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Socks! (and other things)

I can’t believe it’s been a whole MONTH since I last posted!  Life has been a little busy lately, but all in a good way.  Life was kind of all over the place after the break-up, but things have really come together over the last month.  I’ve been able to let go of a lot of possessions that I’ve been hanging on to for way too many years now and that is a heck of a freeing feeling!  There’s been a bit of moving around for me, which was a bit stressful at times, but I think things are settling down now.

To be honest, I’ve been on my computer a lot less at home.  I’m sure this has a lot to do with all the letting go of things I’ve been doing, but I think that I have felt a lot less tied to my computer than I did before.  This is actually the first time in a week I’ve turned my laptop on!  A marked difference from before and I’m sure it’s for the better.  I would like to post more regularly, but there’s not be a whole lot of knitting going on for me lately, so I’ve been feeling like I don’t have much to say.

I have completed a pair of socks, though!  Actually they were done at the end of April, but I just haven’t uploaded photos and made a post for them until now (bad me!).

Pattern: My own – basic top-down sock with short row heel
Started: April 14, 2008
Completed: April 29, 2008
Yarn: Kindred Spirits Yarn Superwash Wool
Needles: US 00 metal DPN’s
Notes: OMG.  US 00?!  Yes.  I believe this will be my new "standard" size for knitting socks.  It seemed crazy to be knitting on such small needles at first, but I think for the thinner sock yarns it’s the only way I will get a tight enough fabric that won’t hurt my feet.  Honestly, it’s worth the extra effort for socks I can actually wear instead of just look at.  I think for some of the thicker yarns (like my Nine-to-Five socks), US 0’s will be fine, but since it seems that most sock yarns are thinner than that, I’ll go with the US 00’s.

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In other knitting, I’m almost done with the scarf I’ve been working on.  I had a pair of socks on the needles out of some Lorna’s Laces, but I was feeling rather blah about them, so yesterday I put the sock on a scrap of yarn.  I wasn’t decided on ripping them out nor did I want to continue knitting them, so I figure that putting them on a scrap piece of yarn can let me decide their fate later.  I haven’t started another pair of socks, though.  In fact the only thing I’m actively working on now is the scarf and I’m hoping to be done with that today!

I do still have Lady Eleanore on the needles, but with the warm weather I haven’t wanted to work with the Noro.  I think that may end up hibernating until the fall comes around.  Then again, it may take the scarf’s place as the "at home" project to work on.  I’ll be blocking the shawl I made for my Grandma this week or next week.  She’ll be coming to visit the second week in June and it needs to be ready for gifting by then!

Alright, people to see and things to do!  I’m going contra dancing tonight with a friend from the last place I worked and I’ve got some things to do before she comes over :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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