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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)

*blows dust off blog*

Hello blog readers. Not sure if anyone is still following this or not, but I figured it might well be time to dust this off and use it again!

It’s been… oh about 2 years since I last posted. A lot happened in those two years that I quit blogging and podcasting. I largely quit podcasting because time didn’t permit it. Life got very busy, the relationship I was in got very rocky, then I decided that it was time for me to move out of the house I shared with my then boyfriend. I won’t go into details much on why that nearly 6 year relationship ended… I will just say that it wasn’t working for me anymore and I had spent most of 2013 trying to make things work while he spent that year showing that he didn’t much care to make anything work and only wanted to do what he wanted to do without much regard for me. Obviously this is just my side of that story and he has his own. When I initially moved out, we were going to try to make things work, but it didn’t take long for him to quit making any effort. I left the ball in his court after an argument (making it very clear I was doing so) and he never contacted me again.

When I moved out, I moved to an apartment downtown, which was a whole new experience for me. I loved it! I decided towards the end of summer this year that I wanted to move somewhere with a bit more space. That ended up turning into me buying a house. I KNOW! Me? A homeowner?? But as I was looking at places to rent, I found this beautiful Queen Anne style Victorian home built in 1894 that I simply fell in love with. I got financing in order, asked the see the place, and put in an offer. I didn’t look at a single other house – I just knew that was the house I was meant to be in. A week before Thanksgiving I closed on the house. It’s been a slow process, but I moved everything there, painted, and it’s slowly becoming my own. The house is close to downtown and close to a park that overlooks the river. I’m talking walking distance close! Not much of a view from where I’m at, however the neighborhood is just darling and the neighbors have been quite friendly and welcoming.

There’s definitely been some bumps and things I’ve had to figure out as a homeowner. I’ve learned to fix a toilet. I’ve learned better ways to paint and decide on paint colors. I’ve learned that 120 year old houses with many many original details (wood, windows, etc) are quite unique and not much is level or standard. What I’ve learned the most is that despite any of the things that go wrong or are wonky in my house, I truly love that I get to live there, I get to make it a home, and I get to care for a historic home in a lovely area that is simply gorgeous with all of it’s original details and really fits me and my style.

Here is the Flickr Album of my home from when I first took ownership.

Since this has always been a mostly knitting/spinning/crochet blog… I wish I had something to share with you all! I haven’t been knitting for the last 3 or so months due to on and off pain in my left arm. I’m fairly sure it’s a nerve that is pinched in my elbow causing the issues. I plan to get myself to the doctor soon for that. Since that limits me, I’ve been spending a lot of time watching Nicole Curtis on Rehab Addict along with a number of other HGTV shows and planning out what I want to do in my house.

Hopefully soon I will be able to show more knitting, crochet and even some cross stitch projects on here. Until then, I’ll probably use this to talk about the house and projects I’ve taken on or done.

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope 2015 is a great year!

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!