For those that live in the area, you know it’s been insanely hot and today has been the worst day of the summer, in my opinion. It was 105 degrees F outside! As a result of this horrid heat, our house doesn’t keep as cool as we’d like. I don’t know if it’s because it’s older and doesn’t have enough insulation or what the deal is, but we are running our air conditioner 24/7 and it doesn’t get below 80 degrees F inside. UGH! Too darn hot for me. It’s been difficult to get some sleep because it doesn’t get much better at night.
Anyhow, it’s late (getting close to midnight) and I’m sitting here knitting on The Shawl (which is almost done, btw – two more rows and the bind off left!) and I’m thinking about needles that I don’t really want an interchangeable set, which is great because I have a sizeable needle collection right now. I was trying to remember the last time I bought some needles and at first I couldn’t. Then I remembered that not long ago, I bought some US size 3 DPN’s because the set I had got lost somewhere. Then I was thinking about the i-cord bind off that I’ll be using on The Shawl and how I don’t think I have US size 11 DPN’s and I am NOT going to buy any, but I don’t like the method that’s described in the pattern by constantly slipping the stitches back to the left needle, knitting them off, then slipping them back. Yeah… no. I’m totally not wanting to do it like that. So I’m trying to think of a plan to avoid it, thinking about how I cast on stitches for a sock holding two DPN’s together to get a stretchier cast-on…
… and that’s when it happened. Delusional knittin brain kicked in.
I thought to myself, "You know, you could have avoided buying those US size 3 DPN’s. Since you have more than one set of each needle size, you could have just used a US 1 and US 2 held together while you knit because 1 + 2 = 3!" As soon as I thought it, I realized this would totally not work and would be a huge pain in the butt to even attempt.
But I had to post this. I mean, how could I not? It’s funny the things knitting does to a person on occasion. Just makes all reason jump out the window (or maybe that’s just me… haha).
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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