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Rogue – DONE!

Yesterday I sewed the sleeves on and weaved in all the ends for Rogue. I gave it a bath overnight and now it’s blocking. I’m incredibly excited that it’s done!

Pattern: Rogue
Yarn: Peruvian Collection Highland Wool from Elann.com, 100% Highland Wool, 12.5 balls of yarn (leaving 4.5 balls of yarn left over)
Needles: US 5 and US 7 bamboo circular needles
Started: August 9, 2006
Completed: December 6, 2006

This is my first sweater, ever. I will admit that I put this down for about a month and a half while I worked on other projects. The pattern was is very well written and I’m sure that I’ll make a second one sometime down the road. I know that my gauge was off a bit the entire time, but didn’t really notice until I made the sleeves. I had to add 10 extra rows to get the right length. The body could be a little longer, but I don’t mind that it came out a little shorter. I have a small torso and it still comes just past my waist, so no worries. For the hem, I just used smaller needles and provisional cast on, knit for about an inch, then switched to larger needles did a hem turning row (purl row on right side) and knit for about an inch until the portion knit on smaller needles lined up with the portion knit on larger needles, then knit two together all the way around until the entire hem was picked up. This prevented having to sew it in at the end. For the sleeves I did pretty much the same thing and I knit them in the round until the sleeve caps so there was no seaming on them except attaching the sleeves to the body. Can you tell I don’t care much for seaming? I always feel like I’m doing it wrong, but I think I’m getting better.

As soon as it’s done drying, I’ll be posting more photos :o)

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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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