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Sometimes you have to let it go

As it turns out, I was living in Knitter’s Denial about the bag I was knitting.  I should have figured it out the first time I made the attempt and it was very floppy, but NO.  I did what a knitter in denial does – I went down a few needle sizes and kept on going with a different plan in mind.  Turns out it is STILL too floppy (shocker, I know).  After living in denial about it for months, I decided to give it up and frogg it last night.  Turns out that while I can knit with alpaca just fine, it’s not suited for next to skin wear for me because it makes me itchy.  That’s why I frogged the mini-sweater I made with it last year.  I thought about a scarf because it’s so soft and lovely, but it would make me itch just like the alpaca/silk blend Irish Hiking Scarf I made, so that was a no-no as well.  Not much I can do with it unless I make something to gift to someone, but no one I know would really want a pink scarf except my sister and I think she’d be itched by it, too, so that wouldn’t work.  This yarn that seemed to be taunting me just has to go.  So, I decided to see if I could swap it for something else and I have already had an offer – yay!  Soon it will be off to a good home of someone who will knit it into something beautiful, I’m sure :o)

This means one thing off my needles!  Surprisingly, this make me feel a lot better.  Sometimes it’s good to get into the "If you don’t love it, frogg it" state of mind.  I don’t want to knit things I don’t really like how it’s turning out and have it end up in the "pile of knitted things I won’t use."  Yes, I do have such a pile…. doesn’t every knitter?  I’m thinking I need a basket for such things because while the actual items turned out great, I don’t find myself using them, but still like to show them off and maybe find someone who WILL use them.

The most exciting news of the week, though, came yesterday!  I got a new washer delivered!!  We ordered it at the end of last month with the funds Nick’s parents gave us to get one.  It took a while to get it in and delivered, but it was delivered yesterday and is working perfectly.  A little back history here: when we moved the movers cracked the tub of my washer.  All of the stuff in the house along with all my stuff that was in storage when we moved here was shipped under Nick’s name.  He never filed a claim for the washer (I couldn’t do it, the move wasn’t in my name), so we ended up not getting any money from the movers, despite the fact it was their fault and it was insured, and had to buy a new one on our own.  Washers aren’t cheap, so it took a while to get one.  I am very excited about not having to go to the laundry mat any longer and also about the fact that I can now felt things again!  I have some various skeins of Patons Classic Wool that I will knit into something to felt.  I’m considering a felted bag of many colors so that it’s all used up.  We’ll see what I decide.

I have been working on my top-down raglan cardigan and I’d say I’m about half way done.  It’s become my "knit at home" project and the socks I’m working on are my "travel with me everywhere" project.

No pictures this post, but I will share some later today or this weekend of all the things I’ve been working on.  Happy Friday!

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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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