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New yarn and other crafty things

Today I went to Cornucopia Yarn Shop with Nick to get some non-wooly yarn for a scarf for me. While we were there, we came across Sock Wizard Software. Now, I love knitting socks and have been struggling with making my own patterns. After a discussion about if I’d really use it (YES!), Nick bought it for me! Haven’t had much of a chance to play with it, but I’ve tested the waters and so far it seems pretty nifty.

I ended up getting 4 hanks of Noro Lily in color 28 which is a beautiful blue color. I’m going to use the Argosy scarf pattern. Here’s a photo of the yarn with pretty accurate color:

Today, I also picked up a copy of The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. I have both of the Stitch ‘n Bitch books and like the way they are set up and the instructions, so I went ahead and got this one (finally!). I’ve attempted crochet countless times and still struggle with it. I want to learn to crochet!! I’m hoping this will give me the kick I need to finally learn and crochet some things that I’ve been really wanting.

That’s all I’ve got for now. No real knitting progress to report as I haven’t been knitting much lately. I need to get working on my Sock-ret Pal socks so they will be done in time (not that I’m too worried about it… I’m halfway down the leg of the second sock). I also have another pair of socks on the needles that are very simple and have been getting more knitting time because of that and I have another pair I want to cast on for. I think I may wait to cast on for the scarf until I’m done with the sock just to get me motivated ;o)

Happy crafting 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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