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Folly is Finished

After about a year, I have finally completed Folly. I have never been so happy to be done with any single project in my time knitting than I am with completing this one. I finished it on Mother’s Day (May 14th, 2006) just in time to give it to my mom who had no idea I was making it for her (and who also loved it, which made all the work worth it!).

The pattern itself I wasn’t happy with because the instructions (IMO) were not written well enough and left some very important information out (like you need to decrease 11 times on each side) that caused me to do some serious frogging and left me with a bitter taste in my mouth about the whole project. Because of this, I put it down more than I worked on it for quite some time and to have it done feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off of my shoulders!

I made it out of Caron’s Simply Soft in Heather Grey. It curls a little on the button bands, but I think it will relax with wear and washing. It’s quite soft and I’m glad I chose the yarn and color I did. I’m not sure exactly how many skiens of yarn it took, but I’d guess around 7. I think the pink buttons give it just enough color and make it a little more lively. I still plan on making some of the flowers that are supposed to be sewn on the collar, but putting them on pins instead so that it’s an option and not permanent. The flowers are going to be a light heather pink color.

At any rate, here is a picture of my mom proudly sporting the sweater I spent the better part of a year trying to make:

And here’s a close up of the buttons I used for it:


Now that I’m done with the biggest project I had on the needles, it’s time to work on something else! I’m working on Pomatomus socks and I just started another minisweater (I ended up gifting the first one to my sister Kaylee because she loved the color and I neve wear it).

Soon, I plan on starting Rogue finally. I’ve had the yarn sitting around since just after the Knitting Olympics, so it’s about time I got going on it :o)


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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