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Catching up

I haven't had much to say lately. Partly because I've been pretty stressed out about some medical stuff and partly because I've been pretty busy.

Lets see…

I moved to a new cube at work and I decided to bring some plants in for it. Matt thought it would be nice to name them, so he did! Meet Angela, Dwight, and Toby (any fans of The Office out there?):

Named Plants

As for knitting, I've been working away on the Pomatomus socks completing one and nearly to the heel on the second one. Here's a picture of the first sock, all done:

Pomatomus sock #1

Recently, though, I got distracted and started Juno Regina. The yarn had been calling me the whole time I was working on the Pomatomus socks, but I kept telling myself I couldn't start it until the socks were done. These socks are a gift, though, and I was in a situation that said recipient would be seeing them and even though I could have probably passed it off that they were for me, they could have been suspicious since I've done that before. I didn't take any chances and left the socks safely tucked away and started Juno Regina instead. I'm using Malabrigo Lace in Violetas. I really like how it's coming out so far!

Juno Regina Start

Juno Regina has become my new on the go project even though I need to look at the chart occasionally. Soon I'll probably switch it out for the Pomatomus socks again so I can have them done before Christmas arrives (one of the few Christmas gifts I'm knitting!).

After putting down the Pomatomus socks to work on Juno Regina, I got distracted by something totally different – crochet! Specifically, I was competely distracted by amigurumi. I had tried and failed to figure out the crochet skills needed to learn how to make these cute things previously, but this time I was very determined to learn. I had actually bought a book to learn how to make these cute crochet critters, but just couldn't get it. I finally found some helpful video tutorials online that brought it all together for me and I made a cupcake!

Caught with a cupcake

After I made that, I couldn't decide what to make next. Matt and I went to Michael's this past Monday when we were both off work and home without power. I needed some stuffing for the cupcake and while I was there I picked up another amigurumi book – Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli.

Amigurumi World

He asked me to make him the set of cacti in there, so I got the yarn needed and started on it as soon as I got home. I finished it up yesterday and brought it to him at work. I forgot to get a good picture before I brought it to him, so here's my cell phone picture of it on his desk:

Mr. Cactus

We're getting ready to head out to A Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, OH, so I'll wrap this up by showing you the first thing I made after we got power back on Wednesday – grilled fried egg and pepper jack cheese sandwich:

Sammich

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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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