the Queen of Roumania, "whose love and knowledge of the arts of the thread have never failed to encourage fellow needlewomen"