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So much going on and so little time!

Since I’ve completed my socks, I haven’t been working on too much. Well, at least it doesn’t feel like it! I’ve been working on my Rogue after setting it down for… oh… a month or so? The hood was intimidating me and when I finally picked it back up, I don’t know what I was so intimidated by it! I had it half done and I was scared of the decrease rows and Chart C, but now I’m soaring through it. I needed an “on the go” project, so I started Shedir (PDF link). I’m enjoying it so far, though I’m not sure on my thoughts about the yarn (I’m using Rowan Calmer, as called for in the pattern). I won’t make a judgment on how I feel the yarn is behaving until I’m done with the hat. I do like the way it feels, though, so I’m very much enjoying working with it.

I got some more yarn from Kindred Spirits Yarn, but I’m a little disappointed with one skein I received (I purchased two). I’m not sure that it’s really sock weight. The other one I received is considerably lighter weight than the other, which is what makes me think that one is wrong. I knit a swatch on US 1’s and it was a lot thicker than the socks I just finished. I’m bummed because I was going to use the yarn for my Sock-ret Pal’s socks, but now I’ll have to use it for something else since it’s much more like a DK weight yarn. I love the color, though, and I think I’ve already got an idea of what I’ll be using it for instead. I ended up getting some Lorna’s Laces for my Sock-ret pal’s socks and I think it will work much better with the pattern I’m going to use anyhow. I suppose it all works out for the best, right? I’ll still buy more yarn from her… I think it was just a fluke. I’m sure accidents happen and maybe I did get the wrong yarn, but I’m not really upset over it or anything. I’ve even got another order from her on it’s way to me now that will end up being some socks for a girl I work with.

The Shetland Triangle is progressing. I’ve used up one skein of yarn already and I really like the ease of the pattern. I’ve already got some plans for another one!

Speaking of work… I’ve been busy! I got a promotion and new hours, but I’ve also been working a bit of overtime. I don’t have to work the over time, but I could use the extra money, so I volunteered to do some extra hours to cover the shift I used to be on to cover the person who has been out sick. I have to say that I’m a little scared that it’s getting down to the wire with the move! I know I won’t be there that much longer and that’s part of the reason why I’m doing the extra over time to get caught up with bills and all, but I’m also looking forward to a vacation and being closer to my family. Give and take.

Anyone out there know of a good cause to donate yarn to? I have some yarn in my stash I don’t want and I’ve thought of swapping it, but I’m not sure if they’re will be takers. A lot of it is acrylic or acrylic blends (though there is some wool I’m looking to pass on to someone else), so I’m thinking of maybe just giving it to a needy knitter. Some of it is just skeins I don’t know what to do with. I think I’ll try and swap for Knit Picks or Amazon gift cards…. or something. I don’t want to have it all follow me on the move, but that may end up happening. Of course some of it will come on vacation with me so that I have a few projects to work on :o)

I’ve been making more stitch markers and am working on getting up a store on Etsy. When that finally happens, I’m sure I’ll post about it here. I’m also going to try my hand at polymer clay and making my own beads for them. I’ve been doing a little research on it and it seems pretty easy and like something I’d enjoy. I was going to make an attempt today and even went and bought some polymer clay, but then I got carried away with knitting, so maybe tomorrow. I’ll post photos of my first attempt :o)

Alright, that’s about all I’ve got for now. Take care all!

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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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