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I didn’t like that yarn anyhow.

Sometimes things just work out for the best.

I was bidding on eBay for some silk lace weight. I didn’t have any plans for it at all and in the last few hours of the auction, I was outbid and it ended up going for much more that I could have paid (or was willing to pay, really). It’s funny because just before I was outbid, I was thinking that I wished someone would outbid me so that I didn’t get the yarn I had no idea what I’d do with. Then, on Ravelry, I PMed someone about some yarn and by the time they finally got back to me about it (3 days later), it was gone. For the best, I say, because I had no plans for it anyhow!

On the upside, I know that next Friday I will be paying for some Noro Lily Multi and that I do have plans for and totally LOVE the colors of. I haven’t bought yarn in a while and I’ve been selling off most of mine. I think I’ve been feeling yarn needy and maybe a little bit of loss for having cleaned out my stash so much. I know that I would have never used most of that yarn, so I’m very glad in that respect, but now I want yarn that I will use. I’ve not "gone crazy" over yarn in a long time. I’ve made small purchases here and there, but that’s about it. Everything has felt sort of crazy lately and money has been tight and I usually feel the most need to spend when I don’t have money. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

The way I’m looking at it, the Noro Lily Multi yarn is going to be my "reward yarn" for having cleaned out so much of my stash and letting it go (not easy!). After that, I’m going to go easy on the yarn buying and do more knitting up of things. Wait – isn’t that what I’ve been doing? I suppose it is, really. Keeping the yarn buying to a minimum and working from stash mostly.

In going through my books last night, I realized there’s a few that I won’t ever use. I put them up for sale or trade on Ravelry and for swap on LiveJournal. One has already found a home and I’m getting a copy of Scarf Style in exchange. Although I’m not much of a scarf knitting type person, I’ve been wanting this book for a good long while because there are a number of things I would like to knit out of it.

I came into work today and found that I had been Boo’ed. I took a picture, but I’ll have to post it when I get home. It’s a really cute idea and all, but I think everyone in my office has now been Boo’ed! I don’t know who I’m going to Boo next and may need to resort to going to other floors of the building.

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I actually brought my Noro Cardigan to work with me today so I can work on it at lunch. I had to rip out most of my work last night because apparently my gauge changed quite a bit using DPN’s. I understand why now, but last night I wasn’t so thrilled. Turns out that I was knitting much tighter on the DPN’s because so many stitches were crammed on to them, where on the circular, they weren’t and I was looser. I pulled out the circular I was using for the rest of the sweater and made it work with the sleeve. Looks MUCH better now and I really didn’t loose that much work. I’m glad I noticed it when I did instead of when I was nearly done with the sweater!

What have you been working on? Anything interesting?

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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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