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The shawl is started and socks are done

I was able to make it to Knit On on the way home from work Friday to get the yarn for Grandma’s shawl. I ended up getting Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool in a pale blue with a little grey mixed in. It’s perfect. The color is 013 for those who’d like to see it better somewhere. I will admit that this is a yarn I’d used once before and didn’t like it much, but when I revisited it Friday, I changed my mind. It was soft to the touch and for some reason I didn’t remember it this way. I remember it being a bit nubby and I didn’t like working with it. I think this is because I doubled it and knit it at a smaller gauge to make a Panta headband thingie. This time, though, it was soft to the touch and the perfect color. I had the yarn wound for me so I could start it right away. Working with it has been great – I love the feel of the yarn and it’s working up so soft!

Since it’s been a while since I posted a photo of my knitting here, I have a picture of my progress so far. let my mom and sister borrow my camera for the trip to California so they can take pictures while they are out there, so today my photo is from my cell phone camera, which isn’t the best quality, but gives you an idea of the color and how it’s working up thus far.

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I’m using Addi Lace needles, size US 8. I used to really dislike working with metal needles of any sort and only knit with bamboo, but I’ve fallen in love the Addi’s.

This weekend I finished my mom’s Nine-to-Five socks, but no photo yet. It’s impossible to take a good picture of them with my cell phone camera because the color is so dark, so photos and an FO post will have to wait until I have my camera back. I’m anxious to start another pair of socks, but I’m going to focus on the shawl instead. I think it can reasonably take "project priority" right now :o)

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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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