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On Folly and Stash

Folly is progressing.

I completed the back last night and did the bind off for one of the front pieces that I thought was done, but really wasn’t. Tonight I will start on the second front piece which should take no time at all considering the first one took no time at all to do. When it comest to knitting, I’m pretty quick. The yarn just flies through my fingers. The only issue with this sweater is that it’s made from acrylic, which hurts my fingers after a while. I can only knit it for a small amount of time before I need to take a break from it. Thankfully I always have more than one project on the needles at any given time, so I have been working on my Jaywalkers in-between working on Folly (aka That Damn Sweater). At the rate I’m going, I should have it done before April 10th (mom’s birthday), which is my goal. Thankfully, my mom doesn’t read (or know) about this blog, so she’s got no idea I’m even working on this!

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The last two days I’ve been listening to the podcast Knit Wit: Rantings of a Rabid Knitter from Autumn Breeze. This morning on my way to work, she was talking about stash.

She told a story of a woman who was in a yarn shop yearning for yarn and talking about how she can no longer afford yarn at all. She had been forced into early retirement and though she’d made good money before and could afford yarn, she would only buy enough for one project at a time since she didn’t have a lot of free time and it would take her years to complete a project. She never had a stash for this reason – even though she could afford it. But now that she’s retired and has nothing but time she can’t afford to buy any yarn to knit with.

Maybe stash isn’t such a bad thing after all. I buy yarn here and there. I know that come the end of this year, we’ll be moving. This may mean I have to leave whatever job I have and not have money to buy yarn for a while – months even. Not to mention I’ll have a lot of time on my hands for a while, if I have no job. Though I do spend most of my paycheck paying off bills so that (hopefully) when the time comes I will only have my car and insurance to pay for (Well, if I have no job and my savings isn’t built enough, Nick will have to carry me and I don’t want to sink into a bad financial state), I manage to buy yarn here and there, keeping this upcoming fate in mind. It’s my “just in case” state of mind that I tend to live by.

Okay, that’s all for now – must do that thing they call work!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives 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)

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