Posted in Knit Ramblings

Just a few notes

You know how I mentioned that the Yarn Harlot’s new book was going to be released this month?  Yeah, not so much.  The date in Amazon is still March 19th, but it now says that it has not yet been released.  Then I read on her blog about the book release party later this summer.  I feel kind of let down by the wrong information in Amazon, but it happens.  Jessi – is there another of her books that you don’t have yet?  I’d still be happy to get one of them signed for you.  Let me know!

I completed my mom’s socks on March 9th and I gave them to her Tuesday, but I still haven’t taken photos!  She even wore them yesterday and she says she loves them waaaay more than the first pair I knit (which turned out a little short and loose knit).  Finally – someone I can knit socks for other than me!  Admittedly, I don’t wear my hand-knit socks often.  In fact, it’s rare.  Mostly because it wasn’t until late last year that I realized I needed to be knitting at a much smaller gauge so that the purl bumps on the soles of my feet don’t hurt.  I also learned how to make the best fitting toe recently and before that was a bit of a struggle to get it to fit correctly.  Now that I know all these things, I can knit socks I’ll actually wear (as well as knit socks for my mom!).  Right now, though, there’s no socks on my needles and I’m not even considering casting a pair on.  I know you’re shocked because this hasn’t happened since the sock-knitting bug bit me in 2006.

The real reason for the non-sock-knitting going on with me is because of the shawl for my Grandma.  Once that’s done, socks will take it’s place, but I’ve not knit on anything else since starting it.  I think I’m just over the half-way mark and I’m thinking it’s only going to take up about 3 skeins of the yarn I bought, which means I’ll have leftovers.  We’ll see how that goes, though.  I’ve done 5 repeats and it’s already quite large (thanks to knitting on US 8’s with worsted weight yarn!).

No photos this post, but I do owe at least three FO posts – the prayer shawl I made last year, Clapotis, and mom’s Nine-to-Five socks.  Eventually it will be nice enough to get decent photos again and when it is, I’ll do my best to remember to take photos of everything and write up some long-over due posts.  (And, actually, I just need to write up a post for the prayer shawl….)

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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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