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A little update

My knitting night is on Wednesdays.  Usually this is okay, even though I’m generally very tired because the first half of my work week is quite stressful.  It’s been a little more tough to get there, though, now that Nathaniel is here.  I don’t like leaving him home by himself while I go because usually Nick is working.  Really, I know it’s not an issue because he’s old enough and responsible enough to stay on his own for a few hours.  Still, it ends up that I have to leave early anyhow so I can get him to bed by Nick’s mandated bed time (8:30 pm).

This week, though, there was no way I was going to make it.  I had to play mom and take him to the store to get gym clothes (he’s made it into mainstream high school!  WOO HOO!).  I also had to make a trip to the pet store to make an exchange.  Since it was also pot luck for knitting night, I knew I wouldn’t have enough time.  On top of all that, since it’s a short week because of the holiday, my 40 hour 5 day work week, turns into a 40 hour 4 day work week.  This meant rearranging my chiropractor appointments, otherwise there was no way I could get everything that needs to be done accomplished.  I left work at 5 pm and my appointment was at 5:30 pm, which means I didn’t get home until after 6 pm.  Knitting starts at 7 pm.  Hmm… nope, no way it’s going to happen!  *sigh*

Instead of going, I took care of all that boring, non-knitting stuff.  It wasn’t all bad, though!  I did get one sock completed and learned a new bind off (sewn/tubular cast-off).  It didn’t turn out the way it should have because I did K2, P2 ribbing and the cast off was in K1, P1 ribbing.  I still like how it turned out, though, and I’ve learned something for next time (1×1 ribbing!) for toe-up socks, which I have a feeling I’m going to try again very soon.  I really like the short row heels and toes.  I think they fit my feet better.  These socks are for my youngest sister, so it looks like I’ll be making something similar for myself soon.

I started a scarf for my middle sister for her birthday.  I hope she likes it (and hope that I can get it done!).  Her birthday is on the 16th of this month. 

Ohhh… yes… regarding the fiber fest going on on the weekend of the 15th/16th.  Myself and Crafty Mands (and her hubby) are going to go on Saturday.  It works better for both of us and I know that I’ll need Sunday to recoup for the work week and it’s also my sister’s birthday on Sunday (which I didn’t even think about before).  So, Saturday it is!  I’m really looking forward to it.  Anyone who would like to join us, is more than welcome to.  Just let me know!

I’m working on a lot of things right now, but only a few have been getting some progress.  It’s all about what I’m enjoying working on and the socks and scarf are where it’s at right now.  I’m also working on a scarf thing for myself (Wisp from Knitty), Erin’s baby blanket (I’m thisclose to the half way point), Icarus, Starlight, and the Noro cardigan.  It’s been too darn hot to work on anything heavy (like a sweater), so it’s been socks and lace, mostly.  I’ll update with some photos (with the exception of the scarf for my middle sister) when I get home.  Just wanted to post a little while I had a chance.

Have a good day everyone!

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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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