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Progress Updates

I’ve been working on Branching Out in a skein of SWTC’s Oasis (soy silk) in color #502 – Purplexed that I picked up when I stopped at Flying Fingers Yarn Shop some time ago. I liked the color and had never used soy silk, so I figured I’d try it out. It had been sitting in my stash waiting for me to find a project for it and one day I looked at it and thought, “I should have enough yarn from this one skein of soy silk to make a scarf! What about Branching Out?” I like the results of lace, but I don’t seem to care for the small yarn and large needles that most lace projects require. Small yarn and small needles I’m okay with. I’m even okay with worsted weight yarn and larger needles than one would normally use. But small yarn and big needles? Nope. Well, at least not yet. At any rate, I really like how Branching Out is coming along. I will post photos of my progress soon.

I’m thinking that once I’m done with Branching Out, I may finally finish up Liesel. I’m actually contemplating working on both at the same time. Knit one repeat on one, knit one repeat on the other. Keep things interesting and complete both!

The minisweater is near completion. I’m working on the decreases through the sleeves. Did I mention I’m making it with 3/4 sleeves? Well, I am. I decided that I needed to do some sleeve decreases or I’d never wear it. I’m working on the last little bit for the left sleeve. After that I’ll just need buttons and it’ll be done. I plan on finishing that up tonight.

Pomatomus is coming along. I haven’t worked on it all week, but I’m about 3/4 of the way done with the first sock. It’s slow going because I’m getting a little bored with it, but next week I’ll probably get Branching Out, Liesel, and Pomatomus done, which means I’ll be in need of new projects! Fear not, though… I have plenty of yarn and projects to keep me going for a while.

Ohhhh and I’ve been working on a kitty. I joined the Stuffy Swap on Craftster.org. I’ve been wanting to knit that pattern for a while, but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Yesterday I sat down and knit the entire body portion. I decided I wanted to knit it with a skirt instead of pants, so I’m working on that now. If I’d put much thought into how difficult it would be to knit a skirt onto it once it’s stuffed… well I’d have done it before I stuffed it! Hindsight is always 20/20. I think it’ll be quite cute once I’m done with it. I’ll probably get the minisweater and the kitty done tonight. I’ll try and post pictures if I get around to taking some tonight :o)

Alright… back to work I go!

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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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