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About mslindz

I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

Episode 7: Rhinebeck Recap

Sorry for the weird cut about halfway through. Camera quit recording and I didn’t pick up where I should have when I started again. :(

Finished Objects (FOs)

Chantalle
Welted Fingerless Gloves

On the Needles (WIPs)

Grins Socks
Chandail

Stash Acquisitions – Links to the shops

Stitched by JessaLu on Etsy and on Artfire
Piddleloop
Sheep Incognito

(If there are any other things I mentioned that I forgot to link, let me know and I’d be happy to link them.)

Feel free to leave a comment here, email me (link in the side bar), or find me on Plurk/Twitter/Ravlery as mslindz and let me know of any comments/feedback about the show!

Episode 6: Has it really been a month?

Well it’s been a month since I last recorded! Life seems to have got the better of me for a bit there.

Finished Objects (FOs)

None :(

On the Needles (WIPs)

Grins Socks
Chantalle

Things in the Mail – Links to the shops

From A Wool Gathering: Midwest Fiber Co – Alpaca Glitz & Glamor
Fibernymph Dyeworks – SSK 2012 Colorway
Tanis Fiber Arts – Green Label Aran in Sand from Knitter’s Palette
Cupcake bag from GirlCave Bags
HK Box bag from Piddleloop Sewing Team
Hello Yarn – September 2012 Fiber Club
Sock the Vote Toe’d Party from Space Cadet Creations
Stockinette Zombies birthday sock kit

Episode 4: Catching Up

This week’s episode with more knitting content! Haha. Enjoy :)

Finished Objects (FOs)

Dorflinger Tee (Not yet blocked, but calling it done anyway!)
Iris the Gourmet Monster

On the Needles (WIPs)

Lotus Heart Socks
February Fitted Pullover
Grins Socks
Chantalle

Things in the Mail – Links to the shops

Moonshine Fiber Co
Hank a Yarn Botique – one of my local yarn shops

Episode 2: Words, where are you?

For some reason I had a tough time finding my words this episode! I tried to hold things closer to the camera this week… some of it worked okay, some of it did not. Still working on a better solution, so bare with me as I sort it out.

Finished Objects (FOs)

Piper’s Journey

On the Needles (WIPs)

Lotus Heart Socks
Dorflinger Tee
Iris the Gourmet Monster

Things in the Mail – Links to the shops

Unwind Yarn Company
Knit1Eat1 – 20% of all sales in July and August to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund

Upcoming Knits

Chantalle by Vanessa Smith using Brooks Farm Yarn Solo

Feel free to leave a comment here, email me (link in the side bar), or find me on Plurk/Twitter/Ravlery as mslindz and let me know any suggestions you have for what to do with the Berroco Seduce or any comments/feedback about the show!

Episode 1: The Official One!

I think I figured out a good set up for doing this weekly. :)

Note: I have recieved some feedback about doing more close-ups. Sorry for not holding things closer to the camera this time. My new/current set up isn’t able to auto-focus while I am recording. If I put something closer to the camera it can’t focus on that item and allow folks to see it clearly, so to avoid blurry close-ups I opted not to push things towards the camera while showing them. I will be testing out a few options on how to deal with that this week. Thanks for the feedback!

In the intro, I said I’m mslindzknits… oops, I’m actually mslindz! I think in the future I will plan to record on the weekend, but the day may change a little as needed.

On the Needles (WIPs)

Pointelle
February Fitted Pullover

Finished Objects (FOs)

Weeb the Zombie Dude – Pattern now available here!
Pedestrian Crossing Cowl – buttons came from Seagypsy’s Etsy shop

Stash Acquisition – Links to the shops

Another Crafty Girl
Fibernymph Dye Works
Zarzuela’s Fibers

SSK, Current Projects, Finished Things, and Tour de Fleece

Something a little different today!

This is all pretty new to me as I’ve never recorded/uploaded/edited a video for the web before. Apologies in advance for the cut halfway through. I had an unexpected phone call and had a tough time editing the two videos together. Any feedback is greatly appreciated! I’m still learning and getting all the kinks worked out, but I think I might do this more often. :)

Super Summer Knitogether recap. You can see photos of my stash enhancements in the Flickr Photoset here. I hope to have the rest of my pictures from SSK uploaded soon!

