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New Workspace

Today I went to dinner with my family in celebration of my birthday. Dinner was good and when it came time to gifts, they gave me a card. Inside the (singing) card, was piece of paper with a picture of a desk and a note saying “IOU one desk from IKEA.” I totally didn’t think they’d ACTUALLY get me a desk of any sort, so I just passed it off as nothing. As we walked to the car, my mom was asking me when would be good to go and get it. I told her whenever is good for her. She popped open the trunk and said something like “Is now good?” and I looked in the trunk and there were two boxes from IKEA – my new desk!! I was totally shocked and didn’t expect it at all, but it was a really happy surprise. I’ve been using my sewing table for a while because desk are, well, not cheap! So, I’ve been putting off buying one since the sewing table was working well enough. The last time my mom was over she mentioned seeing some desks at IKEA for like $140 or so and was suggesting I get one. I said that that was more than I wanted to pay and didn’t think much of it after that. Tonight, though, I came home with a new desk! I love it :o)

Here’s a picture of the new desk (I forgot to take a picture of the old set up, whoops!):

New Desk!!!

You can’t really see it, but my rockin’ new chair from Matt is in the picture, too. I love that chair, it’s sooo comfortable!

Since I’m here posting about my new desk (from my new desk!), I’ll show you what I’m working on right now – the Twisted Flower Sock:

Twisted Flower Beginnings

And here’s the Grim Reaper with eyes and a mouth (still needs a scythe):

Grim Reaper


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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