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Busy Knitting

Since I can’t show the shawl just yet, I’ll talk about my other WIPs.

Recently, I was totally taken by doilies.  I searched some free patterns, found one I liked, purchased some crochet thread and got started.

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I checked out some options for the Table Cloth Project and decided that Aunt Lydia’s would be both economical and a good choice for it because it comes in these huge things with 2700 some yards which means less ends to weave in.  I chose some to "test knit" with.  I chose the project above and so far I really like how it’s turning out.  Here’s something, though… it’s knit on US 1’s.  Eeps!  I know, I know… a whole table cloth on 1’s?  Crazy you say?  Yes, you could say that.  Here’s the thing, though.  I know it will be loved well and it is going to someone who can totally appreciate such a unique handmade item.  My work will not be in vain.  Besides, this will prepare me for taking on the Wedding Ring Shawl.  If I can do this, I can totally do that.

I’m also working on socks.  They feel like they’re moving along quickly, but I know that it’s because the last pair of socks I knit were rather tall.  Here’s my progress so far:

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I’ve been working on Starlight as well.  I didn’t take photos, but I’ve done about 5 inches above the ribbing section now.  It’s moving right along!

Aside from the knitting, we’re getting ready for Nick’s son to be back and for a brief visit from his parents.  They’ll be here on Thursday.  Wish me luck!!  Knitting will be keeping me sane, so expect to see some progress!

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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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