On the needles

Piper’s Journey
Pointelle Socks – Didn’t show, but did mention
Violeta Stripe Socks
Color Affection
February Fitted Pullover

Finished Objects (FOs!)

Rocky Coast Cardigan – Completed on June 14, 2012
Bonnie & Clyde Socks – Completed on June 21, 2012
Magrathea – Completed on June 30, 2012

Mostly Finished Object

Pedestrian Crossing Cowl – just needs buttons

Stash Acquisition – Links to the shops

Another Crafty Girl
Dyabolical
Stitched by JessaLu
Zarzuela’s Fibers

An Update on Spinning

I mentioned in my April blog post that I had finished spinning the Masham fiber and that I was rather allergic to it. I took a photo of it and ended up sending it off to live in Michigan with Jessie (aka neonlights on Ravelry). I ended up with about 165 yards of DK weight yarn. I think it turned out rather nice, despite being so allergic to it. Very bright and fun colors!

BohoKnitterChic Masham (Volans)
BohoKnitterChic Masham in Volnas

Back at the beginning of April, I was spinning Hello Yarn BFL in Burnished. It took me forever to finish that since it was spinning very thin, but I managed to finish spinning it the last week of May and ply it the first weekend in June. Since I had split this fiber in half down the center, I decided to Navajo ply it to keep the long color repeats I had spun. I ended up with 447 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Hello Yarn BFL Burnished
Hello Yarn BFL in Burnished

I’m currently knitting it into a Baktus scarf.

Baktus
Beginnings of a Baktus

After finishing the BFL, I haven’t spun anything. I’ve been going back and forth about what to spin. I need to spin 2-3 bobbins of singles for the wheel class I’m taking at SSK next week and last night I finally started prepping All Spun Up merino for that.

All Spun Up, Merino
All Spun Up Merino

After that, I think it’s on to the June Expand Your Horizons SAL fiber. June’s fiber is Romney and it just so happens that April’s Hello Yarn club shipment was Romney. The colorway is called Splendid.

Hello Yarn Fiber Club - April 2012
Hello Yarn Romney in Splendid

Then there’s this Loop bump I got a while back that I want to spin up.

Loop (Kaleidoscope Eyes)
Loop Batt in Kaleidoscope Eyes

And 908347 other things that make me wish I had more time in my day to knit and spin! Darn that job and schooling getting in the way!!

Ohh, can’t forget that Tour de Fleece is starting at the end of this month! Who will be participating in TdF this year? Already know what you’ll be spinning? I’m still figuring out some of the details, but my big challenge will be to spin a sock yarn. Already have fiber picked out and ready to go! Might start out with something else. Still undecided about that. I may need the whole time just to work on the sock yarn!

Have you all been spinning anything recently or planning to spin some things up? I’ll be taking a wheel class next week as well as a core spinning class. I hope to share that with you once I return from SSK! Off to spinning group tonight where I’ll be working on the singles for that wheel class. :)

I’m Still Alive – A Post with an FO and WIPs

Has anyone seen May? No? Me either…. where did it go? I thought it was around here, but suddenly it’s just disappeared!

I had every intention to blog during May. Seems that the month just got away with me and things have been busier then usual with school, though school plus work are the new “usual” for me these days. Spring term has just 5 school days left for me (term ends June 18th) and I’ve already registered for summer term. It’ll be tough considering it’s only 6 weeks with 10 weeks worth of material crammed into a shorter amount of time. It’ll be interesting to say the least!

Per the usual, despite the lack of blogging, there has not been a lack of knitting. I even finished something last month!

The current KAL going on for SSK (which ends today) is to knit something designed or inspired by one of the hosts (Laura, Leslie, and Carin). I chose to double dip and knit LaLa’s Simple Shawl both for the SSK KAL and the KAL in LaLa’s group, LaLa Knits. The photographs don’t show it well (and two of them are from my iPhone, sorry!), but there’s sparkle in the yarn! I think it turned out great. :)

LaLa's Simple Shawl
LaLa’s Simple Shawl

Pattern: LaLa’s Simple Shawl by Laura Linneman (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: April 20, 2012
Completed: May 10, 2012
Yarn: Another Crafty Girl Twinkle Sock in Lagoon, 1 skein
Needle: US 6, Signature Circular
Notes: I was able to knit a total of 5 pattern repeats. Very easy and well written pattern. Easy to make larger or smaller. I used a fingering weight yarn and smaller needles, which made it into more of a shawlette.

