I was on Ravelry (big surprise, right?) and I came across a doilies group. I was reading the threads and completed projects and now I simply MUST knit some doilies! I know that I will probably not use them because they really aren’t my thing, but I love them! I want some of my own – beautiful pieces of small lace. Nick was sitting close to me, looking when I expressed how much I must knit this NOW and I showed him a beautiful table cloth. He asked how long it would take to make. Guessing, I said probably a year, maybe 6 months if I worked on it non-stop. He requested that I knit it for his mother for her birthday next year and I agreed I would. I already know that I can get some of the "good stuff" for making doilies at Hobby Lobby – they have a pretty big selection there.
Since I need the pattern, I need the book it comes in, which is Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel. He said that I can go ahead and order it next week (when funds aren’t quite so tight) and since it’s from Amazon and free shipping is a good deal, I’m also going to get First Book of Modern Lace Knitting also by Marianne Kinzel. I need a little more to get the free shipping still, but I have plenty of books on my list, but I haven’t decided which one yet.
I do have some Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread in my stash that I’m going to swatch with and see how it comes out to see what size needles work with it. I want to work on a small one until the books arrive and I can start contemplating color and material for the table cloth.
In other, non-knitting news, I got some chairs for the kitchen table. We got the table free at a garage sale, but no chairs, so today I went hunting and managed to get some for a total of $160 ($40 each and I got 4). Not too bad. Less than I expected to spend. We needed them since Nick’s parents are coming next week to bring Nathaniel home. We need to be able to sit at the table now that he will be here and while his parents are visiting.
Anyhow, I should really go to bed. I’m going to be car looking with my friend from work tomorrow. She needs a new car – she was in an accident a little over a week ago. No worries, she’s fine, but her car was totaled. Nighty night!
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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