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I love The Loopy Ewe

The Loopy Ewe is going to make me broke.  Seriously.

Over the weekend, I purchased some Louet Gems fingering weight to make a pair of Eunny’s Endpaper Mitts.  Since I was already ordering, I decided I couldn’t live without Lorna’s Laces in Mt. Creek.  I can get away with buying only one skein of sock yarn because I have small feet and can get a decent sized sock out of that ~ 200 or so yards that come from a 50g skein of sock yarn.  If I order two, I always have way too much left over.  I made my purchase and quickly navigated away from the site (and any other online shops) so I didn’t buy any more.  I’ve been doing okay on the yarn buying and keeping the spending to a minimum, but some days I just want some retail therapy and I cave and get a little something.  I’m sure some of this is because I have a lot of big projects on the needles which is making me feel like I’ll never finish anything any time soon, so I buy yarn and somehow this makes it better.

Anyhow, today was the Sneak Up over at The Loopy Ewe.  I’m thankful that I missed some of it and a lot of stuff is already gone, but now I’m finding MORE things I like!  I want to buy a bunch of stuff now.  I’m being very good, though, since this weekend is A Wool Gathering and I know that if I spend now, I will have nothing to spend this Saturday and I will be very sad if I can’t get the "one thing I can’t live without", should I find such an item.

I should be getting the goodies in the mail any day, though, so I’ll have that little fix before the weekend. 

Hopefully I can get some of these projects off the needles soon.  I have a pair of socks that are almost done, I want to get that scarf done this week (maybe), and the top-down raglan has seen 3 skeins worth of progress this past weekend.  Come on, FOs!

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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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