LaLa's Simple Shawl
LaLa’s Simple Shawl

LaLa's Simple Shawl
LaLa’s Simple Shawl – Worn

I’m still working on Thin Ice out of Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga! in the Leafy Seadragon colorway. Not a lot of progress lately, but here’s a much better picture of it.

Thin Ice
Thin Ice

I’ve made a bit of progress on Magrathea, which I’m using handspun for.

Magrathea
Handspun Magrathea

After receiving some new yarn, my fingers were itching to get it cast on, so I decided to get a head start on Christmas knitting and started the Foreign Correspondent’s Scarf (free pattern on Ravelry) out of Cephalopod Yarns Nautilace in the Rainbow Trout colorway.

Foreign Correspondent's Scarf
Foreign Correspondent’s Scarf

I frogged the stripey Jaywalker socks because they were coming out too tight. Need to go up another needle size, I think to US 1.5, for those. For now, they’re frogged and the yarn is wound back onto it’s cake.

I knit to the leg of the second of the Bonnie and Clyde stripey socks, but then found it to be too tight. This was after knitting the heel nearly 3 times because the stripes weren’t lining up right! Turns out my gauge on the second sock had changed. Guess I was doing a little too much pulling on my yarn as I knit. Oops. Frogged the whole sock and it’s in time out utnil I figure out what I want to do. I think I’ll likely go up a needle size for the second sock and hope that fixes the gauge issue.

Since I frogged that sock and the Jaywalker sock, I had no socks on the needles! GASP! I needed something more portable and less complicated then anything else on the needles, so I started a new sock. I decided on the Georgia on my Mind pattern (free pattern on Ravelry) and pulled out the SweetGeorgia Yarn in Hard Candy that I had. Great pairing, right? Not so much. The yarn at 64 stiches was striping for me and I ultimately decided I didn’t like it, so I frogged it and will be knitting something else with it soon enough.

Georgia On My Mind Socks
Georgia on my Mind pre frogging

So, I’m back to no socks on the needles! I figure Summer of Socks will be starting at the end of the month and I’ll cast on for a new pair then. In the mean time I’m focusing on my other WIPs. In fact, I’ve started back on a WIP that I was thinking I was going to frog – the Rocky Coast Cardigan.

I was going to frog this one because the skeins are not well matched. Ah, Malabrigo. How I love your softness, but dislike your non-matchy skeins. I think it’s getting better, but I got these on sale and while they all looked very similar and well matched when in the skeins, after I started knitting, I found that they were rather different from one another. Since I didn’t start out alternating skeins (because frankly I just don’t like to do that), I figured I had a few options: frog the whole thing and use it for something else, keep knitting despite the rather drastic and obvious changes in color and just live with it like that, or frog it all and over dye it to even things out, frog it and alternate between 3 skeins (I have 3 sets that match, so this would be the best way to even things out). I didn’t really like ANY of these options, but out of those, I thought frogging and using it for something else might be best. After that, I put it in the bag and set it aside until I could decided what it’s fate would be.

Then, as I was going through all my WIPs that are hibernating, I thought “What if I finish it, THEN dye it?” I hadn’t considered this option before and I’m still not sold on doing that, but I am working on the sweater again and ignoring the fact that the skeins aren’t all that well matched. Here is a terrible picture of the current state of it.

Rocky Coast Cardigan

I’ve finished the body and currently working on the collar. The color is not quite as bright as the photo suggests, but red is such a hard color to photograph, especially with my phone! Once I get finished with the collar, I just have the sleeves left. Shouldn’t take too long. After that, I plan on having my friend Karen dye up some of the leftover yarn (will probably swatch it first and have that dyed) to see if I want to dye it or not.

Next post, I’ll show you all some of the spinning I’m doing and talk a bit about my goal for Tour de Fleece which is coming up at the end of June.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a great weekend!