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Upgrading

This is what I started out with when I wanted to try out making stitch markers:

It’s one of those cheap “all in one” kits that came with a set of 4 tools as a starter-type kit for someone new to beading. I got it at 40% off with a coupon, so it came to somewhere around $5. Now, I don’t expect super high quality at that price, but I do expect something decent. Well, these were okay, but the tools keep getting black stuff on my hands. Still, I made do whit what I had because really nice tools are expensive and at the time I just didn’t have the funds to get something nicer. I’ve also been buying more beads and supplies, so a week ago, I got another coupon and bought myself a bigger container to store beads.

I really enjoyed it, but those starter tools aren’t the best. Still, I’ve been using them because they’re all I have. Last night we went to Sears and I got surprised with a nice, new tool set!

Right now I’m busy with learning some polymer clay stuff and making my own beads as well as getting some more stitch markers made so I can start my own little Etsy shop :o)

I’m actually pretty excited about it, though I’m not expecting much business or anything. Just something I’m enjoying doing that I want to share with others.

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I’ve been working on the Shetland Triangle, Rogue, a pair of socks for a co-worker’s upcoming birthday, and Shedir. Branching out and Icarus are…. well… hiding in my stash somewhere. I’m just not finding either interesting anymore. It happens…. and I’m sure eventually I’ll finish them, just not right now. I suppose I look at it like this: I’ll be spending around 3 weeks in Florida coming up faster than I imagined and I’ll need projects! It’ll be a good time to get them done.

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I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live 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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