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Knitters Connection

I am on vacation after tomorrow. I’ll be headed to Columbus, OH for Knitter’s Connection from the 6th to the 9th. I found a hotel at a very reasonable rate about 10 miles from where they are holding the convention. I wanted to stay at the hotel, but the cost per night is as much as I’m paying for 3 nights. I will have internet access while I’m there, so I’ll try to post things as they happen so I don’t forget them. I should have a fridge and microwave in the room, but you never know, so I’m prepared with food funds while I’m there and also have a list of decent, reasonably priced places to eat that are not fast food (because I really don’t like and can’t stomach most fast food these days). The parking will be interesting and I’m hoping that maybe I can get a cheaper rate then what the closest parking garage’s offer, but I’m prepared to pay for it, should there be no other options. I’ve got my homework for my classes done and my camera is ready to go.

I’m excited, but also very nervous. I had hoped to be going with at least one other person that I knew, but I’ll be going it alone. I’m not good at sticking myself out there and meeting people and in groups I tend to just stick to myself while everyone else segments off into their own little groups inside of the group/crowd. I’m fine on my own for short trips or going to the store or other various things people do on their own all the time, but for something like this… well, it’s always better to go with someone or meet someone there – much more fun in my experience. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of fun and I’ll learn a lot, I just know it’ll be a little lonely at times and I’ll feel completely awkward much of the time (as per the usual).

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I’ve been knitting on my Monkey socks and hopefully they will be done very, very soon!

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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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