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A gift to me

Every year since leaving home, I’ve bought something for myself for my birthday. This year I decided on a book I’ve been wanting for well over a year. I usually buy something no one else would buy me and it’s usually something I’ve never mentioned that I’d really like to get as a gift. I don’t expect people to buy me knitting books, especially since I am a little picky about the kind of knitting book I’d enjoy. (This is why I’ve created a wishlist of knitting books I’d like.) Anywho, I went to the book store to get this book and found that they didn’t have it. I then went to Michael’s and AC Moore in hopes either would have it and I could use my 40% coupon. No luck. I went looking on Amazon when I got home and I ended up buying it online for 30% off and free 2 day shipping. I should have it by Wednesday.

What book did I treat myself to for my birthday? Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

I have to say I have been good and haven’t cast on for socks yet. Now with this book on the way, I’ll be able to hold out for a few more days and by then I should have branching out done. :o)


And just so this post isn’t picture-less…

For those that may not know, I’m a NASCAR fan. My favorite driver is Carl Edwards who drives the 99 Office Depot car. I also root for Jimmie Johnson who drives the 48 Lowe’s car. Folks that know me wouldn’t think me to be a NASCAR fan, but Nick is an avid fan and that’s how I started watching it nearly two years ago now. I even got a chance to go to a BUSCH series race in New Hampshire a few months ago and I had a blast! Today was race day for the NEXTEL Series and the race just ended. I enjoy watching on TV, but actually being at a race is so much more fun. There’s a lot more involved than just cars going around a track and that part of things always keeps me interested as well.

Here’s me in my Race Day Shirt:


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)

One thought on “A gift to me

  1. Happy birthday! You might come join our Vintage Socks KAL(link at the top of my blog). We just finished voting for the October/Nov 2006 sock and the winner was the Gentlemen’s Railway Sock.

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